Pamela Jean Vandevelde Pluchino, 65, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was born on September 21, 1949 to Bernard F. Vandevelde and Nancy Barrett Vandevelde in Paducah, KY.
She graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, KY in 1968. She then moved to Orlando, FL, and lived in the Central FL area mostly Oviedo for over 35 years.
She worked at Sabal Point Elementary School in Longwood, FL, before moving to Friendswood, TX, in 2004 where she began working at Friendswood High School.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Francis Vandevelde.
Pamela is survived by her mother, Nancy Boyd of Houston, TX; daughter, Jessica Pluchino of Springfield, IL; sister, Kim Corgey and husband Eric of Friendswood, TX; brother, Mike Vandevelde of Winchester, VA; niece, Malli Ford of Friendswood, TX; nephews, Nathan Corgey of Friendswood, TX, Joseph Gaeta of Orlando, FL, Matthew Gaeta of OH, Derrick Vandevelde and Zac Vandevelde of VA.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 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 Pluchino family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made in her honor to www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Pluchino.
Linda Fay Marie Patin Tomlinson, 70, of Friendswood, TX passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 15, 2015. She was born on January 6, 1945 to Linic Patin and Florence Guilbeau in Lafayette, LA. She graduated from North Side High School in 1962 where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.
She is fondly remembered instructing aerobic classes at the Friendswood Friends Church, working with the Wagner family, as well as working in the PTA at her children’s school. She was a devoted mother to her children, and believed deeply in being an involved parent.
Linda’s most enjoyable activity was singing in her church choir at Friendswood Friends Church and then later at Friendswood United Methodist Church. She also thoroughly enjoyed her role as a Stephen Minister, which provides care for others. Linda was a compassionate soul and cared genuinely for others.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Linda is survived by her loving husband, of nearly 45 years Robert. They were married in Houston’s First Presbyterian Church on September 5, 1970.
She is survived and remembered by her son Robert Mathews and his wife Leslie of Bunkie, LA and their children, Stevie, Lily and Payton. She is also remembered by her son Wade Tomlinson and his wife Allie of Havertown, PA with their daughter Siena. She is also remembered by her daughter Lindsey Murff and her husband David who are living in Shenzhen, China and their children, Tristan, Evan, Logan and Kellan. She is remembered by her brother James Patin and his wife Gloria; and her sister Audrey Chiasson; nieces, Laura Hinton, Christie Pratt, Kelly Fredrick, and Vickie Hebert; nephew Jude Chiasson; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Linda is deeply missed and loved.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 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, May 28, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating. Interment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the Tomlinson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Dempsey Fontenot, 76, of Alvin, TX passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015. He was born on March 6, 1939 to Claudius Fontenot and Eva Guillory Fontenot in Lake Charles, LA.
He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1958-1962, serving on the USS Ticonderoga and USS Wasp. He was employed as a truck driver for KLLM and Vernon Sawyer. Joseph loved watching his favorite football teams, LSU, Houston Texans and the Houston Oilers.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Laura Ann Fontenot and Lisa Ware and husband Randy; son, Brian Fontenot and wife Cindy; granddaughters, Megan Lamb and Shelby Ware; grandson, Brian Fontenot, Jr. and wife Amber; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Calvary Chapel, 3700 FM 528, Friendswood, TX 77546 with Pastor Charlie Quiroz officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made in his memory to Fisher House at Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center at www.houstonva.gov.
Condolences may be sent to the Fontenot family in care of Jeter Memorial Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Helen Breitkreuz Wenzel, a resident of Friendswood, Texas for 51 years, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the age of 87. Mrs. Wenzel was born in Greenvine, Texas on February 13, 1928, and was the daughter of Ewald Breitkreuz and Meta Garlin Breitkreuz. Raised on a farm by her mother, grandmother and five uncles, she graduated from Brenham High School in 1946. Dorothy, a bride of Christmas Eve, married Guss E. Wenzel, of Burton Texas, on December 24, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in the Houston Heights. With an associate's degree in business from Blinn College, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Dr. Pepper Company and the American General Insurance Company.
Mrs. Wenzel moved to Friendswood in August 1964, and became a member of Hope Lutheran Church one year after its founding in 1963. She enjoyed raising her family, gardening, cooking, and attending Bible Study groups.
She is survived by her daughter Ginger Wilkinson and husband James of Sammamish, Washington; her son David Wenzel and wife Caeley Melmed of Flower Mound, Texas; her younger son Matt Wenzel and his wife Laura of Pearland; her granddaughter Kristin Wilkinson Smith and husband Page of Seattle, Washington; her grandson Jeffrey Wilkinson and wife Lindsay of Denver, Colorado; her granddaughter Mauri Wenzel and grandson Eli Wenzel of Flower Mound Texas; her two great granddaughters Savea Smith and Lexie Smith of Seattle, Washington; her two grand dogs Macy and Abby Wenzel of Pearland; and a host of friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Parlor, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Burton, Texas with Rev. Jill Vivroux officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Dorothy B. Wenzel Memorial Fund in care of Hope Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent to the Wenzel family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Marjorie McCown Lawrence, longtime resident of Alvin, Texas and former music teacher in Pearland, passed away May 9, 2015 at the age of 94. She was born on March 27, 1921 to William Ashby McCown and Alberta Harper McCown in Wharton, Texas.
Marjorie loved to point out to people that she was born on Easter Sunday, 1921. She moved to Alvin with her family in 1927, and graduated from Alvin High School in 1938. Marjorie attended Sam Houston State Teacher’s College for two years, earned her teaching certificate, and began her career in a one-room schoolhouse at Mustang Bayou in the Alvin-Danbury area.
It was while she was in Huntsville that she met Sam Wilson, whom she married on Memorial Day, 1940. They lived in Memphis during World War II, and had two children, Becky and Sam. At the end of the war, they moved to Pearland where Sam taught and Marjorie took care of their young children. After Sam’s death from cancer in 1950, Marjorie taught piano and returned to college at the University of Houston to finish her degree, all the while continuing to care for her kids.
Before he died, Sam told Marjorie that if she ever needed a good mechanic, to take her car to Art Lawrence in Alvin because he was an honest man. Because of that, Marjorie always said “my first husband introduced me to my second husband.” Art and Marjorie were married in August of 1952, and had two more children, Marjie and Larry.
Marjorie was a stay-at-home mom who ran an in-home preschool until the youngest kids were both in elementary school, and then she resumed her public teaching career at Pearland Elementary School (now C.J. Harris). She was a first-grade teacher for a couple of years, but when the music teacher suddenly quit, Mr. Harris asked Marjorie if she would be willing to step into that position. Thus began her long and happy career as an elementary music specialist.
Marjorie was passionate about music education. Other than her family, it was the great love of her life. She went back to school again, summers and evenings, got her master’s degree, immersed herself in the Orff-Kodaly method of teaching music, designed unforgettable music programs at C.J. Harris, directed choirs, published a book, and gave workshops all across Texas and in more far-flung spots such as Brazil. She was the state elementary music chairman of Texas Music Educators Association in the early 1980’s, and used her position to tirelessly advocate for the importance of music in the public schools. Although her house-cleaning and cooking could be somewhat perfunctory, her teaching preparation was creative and inspired. There was no such thing as “good enough” when it came to the classroom. She was always trying to find what worked, what would keep kids interested and involved. While she was one of those teachers who had “the look,” learning while having fun was ultimately the gold standard for her.
After retiring in 1989, she continued to give workshops, play piano at nursing homes with the Froggy Mountain music group, lead the children’s choir at Grace Episcopal Church, and play piano at First Christian Church in Alvin. Until she fell last fall at the age of 93, she taught piano out of her home and played at the First Christian Church in Alvin. One of the great joys of her late years was playing ukulele with the Stars and Stripes Ukulele Band, especially when she got to be in the spotlight on “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
For most of her life, she was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Asa Underwood chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marjorie was a devoted wife who cared for two husbands until the ends of their lives. She was a loving and tireless mother who never wavered in her commitment to her family. If there was a family get-together, she had organized it, was right in the middle of it, and had invited 30 other people you didn’t even know you were related to. She never met a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved sister, lifelong confidante and musical collaborator, Alberta Dollar Riley; brother, Ashby McCown; first husband, Samuel P. Wilson, Sr., and second husband, Arthur G. Lawrence.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Becky Carter, Samuel P. Wilson, Jr., Marjie Lawrence (Mary), and Arthur L. “Larry” Lawrence (Donna); 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; very special nephew, George L. Blair; other nieces and nephews; step-daughter Elsie Stuart and family; and a host of friends.
Many people helped our mother to live as independently as possible in Alvin the past few years. We’d especially like to thank: her wonderful friend Grace Collins; her neighbors Rusty, Terrie and James Beasely; and her one-man support system for several years, Arthur Pryor; but we are aware there are dozens more. For the past six months, Marjorie resided at Trinity Oaks Senior Living in Pearland, where she was cared for by an attentive and cheerful staff who greatly eased her transition into her new home.
Marjorie lived a long, full, and happy life, and she blessed her family with the great gifts of love, faith, music, and a sense of humor.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, May 22, 2015, 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. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home with The Rev. Mark Crawford officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Marjorie requested memorial gifts be made to the Alvin Food Pantry at 1212 S. Durant St., Alvin, TX, 77511.
Condolences may be sent to the Lawrence family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jean Emily Anderson Maloney, 84, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother of Friendswood, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 3, 2015. She was born September 15, 1930 to Charles L. Anderson and Emily Hunter Anderson in Newburgh, New York. Jean was a Registered Nurse, an Assistant Science Nursing Instructor, a Business Owner of Iso-Tex Diagnostics, Inc. and Tel-Test, Inc. Jean held the office of President, of Galveston Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), the National Director Associates of DCCW, Board Member, Program Chairman of Mary Queen Catholic Church Women’s Council, and Parliamentary Law Club President.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Emily Anderson; father, Charles Lester Anderson; and nephew, Timothy Naclerio.
Jean is survived by her husband Thomas J. Maloney; daughter Jill Maloney; son Tom Maloney and daughter-in-law Sandra Maloney; daughter Megan Balderrama, and son-in-law David Balderrama; daughter Martha Maloney; grandchildren, Jessica Witzel, Jemmy Dwyer, Emily Morrison, Elizabeth Morrison, Wendy Morrison, David Thomas Balderrama, and Anne Balderrama; great grandson Antares Witzel Hofmann; sister Peggy Naclerio and brother-in-law Tom Naclerio; niece Tammy Gross; nephew David Naclerio; brother Robert Anderson; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M with the rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Deacon Vince Eklund officiating.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Mary Queen Catholic Church Women’s Ministry, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Maloney family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Helen Gray Morgan, "Baw Baw" passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at home surrounded by the daughters she loved. Helen was born June 9, 1932 in Hoot Owl, Arkansas to Ed and Azalee Gray, and remained a country girl at heart.
Helen married the LOVE of her life, Bob Morgan on June 5, 1954 in Hernando, Mississippi and settled in Memphis, Tennessee. From that day forward they were never apart. Together they raised 3 daughters, Rhonda Morgan Smith and husband Randy of Alvin, Lisa Morgan Pitts and husband Gary of Friendswood, and Janet Morgan Melnar and husband Rodney of Bellville.
She was proud to be "BawBaw" to her 8 grandsons, Keith Smith and wife Tina of West Columbia, Brent Smith of Angleton, Brandon Smith of Angleton, Beau Pitts of Tiki Island, Jared Pitts and wife Jessica of Friendswood, Morgan Pitts of Fort Worth, Steffan Melnar of Denton, and Garrett Ancil Melnar of Bellville. "Baw Baw's" other delights in life were her 5 great-grandchildren; Megan Smith, Jacob Smith, Mya Smith, Bobbie Smith and Carson Smith.
After graduation from high school in 1950, Helen moved to Louisville, Mississippi, where she went to work as a medical office manager.
Helen met Bob when he was home on leave from the Air Force in 1953. They were devoted to each other for 60 years.
The Air Force moved Bob and Helen to Pasadena in 1955. Helen worked at Pasadena General Hospital until the family moved to Alvin, their life long home in 1967. Helen worked for Alvin Community Hospital as the Business Office Manager for 18 years until she and Bob retired in 1984.
During their retirement Bob and Helen enjoyed fishing and spending time at their cabin in Colmesniel. Mom and Dad made trips to Mountain View, Arkansas twice a year to meet family and friends from across the U.S. for lots of good times.
Around home, they were well known for their "Mercy Missions", Mom would cook and both she and Dad would deliver the meals to those in need.
Our immediate family, as well as so many others, was blessed to have Mom as the "cure what ails ya" cook of Chicken and Dumplings, Old Man's Cake, Helen's Famous Chocolate pie, and so many other delicious treats because "Nobody cooks like Moma!"
Helen was a wonderful example of Christ's Love, choosing not to judge, but to listen. Mom was a great listener. Her famous quote was "Everybody wants to talk but nobody wants to listen." She became a compassionate counselor, blessed with wisdom and a way with words that encouraged and comforted so many. Mom was a Sunday school teacher, devoted Deacon's wife, great neighbor, loyal friend, loving daughter, devoted sister, daughter-in-law, a precious and treasured mother-in-law and devoted Christian.
Her true calling was always to be a loving wife and the BEST MOMA to us girls and our "Baw Baw" to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom and Dad's greatest joy was ALWAYS being with their family, enjoying good food, good fishing, noisy laughter and each other. Baw Baw's lap was always the place for a verse or ten of "Bayou Baby", her kitchen full of warmth and hearty meals and their home full of Love for family, each other and their Heavenly Father. Mom and Dad set aside a special time each day for their daily Bible readings and prayer.
Helen was joyously reunited in Heaven with our Daddy-Bob Morgan. There was no place that Mom and Dad would rather be than at home with each other and now and forever, they are together again.
The rest of her Heavenly welcoming committee includes her parents Ed and Azalee Gray, her brother J.V. Gray, sisters, Nell Carter and Margaret Ann Tiner, George and Jimmie Morgan, Eddie Barton, Mary Helen Beall, Jim Tom Jackson, and a host of so many other family members and friends.
A visitation will be held at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home in Friendswood on Saturday, May 2nd at 12:00 p.m. with the funeral service to immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be the joys of her life, her grandsons. Burial will be at Morgan Cemetery, Morgantown, Mississippi at a later date.
GOD truly BLESSED Mom and our whole family by bringing into our lives the best caregivers. Words cannot convey the gratitude and thankfulness that our family feels by the Blessings we received from the compassionate, dedicated way that you all cared for Mom AND us too. We consider you all family. May GOD BLESS you for the way you cared for our folks.
Our thanks also to Dr. Scott Rogers and staff in Angleton, for their longtime care and kindness.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Morgan Chapel Baptist Church, 4950 Morgantown Road, Sturgis, Mississippi 39769.
Condolences may be sent to the Morgan Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Mellette Diane Cook Townsend, 71, of League City, TX passed away on April 20, 2015. She was born January 9, 1944 to George Melvin Cook and Hortense DeRulle Cook in Houston, TX.
Mellette was raised in Houston, TX and a graduate of St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX. She spent most of her adult life being a devoted loving wife and mother to her husband and children. In her professional career she served as an administrator at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Branch at Houston, 19 years.
She was preceded in death by both her father and mother; George and Hortense Cook.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gary Townsend; children, Jack Townsend and Tiffany Spagnoli; grandchildren, Rachel and Renee Townsend, Brandon and Ava Spagnoli; and many other relatives and close friends.
Mellette loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and dogs. She also enjoyed gardening, and attending craft shows with friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. at the Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Deacon Russ Carroll officiating.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker St., League City, TX 77573 with Fr. Howard Drabek officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
If you would like to make a donation to Operation Smile in honor of Mellette, please use the following link.
Condolences may be sent to the Townsend 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.