Ethelina Knize, 94, passed away at the Ennis Regional Medical Center on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Ethelina was born on February 9, 1918 in Bardwell, Texas to Wesley and Carrie (Hubacek) Haskovec. She grew up in Bardwell and attended school there. On August 4, 1935 she married Wesley F. Knize and they made their home in Ennis where they remained for the rest of their lives.
She was the co-owner with her husband of Southern Auto NAPA store for sixty-three years. She was a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, KJZT #16, the Golden Crusaders and SPJST. She was an avid and high scoring bowler until age 89. She loved to dance and travel.
She is survived by her son, Judge Gene Knize and his wife Evelyn of Ennis; three grandchildren: Michael Knize and his wife, Michelle of Dallas, Sheryl and her husband, Steven Miears of Grapevine and Mark Knize of Dallas; five great-grandchildren: Jake, Drew, Caroline, Abbey and Kate along with her close friend that loved and cared for her Cathy Pruitt of Ennis. She is preceded in death by her husband Wesley F. Knize on October 18, 1997, brother, Albert Haskovec, Sr. and sisters, Elnora Bowers and Carolyn Haskovec.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Mass of the Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis, with Father John Dick as Celebrant. Pallbearers will be Darrell Bowers, Albert Haskovec, Jr., Michael Knize, Mark Knize, Steven Miears and Van Fowler. Entombment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
Contributions are requested be made in Ethelina’s name to the St. Joseph Cemetery Association.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Ennis Regional Medical Center for the special care they provided Ethelina.