On Nov. 15, 2017, Edmund Joe Novicke went to be with the Lord. After several years of failing health he is finally with Granny, dancing with no pain and smiling and laughing like our “Popo” again. We are sure that Franklin and Mike were there to meet him also and they are all so glad to be together after all these years.
Many of you called him Ed, but he was known as “Popo” to most people, especially to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was such a kind, gentle man and would do anything for anyone that ask. His smile and bright eyes were the first thing that drew you to him and then you got to know his kind nature. He was a good man and will be missed by us all.
Edmund was born on December 6, 1929 in Sealy, Texas to Zefir and Susanna (Gutowski) Novicke. He was raised in the Frydek, Sealy community and attended school in Sealy. He left school at an early age to help his parents work the family farm.
On Oct. 18, 1949 Edmund married Mary Bogar. This union lasted 59 years until her death in 2008. During these many years together, they were blessed with four children, Franklin, Michael, BenE and Yvonne.
Edmund worked at Pecan Acres Ranch in Simonton for many years. He and his family lived on the ranch until 1965. He then went to work at WKM in Missouri City as a welder. He moved his family to Sealy and built their home on Stockold Road all by himself. After he retired from WKM, he needed something to keep him busy so he started Ed’s Remodeling business. He had many people calling him for repairs and remodeling because they new what kind of craftsman he was. He was very particular about his work and so honest. One of the things the grandkids will cherish is a wooden rocking horse that he made for each one of them…once others saw the horse and how beautiful it was, he made many more for others.
Popo enjoyed many things in life. He loved to go camping in Somerville with the family and he loved to water ski and drive the boat for everyone else to ski. He had a deer lease in Llano, Texas where he would go deer hunting (Granny even went with him). Fishing with the grandsons was another fun thing he loved and the best of all was dancing. He and Granny loved to polka and waltz and they glided across the dance floor many, many times.
Edmund was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the KJZT, and a very important member of the Sealy KCs. He worked bingo and every Monday he and Granny would make sandwiches before bingo. He did hall maintenance for many years. Roy Dierschke said, whenever he needed help, he called Popo, and he would be there to help him … they were a team! When the KCs added on to the hall he built all the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms and he helped pour the concrete for the front parking lot. He worked for many, many hours making the hall look beautiful … he gave his time, his talent and his love. The KC hall will have the memory of Popo for forever!
Edmund is survived by his son BenE and wife Lyn, daughter Yvonne Tesch and husband Troy; daughter in-laws Connie Novicke Posinski and Tana Novicke. Grandchildren, Keith and Stephanie Novicke, Chad and Bobbie Jo Novicke, Kyle v Jessica Novicke, Brandon & Allison Novicke, Amy and Stephen Cryan, Mark and Kimm Tesch, Konrad and Melissa Novicke, Justin and Laci Tesch & Bryn Novicke; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa Verm and many other numerous relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, sons, Franklin and Mike; brothers: Victor, Anton and Willie and sister, Helen Kucera.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Immaculate Conception Church or Sealy Knights of Columbus.
Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 6 p.m. Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Ft. Eric Pitre officiating. Interment was in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Funeral arrangements were handled by Knesek Bros. Funeral Home in Sealy, Texas. www.knesekfuneral.com