Merle Laverne Kucera

March 26, 1931 - January 3, 2021

Merle Laverne Kucera, 89, of Hillister, died Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Tyler County Hospital, Woodville, Texas. She was born on March 26, 1931, to Freda Karasek Rieger and Joseph Rieger, in Wallis, Texas.

Merle loved working in her flower garden. She was an avid deer hunter and also loved to saltwater fish. She will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include her sons, Greg Kucera and his wife, Vicki and Mark Kucera and his wife, Lois; daughter, Debbie Overstreet and her husband, Walter; sister, Willie Mae Brewer; grandchildren, Leigha Kucera, Megan Walzel, Matthew Kucera, and Cory Overstreet; and two great-grandchildren, Savanna Walzel and Sylvi Sims.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life for sixty-eight years her husband, Sylvester J. Kucera.

A family graveside service for Mrs. Kucera will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her longtime caregiver, Calvin Bourque.

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Slena Kattawar Graves

So sorry to read about the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Kim Glaze Perry

Mark, Greg, Debbie & families: So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a part of my life for MANY years. She was one of the best neighbors we ever had. Keeping y'all in my thoughts and prayers!

Jerry Henderson

Greg Debbie and Mark Sure sorry for your loss. As I reflect back and I mean back to the South Park era and time around the campfire at the deer lease, I can here Ms Merele's subtle but direct direction for our earthly walk as well as how to get that monkey off our back (that would be brass monkey). Many good memories and life experiences. You guys are in my prayers.

Dr. Keith & Diane Bellamy

Our very sincere sympathy. God bless her family.

Carl Lane & Cindy Henderson

Dear Debra, Greg, and Mark, We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mama. May God wrap you in his sweet peace and comfort in knowing that your mom and dad are together again, dancing on streets of gold and talking of those old fishing and hunting trips. We will be praying for your families that God will help you through your grief and loss. Love, Carl Lane & Cindy Henderson

Bonnie Sirmons

Greg, so sorry to hear of your Moms passing.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Prayers and so many good thoughts with Merle, we broke bread many times at H&H Deer Camp sat around the camp fire told and listen to many stories, such a wonderful, kind loving Mother and good friend R.I.P. Mrs. Merle, I bet Syl was waiting with rubber boots and a skull cap on.

Don & Syble Jeffcoat

Mark and family, so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort to you all. May your mother rest in peace.

Shannon Garrod

Mark and Lois, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mark's mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless, Shannon Garrod

Carol Ann Citrano Chirafis

Greg thinking of you and all your family at this sad time .

Debbie Overstreet

Kim, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! I have many beautiful memories living on Park Street. You and your family were a part of it!✝️

Debbie Overstreet

.Slena, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! I know mom is in a better place. She is now reunited with dad and the rest of her family. I will miss her so much! I

Lauren Rothe

I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Merle. She was the sweetest, and I enjoyed every visit I got to have with her, although it has been years. I love you guys and I'm praying for peace and comfort during these difficult days.

Averett and Beth Vining

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying daily for the family. We Love You

Emily M Wickler

Mark and family I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She is healthy and happy back with your Dad. Love you Emily

Yovnne Roysdon

I am so very sorry for your loss. I always felt so at home when making home visits to her and Sil. Sweet memories

Jillian Waggoner

Kucera family, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Merle. She was a special lady and she will be dearly missed. We love your family and you will be in our prayers.