Dorothy M. Sowa


Dorothy “Nina” Sowa, 85, of Wallis, Texas, passed peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Eagle Lake, Texas. Dorothy was born Aug. 4, 1934, to Emmanuel C. Svoboda (World War I veteran) and Clara Uhyrek Svoboda.

Dorothy attended Guardian Angel Catholic School and Wallis High School. She married the love of her life, Leon Steve Sowa, in October 1951. They lived in Columbus, Texas, for a short time, then made their home in Wallis. Dorothy attended Guardian Angel Catholic Church and served as a Catholic Daughter for many years. Dorothy worked in transportation for over 30 years with Brazos ISD. She truly loved making sure the children got where they needed to be safely. She attended many extracurricular activities, driving the students and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports was fulfilling to her. Dorothy loved to cook and would welcome anyone in for a warm meal.

Dorothy is survived by brother Henry Jo Svoboda; one child, George Leon Sowa; four grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Duane Sowa of Madisonville, Krissa Sowa and significant other Jeremy Smith of Sweeny, Travis Sowa and his wife Amanda of Orchard, and Afton Sowa of Willis; seven great-grandchildren that she loved as well: Holly, Neveah, Kyle, Rileigh, Casey and Justin. Dorothy leaves a special place in all our hearts including all her nieces, nephews and many faithful friends.

She is preceeded in death by husband Leon Steve Sowa (Korean War veteran), brother Bill Svoboda, and sister Georgia Svoboda Valerian.

A visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. Interment followed at Guardian Angel Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Knesek & Sons Funeral Home, 122 North First Street, Wallis, TX 77485; 979-478-6311;


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