Lillie P Hejl

Lillie Hejl, 78, of Bryan passed away on Wednesday, January 1 at Scott & White Hospital – College Station. A Rosary will be recited at 4PM on Saturday, January 4 with visitation to follow until 6pm at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30pm on Sunday, January 5th at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Reverend Monsignor John McCaffrey will officiate. Funeral Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lillie Popek Hejl was born to Tom and Sophie Popek in McLennan County, Texas. She was in food service for both Bryan and College Station School Districts for many years. She enjoyed cooking for her school children and seeing their smiles as they returned to their tables to eat. Lillie was very much about her family and giving unconditionally was a talent she shared with all. You couldn’t find a more avid Czech person who loved to share her heritage with you, she was proud of her ancestry. Lillie always liked Polka music and will have it played during her visitation on Saturday. She had a natural talent at gardening and growing plants for all to see the radiant colors God provides for us to see. If she was not attending to cooking matters, she was in God’s garden.

Lillie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a member of the K.J.Z.T. and the Age Managers. Her deep love and affection for our Lord was shown during her hours in the Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph Church. She was an adorer for many years until her health prevented her from attending her hour of adoration.

Lillie is preceded in death by her husband, of fifty-two years, Tom Hejl; and her parents.

She is survived by daughter Margie and husband Bill Ree; her two sons William and his wife Linda Hejl, and Jerry and his wife Suzanne Hejl; her five grandchildren Jeremy Ree, Chris Ree, Alex Hejl, Emily Hejl and Benjamin Hejl; her brothers Edward and wife Marilyn Popek, Frank Popek, Tom and wife Judy Popek, and Louis and his wife Anna Popek.

Memorial donations can be given to a charity of your choice in her memory.


  1. I met Lillie as a member of the Mary and Martha Exercise Group. She was a contributor for our spiritual aspect of the group and the exercise portion. One day, Lillie invited the M&Ms to her house for a social gathering. She served kolaches and played Czech music. I loved it because I am of Czech descent. Lillie always had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart Of
    Jesus. She was a delight to be around and I will always remember the sparkle in her eyes. My sympathy to her loving children of whom she spoke often. Lillie will be missed by so many.

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