Rosemary Nellie Alsfasser Martin, 91, of Alvin, TX passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. She was born July 16, 1924 to Mathias Alsfasser and Nellie Elringer Alsfasser in St. Joseph, MO.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038.
Condolences may be sent to the Martin family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Warren Muecke, Jr., 52, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was born August 20, 1963 to Thomas W. Muecke, Sr. and Suzanne Hopkins Muecke in Galveston, TX.
Tom grew up in Angleton, TX where he attended Angleton High School and quarterbacked the football team to a 10-0 season. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Baylor University as a two-time All SWC pick, where he led the Bears to two bowl games and was named the Houston Post SWC Most Valuable Player and winner of the SWC/ Fort Worth Kiwanis Club Sportsmanship Award. After college, Tom headed to the Canadian Football League where he played for seven seasons and was part of two Grey Cup championships in both Winnipeg and Edmonton. After a successful football career, Tom returned to Friendswood, TX where he and his wife Alison have lived for the past 15 years with their two children, MacKenzie (14) and Garrett (9). Tom has remained actively involved with his family through school activities and sports, coaching football and basketball for the community youth leagues. Tom was an avid high school football fan and could be found in attendance any given Friday night in the stands cheering on his local team. His passions are family, friends, and sports.
He spent the last 15 years as an optometrist at Berkeley Eye Center in Clear Lake, TX.
Tom was an angel on earth and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Alison Antill Muecke; children, MacKenzie and Garrett; father, Tom Muecke, Sr; sister, Karen Hillier; brother-in-law, Glen Hillier; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Willie and Sandy Anitll; nephews, Tyler and Aaron Hillier; brother-in-law, Tracey Antill and wife Amy Antill; nieces, Sydney and Avery Antill; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, April 26, 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, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Gale Towns and Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Angleton Cemetery in Angleton, TX.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be sent to the Angleton Wildcat Football Booster Club, 1 Campus Dr., Angleton, TX 77515 or the Friendswood Mustang Football Booster Club, 702 Greenbriar Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Muecke family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jean Smithhammer Kacz, 86, of Alvin, Texas passed from this world into the arms of her Lord in a most peaceful and dignified fashion this April 18, 2016. Jean died due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. In the final weeks of her life, Jean was surrounded by the members of her loving family and close friends.
Jean was born at home in O’Hara Township in Allegany County in rural Pennsylvania. She was the middle child between her older sister, Thelma and younger brother, Neal. Her parents were Cornelius and Clementine Smithhammer which probably accounts for her name being simply ‘Jean’. Her father was a professional boxer, her mother a homemaker. Jean’s childhood stories included fond memories of her and her siblings stopping to pick berries in the berry patches along the way to and from school. In high school, she was athletic and marched in the band. She was an accomplished clarinet and sax player and played in college as well. Her college nickname was ‘Smitty’ and she graduated from Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College with a teaching degree in 1951. She immediately began her life-long career of teaching at Clinton Elementary in Clinton, Pennsylvania. During her sophomore year in college, she met the love of her life, Bob. Their story is that they went bowling on their first date and Jean dropped the bowling ball on Bob’s foot. It was true love ever since. Jean and Bob married in 1952, were blessed with 6 children and adopted their grandson, Patrick, as a toddler. They were married just shy of 59 years when Bob passed in 2011.
Bob and Jean moved to Texas in 1957 and immediately immersed themselves into the small rural town of Alvin. Although Jean was busy raising 6 children, she was very active in the Alvin community. Jean devoted her love for teaching to her own private kindergarten and she also taught citizenship classes to adults. She assisted in initiating the first low-income child care facility in Alvin and dedicated many hours to its success.
Jean was instrumental at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she began her ministry by greeting and welcoming newcomers to the community. Friends today still recall her warm welcome. Jean eventually handled all aspects of church administration. She spent many years as the church secretary and mentored others to serve the Lord in the same manner. She was also in the first group of certified Directors of Religious Education in the diocese and served as an Eucharistic Minister. She helped start the first Mother’s Day Out program at St. John’s and her granddaughter, Erin, was one of the inaugural students. Jean spent many years sharing her love of Christ with others as an instructor of RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) teaching adults the Catholic faith. Later after much initial encouragement, Jean was very active in the ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) retreat program where she is fondly remembered as a fun loving, major contributor to the program helping others to know and become closer to Christ.
Jean loved children, all children. She was a “teacher” through and through. Although the current term is “educator”, Jean’s heart and soul was dedicated to “teaching” with a special love for children. She began teaching in her private kindergarten before public schools provided such. She taught in her kindergarten on their property behind their home for approximately 20 years. Many children passed through those doors and their lives were changed due to Jean’s teaching and positive influence. Jean saw former students everywhere she went in Alvin, remembering most of their names and especially their behavior! She continued teaching in the Alvin Independent School District as practically a full-time substitute teacher. She was highly regarded by many of the faculty as the ‘sub’ they requested for their long-term absences. Jean made many life-long friends with the faculty and administrators of the schools where she taught for close to 40 years until she retired at the age of 81. And amazingly enough, she continued to teach during her last days when her caregivers would find her ‘teaching’ students by name in the middle of the night in her bedroom.
Jean was a devoted wife and was truly the ‘woman behind the man’. She helped her husband, Deacon Bob, manage the many accomplishments and church activities he performed. She assisted at Masses, made sure that weddings went off without a hitch, as well as funerals, baptisms and Quinceaneras, orchestrated the Christmas ornament sales, worked at the annual festival and was involved in, if not in charge of, almost every other church activity throughout the years. Jean served her Lord by always being available with a helping hand to anyone that needed her. Her friend, Laura Seyffert remembers her as “a faithful friend; one who kept promises, who could be depended on, whatever the need, whatever the time”.
Jean was a devoted mother raising her children and grandchildren spreading over 40 years. It is doubtful that Jean and Bob ever lived alone in their home as many others; both family and non-family, temporarily shared their home with them. She may have been the quiet voice in the stands when her children and grandchildren performed but she was the proudest. She was a kind and gentle soul. She was stern but loving. She had the best dry wit and sense of humor that was not understood by all, but if you did understand it, you loved her even more for it.
Jean loved traveling. Most often it was with Bob and the family but at times she traveled with friends. She treasured her travels to Lake Tahoe, the Holy Land, Rome, Ireland, England, Spain, Mexico City, the Aztec and Inca Pyramids of South America, Machu Picchu in Peru, Hawaii and throughout the United States. Jean and Bob enjoyed dancing, especially the polka. She competed in local bowling leagues and traveled throughout the United States with her bowling partner and close friend, Shirley Guilliams.
Jean loved many and was loved by many. We are blessed to have known her and spent the time we had with her. Alzheimer’s may have stolen some of her memories but fortunately, it did not take ours.
A special thank you to Jean’s caregivers for providing her a pleasant and dignified last couple years; Marliz, Belma, Eva, Eleanor, Maria, Regina and Wayne, Dolores and Sabrina.
Jean is survived by her children; Mike and wife Nancy, Patti and spouse Cheryl Yale, Bobbi, Terri, Sherri and husband Guy Hardy, Lorri and husband Joe Dinkins, and Patrick; her brother, Neal Smithhammer and wife Mary; ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; other relatives and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation at Moody National Bank in Alvin in Jean’s name. Funds will be given to Alzheimer’s research. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Jean and her family.
A vigil service will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Alvin at 4:30pm Friday, May 6, with a rosary to be recited immediately after. Visitation will begin at the conclusion of the rosary at 5:15pm.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30am Saturday, May 7 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Alvin with Rev. John Taosan, O.M.I., celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jeter Funeral Home, 311 W. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546. (281) 992-7200, condolences may be sent to the Kacz family at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Alma "Joyce" Dunn Partridge, 70, beloved sister, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2016 after a long and painful illness. Known variously as Joyce, Mom and "Nana" by those who loved her best, Joyce was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bobby Joe Partridge, and her parents, J. W. Dunn and Lonnie "Grace" Dunn.
Born August 24, 1945 in Mississippi, Joyce grew up in Meridian, Mississippi, where she met her husband, Bobby. She lived more than 46 years in the Houston area, most of it in Friendswood, Texas. A woman of fierce devotion and conviction throughout her life, she freely gave of herself to family and friends. Joyce was always willing to lend a hand, offer words of advice, compassion or support, and to provide that most precious of things -- her time. Joyce's home in Friendswood served as the central gathering place for immediate family. Most Sunday evenings were spent there where, after a home-cooked meal, football was watched, board games were played and love was freely shared.
Joyce's last seven years were spent actively and energetically spoiling her grandchildren. During times of better health, she would take them on special adventures that might include shopping trips, movies, playgrounds, favorite restaurants or even overnight stays. Joyce also adored animals, and she willingly shared her life with well-loved pets over the years, most recently her cat, Lizzie. In a heart seemingly full to the brim with love, she always found room for more.
Joyce is survived by brothers, Harold Dunn and Larry Dunn; daughter, Kimberly Partridge-Error; sons, Bobby Partridge, Jr. and Michael Partridge; and grandchildren, Brendan Error and Morgan Error.
A small service celebrating Joyce's life and legacy will be held on April 21, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas, 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Close friends and family members are welcome. For those so inclined, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Joyce's name, to charities of the givers' choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Partridge family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Edward Lewis Ramsey, 79, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016. He was born November 7, 1936 to Lewis E. Ramsey and Jerrene Martin Ramsey in Joaquin, TX.
Edward graduated from Louisiana State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. After graduating, he proudly served as a paratrooper in the United States Army, 82 Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged in 1963 with the rank of First Lieutenant. After completing his service, he worked in the insurance field. In March 1972, Edward joined the Houston Police Department, where he faithfully served for 32 years. He retired in 2004 with the rank of Sergeant in the Crime Analysis Division.
On October 12, 1959, Edward was married to the love of his life, Janice Ramsey. They were married for 56 years and together raised four children, Kathleen, Theresa, Michael and Rebecca.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Theresa.
He is survived by his wife Janice Ramsey; daughter, Kathleen Ramsey; son Michael Ramsey; daughter, Rebecca Colby and husband Jeff; grandchildren, Kennon Ramsey, Keith Ramsey, Bryce Colby, Grant Colby and Pierce Colby.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Phil “Skip” Negley, M.S. officiating. Interment will follow at the Bethany Cemetery in Pasadena, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Ramsey family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Katelin Michelle Watson, 15, completed her journey on Earth on April 5, 2016. Katelin was born on January 17, 2001 to parents Laura Cook and Jeff Watson. She was a freshman at Dawson High School and practiced at Masters Tae Kwon Do in Pearland. She loved animals, especially her cats. Katelin was passionate, a deep thinker, smart and artistic. She leaves behind a part of her in all of her artwork. She was a beautiful girl on the inside as well as the outside, though somehow she could never see it.
Katelin was preceded in death by her grandfather Roger Cook. She is survived by her parents Laura Cook and Jeff Watson; sisters: Blake Grodecki and Ciera Watson; grandparents: Valerie Cook, Jean and Tony Watson; and numerous other loving family members and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Cindy Pitts officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Walter Williamson Guy, 79, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016. He was born March 21, 1937 to Walter F. Guy and Lutelle E. Williamson in Sumter, S.C.
Walt Guy has 50 years of experience with NASA in various technical and management roles. His career was solely within NASA Centers’ Engineering Directorates, although his responsibilities ranged from Technical Discipline Expert to Project Manager to Organizational Line Manager. His early-career “technical disciplines” were 1) systems engineering, 2) thermal control, 3) environmental control, and 4) life support (for both spacecraft and spacesuits). His assignments enabled him to contribute to all U.S. manned space flight. For the last 30 years of his career, Mr. Guy was Chief of the Crew and Thermal Systems Division, then Chief of the Automation, Robotics and Simulation Division, and lastly Chief of the Systems Architecture and Integration Office. These Engineering “domain” organizations were responsible for 1) the technical support of NASA’s manned spaceflight programs, 2) developing GFE flight hardware, and 3) advancing the technology front in the organization’s technical domain.
Over the years, as Mr. Guy rose into the management ranks, he experienced “management” from all perspectives. He was “manager” of teams, groups, organizations (large and small), projects, contracts and facilities; and he “managed” analyses, tests, and hardware/software developments, as well as facility developments and advanced technology activities. He was responsible for 1) astronaut space suits, tools, and crew EVA jet packs; 2) spacecraft life support, thermal control, and hygiene equipment; as well as, 3) in-space robotic manipulators for the nations spaceflight projects – Shuttle and Station. Recently, he was responsible for 1) the development of technology for a robotic “flying eye” for on-orbit inspection; 2) an anthropomorphic robot as an astronaut “surrogate”; and 3) a robotic “rover” for astronaut exploration of a planetary surface. In his most recent management assignment, Mr. Guy was responsible for 1) developing the docking system, and 2) re-entry parachute system for the spacecrafts to be used in the future exploration of space; as well as, 3) providing the Systems Engineering and SE&I leadership for the Constellation Space Flight Program. In addition, he has 1) managed astronaut training facilities, and 2) a large variety of test facilities, including large, human-rated, thermal/vacuum chambers.
Mr. Guy also discharged other responsibilities for NASA which were independent of his Division management activities. He was the USA Chairman of Working Group #5 for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, responsible for negotiations with the Soviets in the areas of life support systems and crew transfer operations. In addition, Mr. Guy served on (and chaired) 1) Accident Investigation Boards, 2) Source Evaluation Boards, and 3) Operational Readiness Inspection Boards for critical facilities; as well as, 4) serving on the Senior Board for all Shuttle Pre-Flight Readiness Reviews conducted by JSC’s Engineering Directorate over the life of the Program.
SPECIAL HONORS AND AWARDS: Mr. Guy has been awarded the Victor A. Prather Award, 1974; JSC Certificate of Commendation (Apollo Program); two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, 1975 (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project) and 1981 (Shuttle Program); a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, 1987; and three NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, 1992, 1998 and 2010.
Professional and Honorary Society: Tau Beta Pi, Honorary Engineering Society.
Walt enjoyed traveling, wood carving, writing religious essays, and restoring old telephones as hobbies.
Walt accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at the age of 12 in a Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusade in Columbia, South Carolina. He was an active member of University Baptist Church in the Clear Lake area. Jesus walked him into heaven April 3, 2016, after his battles with Lymphoma Cancer in 2015 and Pancreatic Cancer the past several months. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, friends, church family, and NASA family.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents: Walter Francis Guy and Lutelle Evans Williamson Guy. Walt is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Crisp Guy; son, Steven Alan Guy, and his brother, William Benjamin Guy.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Dr. Steven Laufer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent to the Guy family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jessie Ritchie Lupton Simpson, 83, of Friendswood, TX passed away peacefully in her sleep and went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2016. She was born April 27, 1932 to Thomas W. Lupton and Ritchie M. Harris Lupton in San Antonio, TX. Jessie was a loving wife, mother and Christian. She married Perry R. Simpson, Sergeant in the United States Army on March 4, 1952.
She is survived by her oldest son, Ross Simpson of Friendswood, TX.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200. Interment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, TX at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the Simpson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Marijo Elizabeth Heibel Dickson, fondly known as Mama, Mom, and Mina. Her name always brought about good feelings and warmth to those who had the opportunity to have her in their life. She was a dedicated mother of four children, and a loving wife to her husband Dan Leigh Dickson, Jr. We know she’s happy to join him now and can imagine her arriving in heaven with Pops there to greet her and invite her to “Mocha on the sofa.”
Born and raised in Bellaire, TX, she was a graduate of Saint Agnes Academy. She then spent some time at the University of Houston where she met her husband Dan. She started working for the Clear Creek Independent School District when her youngest child started school and stayed for 20 years working as a secretary in various elementary schools and the transportation department.
Marijo was a devoted wife, mother, homemaker and hostess. Life taught her to be frugal but she was a gracious giver and had such a generous heart. She and Pops were known for their parties, especially the annual Easter bar-b-que which started out as a block party in the early years of their marriage on Marleen Street. They brought the tradition with them when they moved to Friendswood in the late ‘60s. Family was expected and friends were always welcome and the more the better. Through their love and hospitality, friends became family because you were always welcome at the Dickson’s.
A woman of faith with a deep sense of service, she volunteered her time as a Girl Scout Leader and at Mary Queen Parish in Friendswood, TX where she served on the Liturgy Committee, was involved in Art & Environment, served on the new church planning & development committee and made gallons of potato salad for parish festivals. She was also a longtime member of The Queen’s Bee Quilters, a Prayer Quilt Ministry that brings comfort & prayers to those seriously ill by making and gifting prayer quilts to remind them of God's infinite love, mercy and healing.
Her time with the Girl Scouts was a family affair. She and her co-leader brought along their son’s on camping trips. She spammed the boys on one trip when they were being naughty. They were behaving as little boys do when they’re too curious about the secret life of little girls. She rubbed alcohol on our backs when we were sick and counseled us about life and what it all meant when we were finding our way after leaving home in our ‘20s. She was a mother to anyone who needed one.
Marijo came to a sudden end to a long journey on Friday, April 1, 2016. Her ever present smile will be missed by her friends and family but we are grateful that she has joined the angels she liked so much.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M with the rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Deacon Paul Robison officiating.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Queen’s Bee Quilters, c/o Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Dickson 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.