Don Albert Colley, 76, of Liverpool, TX passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016. He was born December 17, 1939 to Orville H. Colley and Josephine Savarino Colley in Houston, TX.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Pastor Helen Deleon officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Colley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Patsy Drake Giesecke, 82, of Alvin, TX, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 with her children at her side in Angleton, Texas. She was born on October 10, 1933 in Huntsville, AL to Peyton Augustus Drake and Neva Nunn Drake.
After graduation from high school, Patsy traveled to Nashville, TN to attend Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University). After her freshman year she returned to Huntsville, where she worked at the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal. It was there that she met, on a blind date, a tall, handsome lieutenant from Texas. After a few short years they were married, and she left her beloved Huntsville to forge a new life in Texas.
Patsy’s interests included gardening and reading, but the main focus throughout her life was her devotion to family, and especially her grandchildren. She checked in on them daily, and was diligent in making sure she didn’t miss any of their activities, from ballet recitals to ball games.
Patsy strove to be a true Southern lady all her life, and she was also a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Patsy was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Robert Lee Giesecke; her parents; brothers, James D. Drake and Peyton W. Drake; brothers-in-law, Fred Sanders and Paul Davis; sisters-in-law, Paula Kezirian Drake and Jean Reeves Drake; nephews, Peter Drake and Chalmers Neely.
She is survived by son Robert Peyton Giesecke; daughter Virginia Giesecke Criswell; son-in-law Jeremiah Criswell; grandson Bryce Criswell; granddaughter Holly Criswell; sisters, Mary Hendricks and Margie Davis; and numerous cherished nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Country Village Care in Angleton and the compassionate hospice nurses with A*Med Community Hospice.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, September 27, 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 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Al Perry officiating. Interment will follow at the Old Columbia Cemetery at 12:30 P.M. in West Columbia, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087-1055.
Condolences may be sent to the Giesecke family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Herbert (Herb) Edward Day, 69, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Galveston, TX. He was born December 14, 1946 to Clyde Day and Thelma Seely Day in Stamford, TX. He graduated from Bellaire High School in El Paso, TX and then graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1968. He achieved CPA designation; worked several years in public accounting in Dallas and Houston before assuming the position of Office Manager/Accountant at Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers in Texas City. Herb retired in November, 2014.
Herb married Nancy Madera on July 27, 1991, together they enjoyed traveling and cruising to many ports throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and his Saturday night martini.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved Scottie, Bonnie.
Herb is survived by his wife Nancy and his Scottie, Katie; sister in law Fay Duke (Lonnie) and brother in law Bill Jones; nephews, Walker Duke (Melissa), Will Jones, Joey Jones and Michael Jones; numerous cousins; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200. Interment will be held at 5:00 P.M. at the Wheat Cemetery in Millican, TX.
Honorary Pallbearers will include
Walker Duke, Will Jones, Joey Jones, and Michael Jones.
Donations may be made in Herb’s memory to Citizens for Animal Protection, 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77094 or North Texas Scottie Rescue, Inc., PO Box 132884, Dallas, TX 75313.
Condolences may be sent to the Day family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Xiaodong Ma, 39, passed on September 13, 2016 due to a vehicle accident. Xiaodong was born January 12, 1977 in China to Huai an Ma and Xiu Qin Feng.
She is survived by her husband, Don Finney; father and mother, Huai an Maand Xiu Qin Feng (China); brother, Jun Ma (China); sister-in-law, Hai Yan Mo (China); nephew, Rui Ze Ma (China); mother-in-law, Carol Ellinger; brother-in-law, David Finney and sister-in-law, Laura Finney (Arizona); sister-in-law, Chrystle McCormick and brother-in-law, Larry McCormick (Ohio); sister-in-law, Samantha Huddy and brother-in-law, Nick Huddy (Ohio); several nieces and nephews from Ohio and Arizona; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Xiaodong was a Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She held a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Statistics. She loved animals and was involved in a local animal rescue agency.
She is well loved as a friend, as a Professor and a family member. We mourn her passing, but celebrate her life.
You will always be loved and greatly missed by all.
There will be a visitation on Monday, September 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX, (281) 992-7200. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Floral Hills Memory Gardens, 351 Coonpath Road NE, Lancaster, OH (740) 901-0514.
Delmar Eugene “Gene” McGlothlin Sr., 68, of Dickinson, TX passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016. Gene was born in Luling, TX on April 3, 1948 to Joann Rice and Delmar McGlothlin.
Gene was preceded in death by his father, Delmar McGlothlin; step-father, Louis Douglas Rice; and daughter, Janice Laningham.
He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Pamala McGlothlin of Dickinson, TX; mother, Joann Rice of Cleburne, TX; and sisters: Gail Bolgiano of Cleburne, TX and Judy George and husband Richard of Cleburne, TX; five children, numerous grandchildren,great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other loving relatives and friends.
Gene was a prince of a man. He was kind, generous, and he was always thinking about others. Gene would give you the shirt off his back. He was a fair man.He could be firm when he had to, but most of the time he was a big teddy bear. Gene was very outgoing and never met a stranger.He was a family man. He loved his family and friends and was very loyal.
Gene worked in the towboat industry for 50 years. He loved what he did and he was very good at it. He was a hands-on Captain. He worked alongside his crew. If they chipped and painted, he chipped and painted too. Gene was a friend to many people, he trained a lot of people, and was always there when anyone needed him.
His favorite past times were hunting and spending time with all his grandchildren. They were his world.
There will be a visitation on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX, (281) 992-7200. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Park Lawndale cemetery in Houston, TX.
A special thanks to Camie and Christopher McGlothlin for all their love and support during this difficult time.
Condolences may be sent to the McGlothlin family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mamie Ruth Skipper Horn, 83, passed away on September 10, 2016 in Webster, Texas. Mamie was born on December 29, 1932 Potosi, Texas. She was the youngest of ten children to parents Thomas Monroe and Ella Fern Skipper.
She married Finley Holmes Horn on September 29, 1951. Finley and Skip, as she was known, lived in Abilene and surrounding areas. Skip and Finley started their family and had two sons and a daughter. After years of Finley’s business, they moved to Friendswood, Texas where Skip owned her own real estate business. She enjoyed her work and being involved in various clubs and organizations. Skip also enjoyed golf and tennis.In her later years, she devoted her time and attention to her husband, her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Skip was a loving, caring, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her entire life she always put others before herself. She will be missed greatly and will forever be loved deeply by all.
Skip was preceded in death by parents; brothers: Lenard Skipper, Bill Skipper, Erby Skipper, Elvis Skipper, Glenn Skipper, and James Foster; sisters: Ivy Jewel, May, and Gladys; and her granddaughter, Skipper Lee Horn.
She is survived by her husband, Finley Holmes Horn; her children: Larry Horn and wife Melody, Paul Finley Horn and wife Jill, Holly Horn Mickler and husband Jeff; sisters-in-law: Margie Ann Hammack, Polly Horn, Laverne Horn and Frankie Horn; brother-in-law, Gerald Horn; grandchildren: Wayne Horn, Kassi Horn, Sean Finley Mickler and wife Katie, Brendan Barry and fiancée Kara Weber, Kacie Nyholt and husband Adam, Jenny Horn, Jessica Horn Geiman and husband Lance, and Allison Devera and husband Justin; twelve great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. at Field Store Cemetery, 26100 Schneider Road, Waller, TX 77484, with Rev. Katy Ware officiating.
Lorraine Yvonne Bolinger Smith, 89, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died on Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Pearland.
Mrs. Smith was born in Houston, TX on October 4, 1926. Her father was Carl Bolinger, and her mother was Hazel Ketchum Bolinger.
Mrs. Smith attended Sam Houston High School, where she was an officer in the Black Battalion drum and bugle corp and a member of the honor society, graduating in 1942 at the age of 16.
She married Lester Andrew Smith, Jr., on April 29, 1945. The two were married for 67 years until his death in 2012.
In 1967, she and her husband moved their family to Pearland, where Mr. Smith opened a Phillips 66 service station and later owned a Phillips 66 gas and oil distributorship.
She enjoyed many happy years as a stay-at-home-mother, caring for her husband and raising their four children. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband and grandson, Wayne Olin. She is survived by her son Doug Smith and his wife, Pam; son Larry Smith and his wife, Sharon; daughter Hazel Olin and her husband Tommy; daughter Jackie Estes and her husband, Ray; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.
For the past 5 years, Mrs. Smith lived at Colonial Oaks in Pearland. Her family would like to acknowledge all of the amazing caregivers at Colonial Oaks for the unconditional love and attention they gave her during the time she lived there.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Smith family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Ralph Mellon Verlander, Jr., 60, of Friendswood, TX, also known as Dad, Papa, and VanGo passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. He was born December 1, 1955 to Ralph M. Verlander, Sr., and Rose Marie Sellars Verlander in San Diego, CA.
VanGo lived life full throttle with a contagious smile on his face. When he loved, he loved with his whole being. He was strong and tough, the true definition and image of a biker. His presence was larger than life. Ralph made an impact on anyone he came in contact with, including those he never met. Thanks in part to the toe tickling biker image that went viral on the internet. Underneath all of his strength and toughness was a kind, gentle and loving man. He had a weakness for children, animals, his loved ones and anyone in need; and was he ever loved in return. There was never a child or animal that feared this gentle giant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, James M. and Mary Genevieve Verlander; maternal grandparents, Samuel and Merle Sellars; and his uncle James M. Verlander, Jr.
Ralph is survived by his wife at heart, Kellie Verlander; daughter Amber Kay Crook; 3 children at heart, Monica Burns, Tyler and Tara Hoyland; 2 grandchildren, Dylan and Shianne Crook; 6 grandchildren at heart, Gracey Jo Harper, Kaylee Carlton, Tristan, Talin and Treyton Hoyland and Aaron Bell; 3 siblings, Tanya Verlander, Kim and husband Sam Rush and Vicki Province; aunt Yvonne Marrou; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his motorcycle families; and countless others he loved.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Chaplain Mark “Burley” Bradshaw officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Verlander family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Sharon Sue White Fletcher, 75, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016 in League City, TX. She was born April 2, 1941 to John L. White and Bessie L. Biggs White in Fort Worth, TX.
Sharon enjoyed arts and crafts and was very talented with a paintbrush. She was always ready for visits with good food and good friends. Sharon was a resident at Harbour View Nursing Home where she had many friends she considered family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sandi White; and son Larry Scott Hurt.
Sharon is survived by her sons, John Todd Hurt and his wife Sandra and Chad Harrison Fletcher and his wife Vicki; granddaughters, Emileigh Morgan Fletcher and Cassidy Hope Fletcher; sisters, Nancy Pamela White and Camelle Howard along with nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September, 2, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Dr. David Fannin officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
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 then recognized by a 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 conducted 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.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
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.
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.
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