Shiner Hobo Bandleader Rita Janak Passes Away at 88
Rita M. (Hybner) Janak, 88, of Shiner, she left this earthly life and went to her eternal home on April 15, 2021. She was born on July 27, 1932, to the late Leo & Josephine Kurtz Hybner, in Shiner. She was one of nine children. She graduated from St. Ludmila Academy in Shiner. On June 26, 1951, she married the love of her life Leo G. Janak of Wied, TX. To this union two sons were born – Gerard and Patrick. She is the proud grandparent of six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
After their marriage, Leo & Rita started their own business – Janak Nursery – at Wied. They worked and toiled in the nursery industry and established a well-known business that served the surrounding counties. After Leo’s death in 2005, Rita continued with the nursery business. Plants were her life and passion, because she was in the nursery business for over seventy years. She enjoyed these God’s gifts on earth till the day she became ill and went to the hospital.
Rita was also a music lover. She was instrumental in building the Janak Music Center at the Shiner Catholic School. She was approached by many a child, because she was the leader of the Shiner Hobo Band, and was known to give a “mini” plunger to any child that wanted one. Her eyes lit up, and she received as much joy from it as the child did.
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