On August 7, 1945, he and Eleanor Pawelek were married. Clem owned and operated a Gulf service station, worked for Brown Express, the Flax Plant, Susquehanna-Western uranium processing plant in Falls City and he retired from General Mills/Henkle. Clem was a devout member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City. Clem was also a lifelong farmer and rancher who enjoyed fishing, gardening and political discussions.
Clemence is survived by his wife, Eleanor Pawelek Wiatrek, of Karnes City; children, Marilyn Micklethwait (James) of Bulverde, Texas, Elaine Schrank of Denton, Texas, Valarie Kass of Karnes City, Diane Smith (James) of Coppell, Texas, Edwin Wiatrek (Lyndal) of Karnes City, Robert Wiatrek (Kay) of Austin, Texas, and James Wiatrek (Happy) of Austin.
Clem’s grandchildren are Dana Micklethwait (Sonam), Amber Ritenour (Joshua), Travis Schrank, Nick Kass, Ryan and Taylor Smith (Ying), Lauren, Jillian and Kathryn Wiatrek, Jessica and Sarah Wiatrek, Jewellianna Bell. His great-grandchildren are Tyler, Ethan, Katelyn and Ella Krapfl; Abigail and Caleb Ritenour, and Trinley Tsering.
Clemence is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Peter V. Wiatrek and Edmund B. Wiatrek; and granddaughter, Kelly Micklethwait Krapfl.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 AM, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City. Interment followed in the Cestohowa Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Clemence’s sons, Robert, James and Edwin Wiatrek, and his grandson’s, Ryan and Taylor Smith, and Nick Kass. The funeral services were entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home of Karnes City where the on-line guestbook can be signed at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.