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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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ROBERT S. GRYSINSKI

Posted on July 25th, 2014

A proud navy veteran, Bob Grysinski passed away on July 15, 2014 after 93 years. Bob was born in Chicago, but spent the last half of his life in the Harris County and Fort Bend County area. He was a combat-decorated World War II veteran, serving on the USS Card and the USS Ticonderoga. He wore his Ticonderoga ball cap just about everywhere he went.
Bob had unflagging generosity and appreciation of life. As a master electrician, Bob could fix just about anything around the house and his children often called on his services. He ended his working career by retiring from the Port of Houston Authority in 1986.
He loved cooking; hosting all of the extended family for holiday feasts at his home. A gruff countenance and ever-present cigar masked a tireless sense of humor which gave his friends and family constant enjoyment. He became a skilled crossword puzzle-solver and model-builder.
Bob was a devoted member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond, often cooking for fund-raisers or donating model ships or cars that he had built. He traveled to numerous Ticonderoga reunions around the US over the years. And, he always looked forward to the monthly luncheon of the local Veterans of China-Burma-India group. His service is memorialized in the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Bob lost his beloved wife, Fran, in 1989 after 44 joyful years of marriage. He continued to live in their home in Pecan Grove until two months before his death. His daughter, Gerry, also preceded him, dying in 2003.
Bob was blessed with a host of loving children and grandchildren. He is survived by his sons: Robert Grysinski, and his wife Deborah; Stanley Grysinski and his wife Alison; and his daughter Valerie Walden and husband Kirk. He was especially close to his grandchildren: Sarah, Emma, Ryan and Michael. Bob is also survived by two brothers, Raymond Grysinski of Pennsylvania and Frank Grysinski of Arizona.
Bob was a caring, sharing, down-to-earth husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He was a great human being and will be greatly missed.
On Saturday, August 9, a celebration mass will be held in his honor at 10:00 am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by a brief grave-side military service at Morton League Cemetery in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a veteran’s organization.

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Donald D. Daft

Posted on July 15th, 2014

Funeral services for Donald Duane Daft, 66 of Wallis, will be held Wednesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. at the Wallis American Legion Hall, 330 Legion Rd. in Wallis with Rev. Ric Walters officiating. Pallbearers will be Semper Fi Society of Brazos Valley. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 15 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Wallis American Legion Hall.
Don was born in Hamden, Ohio on Feb. 12, 1948 to James Robert Daft and Mary Opal Neal. He graduated from Teays Valley High School in Ashville, Ohio in 1966. He attended Ohio State University majoring in tax law.
He joined the United States Marine Corps on March 5, 1968 to May 13, 1970 where he was a chief programmer on the newly invented CRTs for computers at the Supply Center for the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
In business, he owned his own company in the transportation industry for 25 years. He also was active in his church, the Wallis United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board. Organizations he belonged to included Rotary, Lions Club, Masons, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and the Austin County Police Alumni.
His Legion experience began as Post Commander of Wallis Post 200. He chartered the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 200 in Wallis. He was the 9th District Commander 2005-2007. He was elected to the high office of Texas Department Commander 2009-2010.
In addition to serving veterans, Don dedicated his life to serving God and Country. Donald D. Daft passed away at his home in Wallis on July 12, 2014.
Don is survived by his wife Pamla Daft and mother-in-law Pat Byas and son David and wife Jewell and children Jewell Kellie, Branson, Marta and Nathan and five grandchildren; son Brian and wife Renee and daughter Emma; brother Jim Daft and wife Venita, daughter Tiera and husband Sam and two grandchildren; brother Ken Daft and wife Linda and children Doug, Jason, Brian and Jonathan and wife Meghan and two children; sister Carolyn McDavid and daughter Mary Joe and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Department of Texas, PO Box 140527, Austin, TX 78714 or Wallis United Methodist Church, PO Box 728, Wallis, TX 77485.

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Fireworks display in Eagle Lake brings many

Posted on July 7th, 2014


The 16th Annual Eagle Lake Fireworks show brought brilliant color to the skies above Calhoun Road in Eagle Lake on July 3. Make plans to attend next year. Watch for ads in the newspaper with details.

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John “Johnny” Gilbert Rabius

Posted on July 7th, 2014

John “Johnny” Gilbert Rabius, 68, of East Bernard was born in East Bernard on Feb. 9, 1946 to parents John H. Rabius and Nola Mae Losack Rabius. He was married to Michelle “Mickey” Louise Sevart Rabius and worked as a farmer and rancher all his life. Johnny died at his home on July 5, 2014 surrounded by family.
Survivors include his wife Mickey Rabius of Wallis; daughters Robin Gayle Hagen and husband Jeff of Sealy, Kimberly Ann Herzog of Sealy, step-daughter Amy J. McMillian and husband Thomas of Oxford, Kan.; sons, John Charles Rabius “Butch” and wife Marie of Cat Spring, step-sons Chris K. Goodman of Marble falls, Mike R. Goodman and wife Kristi of Haysville, Kan.; brothers Raymond Rabius and wife Jo Marie of East Bernard, David Rabius and wife Bonnie of East Bernard, brother-in-law, Donnie Carrol of Wharton; three grandsons, four granddaughters, 10 step-grandsons and two step-granddaughters and a number of nieces and nephews. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents John and Nola Rabius and sister Evelyn Carrol.
Knesek Funeral Home in Wallis in charge of arrangements: www.knesekfuneralhome.com and at www.facebook.com/knesekfuneralhome

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Sealybration offers family fun while giving back to community

Posted on July 7th, 2014

The Sealy Community Foundation brings first-class entertainment and family fun to Sealy’s 6th Annual Sealybration July 11-12. Grammy-award winning country legend Steve Wariner will headline the entertainment line-up and new festivities, such as the car show and VIP tent for the Saturday night concerts, will draw more than 10,000 attendees.
“Sealybration is always a highly anticipated event that brings the town together to celebrate our great country and to make family memories,” said Melanie Willingham, president of the Sealy Community Foundation. “The event’s proceeds go towards higher education scholarships for Sealy High School seniors, as well as donations to local non-profit organizations. We have given more than $19,000 to deserving seniors and organizations in the last six years. It’s rewarding to not only provide a fun festival for the city to enjoy, but to also serve a need while doing so.”
Sealybration kicks off Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. with family fun at the Kidzone carnival, which is open through Saturday night. The gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11 and features food and retail vendors, the bean bag tournament, barbecue cook off and softball tournament. The 5 Alarm 5K and 1K Rookie fun runs are also held Friday night and benefit the Sealy Volunteer Fire Department. At 8 p.m. the musical entertainment gets started when The Triumphs hit the stage playing their 50s and 60s tunes.
The gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday for all day fun at the Kidzone carnival and the tractor show, new car show, chicken bingo and softball tournament. Musical entertainment starts at 5 p.m. with Fred Rusk and the Zydeco Hi-Steppers. Local up-and-coming Texas music artists, The Washers, take the stage next with Steve Wariner up at 11:30 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show will light up the night sky at 9:15 p.m.
A new feature this year is Saturday night’s VIP tent where for $60 attendees enjoy red carpet treatment, including reserved parking close to the venue, seats in a private tent in front of the stage, a catered meal, five free beer tokens, private restrooms and an unrestricted view of the fireworks. Also, all VIP ticket holders will be entered in a drawing to attend a meet-and-greet with country legend Steve Wariner.
Admission for Friday, July 11 is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and 5 and under are free with festival hours running from 6 p.m. until midnight. Saturday, July 12 entry is $10 for adults from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and $15 from 5 p.m. until close.
Children 6-12 are $5, and 5 and under are free all day. Early combo passes are available for $20 and include entry for both days. The early combo passes and the VIP tickets are available at Sealy City Hall, Sealy Chamber of Commerce, Citizens State Bank, Ranch Country Homes and Riverside Tire Center. In addition, discounted carnival passes are available for $15 per day before the event. They will cost $20 at the event.
Sealybration is sponsored by the Sealy Community Foundation, a local non-profit organization whose mission is serving as a voice for all non-profits, with intent to advance education and charity. For registration forms, a detailed schedule of the Sealybration festivities, or to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.sealycommunityfoundation.org. Also, like “Sealy Community Foundation” on Facebook for updated information and contests.

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Arts and Crafts in Wallis this weeke

Posted on July 7th, 2014

Get ready to shop! With this partial list of items being offered by the vendors at the annual Arts and Crafts Chow in Wallis, there is definitely “something for everyone” available.
Handmade newspaper crafts, crocheted items, jewelry, dresses, skirts, quilts, animal pillows, raffia angels, wood and tin signs, stone crosses, dog beds and treats, wind chimes, doll furniture and clothes, rugs, aprons, totes, bird houses and feeders, card magnets, florals, glass flowers and many kinds of canned goods.
Also Tupperware, Avon and Pampered Chef items, decorated cheese boxes, rhinestone t-shirts, kitchen towels, boot purses, magnetic therapy jewelry, hand and finger puppets, scroll works and more. You have to come to see all the crafts that are offered and you can shop for unique gifts for yourself and others.
The building is air conditioned and food, including hamburgers, barbecue beef sandwiches, chips, desserts and drinks, is available to keep you from having to cook.
This show is sponsored by the Wallis American Legion Post 200 and everyone is welcome. Plan on attending at the Wallis American Legion Hall on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $1 per person each day and drawings for door prizes will be every hour for the lucky ticket holders.
Don’t miss this great event.

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Brazos High School Classes of 1993-1994 to hold reunion

Posted on June 5th, 2014

The BHS classes of 1993 and 1994 are looking forward to seeing everyone and their families on Saturday, June 21 at the KC Hall in Wallis. The reunion will start at 3 p.m. and go through the evening. Dinner will be served around 6 p.m.
The meal will be catered, so please call or email the number that will be attending.
For more information, please contact: Melissa or Trae Ellerbe at me@ellerbeharrison.com, Debra (Valicek) Hoffman at 832-541-9081 or Jonathon Szymanski at jszymanski@brazosisd.net.

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