In Memory of
Gertrude Clark Lubojacky Bradford

Gertrude Clark Lubojacky Bradford passed away from Parkinsons disease on April 2, 2021 at the age of 85.  She was born to Steve and Cecilia Petrosky, Sr. at the family home in Fairchilds, TX.  She grew up with the never ending hard work and chores on a farm.  She was very fortunate to have found love and marriage 3 times in her life.  She met her first love, Loran Clark, an “Oklahoma boy”, at Fairchild Hall in 1951.  They were married a year later and the first of 4 children arrived in 1953. They built their home in Guy, where she lived for the next 37 years.  She was a content stay-at-home mom, but in the early 1960’s she had to go to work.  Thanks to her brother Felix Petrosky and his father-in-law, she started working as a painter’s helper.  She worked hard and learned her craft very well.  She built a career working as the main residential & commercial painter for Boettcher Hlavinka in East Bernard for 30 years.  Her husband Loran passed from a neuromuscular disease.

Her 2nd love Robert Lubojacky from Fairchilds, had been a schoolgirl crush.  They married on Valentines’ day in 1991.  They were always together and adored each other. They enjoyed entertaining, socializing and travel.  But it was only to last 2 yrs and Robert passed in 1993.  She was heartbroken and devastated.  But, being the strong woman that she was, she went back to work painting independently.  Her feisty personality returned and she decided to add running a few cattle with her son Aron to her workload.  She discovered how mean a bull could be, how hard she could swing a wooden cane and that fence repair was never completed.  Always continuing her love of socializing with friends and dancing, she was destined to meet the third love of her life.

In 1997, Mr. O.C. Bradford walked into a dance at the KC Hall in Needville.  He summoned his courage, asked this petite well-dressed woman to dance and they spent the rest of the evening discovering their common interests.  They married in 1998 and made their home in Guy.  She retired from painting except for always offering to paint for her children whether it was a home, tractor or trailer.  She enjoyed keeping her skill sharp and got great satisfaction from helping her children.  Her son-in-law Vit Wallis is so thankful for all she taught him.  Through the years, they teamed up with each helping the other paint their homes.  She and OC spent their days happily gardening, fishing, camping, traveling and of course, going dancing.  They always looked forward to the Bradford family camping trip to Lake Somerville.  She also spent many hours fishing for white bass there with her son Marvin.   She and OC also attended as many Fall church bazaars as possible.  They were living their best life and enjoying every minute.  Unfortunately, Gertrude began the long goodbye of Alzheimers when OC was diagnosed in late 2006 and passed away in January 2010.  Again, her sense of loss and grief were so deep.  After time to grieve, her daughters urged her back into the social life that had always kept her happy and vibrant.

She is preceded in death by brothers baby Clarence, Vincent, Pete, Edmond and David Petrosky.

She is survived by: daughters Carol Benedettini Moore and husband Clint, Sandra Wallis and husband Vit and sons Aron Clark and wife Linda and Marvin Clark and wife Shirley.  Grandkids: Brandy Clark Burke, Victoria Benedettini, Joseph Benedettini, Melissa Brinkmeyer, Charlotte Clark Sanchez and Colton Clark.  Great grandkids:  Maeve Burke, Miles Watt and Chloe and Kaylie Clark.  Brothers: Felix and Edward Petrosky , Steve Petrosky Jr. and wife Dorothy.  Sisters: Martha Miller and Frances Nawojczyk.  Ms. Andrea Mikel More, who was like another daughter and former son-in-law Stephen Benedettini, to whom she was grateful for his building talent and sincere friendship.

Gertrude expected her daughters to become strong independent women and her sons to become honorable, kind and caring men.  Her expectations were met.  We, her children, are proud to have been blessed with a Mom who led by example with fairly strict standards.  Every workday, she left the house with her hair and makeup done.  She was kind and sharing.  In 2002, after discovering she was a match, she volunteered to donate stem cells to her beloved brother, David Petrosky.  She had an affinity with nature that brought beauty to her yard.  She could poke a stick or seed of most any plant in dirt and have new life, which she usually gave away.  She and her daughters obsession with antique roses resulted in many joyful trips to the Rose Emporium in Brenham.  Driving past her home Spring through Fall treated one to roses in bloom in addition to all the other flowers she loved so much. She hosted a lovely garden wedding on her property in 2016 for daughter Carol & Clint.

Rather than memorial donations, we could think of no greater way of honoring our Mother than you planting a rose in her name and when you see a bloom, you remember her smiling, laughing and perhaps twirling across the dance floor.

The Family is considering having a celebration of Gertrude’s life at a later date.  Tributes & Words of condolence may be left for Gertrude’s family at  Please click on the Guestbook or Tribute tab above.