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Rev. Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S.

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Rev. Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S.

3/13/1927 - 5/25/2017

Father Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S., 90, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, died May 25, 2017 at St. Dominic Village Nursing Home in Houston, Texas.  He was born March 13, 1927 in Syracuse, New York, son of the late Anthony and Angela (Pugliesi) Vecchio.  After attending grammar and junior high school in Gloversville, NY, he completed high school at the La Salette Seminary in Hartford, CT.  He entered the La Salette Novitiate on July 1, 1947 in Bloomfield, Connecticut and made his First Vows on July 2, 1948. He then completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, MA.  Father Vecchio was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1955 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood, Massachusetts.

After his ordination, he served as Assistant Shrine Director at the former National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Later he ministered as Pastor or Associate Pastor at parishes in Michigan, Louisiana and Texas.  He served with great enthusiasm the mission churches of Nacogdoches, TX especially in Moral, TX.  During Father’s ministry in Louisiana for over twenty years, he was appointed Dean of the Sulphur Deanery, and then Vicar of the West Vicariate by the Most Rev. Jude Speyer, D.D., when the Diocese of Lake Charles was created in 1980. Father Vecchio was most proud to serve the parishioners in Sulphur, LA while overseeing the construction and dedication of the new Our Lady of Prompt Succor parish church, complex and rectory. This parish is the foundational ministry of the La Salette priests and brothers in the south.  He enjoyed his years as pastor in parishes in Vinton, DeRidder and the Immaculate Conception in Sulphur, LA. While serving in the Diocese of Beaumont, TX, Father received the Pastor of the Year Award at the Tyler County Ministerial Alliance 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Service in 2008. In the same year, his parish of Our Lady of the Pines in Woodville, TX was the recipient of the Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Award for the greatest strides in Stewardship. In 2009, he was presented with the Honorary Outstanding Citizen Award by the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce in East Texas.

Father Vecchio shared his gifts and talents with the La Salette Community in various administrative positions over the years as Provincial Superior, Provincial Councilor, and Provincial Treasurer.  As pastor he took great pleasure in offering hospitality and hosting dinners for fellow clergy including bishops, religious and laity. In 1999 he entered his final ministry assignment serving the parishioners of Our Lady of the Pines, Woodville, TX until his retirement in 2009.  He resided at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Sulphur, LA until he moved to St. Dominic Village in Houston, TX.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Vecchio, M.S., is survived by his sisters; Angie Parillo of Gloversville, NY, Antoinette Sirois of Concord, NC and Theresa Mastropaolo of Gloversville, NY. Father was predeceased by his sisters Amelia Shramm and Mary Kurek, and his brother Santo Vecchio. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews and will be missed by numerous relatives and loving friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Sulphur, LA at 11:00 am.  Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Prompt Succor on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm and on Wednesday, May 31 from 9 to 10:45 am.  Burial will be at Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Sulphur, Louisiana. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114-2330.  May he rest in peace.

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 

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Charlie Buford Wilkerson, Jr.

3/18/1954 - 5/25/2017

Charlie Buford Wilkerson, Jr., 63, of Houston, TX passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  He was born March 18, 1954 to Charlie B. Wilkerson, Sr. and Evelyn Therese Culmer Wilkerson in Houston, TX.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Keith Anderson officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Wilkerson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Eleanor Leona Collura

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Eleanor Leona Collura

2/5/1925 - 5/14/2017

Eleanor Leona Collura, 92, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2017, with her family at her side.  She was born in Gering, Nebraska, on February 5, 1925, to George and Mary Harding. She married Carlo Collura on February 1, 1946, in Long Beach, California, where Carlo was stationed as a pilot in the Navy during WWII and Eleanor worked as a telephone operator.  They moved to Houston, Texas, in 1946 and lived there until 1986, when they moved to Friendswood, Texas.

Eleanor was a loving wife and mother who was a source of strength and love for her family until the day she died.  She loved spending time cooking for her family and taking care of her beautiful gardens while watching the red cardinals, hummingbirds, and other wildlife in her backyard.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents George and Mary; her husband Carlo; her daughter, Mary Frances; her sons, Roy and Robert; her brothers George and George; and her sisters, Emma, Mary, Bertha, Rachel, and Ruth.

She is survived by her sons, Carl Collura and Joseph Collura; her daughter, Karen Kaser and husband Ken; and her grandson, Robert Collura.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in Friendswood, Texas, with date to be announced.

Condolences may be sent to the Collura family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Paula Deneen Birchler

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Paula Deneen Birchler

10/13/1958 - 5/19/2017

On Friday, May 19, 2017 at the age of 58, Paula Deneen Birchler passed away at home in Friendswood, Texas. She was surrounded by her loving family as she stepped into heaven to live the rest of her life among the Angels.  Paula was diagnosed April 28, 2014 with stage 4 glioblastoma. She was a great fighter who never complained and rarely cried. She kept her head up, keeping a positive attitude throughout it all. She was a true fighter and an inspiration to us all.

Paula was born October 13, 1958 in Friendswood, Texas. Paula was one of five children born to Melvin and Joann Tharp.  She was a member of Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood. Paula loved gardening, cooking and giving. She was a daughter, sister, mother, wife and grandmother. She loved all animals, especially her three Pomeranians: Sugars, Sailor and Savior.

Paula will be remembered most of all for her love of “family”.

Paula loved her family above all else. She loved talking baby talk to her daddy, and her mother was and always will be her best friend. Paula always went out of her way for her parents, husband, children, siblings and friends. She found true happiness when she married Wayne. Wayne gave her his very best at all times. She loved her aunts and uncles and believed in family traditions. Paula’s greatest joy was her children: Jory, Jacob and Christopher. She was honored to have a daughter in law, Liz, Jory’s wife, who gave her a grandson named “Greyson”. Greyson brought Paula much needed joy during her last year. She loved him to “the moon and back”.

Paula is predeceased by sister, Lori Lee Smith, August 3, 2009

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Birchler; parents, Melvin and Joann Tharp; son, Jory Calle and daughter in law, Liz; son, Jacob Calle; son, Christopher Calle; grandson, Greyson Calle; brother, Melvin Tharp and sister in law, Paula Michelle; brother, Glen Tharp and sister in law, Jennifer; sister, Michelle Thomas and brother in law, Bo; numerous nephews, nieces, great nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Ralph Bobby Heuring

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Ralph Bobby Heuring

9/28/1944 - 5/19/2017

Ralph Bobby Heuring, 72, passed away on May 19, 2017 in Houston.  Ralph was born on September 28, 1944 in Houston, Texas to parents Claude and Naomi (Cotton) Heuring.

He worked hard as a commercial HVAC technician for 40+ years, he retired in 2004.  He lived his dream by traveling the United States in his motor home with his wife and beloved dog Daisy.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife Mary; daughters, Terrie Flora and husband Dwayne, Rhonda Morgan and husband Hunter and Lisa McConnell; grandchildren, Nicole Adams, Mathew Flora, Brady Morgan, and Jayce Morgan; great-grandchildren, Hailey Flora, Raelynn Adams, Brendan Adams, and Aiden Adams; his beloved dog, Lullabelle; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, with funeral services following at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be at South Park Mausoleum, 1310 N. Main St, Pearland, Texas 77581.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in her memory to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 713-467-7423 or www.houstonhospice.org.

The family would like to thank all their dear friends and family that has continued to send prayers and love through this process.  We are very blessed!!

Condolences may be sent to the Heuring family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Robert Lee Hiles, Jr.

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Robert Lee Hiles, Jr.

1/30/1938 - 5/16/2017

Robert Lee Hiles, Jr. was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1938.  He passed away peacefully with family at his side on May 16, 2017.  Robert, also known as Gunny, proudly served as a United States Marine from 1955 to 1975.  Serving as a Drill Instructor for thousands of Marines, Robert prepared and led his Marines in the Tet Offensive of 1967-1968.  After retiring from the Marine Corps, Robert worked for Amoco Chemical Company for 20 years.  After a second retirement, he stayed busy running a communication company for five years before driving busses for Friendswood and Pearland school districts. He was very active in veteran organizations.

Robert is survived by his wife of 36 years Carol; daughter, Michelle and husband Robert Mills; son, Scott Brooks; grandchildren, Lauren and husband Trent McClain, Hunter Brooks, and Chance Brooks; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Gillian, and Jameson McClain. He also shared a special bond with his beloved in laws.

Anyone who was around him and knew his sense of humor was drawn to him and loved him.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with the funeral services following at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be at 2:30 P.M. at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Disabled American Vets and God’s Army. Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.


 

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Ronald Howard Ruehrwein

5/12/1936 - 5/7/2017

Ronald Howard Ruehrwein, 80, passed away on May 7, 2017.  Ronald was born on May 12, 1936 in Cincinatti, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 

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Joy Tolman Chalk

7/23/1950 - 5/13/2017

Joy Tolman Chalk, 66, of League City, TX passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  She was born July 23, 1950 to Ernest Tolman and June Carver Tolman in Pocatello, ID.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of Latter-Day Saints, 4655 South Shore Blvd., League City, TX 77573.  A burial will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:45 A.M. at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038.

Condolences may be sent to the Chalk family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Maureen Lucey Cassidy-Gonzales

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Maureen Lucey Cassidy-Gonzales

7/4/1938 - 5/11/2017

Maureen Lucey Cassidy-Gonzales, 78, of Friendswood, TX passed away on May 11, 2017 at home with family by her side.  She was the wife of Rodolfo V. Gonzales, Jr; they shared 22 loving years together.

She was born on July 4, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY; she was the daughter of John Joseph Lucey and Anastasia Murphy Lucey.  She graduated from Alvin Community College and worked as a Registered Nurse for 40 years.

Maureen enjoyed life and family.  She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, passion and many accomplishments.  She was adored and appreciated by her family across generations.

She is survived by her husband Rodolfo; children, Denise Johnson and her husband Melvin Johnson of Bastrop, TX, Bruce Ure and his wife Valarie Ure of Austin, TX, John Ure and his wife Bernadeth Ure of Friendswood, TX and Jonathon Cassidy and his wife Brooke Cassidy of Kingwood, TX; grandchildren, Paul Foster and his wife Patsy Foster of Friendswood, TX, Steph Burton and her husband P.J. Burton of Greer, SC, and Taylor Ure of Missouri City, TX; great-grandchildren, Zachary Foster, son of Paul, Kaitlin and Collin Cassidy, daughter and son of Jonathon and Caleb Burton, son of Steph; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. with a memorial service to follow at 9:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M. S. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to request donations in Maureen’s memory to CHERUBS, 3650 Rogers Rd. #290, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Mercedes Hubbell Britt

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Mercedes Hubbell Britt

1/8/1926 - 5/10/2017

Mercedes Hubbell (Knipping) Britt, 91, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on May 10, 2017.  She was born on January 8, 1926 to Joseph and Anna Knipping in Galveston Texas.  She married Marius Hubbell in Galveston, Texas and was happily married until his death in 1982.  Together they had 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Seven years after Marius’ passing, she met and married George Britt. They were happily married for 23 years, until his death in 2010.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Her hobbies included baking, knitting, sewing and embroidery. She made many beautiful garments for her family and was known for her meticulous heirloom pieces.  Her legacy of love, family and friends will forever live in the hearts of those who knew her. 

Mercedes was also preceded in death by her parents; son, John; and brother, Carl.

She is survived by Marius Jr (wife, Virginia), Kathleen (husband, Sven), Carl (wife, Renee), Barbara (David), Patrick (wife, Lisa), Thomas (wife, Stephanie); 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; many family members and friends.  She will also be missed by her beloved Bichon Frise, Fluffy, who was her constant companion. 

A celebration of her life will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, with funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598.  Condolences can be made to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Judy Kaye (Gardner) Meshell

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Judy Kaye (Gardner) Meshell

7/29/1950 - 5/9/2017

Judy Kaye Gardner Meshell, 66, of Pearland, TX passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  She was born July 29, 1950 to Dorothy Gardner in Houston, TX.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life Ronnie Meshell and her parents.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Markert and her husband Larry and Karen Garrett and her husband Steve; son, Jonathan Meshell and his wife Mandy; grandson, Joseph Garrett; granddaughters, Lauren Markert, Haley Bass, Kyler Garrett, Mackenzie Meshell, and Addison Meshell; one great-grandson, Liam; sister, Shirley Bradley; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 12:00 P.M to 1:00 PM. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with the funeral service following at 1:00 P.M with Dr. Jim Hastings officiating.  She will be laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Meshell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.


 
Adele Gerhard Mutchler

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Adele Gerhard Mutchler

11/7/1924 - 5/8/2017

Adele Louise Gerhard Mutchler passed from this life on May 8, 2017 in Houston, Harris County Texas. 

Adele was born at her grandparents home, Herman and Marie Gerhard, on the Carancahua River, in Jackson County on November 7, 1924 to Paul John and Anna Eloge Gerhard. She was their third daughter.  Adele was raised in the Duetschburg Community in Jackson County with her 5 sisters and one brother. Adele attended the one room Deutschburg Community School and later Palacios High School. After graduating high school Adele attended Texas Women’s College in Denton for a semester or so.  During World War II Adele worked at US Army Camp Hulen near Palacios and later at US Army Air Corp Base, Foster Field, near Victoria.  After the war Adele moved to Austin, Texas and worked for the Texas Employment Commission.  Adele always remembered her time in Austin with fondness and always said if she had her druthers she would move back to Austin.  During 1947 Adele met John V. Mutchler and they were married at her parents’ home in Deutschburg on October 25, 1947.  Adele and John started their family with the birth of Allen in 1948 and a subsequent move to Lafayette, LA where Ralph was born in 1950.  Adele and John moved to Fort Worth where Gary, 1953, Gordon 1954, and Glenn 1956 were born.  Adele and family then moved to Southern California in 1962, returning to Texas in 1965 when she and her family settled in Alvin, TX.  Adele was active in her children’s lives and activities.  Adele supported John’s career and was active in the Lutheran Church, editing the church newsletter and sponsoring the youth group.  After the last son, Glenn, was in high school Adele followed her own path and started a 30 year career with several companies in sales, executive secretary, and finally as office manager and bookkeeper.  Adele, during her professional career, was a member of and active in the Mimosa Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association  where she received an award for Business Woman of the Year from the Chapter.  Adele lost her son Gordon in 1985 and her husband John in 1994.  A few years later she developed a relationship with an old schoolmate from her high school years, Phil Wilson.  Adele and Phil married in 1998 in Bay City, TX. Adele loved square dancing, big band music from the 1940’s, playing 42, large family and friend get togethers and traveling with husbands John and Phil in their RV’s.  Probably second to her sons she loved to talk about being raised on the farm in Deutschburg, her family, working in the hay field with her father and trips from Deutschburg to Chicago in 1931 and 1945 to visit Gerhard relatives.

Adele was preceded in death by her parents; husbands John V. Mutchler and Phil Wilson; son Gordon Mutchler; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Oswald Kubecka, Emma and Jim Williams, Bertha and Frank Stewart, and Anna and Norvel Sells.

Adele is survived by her sons and their families: Allen and Jane Mutchler, granddaughter Tracy and husband Prescott Small and great grandsons Nicolaus and Zachary; grandson Paul and wife Jenae Mutchler, great grandson Devin; Ralph and Sheri Mutchler, grandson John and wife Kathy Mutchler, great grandchildren Caitlyn and Michael; Gary and Adana Mutchler; Glenn and Charlotte Mutchler, grandchildren Matthew and wife Amy, great grandson Owen, granddaughter Heather and husband Porfirio Arguellez, great granddaughter Adilynn; grandson Gordon Mutchler; granddaughter Lauren and husband Robert Craven, great granddaughter Mary Adele; and grandsons Jonathan and Collin Piecuch; and granddaughter Mary and husband Kevin Wilson and great grandsons William and Thomas.  

Adele is also survived by brother Paul J. Gerhard and wife Frankie and sister Irene Lacroix and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a Memorial Fund for Adele Mutchler, Alvin Lutheran Church, 1800 FM 1462, Alvin, TX 77511.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Alvin Lutheran Church, 1462 FM 1462, Alvin, TX 77511.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome,com.

 
Christopher Rulon Beaver

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Christopher Rulon Beaver

7/20/1974 - 5/3/2017

Christopher Rulon Beaver, 42, passed away on May 3, 2017 in Houston, TX.  Christopher was born on July 20, 1974 in Ventura, CA.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Lorna Daley Zeitler

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Lorna Daley Zeitler

3/20/1932 - 5/5/2017

Lorna Daley Zeitler, 85, passed away on May 5, 2017 in Webster, TX.  She was born on March 20, 1932 in Vermilion Alberta Canada to parents, Edwin W. and Anna Jane (Bowsfield) Daley.  Lorna obtained a nursing degree from Royal Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton Alberta Canada.  She met and married the love of her life, Edward O. Zeitler, while working in San Diego as a nurse.  In 1962, employment for NASA brought them to Friendswood where they built a home and raised two sons, Mark and Scott.  Lorna worked at Methodist Hospital and then, along with two other ladies, opened the Friendswood Children’s House (Montessori School) in 1975, of which they owned for 30 years. This created a lasting legacy of her love for kids and families for generations.  She attended Hope Lutheran Church for almost 50 years and became part of the Stephens Ministry.  She was active in Friendswood politics for decades and supported her husband when he held office for 10 years as a city councilman.  Lorna loved to travel the world, spending time with her family and friends.  Her pastimes included her membership in the FIG (Friendswood Investment Group), red hat ladies, and devotion to numerous local causes and charities.  She was a tireless advocate for children, families, and the less fortunate.  Her unselfish love and memories that she created will be cherished by all that knew her.

Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Edward O. Zeitler and her parents, Edwin and Anna Daley.

She is survived by her sons, Mark Zeitler and Scott Zeitler; daughter in law, Aimee Zeitler; two beloved grandchildren, Matthew and Robin Zeitler; sister, Mickey Bastell; brother, William Daley; nieces, Dena and Lori; and nephew, Kelly; and many family members and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, TX.

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Barbara Burkett Lilley

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Barbara Burkett Lilley

3/19/1939 - 5/7/2017

Barbara Burkett Lilley, 78, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother of Pearland, Texas passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017.  She was born March 19, 1939 to Oscar B. Burkett and Florine Cline Burkett in Marietta, Oklahoma.

Barbara was born in Marietta, Oklahoma and moved to Texas when she was five years old.  She spent her youth in Friendswood and Pearland, Texas.  She graduated from Pearland High School in 1957.  She attended Sam Houston State where she met the love of her life, Claude.  They were married in 1958 and lived in Jacinto City until 1966.  That year they moved to Pearland and made that their home and joined the First United Methodist Church.  Barbara and Claude have always had servant’s hearts and over the years volunteered countless hours in the community.  Their sons were very active in little league and High School sports. Barbara loved attending football games at the High School, College and Professional levels.

She was an active member of the Republican Women’s Association.   Barbara was always proud that the Burkett family moved to Pearland in 1937 and she was an active member of the Pearland Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Florine, father, Biffle and two brothers, Bob and Don Burkett.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Claude; their two sons, Kyle and his wife Kristi of Santa Fe, Texas and Keith of Pearland, Texas; grandchildren, Trent, Justin and Alyssa and her husband Jonathan Williams; brothers, Ronny and his wife Laurie of Friendswood, Texas; their children Rusty and his wife Melissa; their children, Zach, Sami, Tori and Marcy and her daughter Casey and Bill Burkett and his wife Peachie; their children, Lee, Bobby,Jeanette and Mindy; sister-in-law Pat Burkett; great grandchildren, Tyler Williams and Nathan Williams who will be born in August; honorary daughter Rebecca Goins Lilley of El Lago, TX; nieces, Kim and her husband Bill, their children, Eryn and Billy, their grandson William. Toni and her husband Joe, their children Joey and Lindsey; their granddaughter Leighton and Lisa and her husband John; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.

Pallbearers will include, Trent Lilley, Justin Lilley, Zach Burkett, Cody Bernstein, Brandon Garcia and Joey Longoria.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, Texas 76708.

Condolences may be sent to the Lilley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Charleen Noyer Magliolo

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Charleen Noyer Magliolo

1/17/1932 - 5/2/2017

Charleen Noyer Magliolo, 85, of Houston, TX went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 2, 2017.  She was born on January 17, 1932 in Albuquerque, NM to parents, Charles and Vivian (Evans) Noyer.  Charleen loved the Lord and was a devoted member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Friendswood, TX.   She was the proud owner of Bay Area Racquet Club from 1979 until 2009.  Some of her favorite hobbies included playing tennis, spending time with friends and traveling.  Her favorite pastime was spent cooking for her family and friends, as she was a wonderful hostess of many fun parties.  We all have a very stylish angel watching over us from Heaven.

Charleen was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Magliolo; parents; son, Bill A. Todd, Jr.; and daughter, Debbie Todd Gage.

She is survived by her daughter in law, Debbie Todd; grandchildren, Nicole Gage Contreras and husband Noah, Brett Todd and fiancé Paige Neese, and Brittany Todd Schneider and husband Gregory; great grandchildren, Noelle Contreras, Nick Contreras and Gideon Schneider; great-great granddaughter, Norah Daniels; devoted companion, Carl Watkins; many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1207 Winding Way Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-482-7630. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up for a bench at Bay Area Racquet Club in memory of Joe and Charleen Magliolo and can be sent to Magliolo Memorial Fund, 18222 Carriage Lane, Houston, TX 77058 or donations can be sent to MD Anderson Cancer Research at www.gifts.mdanderson.org/donate

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Virginia

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Virginia "Jiny" L. August

5/17/1921 - 5/4/2017

Virginia L. (Brown) August died peacefully in Pearland, TX on May 4, 2017 at the age of 95.  Jiny was born on May 17, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri to James and Josie Brown. After high school, she joined the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” at North American Aviation in North Kansas City. She graduated from Central Bible College in 1951 and moved to California where she met and married her beloved, Joseph V. August, in 1966. She was widowed in 1968. After working for the Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service, she found her calling as a purchaser in the engineering department at Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) in San Jose, CA where she worked until her retirement in 1983. After retiring, Jiny took on a second career as an ESL tutor at San Jose City College. She moved to Friendswood, TX in 2001 but proudly never gave up her love for California.

Jiny loved the Lord and devoted her life to Christ in 1942. Although she never had children of her own, she was a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews, ensuring they learned proper manners and introducing them to the finer things in life. She loved to cook and shared her culinary skills and recipes with family and friends. She also loved to sing in the church choir, was a big Giants/Astros baseball fan, never missed watching a single Masters Golf Tournament and diligently solved crossword puzzles daily.

Jiny was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Christine Hartley and husband Bob; and brother in law, George Heideman.

She is survived by her sister, Claudia Heideman of Pearland, TX; nieces Zelda Keckler of Pearland, TX and Patty (George) Dillon of Friendswood, TX; nephews Peter (Pamela) Hartley of League City, TX, Paul (Stephanie) Hartley and Matthew Hartley of Rye, NH; great nieces and nephews, Shaun, Laura, Kyler, Kaver, Gwyneth, Gracynn, Regan and Chelsea.

A memorial service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. She will be buried in California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to the music ministry at Hope Lutheran Church.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Sandra Rush Bell

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Sandra Rush Bell

8/5/1941 - 5/2/2017

Sandra Mae Rush Bell (affectionately known as “Sandi”), 75, was born on August 5, 1941 to Wendell and Alice (Barnes) Rush in Centralia, Illinois.  After a long battle with respiratory illness, Sandra departed this life on May 2, 2017 in Friendswood, Texas.               

Sandra accepted Christ at an early age.  She was a member of Ricks Chapel AME Church in Centralia,

and had continued to pay her tithes to Ricks Chapel AME for the past 30 years.  While attending Ricks Chapel AME, Sandra actively participated in Sunday school and church youth fellowship services.

Sandra attended public school in Centralia, Illinois where she graduated with “Honors” from Centralia

Township High School.  Following graduation from high school, Sandra attended Chicago Teachers

College, where she received her B.S. degree in Education. While attending Chicago Teachers College,

Sandra became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was a 50 year member of 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  After graduation from Chicago Teachers College, Sandra was employed at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois.   It was at this time when she met the love of her life, George Bell, who she married on January 29, 1966 in Centralia, Illinois.

After Sandra’s wedding, she and her husband moved to Washington, D.C. where she was employed by

IBM Corporation as a Computer Programmer, working mainly in the U.S. Pentagon Department area. She transferred to the Houston area (Friendswood, Texas) to work on the NASA Space Program at Johnson Space Flight Center for IBM Corporation in 1975.  During her work on the Space Program, Sandra held positions as Software System Engineer, Manager, Senior Manager and System Design Requirements.  She retired from IBM Corporation after 30 years of employment in 1996.

Sandra, after retiring from IBM, formed her own delivery service, “RUSH IT”, where she worked for

several employers delivering and/or picking up items as requested by some businesses located in the  

Friendswood, Texas area.  She was very active in community related activities in the Friendswood area.  She was a member of the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce for two (2) years.  She was also a member of the Toast Masters of Friendswood.  After 12 years of running her pickup / delivery business, Sandra decided to retire and enjoy life. 

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Wendell and Alice (Barnes) Rush; brothers, Harold Lee Rush and William W. Rush; sisters, Ella Mae Rush and Doris Jean Meeks; nephews, Lamar Meeks, Norman Meeks, Harold Stanley Rush, Alden Rush and Darwin Rush; niece Deborah Johnson; sister-in law Freddie Mae Rush.

Sandra leaves to cherish her loving memory, her devoted husband George Bell; brothers, Henry Rush (Centralia,IL), Vernon (Rosa) Rush; sister-in-law’s,  Dorothy Rush and Geneva Rush; brother-in-law Henry Bell (Lexington, KY); nieces,  Abcjean McGill (William), Judy Meeks-Hakim, Rhudine (Larry) Steel, Jocelyn Rush and Rolanda Braden; nephews, Harold Lee Rush Jr, Gerald Rush, Bruce (Monique) Rush, Reginald Rush, Raphael (Diane) Rush, and Dietrich (Kimberly) Rush; and a host of relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.

Condolences may be sent to the Bell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Reverend Wineva Kathryn Hankamer

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Reverend Wineva Kathryn Hankamer

1/7/1946 - 4/27/2017

Reverend Wineva Kathryn Hankamer, 71, of Alvin, TX passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Webster, TX. She was born January 7, 1946 to Jess Hankamer and Olivia Madera Hankamer in Alvin, TX.

After many years serving at various churches in the Houston and Beaumont area, she retired from the United Methodist Church in 2014. She was selfless and patient and enjoyed helping others.

She worked with many ministries and mission groups including the UM Army, Deaf Ministry, Mission U and has participated in mission trips to Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Haiti.

Wineva was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her four brothers, Jorge Hankamer, Noel Hankamer, Nathan (Ted) Hankamer and Orville Hankamer; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; countless cousins and many adopted family members.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on 611 W. South Street in Alvin Texas on May 6, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Deaf Ministry of the Methodist Church or to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah.  Two of Wineva’s favorite causes.

Condolences may be sent to the Hankamer family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
James

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James "Jim " Foster Babb

3/23/1936 - 5/1/2017

James “Jim” Babb was born in Abilene, TX on March 23, 1936 to Vada and Jesse Babb.  He attended Abilene High School and graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a degree in Geology, in 1959.

Jim was a member of the Saddle Tramps and a die-hard fan of Texas Tech all his life.

Jim married Bertha Ann “Buddie” Bellemin from Grand Coteau, LA in 1964.  They have one daughter, Tricia Cegielski and husband Alan; 3 granddaughters, Teale Ann Malone and husband Joey, Tess Marie Horbach and Tehya Noelle Horbach.  Jim loved to be involved in their sports which included soccer, basketball, swimming and water polo.  Most recently, loved supporting Tehya with her show pigs and hearing about all of her Friendswood High School FFA activities.

He had many hobbies.  His passion for reading went beyond measure.  Texas history and mysteries were his favorites.  The kindle saved their house from collapsing from the weight of his books.  Golf, hunting and fishing in New Mexico and Canada were other activities he enjoyed.  He worked with stained glass and grew gourds to decorate.  He was very interested in watching all sports on TV.  Jim also knew his way around a BBQ pit, smoking brisket for church functions and to give family and friends.

What a guy!

Jim also loved traveling and enjoyed their trips to Europe and Asia.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the John Knox Presbyterian Church, 2525 Gessner Rd. Houston, TX 77080.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to either John Knox Presbyterian or Texas Tech University.

Condolences may be sent to the Babb family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Ethel M. Dawson

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Ethel M. Dawson

9/27/1926 - 4/30/2017

Ethel M Dawson, 90, of Alvin, Texas, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 30th, 2017 while holding the hands of her girls and Amber who prayed until she took her last breath. Joyfully going to be with her almighty God. She flitted like a butterfly to heaven joining her husband of 70 years, Bert H Dawson for his 95th birthday party, how exciting for them. Ethel M (Mhore) Dawson was born September 27, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. Ethel moved with her family to Alvin, Texas in 1969. Ethel loved dancing, singing, drawing and painting, playing bingo at the Senior Center and Karaoke.  She had a passion for teaching first grade Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at Heights Baptist Church for over 40 years. Ethel was the definition of pure joy and happiness as she inspired everyone she met.

Ethel is survived by daughters, Deborah Legett and husband, Jon, Diane Boff and husband, Randy, Denise Dawson, and Darla Bower and husband, Troy; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Heights Baptist Church, 1951 County Road 144, Alvin, Texas 77511, with a memorial service following at 11:00 A.M.  Family asks for donations to be made in her memory to Alvin Meals on Wheels, Actions Senior Center or the St. Jude’s foundation.

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com

 
Michael Alan Massey

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Michael Alan Massey

6/5/1968 - 4/29/2017

Michael Alan Massey, age 48 of Friendswood Texas, unexpectedly passed away on April 29, 2017.  He was born June 5, 1968 to Donald R. Massey and Patricia J. Vest Massey in Orange, CA.  The youngest of three boys, Michael was a devoted son and a loving brother. He graduated from La Quinte High School in 1985. He married Stacy Ann Plotnikov on August 25th, 1997.  They enjoyed over 20 years together and during that time had three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter.

A long time employee of United Airlines, he traveled often in the course of his work and made friends all over the world. Michael was blessed with the gift to make everyone he met feel like family; he was a kind and gracious host and all were welcome and well cared for in his home. He loved to bring home special gifts from his travels, he was always thinking of others.

Michael had a joy for life and lived it to the fullest. He loved to travel with his family, was an avid fisherman and a passion for physical fitness, running in the New York Marathon representing United Airlines.  Michael had a special love for the Hawaiian Islands and visited often. He took joy in island music; a wonderful ukulele player, Michael would serenade his wife and kids. He loved the ocean and beach, and enjoyed kayaking and jet skiing.

He was a loving husband, father, and friend.  A man of strong faith, Michael dearly loved the Lord and we are comforted by the knowledge that he is with Him rejoicing.  Let us celebrate his life and legacy.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Stacy; children, Sean, Jenna and Kyle; parents, Janie and Norm Olson; uncle, Richard Vest; siblings, Robert Massey, Donald Massey, Cara Meade, Chip Meade, Brindi Shepard and Tim Massey; nieces and nephews, Ryan Massey, David Massey, Robert Massey and Valerie Massey; and many other relatives and cherished friends.  His father, Donald, preceded him in death.

An outstanding man who will be missed by many, Michael is now on Aloha time. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281)992-7200.

Condolences may be sent to the Massey family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Kenneth Duane Hubenak

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Kenneth Duane Hubenak

5/31/1968 - 4/27/2017

Kenneth “Kenny” Duane Hubenak, 48, of Houston, TX passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX.  Kenny was born on May 31, 1968 in Alvin, TX to his parents Edmund Jr. and Helen (Korenek) Hubenak.  

Living life to the fullest, Kenny touched many lives during his 48 years here on earth.  He graduated from Friendswood High School in 1986, with the class motto being “Fire Up Friendswood, Fire Up.” He went on to earn a finance degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  He worked at WorleyParsons for many years where he made countless lifelong friendships.  Anyone who knew Kenny knew he loved his family and that his daughter, Brooke, was the light of his life.  His life was complete the day she was born and he carried her on a pedestal.  She was “Daddy’s little princess”.  Kenny had a love for nature and would spend every free moment fishing on his boat or hunting in a field with his buddies.  He loved traveling back to his mother’s hometown of Nada, TX to hunt on the prairie every chance he could, with his buddies in tow.  Kenny was the life of the party everywhere he went.  There was never a dull moment with him around.  He had a special way of putting a smile on anyone’s face with one of his many stories.  He would have everyone crying (tears of laughter) when he told one of his famous stories.  He was always there to help when needed.  Kenny was able to make the ultimate gift to help those in need by giving the anatomical gift of life to multiple people he never met.    

Kenny was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edmund Sr. and Bessie (Krenek) Hubenak and his maternal grandparents, Richard and Adela (Pavlu) Korenek. 

He is survived by his parents Edmund Jr. and Helen Hubenak; his daughter, Brooke Hubenak; Brooke’s mother, Jennifer Hubenak, and half-sister Heather Woods, all of Friendswood, TX; along with his godparents, David H. Hubenak and his spouse Barbara of Wallis, TX.  Kenny had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends that will miss him dearly.  

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX.  Recitation of the Rosary and celebration of a Funeral Mass will also be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX.  Immediately following the Funeral Mass, the family welcomes everyone to a reception in the Main Hall of the Parish Center at Mary Queen Catholic Church.  The reception will last until 3:00 p.m. and will include a catered meal.  Following the reception, Kenny will depart from Friendswood at about 3:00 p.m. and make his last journey home to Nada, TX where he will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery around 5:00 p.m. 

Pallbearers will be: David H. Hubenak, James Salyer, Parker Garcia, Clay Myers, Ty Richmond and Ken Groba.

Honorary pallbearers will be: David W. Hubenak, Robert Hubenak, Eugene Hubenak, Michael Hubenak, Milton Hollis, James “Jim” Korenek, Richard “Dick” Korenek, Roland “Buzz” Bellard and Damon Hall.

Condolences may be sent to the Hubenak family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com. 

 
Dorothy M. Powell

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Dorothy M. Powell

6/4/1931 - 4/24/2017

Dorothy M. Powell, 85, of Friendswood, TX, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at 4:39 P.M., at Friendswood Health Care Center with her niece Nancy Pavlas by her side.  Ms. Powell was born on June 4, 1931, in Sulphur, LA.  She was a resident of Houston, TX for the past 60 years and spent her last 8 years in Friendswood, TX.

Aunt Dot loved cooking, gardening, sewing, her niece’s dogs and traveling to Alaska every year for the dog races.  She enjoyed life and taking care of others.  She loved her time with her niece, Nancy Leger Pavlas, especially when she was twirling her around the dance floor at the nursing home.  The smile on her face was priceless every time they went around the dance floor.  She loved The Throw Together Band that played once a month, for the residences at the nursing home.

A special thanks to her family she made at Friendswood Health Care Center, for the love and care the staff gave her while she was a resident.  They truly made a home for her there and they will never be forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fernest Mouton, mother, Agnes Meaux Mouton, her two sons, Ronnie Powell and Ricky Powell, her three sisters and one brother, Evelyn Nordyke, Jerry Jones, Elsie Johnston, and Roy Mouton.

Survivors include her two sisters, Jean Rice of Houston, TX, Anna R. Leger of Sulphur LA, her two granddaughters, Kelly Pellecchia of Grapevine, TX, Devin Powell of Baytown, TX, two great grandkids and lots of nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of her life will be held at Friendswood Health Care Center on May 6, 2017 at 2:00P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to Amed Community Hospice, 8901 Emmet F Lowery Express Way, Suite B, Texas City, TX 77591.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home in Friendswood, TX.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Connor Richard Krebs

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Connor Richard Krebs

12/16/2016 - 4/22/2017

Connor Richard Krebs, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the age of 4 ½ months.  He was born December 16, 2016 to Kameron C. Krebs and Kailee M. Ashby Krebs in Houston, TX.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of Latter-Day Saints, 3311 Southfork Dr., Pearland, TX 77584 with Bishop Geoffrey H. Tonini officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Krebs family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Father Donald Kenneth Thomas, M.S.

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Father Donald Kenneth Thomas, M.S.

11/5/1930 - 4/24/2017

Father Donald Kenneth Thomas, M.S., who was living in retirement with the La Salette Community in Hartford, CT, died April 24, 2017 at Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center in Webster, TX. He was born in Jermyn, PA, son of the late Raymond A. Thomas and Claire (Fitzpatrick) Thomas, the ninth of ten children. In 1944 he attended the La Salette Seminary in Hartford, CT and entered the Novitiate of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in Bloomfield, CT on July 1, 1948. He made First Profession of Vows on July 2, 1949. After completing his studies at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, MA, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 11, 1957 at the La Salette Shrine Church.

Following ordination he was appointed Professor and Spiritual Director at the La Salette Seminary in Jefferson City, MO; Director of Vocations in St. Louis, MO; and the Parochial Assistant at Our Lady of La Salette Church in Berkley, MI for six years. He also served parishes in Avondale, LA, Jasper, TX, and Sulphur, LA.  In the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston he served as Assistant Pastor at St. Peter the Apostle Church, Houston from 1968-1979; and then as pastor from 1972-1978. He also served as Pastor of Mary Queen Parish, Friendswood, TX from 1982-1988. He also was elected to serve as Vicar to the Provincial for one term of the Provincial Council in St. Louis, MO.

Since retiring to Hartford in 2001, he found joy and support from the La Salette Community and enjoyed ministering in various parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The driving force in Fr. Thomas’ life  was his great love of being a Missionary of La Salette and serving the people of God. On the 50th anniversary of his ordination he expressed his sincere thanks for the support that the La Salette Community had given him in the form of education, community life, and the opportunity to serve God’s people in a variety of ministries.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Fr. Thomas is survived by one brother, William P. Thomas and his wife, Johanna, of Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by eight siblings: four brothers, Raymond, Henry, Francis, John, and four sisters: Romayne, Mariclare, Lucille and Eleanor.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Mary Queen Church at 11 a.m. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. and recitation of the Rosary at 10 a.m.

Burial will be at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT.

Contributions to his memory may be made to: Missionaries of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330; or Mary Queen Parish, Friendswood, TX.

To share a memory with the La Salette Community or his family, please visit www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Shirley Jo Upton

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Shirley Jo Upton

3/13/1948 - 4/17/2017

Shirley Jo Upton, 69, of Pasadena, TX passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017.  She was born March 13, 1948 to Clay Upton, Sr. and Pauline Darby Upton in New Orleans, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Clayton Joseph Upton; sisters Nancy Thomas and Norma Sue Ferrier.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Jack Belland; daughters, Holly Spry, Stacey Davis, Cassie Zeledon and Nicole Salassi; former husband, Gene Aucoin; brothers, David Upton and Clay Upton, Jr; sisters, Brenda Simoneaux and Alice Blackwell; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Waggaman, 401 Azalea Dr., Waggaman, LA 70094 with Rev. Frank Romero officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Upton family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Susan Jayne Zapf

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Susan Jayne Zapf

11/29/1941 - 4/21/2017

Susan Jayne Zapf of Webster, Texas passed away on April 21, 2017.  She was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Richard W. Atkinson and Dagny Constance Christianson.

She married John D. Zapf on June 30, 1962 and they were stationed in Minnesota, Texas, and Colorado during his service as a medical doctor in the Army. They returned to Monticello, Minnesota and Susie raised her three boys and supported her husband in his medical practice. “Grandma Susie” was known for telling stories, enjoying Broadway musicals, instilling this love of musicals in her grandchildren, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed red cardinals and spending time at the cabin on Long Lake with her husband and children.

Susie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dr. John D. Zapf.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Zapf (guardian son) and daughter-in-law, Susan Zapf, and two grandsons, Christopher and Joshua Zapf of Friendswood, Texas; son, Peter Zapf of Chicago, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Zapf and grandson, Jonathan Zapf of Southbend, Indiana; son, Paul Zapf and granddaughter, Haily Mae Zapf of Olympia, Washington and grandson, Justin Zapf of Andrews, Texas, and their mother Lyndi Zapf; and her sisters, Judy Franson of Milledgeville, Georgia and Doris Jensen of Rochester, Minnesota.

Susie had many friends and family residing in Minnesota. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in St. Cloud, Minnesota with date to be announced.

Condolences may be sent to the Zapf family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
 

 

 

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