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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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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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