Gerald “Jerry” Vincent Maksymowski, 77, of Conroe, TX passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018. He was born October 16, 1940 to Vincent H. Maksymowski and Ruth VanStee Maksymowski in Cascade, MI.
Jerry was a loving husband and wonderful father. He always looked at the brighter side of life. He loved spending his time with family fishing, hunting, and truly enjoyed spending time with his wife and friends in Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Brian Joseph Maksymowki.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Patricia Ann Maksymowski; sons, Christopher Allen Maksymowski, Vincent James Maksymowski and Aaron Daniel Maksymowski; sisters, Joyce Maxim and Connie Reynolds; grandchildren, Christopher Frank Maksymowski and Vincent Joseph Hunter Maksymowski; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood, Friendswood, TX 77546. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Maksymowski family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Linda Jean Corry Bradshaw, 56, of Friendswood, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Linda was born on November 15, 1961 in Bethpage, NY to parents Howard and Amy (Jennings) Corry.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on March 23, 2018 at The Harbor, 2821 W. Parkwood, Friendswood, TX 77546 with Pastor David Miller officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Bradshaw family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Elinda Lou Smith Hoff Dittmar passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home in Webster, Texas with her beloved husband, Frank Dittmar by her side. Elinda was born February 17, 1941 to her late parents Sadie Edna Purdom Smith and Carl Dewey Smith.
Lin, as many called her, was a member of the first graduating class of South Houston High School in 1959. She attended Lillie Jolly School of Nursing in 1961. She then attended Braniff Flight Attendant School and worked for the airlines through 1963. On her flight route from Houston through Chicago she met Thomas Hoff and they married in 1963 and had two sons, Thomas Keith Hoff and Daniel Joseph Hoff. Lin raised her sons in the Houston area and worked for Trunkline Gas Pipeline and was a very active volunteer with the Braniff Clipped Wings organization. She then became a pharmaceutical representative and covered the Houston area from 1977 through her retirement in 2001. On the side Lin enjoyed being an Avon representative. In April of 1997 Lin married the Love of her Life, Frank Dittmar. They shared their love for traveling, camping, & spending time with their grandchildren. Lin adored her grandchildren and her favorite moments was watching them play their sports or attending dance events. She was also blessed with many friends, old and new.
Lin will be remembered for being a devoted mother, grandmother & friend, how proud she was of her family, the strength & courange she showed through raising her sons, building her careers and her hard fought battle with cancer, and most special was her love for Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lin is survied by her husband; siblings, Rhana K. Williams and Carl Smith; children, Thomas Hoff and wife Tammy, Daniel Hoff and wife Kimberly, Frank Dittmar and wife Chrissy, Mark Dittmar and wife Kelly, Amanda Janton and husband Jeremy; grandchildren, Daniel Hoff, Thomas M. Hoff, Ryan Hoff, Jessica Hoff, Kirsti Roberts, Sean Roberts, Michael Dittmar, Christa Dittmar, Shane Dittmar, Faith Dittmar, Lillian Howard, Sage Stevens, Benjium Dittmar, Sarah Dittmar, Bailey Janton, and Sarah Jantonn; greatgrand Children, Shay Dittmar; nieces, Sonya Smith, Deborah Smith, Jenny Carter; nephew, Darren Williams; numerous counsins and a long list of friends.
Heaven has gained the most beautiful Angel who will continue to watch over us & guide us with her love.
A memorial service will be held at Gateway Church in Clear Lake,Texas in early February.
Condolences may be sent to the Dittmar family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Ronald Selton Kickler, a retired pharmacist with a long history serving customers at HEB, Randalls, Apple Tree and Safeway stores, died January 16, 2018, at age 65 at his home in Friendswood. Ron was born August 7, 1952, in Pasadena, Texas, to Selton Noble Kickler and Helen Cates Kickler. After graduating from Pasadena High School in 1970, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1974 and graduated from the University’s School of Pharmacy in 1976.
Ron was always kind to his pharmacy customers, giving them a few extra minutes to talk when he could. His listening was much appreciated, which was never more clear than during the holidays every year, when he’d bring home stacks of cards and plates full of baked goods and boxes of candy.
Ron married Ann Walters in 1974, and in 1977 they welcomed a daughter, Sarah. They later divorced. He married Maureen Jones in 1985, becoming father to Matthew. Ron and Maureen married again, for good measure, in 1996, and lived in Pearland and Friendswood over the course of their laughter-filled relationship. Ron was passionate about “Star Wars” and J.R.R. Tolkien, rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy annually, and he taught his kids it was cool to be a nerd (before it was actually cool to be a nerd).
Ron was preceded in death by his wife Maureen in 2015; his parents; and his brother, John Kickler.
Survivors include his daughter Sarah Kickler Kelber of Salem, Oregon; son Matthew Jones of Friendswood, Texas; son-in-law Judah Kelber and grandsons Isaac and Aaron Kelber, all of Salem, Oregon.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Gale Town officiating. Please do not even consider wearing a tie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org, where he was a lifelong, multi-gallon donor.
Bryan Wayne Denham, 60, of Alvin, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Bryan was born on October 30, 1957 in Houston to parents William and Dahlia (Busby) Denham. He started his career at a young age of 17 at Reid Electric. He continued his passion with electric working for Atec electric, Appelt electric, Wood Group, and finished his career out as a journeyman with the City of Alvin. He was an active member of the Sons of American Legion. Brian was a kind, hard-working, and committed friend to all. He loved being around his family and friends. His kind heart was known by all and many confided in him to keep a secret or to help solve a problem. He would give the shirt off of his back or his last dollar to help a friend in need. He loved telling jokes, making people laugh, and had a smile that could light up a room.
Bryan was a wonderful dad and grandfather. He was young at heart and enjoyed being around kids and accepted all of them as his own. He would take them fishing or bike riding around Alvin. He enjoyed driving his Kubota or his golf cart and would give any willing participant a ride anywhere. Being outdoors was a favorite of his. He would spend all night by a fire to smoke a brisket to feed his family and friends or spend his time camping in the woods or on the beach.
Bryan left a lasting impression on everyone that cannot be replaced. He will be loved and missed by all that knew him and the memories he created will be treasured forever.
Bryan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dahlia Denham; and brother, William Scott Denham.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Denham; son, Jesse Denham; daughter, Andrea Mangold and husband Jason; beloved grandchildren, Mekenzie, Wyatt and Ty Mangold; brother, Steven Denham and wife Kathy; sister, Donna Rahimi and husband Reza; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews; and his closest and dearest friends, Claudia Reid-Jackson, Howard Sutter and Sherry Rose.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 10:00 A.M., with Rev. Reza Rahimi officiating. Interment will be at Confederate Cemetery at a later time.
Condolences may be sent to the Denham family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Joe Ann Mitchell Williams, 80, went to be in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after a long illness on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Houston Hospice in Houston, TX. Joe Ann was born July 30, 1937 in Houston, TX to the late Merle Oscar Mitchell, Sr. and Marie (Boudreaux) Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle Oscar Mitchell Sr and Marie Boudreaux Mitchell, brothers, Merle Oscar Mitchell, Jr. and Daniel Jean Mitchell, and sisters, Gertrude Marie Mitchell Haferkamp and Bessie Ellender. She leaves behind her husband George Kenneth Williams, daughter Nanette Kettler and husband Paul Kettler. She was “Mimi” (a title she treasured) to her granddaughter, Stacy Anderson and husband Chris Anderson, grandson, Kenneth C. Kettler, and great grandchildren, Hayden and Harper. She was loved by her numerous nieces and nephews.
She graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston, TX. She was a Christian and a Proverbs 31 woman and attended New Hope Church in Manvel and previously Alvin Bible Church for many, many years. She was a member of Alvin Chapter #15, Order of the Eastern Star (and held numerous offices including Worthy Matron), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), United Daughters of the Confederacy (Oran M. Roberts Chapter), and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Her husband Kenneth knows that God gave her to him at a dance over 60 years ago and she was made just for him.
She passionately loved, cared for, and nurtured her husband, daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She found no greater joy than being with her family and caring for them - whether it be a special lunch, a trip, or just taking care of the everyday necessities. She enjoyed traveling with her family; especially trips to Branson and trips to see the Texas Tenors and Jimmy Fortune.
She was very proud of the family that she raised. Now, she is having a huge reunion with the family and friends that she desperately missed.
A special thank you to her caretaker over this past year, Romana Stanton. You will always have a special place in our heart for the unfailing love, care, and devotion that you showed her over the last year. A special thanks also to Dr Mukesh Patel, Dr Mohammed Siddiqui, Dr. Manu Pillai, who, as her doctors, had such a loving touch and took such good care of her for many years. Also, Houston Hospice for treating her and us with such special care and respect.
In memory of Joe Ann, the family asks that you please perform a random act of kindness in her honor. We would love nothing more than to see her caring nature and legacy passed on to others.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the New Hope Church, 3640 County Rd. 58, Manvel, TX 77578 with Pastor Vince Elder and Pastor Brandon Kennard officating. Interment will follow at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.
Honorary Pallbearers will include Kenneth “KC” Kettler, Paul Kettler, Chris Anderson, Dan Mitchell, Gene Kimble, Gilbert Haferkamp, Jr., Bobby Mitchell, Charlie Holmes and Dale French.
Pallbearers will include Donnie Little, Oscar Moser, Don Hultquist, Don Grubbs, Tim Klein and Jesse Bowman.
Condolences may be sent to the Williams family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Charles Andrew Beers, 93, of Friendswood, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018. He was born on April 15, 1924 in Emporia, Florida to parents John and Rebecca (St. Claire) Beers. Charles proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII. He was an electrical engineer that worked for NASA on the space program and retired after 30 years of employment.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lois Beers; siblings, John Beers, Katherine Williams, Dorothy Cotton and George Beers; and granddaughter, Heather Lee Chennault.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Jeanne Beers; children, Jim Beers and wife Sydney, Patty Bergeron and husband Bryan, Sharon Chennault and husband Scott, and Susan Townley and husband Tony; step-children, Lynn Rawls and husband Larry, Laurie Burkett and husband Ronny, Norman B. Chennault, Jr. (Sonny) and wife Pat, and Kathy Gaddy and husband Ted; brother, Bill Beers and wife Linda; sister in law, Mary Leigh Beers; grandchildren, Michelle Bergeron and husband Nathan, Lisa Bergeron and special friend Tim, Joseph Townley and fiancé Natalia, Nicole Secaira and husband Diego, Hollie Chennault and fiancé Jonathan, and Taylor Beers; great grandchildren, Adriana Secaira and Andy Secaira; and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
Due to the weather, a funeral service will be held in place of the graveside at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, with Bro. Harvey Abke officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Beers family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Elmer Donald Mulder, 96, of Friendswood, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Elmer was born on October 20, 1921 in Sioux Center, Iowa to parents Henry Mulder and Ann (Prins) Mulder. He was an Army veteran of WWII; loving husband, father, and grandfather; and devout Christian.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings; and grandson Jacob Mulder.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Vicki Junck, Michael Mulder and wife Susan, and Tom Mulder and wife Ann; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kara, Lindsey, and Stephen; and great grandchild, Haven.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. Jim Bass officiating. Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Elmer’s name to The Gideons International, PO Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 866-382-4253 or www.gideons.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Mulder family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Eva Jeanette Gill Key, 43, of Angleton, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Eva was born on August 21, 1974 in Beaumont, TX to parents Dimmie and Lola (Commander) Gill.
Eva was preceded in death by Dimmie Gill and Lola Gill; and step father, Robert Thomas.
She is survived by her husband, Rob Key; and David Key (son) Nicholas Gill (son) Megan Guillory (daughter) and Steven Key (son).
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 2:00 P.M., with Rev. David Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Manvel Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Key family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at ww.jeterfuneralhome.com.
David Arthur Bell, 64, passed away on, January 2, 2018. He was born, August 5, 1953, in Fort Worth, TX to Arthur Henry Bell and Frankie Lee Barrett Bell. David grew up in Ft. Worth and attended the University of Texas at Arlington earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics. In 1977, he received a fellowship at Rice University in high energy particle physics and conducted research experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM and Argonne National Laboratory in IL.
In Houston David reconnected with a high school friend, Janet Watson, and they married in, 1981. Their son, Jeremy, was born in 1994, and they raised him in Friendswood, TX. For several years David worked as a geophysicist at Shell Oil and then in, 1986, joined NASA Johnson Space Center where he had a challenging and rewarding career in the aerospace industry until he retired in, 2014. David loved science, reading, comic books, martial arts, music, theater, hunting and traveling. Most of all he loved his family.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Bell, of Clear Lake Shores, TX; by his son, Jeremy Christopher Bell and his wife, Alexis Bell, of St. George, UT; and by his sister, Connie Ferguson, of Lebanon, OH.
He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 10:00 AM, with a reception to follow, at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546, (281) 482-7535.
Condolences may be sent to the Bell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Marcia Juanita Wyckoff Bunch, 75, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at her home in Alvin, Texas. She was born May 13, 1942, in Parsons, Kansas, to Thelma and Maurice Wyckoff.
Marcia graduated from Labette County Community High School in Altamont, Kansas, in 1960. She married Thomas M. Bunch on September 2, 1962, in Altamont, Kansas. Marcia received her Bachelor in Science in Vocational Home Economics Education from Kansas State University in 1964. She taught home economics in El Dorado, Arkansas; Norfolk, Virginia; and Altamont, Kansas, until she began to raise her family.
Following the death of her husband in 1989, Marcia returned to college, earning her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1993. She operated her own practice until her retirement in 2012, caring for countless children, couples, and families.
Marcia was a resident of Alvin, Texas, since 1977 and an active member of First United Methodist Church. Marcia enjoyed being involved with her children’s activities, traveling to National Parks, playing games with her grandkids, visiting with friends, and helping others. She demonstrated determination, courage, and strength that allowed her to do all she wanted to achieve and live the life she wanted to live. Her memory is an inspiration to her family, friends, and community.
Marcia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 26 years, Tom.
Marcia is survived by her children Rebecca Broussard and husband Frank of The Woodlands, Texas; Mark Bunch and wife Erin of Bridge City, Texas; and Cynthia Bunch of Alvin, Texas; grandchildren, Kirsten Broussard and fiancé Morgan Taylor, Timothy Broussard, Thomas Bunch, Matthew Broussard, and Elizabeth Bunch; brothers, Bill Wyckoff and wife Nancy of Altamont, Kansas, and Kirk Wyckoff and wife Connie of Parsons, Kansas; sister-in-law: Debbie Bunch of Austin, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to all the dear friends and caregivers who helped Marcia over the years.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church Alvin, 611 W. South St., Alvin, Texas 77511.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church Alvin with Rev. Mike Mayhugh officiating. Interment will follow at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 611 W. South St., Alvin, Texas, or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2425 Fountain View, Suite 280, Houston, TX 77057.
Condolences may be sent to the Bunch family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Lucille Dulaney Dixon of Pearland, TX and formerly Crockett, passed away on November 3, 2017 after suffering a long illness. Only six months earlier, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, after 58 years of marriage. She deeply adored Charles, and missed him terribly. When she was able, she loved caring for him. And at the end, enjoyed his fondness for her when she could no longer take care of him. She was a devoted wife and mother who was genuinely cherished by her family. She was a twin, born December 26, 1932.
She was also a dedicated employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., now known as AT&T, long before women were common in the workforce. At 17, she left home after high school graduation, moving to the city to begin her career with the phone company. She had a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence that drove her to perform at every task assigned to her. She was devoted to her job, and earned recognition for 22 years of perfect attendance. Once when thick ice covered the streets of Dallas, she arose at 4:00 am to make the commute downtown to be on time for her 8:00 am job. Being tardy was unacceptable!
Lucille was a woman of high integrity, morals and standards above all else. She was a remarkable role model for her children, and all who knew her. One thing she emphasized was the need to fulfill one’s commitments. If she said she would do something, she did it. She was always dependable and trustworthy. She never broke a promise.
She was a wonderful mother to her children, making sacrifices she described as a “labor of love” that came naturally to her. With Charles out on the road driving an 18-wheeler and frequently away from home, she carried the responsibility to maintain the household and care for the children, all while working full time. She wanted her children to have experiences she never had growing up in rural area east Texas. She would often take her two girls and their friends on outings to enjoy things like ice skating or rock concerts. She saw to it that her girls had music lessons. It was important to her that her children were open to trying new things. But she also insisted that her children make every effort to excel at the things they did, in the same manner she lived her own life.
When she found herself spending many days alone after her children were grown and Charles gone on the road, she decided to retire from Southwestern Bell and start a new career, joining him in the big rig. She obtained her commercial driver license, and began traveling with Charles. After several years of traveling together across the US and into Canada, they decided it was time to settle down and move to their farm in Crockett, TX. There, Lucille, still a hard worker, enjoyed her days of raising chickens and gathering eggs, growing a garden, and managing cattle with Charles. It was the happiest years of their lives. Sadly, illness overcame both of them, making it impossible to remain on the farm, and they moved again to be closer to their physicians and their daughter.
Lucille was also preceded in death by her parents, James Allen Dulaney and Ida Jeanette Wise, by her brothers Jimmie Dulaney, Carroll Dulaney and her twin, Lucian Dulaney, and by her stepson Mike Dixon. She is survived by her two daughters, Tamra Evans and husband Bob of Alvin, TX, and Michelle Sundin and husband Chris of Bradenton FL, her stepson Mel Dixon, Jr and wife Nora of Cibolo, TX, her daughter-in-law Betty Dixon of Houston, her sister Laura Cornelius of Crosbyton, TX and her brother Woodrow Cheb Dulaney of Lehigh Acres, FL. Lucille loved her 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, never failing to send them birthday cards across the miles. Today, Lucille walks with the angels, side by side with Charles, no longer suffering from the illness that stole her independence.
A memorial service for Lucille will be held at Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church, at the corner of College and Church Streets in Grapeland, TX on January 15, 2018 at 11:00 am. The family would like to thank all for their support, including the loving staffs of Windsong Care Center and Heart to Heart Hospice. Special thanks to friends Mr. Tom Jones and Mrs. Jackie Porter who were faithful friends in helping Lucille and Charles through their years of illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Dixon’s name to Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 132, Grapeland, TX 75844, or to Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, 7240 Chase Oaks Blvd, Plano, TX 75025.
Condolences may be sent to the Dixon family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Betty Ann Reeves Lee, 82, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She was born March 25, 1935 to Ed Reeves and Margaret Long Reeves in Dalhart, TX.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Billy Joe Lee; parents; and two brothers.
She is survived by her son, Larry Lee; and two grandsons, Levi and Luke.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281)992-7200. Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Lee family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Louis “Buddy” Charles Cernosek, 83, former long-time resident of San Leon, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Buddy was born on October 6, 1934 in Houston, TX to parents Innocent E. and Helen Mae (Anthaume) Cernosek.
Buddy joined the Army in 1954 and proudly served his country. He enjoyed travelling and spent many years going to new places through his work. Belize was his favorite place to travel and he was often referred to by his family as the “unofficial” travel guide for Belize. Some of his hobbies included singing karaoke or cooking at BBQ cook-offs. Buddy’s most precious times were spent with his children and grandchildren. He created many memories that will be treasured by all that knew him.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Theresa Jean Cernosek.
He is survived by his children, Tammy Zientek, Theresa Varnado and husband Jean, and Robert Cernosek; wife, Priscilla Cernosek; sister, Madora Zenner and husband Jim; and grandchildren, Tiffany, Melanie, Andrea and Lily.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 5:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the Reading of the Rosary at 7:00 P.M., with Deacon Russell Carroll.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker St., League City, TX 77573, with Rev. Robert Barras, M.S. officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.
The family requests that anyone wanting to send flowers to please send potted plants or flower arrangements in consideration of the disposition or a contribution may be made in his name to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.pcf.org
Condolences may be sent to the Cernosek family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Gordon James Darling, Sr., 97, of Friendswood, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Gordon was born on June 19, 1920 in Wykoff, MN to parents Oscar and Rose (Hanke) Darling.
Gordon retired to Lorraine's hometown of York, NE after a 35 year career in the Air Force. He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in York. He was very active in the York Lions Club and the York Senior Center until they moved to Friendswood in 2006 to be near his daughter and her family. Gordon and Lorraine loved having company and their home was always open for anyone to come and visit and share a meal.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Lorraine (Jensen) Darling and his daughter, Pauline Moore of North Carolina.
Gordon is survived by his children, Gordon James Darling, Jr. and wife, Elina of Mobile, AL and Sherry McCord and husband Carl of Friendswood, TX. Gordon is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 8 great, great-grandchildren and also 1 sister, Maxine Goetzinger of Aurora, CO.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. David Miller officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the York Senior Center at 725 N. Nebraska Avenue, York, NE, 68467.
Condolences may be sent to the Darling family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Everett Lee Jantz, 68, of Houston, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. Everett was born on August 10, 1949 in Texas City, Texas to Lawrence Lee Jantz and Nora Unruh Jantz. He attended Friendswood Schools from Kindergarten to graduation in 1967. Serving his country, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971. He was chosen to serve for two years in the Naval Honor Guard, at the White House in Washington, D.C., and then on to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Coxswain on the Admiral’s Personal Barge. On November 22, 1972 Everett married Karen Baker. Together they had 5 children.
Everett’ life was large and diversified. He enjoyed every aspect of it which included: master carpenter, pastor, farmer, rancher, welder, sawyer, bee keeper, counselor, raising and training bird dogs, hunter and never missing an opportunity to fish.
Left to cherish his memory and honor his legacy are his wife Karen; his children: Travis, Erin (deceased), Philip, Jarod and Shaylyn along with their families: Trisha, Janet, and Eric; his precious grandchildren: Madison, Destiny, Keirsten, and Katelyn; his sisters: Janie Deathridge, Eileen Fleming and Wanda Brown; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Friendswood Friends Church with Rev. David Bridges officiating. Interment will follow at Friends Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name for a memorial. Donations can be sent directly to Karen Jantz, 2621 Almeda Forest Ct., Houston, TX 77045.
Condolences may be sent to the Jantz family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Elree J. Wilkinson, of Friendswood, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Elree was born on October 30, 1931 in Hollis, Oklahoma. He was the son of Clarence and Leona Wilkinson.
Elree struck out on his own at the young age of 17 and joined the Navy. He served his country bravely and then moved to Lubbock, Texas, where he worked with his cousin in a restaurant venture and met his soon-to-be wife, Theoda Robinson. He attended Texas Tech University and received his degree in Physics in a record setting 2 ½ years.
Elree then moved to China Lake, California to work for the Defense Department. His contributions while he was there included designing missile systems, and in fact he was given an award for one, stating “Ree Wilkinson - The Father of the SW-IE RDV” (sidewinder).
Elree then moved his family to the Houston area (Friendswood) to start his career with NASA. His devotion to NASA and the pursuit of space and technology made his career complete. Over his 30 year Nasa career, many astronauts were proud to be his colleague and friend. But even with all that, he saved time to coach his children in football leagues and baseball, as well. Elree Wilkinson was a unique family Christian man that will be greatly missed.
Elree was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest son, Mark.
He is survived by his loving wife, Theoda; daughter, Gina and husband Billy; son Mike and wife Lali; and grandchildren, Kyra and Tyler.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Frank Possert officiating. Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you send donations to Calvary Houston, 3700 FM 528, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Wilkinson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Louis Joseph Polasek, 71, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. He was born August 1, 1946 to Louis Paul Polasek and Cecelia Hattie Srubar Polasek in Galveston, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Mitchell Polasek.
Louis is survived by his daughter Amy Turner and husband Marcus; son, Louis Polasek, Jr. and partner Melissa White; sister Dorothy Yeager; grandchildren, Joseph Polasek, Martin Turner, Dane Turner, Matthew Allen and Trevor Leuenberger; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Deacon Derick Soares officiating.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Sibi Kunninu, M.S. officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Polasek family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Beverly Jean Cox Burton, 83, of Houston, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017. Beverly was born on August 25, 1934 in Ellsworth, KS to parents Herbert Merle Cox and Bertha Mary Keubelbeck. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1956 with a B.S. in Home Economics. Beverly married Dale Sherman Burton in 1959. She worked as a buyer for boys and girls clothing for numerous department stores from 1956-1960 and then deciding to be a housewife.
Beverly is survived by her son, Craig Burton and wife Lorrie; son, Brent Burton and wife Michele and grandchildren, Joshua, Stacie, Brianna and Susan; as well as many friends.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M with Pastor Rex Teter officiating. Interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, KS at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the Burton family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia May Sylvester was born November 6, 1957 in Alvin, TX and went Home to be with Jesus on December 26, 2017 at approximately 7:45 a.m. She worked in the auto parts industry for the majority of her adult career. She had deep love for her animals, children and grandchildren. Sylvia enjoyed her Saturday night boot scoot and buggies, drawing, coloring, bringing stuff home to my brother to fix and her many nights of ping ping.
Sylvia was preceded in Heaven by her parents Dorman Clay Pendleton and Daisy Short-Smith; her sisters Jo Lynn Marshall and Gloria Pendleton.
She is survived by her father A.V Smith; her children, Cassandra Stover, Richard Caddell, Michelle Whitsitt, Timothy Caddell, Amber Pruitt and Jacquelyn Ratcliffe: her children’s spouses, Eric Shutts and Melissa Caddell; her siblings, Vernon Smith, Monique Smith, Clay Anthony Pendleton, Cheryl Pendleton, David Pendelton, Jackie Hays and Brenda Helgren; her 6 grandchildren and her 2 great grandchildren.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 P.M. at Delhi Cemetery, 6150 State Hwy 304, Rosanky, TX 78953. A Celebration of Life will directly follow the burial at Delhi Cemetery Community Center. Food and beverages will be provided and there will be a short opportunity for the family to speak.
Condolences may be sent to the Sylvester family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Delvin Herman Kendrick was born to parents Hubert Herman Kendrick and Hessie Jewel Cunningham Kendrick in Houston, Texas, at Memorial Baptist Hospital on November 23, 1942. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on 21st of December, 2017.
Delvin was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger Wayne Kendrick; and sisters, Jean, LaVerne, Ima, and Lillian.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Mathes Kendrick; son, Eric Daniel Kendrick and wife, Irene, of Brazoria, Texas; daughters, Anjanette Lea Sewell and husband, Bret, of Alvin, Texas; and Stephanie Jewel Kendrick of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is also survived by grandchildren, Shara Kendrick, Brandon Sewell, Anna Sewell, Jewel Hale, and great grandson, Christian Rivas.
Delvin accepted Christ and was baptized at age 6. He was a member of Sagemont Baptist Church, a 32° Mason, member of Alvin Lodge #762 A.F. and A.M and the Houston Scottish Rite Bodies. He served as a Board Member of the Houston Police Officers Association and the Houston Police Pension Board of which he was Chairman for several years. Until his death, he served as a member of the City of Friendswood Zoning Board of Adjustment.
He was employed by the Houston Police Department on July 17, 1961. He entered Police Academy Class #29 on October 21, 1963, and after graduation on February 29, 1964, was assigned to the Accident Division and later the Hit and Run Detail where he served until his promotion to Detective effective May 17, 1969. As a Detective he served in the Auto Theft, Robbery and Burglary and Theft Divisions. He was promoted to Lieutenant effective August 27, 1977, where he served in the Clear Lake, Southeast, Emergency Communication and Burglary and Theft Divisions, the Polygraph Detail, and Westside and Southeast Command Station Transition Teams. Delvin was promoted to Captain effective May 27, 1983, where he served in the Eastside, Civilian Employment, Burglary and Theft, and Auto Theft Divisions until retirement on December 18, 2004, after 43 years, 5 months & 1 day of service.
After his retirement, he served his church by visiting those in the hospital, praying for them, and ministering to their families. He also considered part of his ministry attending funerals of friends, family, and former police officers offering comfort to their loved ones. He loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandson. Christmas was his favorite holiday, and he loved celebrating his Savior’s birthday with family.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 11:00 A.M with Rev. Chuck Schneider officiating. Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Kendrick family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
William “Bill” Gentry St. John, 54, died on on Friday, December 15, 2017 in Friendswood, TX. William was born on January 9, 1963. Bill was born in Carlsbad, NM on January 9, 1963. His family moved to League City, TX in 1972. He graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 1999 with a degree in accounting. He worked as a business analyst at Baker Hughes and was a very beloved employee.
He was a devoted father and grandfather. He loved to travel in his free time, visiting the U.S. national parks and heading out west at any open opportunity. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
Bill is survived by his father and mother, Keith and Charlene St. John; brother, Lance St. John; daughters, Maegan Collins, Hollis Binion, and Kirstin Chism; as well as his four grandchildren, Lincoln, Emerson, Dallas, and Ella; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Deacon Chuck Turner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Park Foundation in Bill's honor at www.nationalparks.org
Condolences may be sent to the St. John family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jeter Memorial Funeral Home is family owned and managed by Greg Jeter since it was established on February 15, 1995 by Greg Jeter and has proudly served the Friendswood, Alvin, Pearland, Clear Lake, Houston and League City, Texas areas with all of your funeral needs. If we can be of assistance, please call us at 281-992-7200.