Sidney E. Cernoch


Sidney E. Cernoch, 86, of La Grange, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at St. Marks’s Medical Center.

Sidney was born in Dubina on Nov. 3, 1933, the son of the late Katie (Harrigan-Vacek) and John K. Cernoch. Sidney married Emily (Rainosek) Cernoch on May 8, 1955 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn. He served honorably in the U.S. Army.

In his early years in O’Quinn he worked on farms, milk routes, and RC Cola routes, and later became a barber. In the 1980s, Sidney owned a bait shop, and was the owner of the beloved Gold N’ Crisp in La Grange for 46 years. He volunteered with 4-H, JC’s baseball, Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society. He was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held a 4th degree Knight designation, and KJT. Sidney enjoyed hunting and fishing. He always went above and beyond to find the perfect place to hunt with his family. Sidney will be remembered by the love for his community and the volunteering.

He is survived by his loving wife, Emily; two daughters, Elaine Matthys and her husband Matt of Austin, and Phyllis Chavarria of La Grange; two sons, Daniel Cernoch and his wife Rose of La Grange, and Richard Cernoch and his wife Kathy of La Grange; and brother, Erwin Cernoch and his wife Anna of Schulenburg. His 13 grandchildren are Nicholas and wife Megan Cernoch; Michelle and her husband, Dominic Nuosce; Ryan and his wife, Bethany Cernoch; Adam and his wife, Stephanie Chavarria; Reyna and husband, Trey Herrmann; Reece Cernoch; Aaron and his wife, Destiny Chavarria; Diane and her husband, Kenn Kasparek; Melanie and her husband, Klint Farrar; Sam Matthys; Katie Matthys; Katie and her husband, Nich Pape; and Kelli and her husband, Zach Robinson. He has 14 great-grandchildren – Caleb and Cole Chavarria; Emma and Kate Nuosce; Zoë and Miles Cernoch; Lillyanne, Luke, and Grant Cernoch; Olivia, William, and Baby Farrar; Benjamin Kasparek; and Van Pape. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Gilbert Rainosek, Larry Rainosek and his wife Dorothy, Andy Rainosek and his wife Francoise, and Dennis Rainosek.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Cernoch; sister, Bernice Rohan; infant brother, Eugene Cernoch; son-in-law, Raoul Chavarria; and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Cernoch.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations in La Grange. Family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Grange, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Burial followed at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Hostyn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 539 E. Pearl St. La Grange, Texas 78945; Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 936 FM 2436, La Grange, Texas 78945; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations, 208 W. Pearl, La Grange. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at