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Jeraldine Ann Szymanski

Posted on November 24th, 2014

A funeral mass for Jeraldine Ann Szymanski, 70, of Eagle Lake, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Guardian Angel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Willard Szymanski, Don Demny, John Dujka, Kenneth Kovar, Pat King and Carl Hanzelka. Honorary pallbearers included her extended family and loving friends.Visitation was Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the church followed by the Rosary.

Jeraldine Ann Szymanski was born on Jan. 28, 1944, in Sealy to Julius and Lucille Zurek of Wallis. She attended Guardian Angel Catholic School through eighth grade and graduated from Wallis High School in 1962. In 1966, she married Joseph “Jodie” Anthony Szymanski of East Bernard and began her married life in Wallis. After serving the community as a beautician for over 20 years, she completed her lifelong dream of earning a bachelor’s degree as she graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria in 1990 and became a teacher. For 19 years, she touched the lives of many students at Deaf Smith Elementary School, in Richmond. Most notably, she was named the 2002 Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. After retirement, she moved to Eagle Lake, Texas, and remained very active with her faith and family.

As a proud descendent of Guardian Angel Catholic Church founders, Jeraldine served as Eucharistic Minister, lector, and parish council president, while being a member of the KJZT, Catholic Daughters of America, Ladies of Guardian Angel, and Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Most importantly, she unconditionally devoted her time and love to her family. Most weekends were spent visiting her sons and their families, babysitting her grandchildren; cooking; gardening; shopping; and the occasional casino trip with her sister, Cornelia. A diehard football fan, she routinely cheered for the Houston Texans, Texas Aggies and LSU Tigers. She also loved to travel, having visited most of North America, Europe and Spain.

After a courageous battle with breast cancer, Jeraldine was called to the Lord on Nov. 20, 2014. A beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, and sister-in-law, she is survived by her loving husband, Jodie Szymanski of Eagle Lake; son and daughter-in-law Jeffery and Sarah Szymanski of Houston; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Jonathon and Lisa Szymanski of Pineville, La.; grandchildren Elizabeth and Willard Szymanski of Houston and Ty and Bella Szymanski of Pineville, La.; sister Cornelia Hinze of Sealy; and sister-in-law Gloria Demny and husband Don of East Bernard. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Julius and Lucille Zurek; in-laws Joseph and Lillian Szymanski; and brother-in-law Joe Hinze.

Memorials may be made in Jeraldine’s memory to Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake, Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis, or Hospice El Campo.

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Selma Wittneben Muegge Klingsporn

Posted on November 24th, 2014

Funeral services for Selma Wittneben Muegge Klingsporn, 94, of Wallis are set for 10 AM Monday, November 24, 2014, at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471, with Rev. Ray Spitzenberger officiating. Burial will follow in Davis-Greenlawn Cemetery, Rosenberg, TX 77471, with Rev. Scott Stallings officiating the graveside service.

Visitation will be 5 - 7:00 PM Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Garmany & Carden Funeral Chapel, Rosenberg, TX.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Aaron Muegge, Stephen Muegge, Kevin Kreitz, Nathan Kreitz, Mark Peveto, Michael Peveto, Cliff Rhodes, and Byron Wittneben.

Selma was born November 7, 1920, to Willie and Annie (Eben) Wittneben, of Richmond, TX. She was the eighth child of 13 children. During World War II, she worked at Hughes Tool Co. In 1944, she married Melvin Muegge; they farmed together and reared three children. She loved to go dancing and work crossword puzzles. They were married 29 years before Melvin passed away in 1973. In 1980, she met and married Joe Klingsporn, a retired school teacher. They moved to Brenham, TX, and loved travelling together, before he died in 2002. Following his death, she moved to Wallis, TX, to be near her children.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth and Carolyn Muegge, Randy and Sandra Muegge, Denise and Glen Kreitz; 5 grandsons, Dr. Aaron Muegge of Victoria, TX, Kyle and Sharla Muegge of San Antonio, TX, Stephen and Amanda Muegge of Wallis, TX, Kevin Kreitz of Austin, TX, and Nathan Kreitz of Houston, TX; 4 great grandchildren, Miranda, Memphis, and Mattie Muegge of Wallis, TX, and Reagan Muegge of San Antonio, TX; sister, Marie Peveto of Richmond, TX, and sister-in-law, LaDell Wittneben.

Selma was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Melvin Muegge and Joe Klingsporn; brothers, Franklin, Raymond, Edgar, Arthur, Henry, Willie, and Gilbert; and sisters, Laura Duesterhoft, Elda Bialas, Helen Hartfiel, and Esther Gross.

Memorials may be given in her memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 Cedar Street, Wallis, TX 77485, or to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

Condolence messages may be written for the Klingsporn family at www.garmany carden.com.

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.

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Dorothy Ann Sulak

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Dorothy Ann Sulak was born on February 3, 1938 In East Bernard, Texas. She passed away on October 9, 2014 at the age of 76. She was reared in East Bernard, Texas and graduated high school there in 1956 .She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of East Bernard, Texas.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Ann Borak, husband
Tilford Sulak, Brothers Bennie and August Borak and Agnes Filip.
She is survived by daughters: Jeannie Reising (and special friend Andy),
Tanya Delgado and husband David, and Kristina Sulak, and son Royce Sulak. Grandchildren: Alexias Reising, Keith Sulak, David Christopher Delgado, Antonio Delgado, Ramon Delgado, Andreas Delgado, Christian Marshall, Jacob Pettigrew and Daniel Pettigrew.

Visitation was from 5pm -8pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church East Bernard with a Rosary at 7pm.
Services were on Friday, October 17 2014 at 2pm at Holy Cross, with Rev. Don Ruppert officiating.
Pall Bearers were Joey Sulak, Clay David, Jason Stuessel , Mike Marshall, Daryl Kutach , Dennis Filip and Robert Krpez.
Funeral arrangements by Knesek Bros. Sealy.
www.knesekfuneralhome.com

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Albina Marcella Tobola

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Albina Marcella Tobola of Wallis passed away Tuesday, Oct.14, 2014 at the age of 101. She was born on March 30, 1913 in Wallis to parents Frank and Filomena Uhyrek. Albina and her husband Louis raised three daughters. She enjoyed working in the garden, crocheting, and playing dominoes with family and friends. Albina was a member of the Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, KJZT, and KJT.
She is survived by her daughters Georgia Maroul and Hattie Bilski, grandchildren Karen and Dennis Hundl II, Agnes Keller and spouse Robert, David and Christopher Maroul, Sandy Wirwahn and spouse Jim, Joe and Doug Bilski, Deborah Kuritza and spouse Paul, great grandchildren Madeline, Ally, Hannah, Joseph, Joshua, and Holly, her sister Lillian Divin, nieces and nephews.
Albina is preceded by her husband Louis L. Tobola, daughter Mary Ann Hundl, son-in-law Joe A. Maroul, grandson Joseph R. Maroul, parents Frank and Filomena Uhyrek, brothers Sylvester and Frank Uhyrek.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p..m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20 at the Guardian Angel Catholic Church, 5610 Demel Street, Wallis, Texas 77485.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 also at Guardian Angel Church with interment to follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery. Knesek Funeral Home in Wallis in charge of arrangements: www.knesekfuneralhome.com.

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Give Blood in Wallis on Columbus Day

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Wallis Community Blood Drive
Blood Drive

will be on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13 beginning at

3:30 until 7 p.m.

at the Wallis KC Hall.
To schedule by phone, call Lefty Hanzelka at 281-384-4546 or email at lefty6730@yahoo.com. Schedule at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to receive 200 Commit for Life bonus points. Commit for Life members who keep their scheduled appointment will earn the bonus points. For more information, go to www.giveblood.org.
Walk-ins are welcome.

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Orchard VFD Fireman’s Jamboree needs donations, volunteers

Posted on October 2nd, 2014

The Orchard VFD Fireman’s Jamboree will be Oct. 24-25 at the Fire Station and Orchard City Park, Orchard. The Orchard VFD needs cases of bottled water and 2 liter sodas for the Jamboree. Donations can be brought to the Orchard Fire station any Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m., or contact Al Petry at 281-750-1085 or Brandon Hastings at 832-361-2166 to make other arrangements.

Volunteers needed at Orchard’s Jamboree
Orchard VFD also needs volunteers at the Jamboree. Help is needed with the kids’ games, trash patrol, busing tables, ticket sales and more. This is a great way for kids to get community service hours for NHS, NJHS, Confirmation, 4-H, etc! A minimum of two hours is required and forms will be available to be turned in to your community service project leaders/sponsors. To volunteer, please call Al Petry at 281-750-1085.

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Spirit Day at Gringos is Monday, Oct. 6

Posted on October 2nd, 2014

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Veronica Anne Russell

Posted on August 10th, 2014

Veronica Anne Russell, award winning performer and costume designer, succumbed to complications from a brief illness on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the age of 44 in New Orleans, LA. She was born on July 22, 1970 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas to parents Gerald W. Russell and Candace (Byrne) Russell. She was a graduate of Nacogdoches High School and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. In her twenty years of living in New Orleans, she had a significant impact on the arts community. She was awarded a Big Easy award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her performance in “Venus in Fur“ in 2013, as well as for Best Costume design for “ The Boys in the Band “ in 2011 and “Camelot” in 2009. Her interest in costuming and story telling became her life’s work that touched a wide range of the New Orleans community, most notably as the artistic director of Louisiana History Alive whose performers assume the characters of the State’s most prominent figures. In addition, her portrayal of Edna Gertrude Beasley in her one woman show entitled “A Different Woman : A True Story of a Texas Childhood,” directed by Perry Martin, took her to varius festivals throughout the United States and Canada.

Survived by her parents, Gerald and Candace Russell of Fulshear, TX; grandmother, Mary “Libby” Russell of Bullard, TX; sister, Amy Russell McConnell, brother-in-law, Shannon McConnell, niece Erin and nephew, Maverick McConnell of Katy, TX. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as many friends whose lives she touched in her short lifetime. Preceded in death by grandparents Dr. Edward T. Byrne, Mary “Eddie“ Byrne, and Robert G. Russell.

Visitation will be held at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, 2610 Demel ,Wallis, Tx 77485 on Monday, August 11th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm followed by a rosary at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be held at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis on Tuesday, August 12th at 10 am followed by a graveside service. Pallbearers…Bob Russell, Shannon McConnell, Chris Lane, Todd d’Amour, Michael Cerveris and John Raney.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Louisiana History Alive 3211 Wellspring Lake Dr. Fulshear, Texas 77441. www.knesekfuneralhome.com

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Patsy Browne

Posted on August 4th, 2014

Patsy Browne, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, just left us Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to dine with the King. Mom to some, Pats to her grandchildren and Patsy to others, is in Heaven at peace. Patsy was born in Sealy, Texas on August 12, 1943 to Julius and Viola Vykoukal. She attended the Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Patsy graduated from Sealy High School in 1961. She married the love of her life, Billy Browne, also, in 1961. After living in Houston and Katy, Billy and Patsy moved back home to Sealy in 1975 when Billy became GM of Stephen F. Austin Golf Club.
Patsy had a servant’s heart. She was the glue that held the family together. She loved gardening, fishing and her trips to Louisiana with her best friend and sister, Rosie. Patsy was an awesome cook. How she could feed a family of five, which included three teenage boys, with one fried chicken is still a mystery. Patsy was a true mother and homemaker. The house was always clean and there was always breakfast and dinner on the table which was enjoyed by the family. She taught her sons valuable life lessons about forgiveness, kindness, love, mercy, and grace, always putting her needs behind those she loved.
Patsy is preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Viola Kenter Vykoukal, mother-in-law Ollie Browne, sister Dee Dee Beckendorff and brothers-in-law Sammy Browne and David Krueger.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years Billy Browne; son Bob and wife Julie and their children William, David, and Julianna; son Doug and wife Rhonda and their children Hannah and Phoebe; son Steve and his children Barrett, Garrett, and Gavin; sister Rosie Krueger and daughter Christina; brother-in-law Cooter Browne and wife Nancy and their children Glenn, Mike, and Tim Browne and families; sister-in-law Terri Eaton and husband Jerry; nieces Audrey Megill, Mandy Staff and Abbey Browne and families; brother-in-law Milton Beckendorff and wife Chris and nephews Jimmy, Travis, and Brad and families. She is also survived by numerous cousins and friends. Also, let’s not forget her dog, Kissy.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established in Patricia Ann Browne’s name with the Friends of San Felipe De Austin Historical Site, PO Box 17, San Felipe, TX 77473 referencing the Patsy Browne Fund.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Knesek Funeral Home, www.knesekfuneralhome.com

 

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Trinity Lutheran BBQ this weekend in Sealy

Posted on August 4th, 2014

Tickets are going! Fun is coming! BBQ Meal is Delicious!! Fellowship is a Blast!!

Trinity Lutheran Church Annual BBQ and Auction is Sunday, August 10th 11:00 am -1:00 pm here at Trinity. Come join us for Fellowship, Fun and Food! Bring all the children!! There will be water activities for the kids! Kids will need bathing suit, towel and sunscreen! Remember that tickets for the BBQ Dinner need to be bought in advance. $10.00.

Tickets may be purchased at Trinity Lutheran Church, Seidel and Schroeder, Citizens State Bank and Chamber of Commerce.

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