Mass of Christian Burial for Anna Marie Matl Paruzinski, 92, of Belton will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Belton, Father John Kim officiating. Burial will take place at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Cyclone.
Anna passed from this life, peacefully, on Wednesday, May 30, while surrounded by her beloved family.
Anna was born in East Bell County, on March 10, 1926, to Thomas and Johanna Vacek Matl.
Anna was a life-long Bell County resident. She was the youngest of nine children to grow up on the family farm near Ratibor. It was here that she learned her core values of family, faith, and kindness that she carried with her throughout her life. She learned the value of hard work, and immediately after graduating from Temple High School in 1944, she went to work for the Purchasing and Contracting Department at Camp Hood. She worked there for over thirty years, working her way up from clerk to Contracting Officer. It was while working at Camp Hood that she caught the eye of a very persistent young war hero named John J. Paruzinski. They met while on a coffee break and even after he was warned away by Anna's supervisor, he still managed to ask her out. Later they were married and began a life together raising a family.
Anna was a lifetime member and officer of her local Society of KJZT. Anna and John were founding members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen and Christ the King Catholic Church in Belton. Anna was a member of the Women's Ministry at Christ the King. Anna was firm in her faith and she lived for her God, her family, and her country.
She had a beautiful spirit that was kind, giving, and caring of others. She also had a wonderful sense of humor that she kept with her until the end. Throughout her life she maintained her love of Wildcat football. She was always quick to give any friends or family from Belton a hard time when the Wildcats defeated their rivals the Tigers. Anna was a one of a kind wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother that cared for her family. Life at times was hard and living through it with those closest to her is the true meaning of love. Anna will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 69 years, John J. Paruzinski; and her parents, Thomas and Johanna Matl. Sisters Jane Matl Gurecky, Lillian Matl Kostroun, and Mary Matl. Brothers Frank Matl, Father Thomas Matl, Bob Matl, Jerry Matl, and Johnnie Matl.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her sons, John J. Paruzinski Jr. and wife, Charlotte, Jerry F. Paruzinski and wife, Andrea; daughter, Ann Marie Paruzinski; grandchildren, John Harrison Paruzinski, Elizabeth Paruzinski, James Paruzinski, Joseph Paruzinski; great-grandchildren, Chasity Paruzinski and Harrison Paruzinski.
There will be a time of visitation on Monday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m. at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Belton, 503 N. Main. With the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m.
Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Belton is in charge of arrangements.