Lillian Besetzny


Lillian (Bludau) Besetzny of St. John passed away on Friday, Feb. 27, 2020 at a Hospice of South Texas facility at age 95.

The funeral was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3 p.m., followed by burial in the church cemetery. Officiating were Msgr. John Peters and Deacon Mike Tankersley. Pallbearers were Ryan Besetzny, Matthew Holub, Logan Eckhardt, Trey Besetzny, Nolan Besetzny, Hayden Besetzny and Zachary Akers, all grandsons.

Rosary was said on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Deacon Tankersley. Born on Nov. 4, 1924, she was the daughter of Andres and Annie (Friesenhahn) Bludau. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hallettsville. On Nov. 15, 1949, she married Edgar Besetzny at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville. She lived in St. John for 70 years and was a housewife. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in St. John, St. John Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Lillian was a wonderful cook, baker, gardener and seamstress, along with the job of nurturing and caring for her children and husband. Lillian was an example of serving in her church at St. John, as a member of the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas which included taking care of altar linens, cooking potatoes in the hot kitchen for the St. John picnic, and volunteering to play bingo at the nursing home. During the Bishop Forest High School years, she worked at fundraisers or baked pies for bingo nights. After her husband passed away in 1999, she didn’t know what to do with her time as she had spent so many years caring for family. The Lord gave her 20 more years of good health to watch her grandchildren grow and welcome her great-grandchildren. She was able to have more time for herself, prayer, and even took summer trips with her five sisters. Family was important to her.

Lillian lived out her faith daily and expressed her love through her actions. “The saying ‘live your faith through actions and use words if necessary’ described our mother,” her family writes. “She has truly given us a legacy of faith and family.”

Survivors include four daughters, Diane Holub and husband Milton of Katy, Theresa Eckhardt and husband Byron of Schulenburg, Mary Akers and husband James “Bubba” of Luling, and Joanie Krischke and husband Stuart of St. John; four sons, Harvey Besetzny and wife Kathy of Houston, Andrew Besetzny of St. John, Mark Besetzny and wife Linda of Schulenburg, and Ralph Besetzny and wife Bonnie of St. John; three sisters, Mary Murphy and husband Tobey of Dallas, Sister Bernarda Bludau of Victoria, and Irene Knebel and husband George of Hallettsville; two brothers, Frank Bludau and wife Bernadette, and Winfred “Wink” Bludau and wife Ida, all of Hallettsville; two sisters-in-law, Laverne Bludau and Ella Mae Bludau; and 28 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Edgar; a son, Kenneth Besetzny; and a grandson, Kyle Besetzny.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.