Mona Zahirniak

Nov. 2, 1933 - March 11, 2018

Mona (Gerik) Zahirniak, age 84, of West, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 in West. A Rosary will be recited 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Aderhold Funeral Home, followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated 11 a.m., Thursday, March 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery near West.

Mona was born November 2, 1933 in Tours, the daughter of Arnold A. and Rosie (Berger) Gerik. She attended Tours School and went back to school in her later years graduating in 1980 from West High School. On August 4, 1952, she was united in marriage to Ernest "Shorty" Zahirniak in Tours. Shorty preceded her in death on September 12, 2008. She was a homemaker and taught cake decorating classes at McLennnan Community College for many years. Mona also cooked meals for funeral, weddings, other gatherings and the Kiwanis Club each Wednesday. She was well known for her Angel Food Cakes. She was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption and worked in the gift shop years ago at the church. Mona was also a member of SPJST Lodge 54, where she ran the hall and audited the books; the 50/50 Club; Catholic Daughters of America Court #829, where she helped with bake sales; St. Anne's Altar Society; VFW Post #4819 Ladies Auxiliary, where she ran the hall and worked the kitchen for Bingo; and KJZT St. Ludmilla Society #11. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing, ceramics, flower arranging, oil painting and spending time with her family.

Mona was also preceded in death by her parents; and sons, Ernest Zahirniak and Patrick Zahirniak.

Survivors include her children, Shirley Gann and husband, Roy, of West, Paula "PK" Scott and husband, Don, of Waco, Darlene Luco and husband, Jeff, of Waco, Laurie Boyett and husband, Jimmy, of Robinson, James "Buck" Zahirniak of West, and Jackie Sinkule and husband Mark of West; daughter-in-law, Melissa Zahirniak of Crowley; brothers, Arnold A. Gerik Jr. and wife, Ruby, Donald Gerik and wife, Barbara, Bernard Gerik and wife, Linda, Bruce Gerik and wife, Pat and Brice Gerik and wife, Robi; sisters, Marcia Prause and husband, Joe, and JoAnn Jones and husband, Randy; 22 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren with three on the way; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank Mona's dedicated caregiver, Roxanne Fraga and Providence Hospice for their loving care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's School Endowment Fund.

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My prayers and sympathy are extended to the family and loved ones of Mrs. Zahirniak. Keep your faith in the resurrection promised at John 5:28, 29. Soon God will put an end to all sickness, sorrow and pain. He will also do away with our enemy death as promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26. Pray for God's kingdom to come as Jesus taught us to do. Please be comforted by the words expressed at Revelation 21:3, 4. Remember: God keeps His promises and it is impossible for God to lie!

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