Geraldine Lydia Drgac

Female 1921 - 2015  (94 years)


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  • Name Geraldine Lydia Drgac 
    Nickname Gerry 
    Born 3 Feb 1921  Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 Mar 2015  Longview, Gregg County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Masonic Cemetery - Caldwell, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1749  Cody LeBlanc's Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2015 

    Father Franklin Benjamin Drgac,   b. 16 Feb 1879, New Tabor, Burleson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1968, Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Lydia Matilda Schiller,   b. 17 Feb 1888, Nelsonville, Austin County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1979, Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1906  Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F657  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Charles Siptak,   b. 13 Jan 1920, Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 2002, Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 20 Mar 1944  Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. P.A. Siptak
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Geraldine Lydia Drgac Siptak
    Geraldine Lydia Drgac Siptak
    Obituary picture
    Geraldine Lydia Drgac
    Geraldine Lydia Drgac
    1940 Texas State College for Women Yearbook Photo
    Denton, Texas, USA

    Documents
    Robert Charles Siptak and Geraldine Lydia Drgac Marriage License
    Robert Charles Siptak and Geraldine Lydia Drgac Marriage License
    Groom Name: Robert Charles Siptak
    Bride Name: Geraldine Drgac
    Marriage Date: 20 Mar 1944
    Marriage Place: Travis, Texas, USA
    Certificate Number: 516

    Headstones
    Headstone of Robert Charles Siptak and Geraldine Lydia Drgac Siptak
    Headstone of Robert Charles Siptak and Geraldine Lydia Drgac Siptak
    Masonic Cemetery - Caldwell, Texas, USA
    Plot: Section 4, Block 7, Plot A, Row 2, Lot 13 & 14

  • Notes 
    • Obituary:

      Geraldine "Gerry" Drgac Siptak was born February 3, 1921 in Caldwell to Frank B. and Lydia Schiller Drgac. Gerry attended Caldwell schools, was a proud member of the Caldwell High School Band, and was active in several clubs and groups.

      After graduation from Caldwell High School, she attended Texas Women's University in Denton where she was in the symphony orchestra and played the timpani in the percussion section and also played the violin and string bass. She was elected "Miss Congeniality" in her dormitory. In 1940, Gerry was elected "Miss Caldwell" in a pageant held at the Caldwell High School auditorium and went on to represent Caldwell in the "Miss Texas" pageant held in Corpus Christi.

      Upon her return to Caldwell from college, she was employed by First State Bank of Caldwell as a bookkeeper/cashier. She was the first female employee in a bank in Caldwell.

      In 1944, Gerry married Robert Siptak and began a union that lasted 58 years with her fun-loving husband. After Robert was discharged from the military, the young couple purchased Siptak Drug Store in downtown Caldwell. The store became Siptak-Pargac Pharmacy in 1949. Gerry was co-owner and co-manager of the business and worked at the drug store for over 38 years.

      Many people remember her concern and helpfulness at the drug store and the sodas and sundaes that she made at the soda fountain there. During these same years, the Siptaks had a daughter, Pamela, and built their home on Buck Street in Caldwell. Gerry was a room mother, activity organizer and encourager as she helped with many school activities and projects. She had many home movies of field trips, dance recitals, parades, parties and football games.

      Gerry had been a member of First United Methodist Church since 1937 (78 years) where she served as a children's Sunday School teacher for 16 years, sang in the choir, participated in United Methodist women, served on the Administrative Council and actively participated in the Senior's Group.

      She was one of the founders and a volunteer at Caldwell Christian Store since it opened in 1988. A charter member of Caldwell-Burleson County Lions Club, she actively served in the group since 1989. She was also a participating member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4458 and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 451 with over 60 years of continuous service in each organization. Gerry was also a member of SPJST Lodge 17 and the Burleson County Czech Heritage Society.

      Her love for people kept her active, and her enthusiasm and energy helped to brighten many days. She was nominated to be Burleson County's Citizen of the Year in 2007.

      Gerry was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Siptak; her parents, Frank and Lydia Drgac; a brother, Franklin Drgac and a sister, Doris Chervenka.

      Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Bill Smith of Longview; two grandsons, Justin Smith and Travis Smith; a brother, Colbert Drgac of Caldwell and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

      (Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home - Caldwell)