Joan Carol Peterson Beaubouef went to join the Lord on August 25, 2016. She was born to Quinton Marshall Peterson & wife Arlette Boudreaux in Liberty, Texas. At age 2 ½ years, she was given the gift of a baby sister, Laneil Marie. The marriage dissolved and both parents re-married giving Joan the gift of two new families. Her parents set the example of how to love, forgive and respect. The blended families grew to love each other, sharing many wonderful times.
Joan is pre-deceased by both parents and step parents, Quinton and Jen Peterson; Arlette Wilson Jackson, Bob Wilson and Clyde Jackson, Sr.; Mother In Law Eleanor Beaubouef; Brother Mike Peterson; Sister Wanda Gail Peterson Moss; Aunts Vella Margaret Sonntag and Margaret Boudreaux; Cousin Rene’ Boudreaux Kay; Brother in Laws Don Christensen and Wes Osiecki.
She is survived by Husband, Richard T. Beaubouef, Sr.; Sons Richard T. Jr. (Rick) and Bruce Andre (Andy); Grandsons, Quinton, John, and Henry and their Mother Tamra Beaubouef. She is also survived by Siblings Bobbie Wilson Christensen; Laneil Peterson Vawter & Husband Jesse; Sandi Wilson Osiecki; Debbie Wilson Gilbert & Husband James; Ike Peterson & Wife Ann; Clark Peterson & Wife Melissa; Brother-in Law Mike Moss; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
After graduating from High School in Sheridan, Texas, Joan was accepted into the Lillie Jolly School of Nursing, an institution dating back to 1904 as one of the first Baptist nursing programs to be located in Houston, later becoming affiliated with Houston Baptist University. Joan graduated, became a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career at the Memorial Baptist Hospital in downtown Houston. Her specialty of service was as an Operating Room Circulating Nurse for 25 years, serving at Mainland Hospital in Texas City, and retiring as an OR Supervisor at Memorial Southeast, now Memorial Hermann. Not only did Joan forge lifelong friendships throughout her nursing career, she also met (reluctantly on a blind date) and married Richard in 1959. They began their life together in Seattle, Washington, where son Rick was born in 1960. She & Richard returned to Houston, Texas, in 1963, gave birth to Andy in 1966 and settled in Pearland in 1969. They have celebrated 57 years of marriage.
Joan’s nursing career helped to provide financial assistance not only for the household, but also providing for the careers of her husband, sons, and grandsons. While Joan worked, Richard completed his Mechanical Engineering Doctorate at Rice University. She also helped both sons receive their Doctorates in their preferred fields, Rick in Geology and Andy in History. All three of her men have been successful in their careers, for which Joan took great pride. She also was very proud of her grandsons, Quinton, John, & Henry. She loved being a part of their lives and interests, and knows each will follow in the footsteps of their Grandfather, Father, and Uncle.
Joan had many interests, including Reading, Traveling, Sewing, Quilting, Nature & Birding, Women and Men’s Basketball, and Entertaining; and she loved the family and friend get togethers. She and Richard spent many years as active members of The Sunshiners Square Dance Club and the Greater Houston Bromeliad Society. For over 20 years, she faithfully attended a week in New Braunfels with other Lillie Jolly nursing buddies. These friendships were very precious to her and she received great joy from these lifelong friends. She especially loved sharing life with many nieces, nephews, as well as her sons’ friends and their children. Joan kept pictures & articles of them all, and received great pleasure from each and every anecdote. An avid reader, she visited many of the locales of books she loved. She visited al 50 US states, some more than once. She traveled to Turkey & Greece, in The Footsteps of the Apostle Paul; to Holland with great friends; The Canadian Rockies via the Rocky Mountaineer train; and sailed the Northeast Coastline from New York City to Quebec City.
She served her community through the SilverLake Lions Club; Brazoria County Alliance For Children, Inc.; Tri County Republican Women; Meals on Wheels; and The Upper Room Sunday School Class at The First United Methodist Church, Pearland. She had a large network of relationships through her love of community and received The George W. Bush Volunteer of the Year Award.
Joan’s life exemplified a quiet but undaunted faith in Christ. Joan was a quiet warrior. She took personal care of Richard’s mother and Aunt Vella Margaret Sonntag in their home. She continued to care for loved ones in crisis even as she battled cancer since the original onset in 1976. Her faith provided strength and courage of the comforting belief “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Leading by example in life and in death, Joan finished her life with the grace she always exhibited.
On Joan’s behalf, her family extends appreciation to Dr. Robert A. Wolff and Physician’s Assistant Kelli Nugent for 10 years of awesome medical care and support. We also extend gratitude to the staff and volunteers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as First United Methodist Church Pastoral Staff, The Upper Room Sunday School, and The Silverlake Lions Club. To all of Joan’s friends that reached out to her through cards and letters of encouragement, love and prayers, we are forever deeply grateful. In lieu of flowers, Joan requested donations be made to the Brazoria County Alliance for Children, Inc., Post Office Box 997, Angleton, Texas 77516.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church Pearland, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581 with Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker and Rev. Marie Fuhrken officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the Beaubouef family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Wanda June Snow Hutson, age 86 left her earthly body to dance with the angels and meet her Savior & Lord on August 24, 2016. She was born in Houston, Texas on October 12, 1929, and grew up in Garden Villas in Houston. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Truett Harold Hutson, Jr., her parents Faye Ola Dinkins Snow & Ishmael Brunson Snow of Hockley, Texas.
June is survived by her sister, Earlene Snow Chapman of Lake Jackson, Texas; her son Richard Michael Hutson & daughter- in- law Eileen of Trenton, South Carolina, daughter Rhonda and son-in-law Blaise Guzzetta of Friendswood. As well as her grandchildren Christopher Hutson & husband Rick Parnell, Terri Hutson Cardosi & husband Doug; Stacy Guzzetta Daughtery & husband Charles, Rebecca Guzzetta Krug & husband German, Amy Guzzetta Tallman & husband Eli, Bethany Guzzetta Dibble & husband Daren and 8 great-grandchildren.
June’s life was filled by her passion for her family, flowers, quilting, reading, & serving the Lord. She was a joy to her family and never met a stranger. She served others continuously with her wonderful baking skills. Her Key Lime pie won many Blue Ribbons at local contests.
She lived in Houston for over 45 years. She was a faithful member of Parkcrest Methodist Church where she served for many years as Director of Children’s Ministry. She also was a designer at Hobbs Nursery & Florist. She retired with her husband to Friendswood, Texas 41 years ago. She continued her service at area churches and became a member of Friendswood Friends Church. She was active in Sunday School, the Bell Choir, Vacation Bible School as well as many other ministries. She moved to Village on the Park 3 ½ years ago where she continued to pursue an active life meeting new friends.
A special thanks to those who provided care to June; Her caregiver Leah, the doctors at Baylor College of Medicine, Willowbrook Cardiovascular, Methodist Hospital & Houston Hospice.
A celebration of life service will be held at Friendswood Friends Church on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, her family has requested donations in her memory to Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-482-7821 or the Star of Hope, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, Texas 77054, 713-748-0700 or www.sohmission.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Hutson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Penny Hunt Todd, 60, of Friendswood, passed away restfully on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. She was born June 22, 1956 to Preston J. Hunt and Catherine Whitaker Hunt in Houston, TX.
Penny Todd is survived by her husband, Timothy J. Turner; sons, Robert P. Todd and John P. Todd; sisters Patricia D. Killen and Carole H. Kelly; brothers Kenneth W. Hunt and Preston J. Hunt II and several nieces and nephews and extended family.
Penny attended and graduated from Texas State University, with a BA in Journalism and History. The early part of her career was working in the advertising and public relations industry in the San Antonio area where she focused her energies on manufacturing, healthcare, energy, real estate and food services accounts.
More recently, Penny started working with CenterPoint Energy 16 years ago and managed market research, marketing communications, customer communications and overall communications strategy during her career with them. Penny’s avid interest in market research was recognized by a recent promotion to management. She worked tirelessly to provide research insights on new technology, brand perception, customer satisfaction and safety awareness. She attended classes and immersed herself in the latest market research techniques in order to provide expert guidance to company executives and her team. Penny received many awards for her outstanding work in market research and strategic communication, including several American Marketing Association (AMA) Crystal Awards for Quantitative and Qualitative Research. In addition to research, Penny was a member of the after-hours media relations team and also led supplier diversity initiatives for the company for many years.
Her colleagues have fond memories of her many contributions, including her tours of the Houston area after Hurricane Ike to produce helpful how-to videos. Customer satisfaction was always Penny’s end goal.
In addition to growing in her own career at CenterPoint Energy, Penny also invested in the careers of others. She mentored many CenterPoint Energy employees and helped them advance in their professional journey. Penny’s colleagues and friends at CenterPoint will miss her humorous tenacity, analytical mind, drive to use research data to make decisions and, above all, her caring personality.
Penny’s professional career also included being a dedicated member of the Energy Marketing Research Council (EMRC) since 2006 and served as the council’s most recent president. The purpose of the Council is to provide a medium for the exchange of experience and opinions relating to energy marketing research projects, allied techniques, and the appraisal of problems relating thereto, among energy companies. Penny always charmed the group with her candid delivery of technical facts laced with Southern charm, her ability to socialize until the wee hours while still talking Megawatts, and accessorize every outfit with just the right jewels. Even being ill Penny traveled and conduct a professional meeting just a few months ago without ever a complaint. This graceful yet strong individual will always be remembered by the many individuals on the EMRC.
As a full-time wife, mother and senior business leader, Penny became very active in many civic, political and philanthropic organizations. Another organization that was very near to her heart was the American Marketing Association (AMA). For more than a decade Penny volunteered and held various leadership positions in AMA Houston, including serving as Chapter President in 2007-08 in which she led a membership organization of more than 1,000 marketing professionals. Under her leadership, Houston association was named national “Chapter of Year”. Penny was also the chapter's founder for the "AMA Houston Gives Back" program -- the chapter's philanthropic arm that has donated more than $50,000 in grants for marketing projects of local not-for-profits.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, August 29, 2016 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 Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Rd., Houston, TX 77058 with Pastor Lonnie Gonzales officiating. A reception will immediately follow the funeral service at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Life Center. A Private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the “AMA Houston Chapter Penny Todd Scholarship Fund”. The AMA Houston Chapter last week announced the naming of its annual scholarship program in honor of Penny Todd, a past chapter president and the founding chair of AMA Houston Gives Back, the chapter's philanthropic arm.
The AMA Houston Chapter Penny Todd Scholarship will be donating scholarships in 2017 to deserving Houston-area college students majoring in marketing. To donate to the AMA Houston Chapter Penny Todd Scholarship Fund, please click here to donate or visit the ‘AMA Houston Gives Back” web page on AMAHouston.org.
James Michael Curtis, 66, of Alvin passed away August 17, 2016 at home. James was born July 5, 1950 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Perry Curtis and Modena Eunice Lambert Curtis and, brother, Thomas Curtis.
James was a veteran of the Army where he served in Vietnam, and the Navy where he served on the U.S.S. Enterprise CVN 65. He was an Electronics Technician at Houston-Sigma Technologies in Sugar Land, Texas. He retired in 2013. He was a Baptist and was a member of Sagemont Church in Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Robin Curtis of Alvin, Texas; step-son, Thomas Shankle of Victoria, Texas; brother, Richard Curtis of Harriman, Tennessee; sister, Betty Wolford and husband, Ron of Brighton, Michigan; sister-in-law, Jackie Curtis of Hartland Michigan; and grandchildren, Mason Shankle of Spur, Texas, Brittney Shankle of Pearland, Texas, Rollin Shankle of Pearland, Texas; and great-grandchild, Skylar Renee Shankle of Pearland, Texas.
He will be cremated and then taken to Hartland, Michigan for a family memorial. Then he will be brought back home for a memorial service after which there will be a fireworks display in which his ashes will be carried into the sky where he can light up our lives one last time. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.
Arrangements were under the direction of Jeter Funeral Home in Friendswood, Texas.
Jon Gilbert Stitsinger, 78, surrounded by prayers, love, family and friends passed away on August 18, 2016 after a week in ICU. Jon was born May 2, 1938 in Hamilton, Ohio to Robert Edwin Stitsinger and Mary Virginia Gilbert Stitsinger. Jon was the second of three children, but he was quickly joined by his twin brother, Don. Older sister, Peggy, had real live dolls for play with the advent of the twins.
Jon attended grade school and high school in Hamilton, Ohio. He then studied at the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. Jon earned a Bachelor's Degree in Paper Chemistry from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Jon and his twin, Don, were two of the seven graduates in a new pulp and paper technology program.
Following graduation, Jon enlisted in the United States Navy and attended Officer Candidate School at the United States Naval Base at Newport, Rhode Island graduating November 17, 1961. Jon served as a payroll officer for a fleet of minesweepers in the Mediterranean and then was a disbursing officer at NAAS in New Iberia, Louisiana.
After his military service, Jon returned to Hamilton, Ohio to use his paper technology educational background by working for Champion Papers. During this time, he attended Xavier University, Cincinnati earning a master’s degree in business. These were busy years as he married and became a proud father to Christopher Paul.
Jon transferred to the Champion Paper Mill Plant in Pasadena, Texas in 1973, thus beginning his life as a Texan. Jon continued to work for Champion and then for the mill with Simpson Papers when the company was sold. He retired from Simpson in 1999.
In early 1977, now a single father, Jon met the love of his life and best friend Martha Ann Arthur Walters. They were married on August 4, 1979 and became a blended family with their three children: Chris, Art, and Jenny. Jon and Martha were blessed to have 37 years of marriage. Family was a priority as could be seen through the shifting dynamics of home life. Jon’s father came to live in the home. Jon was ever blessed by loving grandchildren, but especially blessed by the opportunities of the extended friendships, the fun, and the love that came to him from adding grandchildren, Stephanie, Trevor, and Caitlin as members of the household which then held a 90 years age range.
Jon was a member of Friendswood United Methodist Church where he served through many areas of ministry such as being on mission teams, serving as the coordinator of Meals on Wheels, and finding other activities that made a difference. He was a member of the CIA (Christians in Action) Sunday School class. The family is ever grateful for the love and support of the church family.
Jon was pre-deceased by his parents Robert and Mary Stitsinger and sister-in-law, Pat Stitsinger. Jon is survived by his loving wife, Martha (Arthur) Stitsinger, his son, Christopher Stitsinger (Lynda), step-son, Art Walters and step-daughter, Jennifer Tilley-Lussier (Allen). Also surviving him are his precious grandchildren, Stephanie T. Funderburg (Wes), Trevor Tilley (and fiancée Katie Huddleston), Caitlin Tilley-Herrell (Alan), April Stitsinger, Dakota Stitsinger, Heather Barnes-Walters, Brittany Walters, Kaylee Walters, Holly Walters, and those who were a bonus through marriage grandchildren, Greg Lussier, Jaime Lussier, Jessica Lussier, Brandon Ball, Megan Ball, and Cameron Ball. The delight of Jon’s life, the great-grandchildren are Sophia, Brandon, Rhyder, Eisley and Ryan (who shared a May 2 birthday with Jon). In addition, he is survived by longtime friends who feel like family, John and Bonnie Melton, and their daughter, Emily Fritzler (Caleb) and her children Aidan and Austin. Also, Jon is survived by his sister, Peggy Ziegler (Bill), and brother, Donald (Ellen), aunt, Jean Arthur, and a host of wonderful extended family and close friends who all have been such a blessing for him in his life.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 am at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Drive, with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating. A reception will be held in Wesley Hall following the service and everyone is welcome.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Jon’s memory may be made to the Missions Program, to Senior Adult Ministries, or to the Pastoral Care Ministry at FUMC, 110 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546 or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Stitsinger family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Montgomery, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend to many, went to be with her Lord on August 10, 2016 after a two year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband Tom Montgomery, her sister Helen, her two sons, Christopher Rimkus and Jeffery Rimkus, their wives Christi and Briana Rimkus and her grandchildren Meg Rimkus, Chandler Rimkus, Riley Rimkus, Jeffery Thomas Rimkus, Sullivan Rimkus and Cooper Rimkus. Also by her step children, Robert Montgomery, Debbie Lawson and Teresa Cheatham, spouses Laura Montgomery, Tom Lawson and David Cheatham, and their children Tommy Montgomery, Sandy Montgomery, Heather Farringer, Tori Franks, Alexander Cheatham, Ashley Cheatham and Alyssa Cheatham.
Born on July 13, 1943 in St. Louis, Mo, she was the eldest child of Helen (Pansy) and Harold Grace.
From Lorraine Wilson, college friend:
Barbara began college at Florida State University where she joined Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. Several chapter members left FSU to go to the University of Texas to re-colonize the Beta Alpha Chapter at UT which had closed during WWII. Barbara’s parents moved to Austin at that same time so she joined her Alpha Xi sisters in Austin. A new chapter house had just been built and opened in 1964. Barbara became the Pledge Trainer and oversaw the first full pledge class in the fall of 1964. Barbara was the person in charge of 50 young women as they navigated their way through the university--not only social events and academics, but all the lessons of life. Many lifelong friends were made during that time. She stayed connected to Alpha Xi friends throughout her life and returned to the chapter reunion in 2012 where she received the Order of the Rose for 50 years of membership.
After graduating from UT with a degree in microbiology, Barbara worked briefly in that field. She moved to Oklahoma and South Carolina and then returned to Texas when she began her career in real estate.
From Elaine Allen, Real Estate Broker and friend:
Barbara found her niche when she became a real estate agent. She was one who absolutely loved her career. Starting as an agent with McCarver Realty, she moved to Wayland Hancock and then joined Elaine Allen & Associates. Fifteen years later she joined Morgan Personette Properties (later Heritage Texas Properties) and later Greenwood King Properties.
It takes a lot of patience and a bit of psychology to be a successful Realtor. Barbara had both—people trusted her and listened to her opinion. She was particularly keen to work with young doctors moving into the area. Although a specialist in close-in neighborhoods, she also would venture out to far-reaching neighborhoods to “find the right house”. She was devoted to her clients. Barbara was a stickler when it came to contracts and no one worked harder at negotiations than Barbara. Clients returned time and time again for their “next” house.
Barbara shared her sense of humor with her colleagues at her office and her sense of helpfulness. She took charge of the office charity events while at Elaine Allen & Associates and adopted families needing extra help at Christmas. Somehow she would manage to produce five times as many toys, children’s clothes, and bikes as everyone else. Barbara was the ultimate shopper when she was on a mission.
From Gayle Smith, friend:
Barbara served Presbyterian Women well at FPCH and was for many years the circle leader for Joanna Circle and served on PW Council. Barbara received the Presbyterian .Women Honorary Life Membership award in 2010. She enjoyed learning and attended Mo Ranch Conferences, Austin Seminary Lectures and N.T .Wright at the Cathedral. She also enjoyed overseeing activities honoring individuals to make certain that the flowers, linens, silver, and food were just perfect for the occasion. From 2012 through 2014 she taught Sunday School for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. The class grew from 9 to 21 during her tenure. She and a friend started a Wednesday evening women’s group at FPCH in 2008 to read and discuss literature from a Christian view. That group called Blessings is still meeting today.
Barbara is described by her friends as a one-of-a-kind person. She was only one person…but she touched so many lives in a very significant way during her life. She lived life intently but with humor. She was intensely private about her health and did not tell even close friends about her medical condition. Barbara Grace Montgomery will be truly missed by her family and by so many, many friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the St. Phillip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77056.
Condolences may be sent to the Montgomery family in care of Jeter Memoria Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jennie C. Wheeler, 94, passed away August 18, 2016 in Friendswood, Texas.She was born June 24, 1922 to Michael and Mary Curtis of Gloucester, New Jersey.
Jennie attended school in Gloucester and worked in the family candy store after school. Upon graduation from Gloucester High School she went to work for Jersey Bell Telephone. Soon the War broke out and Jennie worked as an overseas cable operator handling communication from the European War Theater. She received several commendations from the U.S. War Department for her contribution to the war effort.
After the war she met Bobby Wheeler and they were married in Camden, New Jersey in 1948. Jennie soon became a Texan, moving to Texas in 1949 to raise her family. She continued working for the Bell System joining Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Her career blossomed and she worked for another 30 years in Bell System Security. She retired after 43 years.
Jennie was a breast cancer survivor for more than 34 years. In her retirement years, she and Bobby enjoyed traveling and went to all the corners of the world: China, Europe, Normandy, New Zealand, and Australia. After Bobby's passing in 1992, she continued to travel with the church and her family, frequenting Disney World to ride Splash Mountain.
The last four years Jennie lived at Evening Star Personal Care Home in Alvin, Texas where she was an integral part of the character of the home. Jennie will be missed by the staff and her friends there.
Jennie is survived by her son Billy and wife Cindy; grandson Andrew and wife Staci; granddaughters, Robin and husband Rob Murphey, and Stacey. Great grandchildren include Paul and Jesse, sons of Rob and Robin and Alice, daughter of Andrew and Staci.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, Texas 77096, with Fr. Hai Dang officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Wheeler family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Hone at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Steven Del Kayser, 44, of Pearland, TX passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016. He was born November 30, 1971 to Del Kayser and Patsy Imes Kayser in Houston, TX.
He is survived by his loving wife
Rain Kayser; children, Jesse Kayser, Miranda Sanders and Andrew Sanders;
parents, Patsy and Bill Miller and Del Kayser and Jan Meck; siblings, Angela Bickford,
Aaron Kayser, Aaron Miller and Matthew Miller; 5 grandchildren; many nieces and
nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 3:00 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 Kayser family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Agnes Kutach Rose, 70, peacefully entered eternal life on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at home surrounded by her loved ones.
Born in Hallettsville, TX on February 24, 1946, Evelyn was the eighth of nine children born to Julius and Agnes Kutach. Raised in Shiner, TX, Evelyn attended St. Ludmila’s Academy and graduated as Valedictorian from St. Paul High School in Shiner in 1964. She spent years working in Austin and Houston for Bull Parts, where she met her husband, James. They married on August 19, 1978, in Alvin, TX. Upon the birth of their two daughters, Laura and Julie, Evelyn began her career of devoting her life to caring for her family in true personification of 1 Corinthians 13, “the greatest of these is Love”.
The family moved to Friendswood in 1988, where Evelyn spent many hours of volunteer service devoted to the Church Keeping and Linen Cleaning ministries at Mary Queen Catholic Church. Evelyn was a true angel and a strong example of her faith and devotion to Jesus.
Surviving Evelyn are her loving and devoted husband of 38 years, James; her two dear daughters and their husbands: Laura & Daniel Lambert of League City and Julie & Matthew Keepers of Katy; four precious grandchildren: Ryan Lambert, and Haylie, Hannah, & Hollyn Keepers; siblings and their spouses: Gene & Anita Kutach, A.J. & Dolores Kutach, Gloria Kutach, Edward & Brenda Kutach, Jeanette & Bill Technik, Julius & Irene Kutach, George & Erline Kutach, and Dennis & Georgia Kutach; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Agnes, and her brother, Robert Kutach.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a Vigil/Rosary beginning at 7:00 P.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.
Peaceful death terminated her suffering, calmed her body, and eased her soul into the hands of the One she was prepared to meet. Always unselfish, always faithful, nothing was too difficult for her busy hands to accomplish for others. Those who were touched and benefited by her many kindly deeds and influence will always revere her memory.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mary Queen Catholic Church Food Pantry or a charity of choice in Evelyn’s honor.
Condolences may be sent to the Rose family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Lee Krch, 64, of Friendswood, TX, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 4, 2016. He was born February 4, 1952 to M. Fred and Helen Schnelle Krch in Beaumont, TX.
Since he was a child, Ken loved to fish, and he also became a certified scuba diver, diving many times with his family in Cancun and Cozumel. He and his wife Janie also enjoyed traveling, including St. John, California, Norway, and skiing in Deer Valley, Utah. When at home they enjoyed date nights and golfing.
Ken's greatest love was for his family. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ginger Buratt Krch, and his father, M. Fred Krch. Ken is survived by his mother Helen, his wife Janie, his son Kasey, daughter-in-law Katrina and granddaughter Kaylee, his son Kyle, his brother Gary, sister-in-law Kathie, and nephews Karl and Kaleb.
Ken's CPA career included working at Pennzoil, Shell, and Dynegy, where he advanced to be the Managing Director of Tax. Ken had the highest level of commitment to the people he worked with, and always handled himself with consummate integrity and kindness. He constantly demonstrated leadership and was a role model for doing the right thing for all people at all levels. He was always available to help anyone with any issue and truly went above and beyond in too many situations to count. Everyone who worked with Ken was blessed by his presence - he was so unique and special.
Ken was known for his big heart and his generosity. He was a wonderful son, father, grandfather and husband. Making friends for Ken was incredibly easy, and once he met you, he was likely to invite you over for grilled filet mignon and all the fixings, invite you to a Texans game, treat you to a day at the Kemah Boardwalk, or invite you skiing in Utah. Then he wouldn't forget about you, planning more meals and outings with him and Janie over the months and years to come. Ken will be greatly missed by family and many, many friends from work, the community, and his travels.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Ken's honor to the American Heart Association, the ASPCA, or you could be like Ken and adopt a stray or shelter cat or dog.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Grand View Cemetery in Pasadena, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Krch family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Guda Johanna "Joan" Groenevelt Vitellaro, 91, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016. She was born April 25, 1925 to Abraham Groenevelt and Wilhelmina G. Van Overzee Groenevelt in Haarlem, Netherlands. She lived in Canada, South Africa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Alabama then finally settling in Friendswood, TX.
Joan loved people and never met a stranger. She was a very welcoming person who loved to share her life stories. She had a great funny side as well. She loved to entertain with Christmas parties and hosting dinner parties.
Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, playing tennis and field hockey.
Joan is survived by her son Jason and wife Debbi Vitellaro; daughter Viveca Vitellaro and domestic partner Michael Clark; step-granddaughter Tiemi Stiles; her beloved dog Leena; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.
The Vitellaro family would like to thank Kindred Home Hospice and Friendswood Health Care Center for the special care and support of our mother.
Condolences may be sent to the Vitellaro family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
James Bobby Renfrow, 87, of Alvin, Texas passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016. He was born to James William (Bill) and Thelma Renfrow on October 27, 1928 in Weleetka, Oklahoma.
Bob, as he was known, grew up on a family farm on Gopher Hill in Weeletka, Oklahoma. When he was 17, he joined the Navy to support the WWII warriors at Balboa Naval Base in San Diego.
After his time in the Navy, he went to work for Halliburton, servicing oil wells and later working drilling rigs as a derrick man in the Oklahoma panhandle and in Wyoming. His sister introduced him to Joyce Roberts, and they fell in love. They were married in Raton, New Mexico in 1950. In 1955, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum and moved to Alvin, Texas. In 1965, he transferred to a remote part of southeastern Utah, to the Phillips camp on a Navajo reservation. In 1970, he accepted a job with Amoco Chemical and moved back to Alvin, as they were building a new plant on Chocolate Bayou.
Bob’s hobbies were winemaking, reading, genealogy, country western dancing, fishing, gardening, financial news and investments, and having a glass of wine with friends. He was an exceptional story teller, historian, and proud member of the Masons.
His greatest love was for his family. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by wife, Joyce Roberts Renfrow, and grandson Zachary Dearing.
James is survived by his sister, Billie Earlene Swain; son, Mike Renfrow (Belinda); daughters, Alane Renfrow (Brad), Kerry Moody, and Mary Dearing (Mike); grandchildren, James Renfrow, Melanie Harvey, Josh Dearing, Daniel Moody and Adrian Newman; 7 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Pallbearers will include Mike Dearing, Josh Dearing, Daniel Moody, Brad High, Danny Flores, and Pat Miller.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Interment will follow at the Oak Park Cemetery in Alvin, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Bob’s memory to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Renfrow family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Tracey Gail Salyer Fredo passed away peacefully on August 1, 2016 surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on April 24, 1958 to Bill W. Salyer and Mary K. Mayes Salyer.
Tracey was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Elbert and Dorothy Mayes and Kelly and Ollie Myrtle Salyer.
Tracey is survived by her three children, son, Kyle Fredo and wife Tabitha, son, Taylor Fredo and daughter, Jill Fredo; spouse, Donald Fredo; granddaughters, Giavanna Mitchell, Liliana Fredo, grandson, Braden Fredo and granddaughter, Chloe Fredo; brother, Rick Salyer and wife Melissa; nephews, Zachary and Caleb Salyer and niece, Hailey Salyer; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Tracey was creative and artistic in many ways and was working on a Christian book for children. She loved the outdoors and taking photos of wildlife and nature. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and being involved in her church. She loved helping others in all the ways that she could. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.
Above all else, Tracey was a kind and good woman who loved the Lord, the best mother and grandmother a child could hope for, and she always made everyone feel loved, and wanted, and cherished. She will be missed, dearly.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 A.M at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 immediately followed by a procession and the committal service at the Forest Park East Cemetery located at 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracey’s memory to LifePointe Fellowship Church, 3011 Yost Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581.
Condolences may be sent to the Fredo family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas C. Latham, “Tommy” went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2016. He was born in Kilgore, Texas on May 13, 1933 and soon moved to Houston. He attended Milby High School where he met his future wife, Dora Latham. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served for two years and a Mason for over 50 years. He worked at Hughes Tool Company for 36 years before retiring in 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dora Latham, daughter Judy Childress and husband Tolbert, son Thomas Latham and wife Cheryl, daughter Kelly Baird and husband Don; sister Jean Carlisle; sister-in-law, Virginia Latham; grandchildren, Chris Robinson, Kacey Childress and Matt Hale, Karley Kirk and husband Kevin, Mitchell Childress and wife Heather, Marshall Childress and wife Katie, Zachary Latham, Nicholas Latham, Ross Baird and Jacob Baird; great grandchildren, Sydney Robinson, Trevor Robinson, Kolton Kirk, Kolby Kirk, and Hadley Hale.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Cindy Wheeler and granddaughter, Kristi Robinson and grandson, Clint Childress, brother, S.W. Latham and brother-in-law, Jack Carlisle.
Tommy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a strong family man and never missed any activities of his children and grandchildren. You could always count on him to be the life of the party.
Services will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 3:00pm at Friendswood Community Church, 2821 W. Parkwood, Friendswood, Texas 77546. Reception will be at the church immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Yay4Life organization that helps cancer patients live life. Donate at: yay4lifetexas.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Latham family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Charles Frederick Welch, 66, of Friendswood, TX, formerly of Houston TX, passed away Sunday, July 24 2016. He was born June 2, 1950 to George Welch, Sr. and Lucille Polasek Welch in Houston, TX.
Native of Houston, TX, Charles was a hard and conscientious worker, and was kind to all who knew him. He was a previous member of the First Christian Church when growing up. Charles will be remembered as a gentle person and accepting his fate all his life with graciousness and humility. Fortunately he was able to travel the world with his mother on vacations. He could talk to anyone he met with sincerity and complete honesty. He also complained very little about his conditions or any suffering he endured in the latter parts of his life; yet he made everyone feel most comfortable when they were around him. He was an inspiration to his family. Of course he will be missed, but he is now at peace in Heaven with his Mother, Father, and other relatives.
Charles is survived by his brother, George (Buddy) Welch and sister, Barbara Ann Welch Biehunko; nephews and niece, Michael Eastridge, and Trey, Truley, and Trevor Welch, and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 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 Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.
Family request friends make donations to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785 800-213-5821 www.epilepsy.com or their favorite charity.
Condolences may be sent to the Welch family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Marvin Ray Wisley, 86, of Pearland, TX passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016. He was born November 18, 1929 to Whitt and Alda Wisley in Damon, TX.
Marvin married the love of his life, Louise Haskins, on January 29, 1950 and they shared 65 years, 10 months, and 20 days together. Marvin was a lifetime resident of the Alvin/Pearland area. While in high school, Marvin was in the FFA and played football for Alvin. He went to work in the oil fields as a roughneck with his dad. He was a Union Pipe Fitter, Local 211, for over 50 years. Marvin also worked in various refineries up and down the Gulf Coast and the nuclear power plants in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City, Iowa and Bay City, TX. During this time, he also worked with his father-in-law building roads throughout the Pearland area. He was also a fireman for the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department. For many years, he manned the barbecue for the annual Turkey Shoot. He retired from pipefitting to go to work full-time serving his community and friends by building houses, garages, roofing houses, baling hay, building fences, gardening, and rounding up cattle. Most importantly, he became a grandfather and was from that point on known as “Paw Paw”.
Marvin took his role as Paw Paw very seriously and there wasn’t a baby that he didn’t try to talk to or hold. He made time to support all of his grandchildren and took great pride sharing their stories and accomplishments with his friends at the cafe. He could build anything his grandkids could dream up and was a master Easter egg hider. He shared his love for hunting and fishing with everyone and was ready to go at a moment’s notice, especially with his grandson, Michael. He even tolerated the annual wrapping of his house when his grandchildren were in town. (As long as it was cleaned up the next day).
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife Louise; his parents; his brother Wayne Wisley, and his sister Natalie Wisley Jourdan. Marvin is survived by two children, Gene and Kathy Wisley of San Antonio and Janice Wisley Bradley and George Hawk of Pearland; three grandchildren, Frank and Shannon Wisley Foster, Kelley Wisley and Michael Bradley; and two great-grandchildren, Katlin and Caroline Foster; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Marvin’s honorary grandchildren included, John Henry Bass and his family, Emily Bass, and Jerry and Katie Bass Bradshaw, Janelle McKendree Hart and her family, James McKendree and Jordan Roos , Jason Parker, Christie Miller Cates , and Jamie Parker.
The pallbearers are Michael Bradley, John G. Bass, John Henry Bass, Jim McKendree, James McKendree, and Ricky Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Duty, Larry Stavinoha, Don Smith, Harold Gaddy, and E. R. Milstead.
The family would like to give a special thanks to George Hawk, Betty Benes Hill, Lou Cody McKendree, and Judy Benes Poston and for their love, care, and continued support of the family.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Parlor, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Wisley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Gary Ernest Lamell, 60, of Campbellton, TX passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016. He was born October 23, 1955 to Earnest Willard Lamell and Joe Sue Grant Lamell in Baytown, TX.
Gary was a long-time hunting and fishing guide at the 74 Ranch in Campbellton, TX. He loved his family, hunting, fishing, finding arrowheads, fast cars and adventures.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary is survived by his daughter Letisha Scharff and husband Aaron; grandchildren, Dylan and Corryn; siblings, Ginger Lella and husband John, Donna LaMell, Craig LaMell, and Kristi LaMell; nieces and nephews, Lenice, Heather and husband John, Lee and wife Cindy, Grant, Curtis, Christopher; great nieces and nephews, Damian, Shelby, Margot, Chance; and numerous loving family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:00 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 LaMell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Donald R. Mudd, of Iowa Colony, 79, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016. He was born June 23, 1937 to Oscar T. Mudd and Thelma F. Pullin Mudd in Wrightsboro, TX.
Donald is survived by his wife, Kay Mudd; daughter, Shirley I. Pike; sons, Donald B. and Thomas K. Mudd; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera; mother, Thelma Fay; father, Oscar Thomas; sisters, Thelma and Carol; and his daughter, Vimajo.
Donald grew up all over America: Texas, California, and Oregon to name a few. At 17 he wanted to see more so he joined the Marines and then the Navy and saw the world. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a retired military Lieutenant Colonel. He spent years working for Brazoria County and retired as the Director of Environmental Health. He was also a retired peace officer.
In his journey, he met his first wife Vera Irene Hiatt in 1958. They were married in less than a month and were married for 40 almost years. He started a family while still in the military, so his children Shirley and Donald had the opportunity to move a lot, courtesy of the United State Navy.
After leaving active duty, he and his wife Vera opened their own business, Blue Crab Island, to help provide gas and groceries to the community of Surfside Beach. It was a family ran business, with Shirley and Donald “helping.”
Donald changed direction after having his 4th child Thomas; he started to work with Brazoria County Health Department. He worked there for over 20 years and helped change the way we look at pollution and water usage. At the same time, he decided to become a peace officer while he was working full time and also active in the Texas State Guard. He worked for the Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constable office for almost 20 years.
Donald married Kay Bell on Valentine’s Day 1997. They moved to Iowa Colony and have been active members of the town and the county, raised cattle and had D-K Ranch. They enjoyed retirement together, having fun and traveling to see many parts of America.
He never seemed to go someplace that he did not know someone, and if he did not know anyone he had a friend before he left. Donald was always at Fat Boy’s and enjoyed talking to other fisherman and customers. He loved his grandkids and really enjoyed spending time with his great-grandkids. Donald was always willing to help anyone that needed help, and was always active in the community that he lived in, Lack Jackson, Surfside Beach, Arcola, or Iowa Colony. He was involved in the Brazoria County Groundwater Conservation District, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Texas Revolution, and the Brazoria County Democratic Party.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200. A private burial will be held at the Arcola-Fresno Cemetery in Fresno, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Mudd family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Judith Gwendolyn Williams Shannon, 79, of Houston, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Our sweet bird is now resting with the angels and is no longer suffering from the crippling pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Judy was born in Hammond, Indiana on October 26, 1936. She spent the first months after her birth sleeping in dresser drawers, traveling with her parents Janeace and Ken Williams who was a traveling auditor for Sinclair Oil. Houston soon became their permanent home.
Judy attended San Jacinto High School and was a proud member of the Golden Gauchos as a lasso twirler. She would laugh and comment that the skill didn’t exactly translate to a long term career. Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
She married James (Dennis) Shannon in 1958 and they settled in the Pearland area where he started a 37 year career with NASA.
Judy is survived by her loving husband and three wonderful children, twins Jennifer LeStourgeon (husband Greg) and Kenneth Shannon (wife Rona) and son John Shannon (wife Yvette). She is also survived by beloved sister Virginia Jones of Hills of Lakeway, Texas.
Judy is survived by nine grandchildren – Byron LeStourgeon, Brendan LeStourgeon, Stephanie Corbridge (husband Justin), Daniel Shannon (wife Katie), Chris Shannon (wife Sierra), Keith Shannon, Scott Shannon, Sarabeth Shannon, and Charlotte Shannon. Six great-grandchildren – Kinsler Corbridge, Braelynn Corbridge, Gwendolyn Corbridge, Wiley Shannon, Tyler Shannon and Adrian Shannon.
Judy is also survived by her special pals Dolly, LouLou, Charlie, and Bert.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Meerasahib and staff at the Deke Slayton Cancer Center for the excellent care Judy received during her continuing struggle with cancer.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jonathan E. Petering officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.
In lieu of flowers a donation to her favorite charities in Judy’s name would be appreciated. These include The Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall, Houston, Texas 77029 713-547-8623 www.houstonfoodbank.org or The Star of Hope Mission, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, Texas 77054 713-748-0700 www.sohmission.org or the SPCA of Houston, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024 713-869-7722 www.houstonspca.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Shannon 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.