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Joseph J. Earthman Generations Funeral Home

Joseph J. Earthman Generations is Houston’s original family-operated, independent provider of comprehensive funeral, memorial, cremation, and pre-planning services. We believe in the value of funeral services as a source of comfort and healing. Because the presence of a casket, in its simplicity and magnitude, captures the solemnity of the funeral service and expresses respect and reverence for the deceased in the most impactful way, we encourage families to allow the body of their loved one to be present at the service, even when selecting cremation. Our commitment to this principle is reflected in our unique portfolio of services that no other funeral provider offers.


Our Obituaries

Robert Leslie Hardy

February 2, 1925 - July 30, 2016

Robert Leslie Hardy was born February 2, 1925, to Merrit Leslie Hardy and Clara Lucile (Buzzi) Hardy in Arkansas City, Kansas. He died on July 30, 2016, in Houston, Texas. He is survived by several cousins and many friends. He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Oklahoma University with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural...
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Reinhard Mattern

February 23, 1930 - July 30, 2016

Our loving father, Mr. Reinhard Mattern, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Reinhard was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Mattern, sons, John Boy and Terry Mattern, his mom and dad, one sister and one brother. He is survived by his sons, Glen Mattern and wife, Terrie, Marvin Mattern, Gerry Mattern and Lori Archer; daughter, Deborah Sammons; and sisters, Anna...
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Stephen Paul Korkmas

April 17, 1957 - July 15, 2016

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2016 at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive in the The Woodlands. The Rite of Committal will follow, after a reception with the family, at Memorial Cemetery of College Station in College Station, Texas.
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Kenneth Earl Mason

May 4, 1945 - July 1, 2016

Kenneth Earl Mason, age 71, died peacefully after a long and full life on Friday, July 1, 2016. Ken was born in Houston, Texas in 1945, to Edgar "Dick" Mason and Lois Opal (Wright) Mason. As a boy, Kenny enjoyed the life of a city kid living in rapidly industrializing mid-century Houston while finding time for outdoor pursuits of rural Texas with his childhood mentors, Mr. and Mrs. Hill. ...
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Alice Shepherd

June 25, 2016

Alice Marie Shepherd passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Alice was born in Houston, Texas to William M. and Nellie Shepherd. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Patricia Gerlach; and nephews, David and Dan. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Greenwood and husband, Jim; Cindy Criswell and husband, Charles; brother, Marcus Shepherd and wife, Kay; cousins, Brownie Beth...
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Donaciano "Don" R. Gomez

June 17, 2016

The Houston music scene lost a true giant when Donaciano R. "Don" Gomez passed away in hospice care at the age of 91 after a brief illness. For nearly five decades, Don was one of the most active, best-known, and well-liked concert bookers, promoters, and artist managers in the region. He is perhaps best known for his tenure as the owner/manager of the fabled Rockefeller's nightclub from...
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Gilbert Gertner

June 10, 2016

Gilbert Gertner passed away peacefully on June 10, 2016, surrounded by family. Gil was born on March 26, 1925, in the Bronx, to Celia (nee Sultan) and Isadore Gertner, and was the youngest of four children. He was raised in New York, moving to New Jersey to start his family with Mildred, then to Houston in 1964 when his business interests led there. He was known as a jokester by all who knew...
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Richard John Ling

March 24, 1948 - May 24, 2016

Richard John Ling, born on March 24, 1948, in Ipswich, England, died tragically in Caucagua, Venezuela, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Richard was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Ling. Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret; their children, Matthew Ling and Christina Ling McAllister and their spouses Traci Burkhalter Ling and Douglas McAllister; grandchildren Henry Ling, Penelope Ling,...
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Gena Odell Still

April 24, 2016

Gena Odell Still died peacefully and surrounded by her family on April 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Gena was born on December 14, 1943 at Fort Benning, Georgia, to Camillus Lee Odell and Frances Sellers Odell. She is survived by her son, Charles Henry Still, Jr. and wife, Michele Barth Still; daughter, Kathryn Still Wilson and husband, Stephen Glenn Wilson; grandchildren Anna Kathryn Still,...
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David Leon Cleboski

March 16, 1945 - April 24, 2016

David Leon Cleboski, born March 16, 1945, in Houston, Tx, passed away at his home in Spring, Tx, on Sunday April 24, 2016, after a long battle with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Preceeded in death by his father, Frank John Cleboski, and mother, Vashti Spruill Cleboski, and survived by his wife, Verlin, daughters Lara and Kim, sons Keenon and David, and 3 grandchildren. A graduate of St Thomas...
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William "Bill" Thomas Boyd

August 15, 1960 - April 10, 2016

A memorial celebration honoring the life of Bill will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at Joseph J. Earthman Generations, 234 Westcott Street, Houston, Texas.
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Bernice Syzdek

March 26, 2016

Bernice Syzdek, born August 30, 1939 in Houston, TX to Christine and William (Bill) Bashinski, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Houston, TX. Bernice Syzdek was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband, Cleo Frank Syzdek; children, Terrie Mattern and husband Glen Mattern of Houston, TX., Melisa Janda and husband Gary Janda of Houston, TX. John...
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Isabella "Izzy" Marie Kubiak

August 17, 2011 - March 23, 2016

Isabella was born August 17, 2011 fighting for the chance at life. She fought bravely for 4 years until her tiny heart could no longer keep up. She left this world on March 23, 2016 to finally get the rest she needed and very much deserved. To know Isabella was to love her. She inspired bravery, love, and courage to all those around her. She will be terribly missed, especially by her brothers...
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Gerard Kendall

November 9, 1949 - March 5, 2016

GERARD DUDLEY KENDALL, 66, passed away on March 5, 2016, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was born on November 9, 1949, in Houston, Texas, the son of William T. Kendall and Loretta M. DuBois. He is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, seven grandchildren and four siblings. Services will be held in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. A Rosary...
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Charles A. Bayens

November 15, 1938 - March 2, 2016

Charles A. Bayens, known to his friends and family as "Chuck", born November 15, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to Carl and Agnes Bayens, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Houston, Texas. Chuck was preceded in death by his nurturing mother, Agnes Bayens, and generous father, Carl Bayens. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol Lecker Bayens, who he met at a mixer at the College of Notre...
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Barbara Camille Cooper Watkins

February 27, 2016

Barbara Camille Cooper Watkins, also lovingly known as Babs, "BW" and Baboo, passed away peacefully at home on February 27, 2016 with family and beloved friends by her side. Babs was born November 22, 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Homer Van Cooper and Eunice Hudson Cooper. She was graduated from C.E. Byrd High School where she made many life-long friends. She was married to Mason Martin...
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Robert Borland "Bob" Elder

February 25, 2016

Robert (Bob) Borland Elder died unexpectedly at home in Houston Texas on Thursday 25th February. He was welcomed into the world July 22, 1956 in Oil City, Pennsylvania as the fourth child of Dr. William Wiles Elder and Josephine Borland Elder. Beloved husband to (Katie) Ann Elder, having celebrated 30 years of marriage on December 14th. He was the devoted father to David of Melbourne,...
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Seth Charles Whitaker

February 18, 2016

Seth Charles Whitaker, born June 24, 1996 in Greenville, South Carolina to Diedre Englade Whitaker and Charles Albert Whitaker, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in Lexington, KY. Seth is survived by his parents, Dee and Charles Whitaker; sisters, Ashley Elizabeth Whitaker of Atlanta, GA., Katherine Marie Whitaker of Raleigh, NC., and Adrienne Michelle Whitaker of New York, NY.;...
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David Eugene Boedeker

February 4, 1949 - February 6, 2016

David Eugene Boedeker, born February 4, 1949 in Bryan, Texas to Roland and Beverly Boedeker, passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2016 in Houston, Texas. David was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly and aunt, Betty Maurer. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Gay; son, Ian D. Boedeker and his wife, Jennifer Spencer; daughter, Alice R. Boedeker and her partner,...
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Herminio Vazquez

January 13, 1937 - February 4, 2016

Herminio Vazquez, born January 13, 1937 in Pachuca, Mexico, to Esteban and Josefina Vazquez, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2016 in Spring, Texas. A visitation with the family will begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016 and conclude at 9:00 p.m. A Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Rite of Commttal will follow at Brookside Cemetery.
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Joseph Normand Beausoleil

July 8, 1930 - January 23, 2016

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved father, husband, grandad, relative, and friend, Joseph (Joe) Normand Beausoleil, age 85. Dad passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas after a long, valiant and determined battle against several illnesses. Dad was a fighter and wanted to stay with his beloved Joan...
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Charles A. Moore

November 17, 1950 - January 21, 2016

Charles "Charley" Moore, born November 17, 1950 to Harrell and Caroline Moore passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted family in Houston, Texas January 21, 2016. Charley is survived by his loving wife Cathy; children and step-children, Ashley and Mike Batistick, Mallory and Diego Fernandez, Josh Gold, Michael Gold, Kelsey Gold and Kyle Gold. He was also awaiting his first...
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Shari Denise Gray

January 5, 2016

Shari Denise Gray, born May 26, 1962 in Pasadena, Texas to Martha Gray and Wayne Gray, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in Houston, Texas. She is survived by her mother, Martha Gray; father, Wayne Gray; brothers, Scott and wife, Gina, and Marc and wife, Lorraine; nephew, Andrew Gray; and nieces, Maria Gray and Ana Gray. Shari graduated from Lamar High School and the University of...
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Martha Hallman

September 3, 1930 - December 26, 2015

Martha Suit Hallman, born September 3, 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Suit, went to be with Jesus on the morning of December 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas. Martha attended Hogg Middle School and Reagan High School. She graduated from the University of Houston at age 19, and taught English at Burbank Middle School for several years. While teaching she went to night school and earned a Master's...
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Jason John Mustachio

December 10, 1971 - December 11, 2015

Jason's courageous battle ended on Friday, December 11, 2015, a day after his 44th birthday. Born on December 10, 1971, Jason was a lifelong Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston. He served the community as a teacher and coach at Pershing Middle School, Hamilton Middle School and Corpus Christi Catholic School. He had a big smile and a huge heart and will be missed by all who...
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Cynthia Coffman

November 29, 2015


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Dianella "Nell" Ward

May 19, 1922 - November 11, 2015

Dianella ("Nell") Olympia Tombazzi Ward of Hempstead, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the age of 93. Nell was born in Tilden, Illinois to her Italian parents Rosa and George Tombazzi, and grew up in Taylorville, Illinois with her brother Raymond during the Great Depression. At the outbreak of WWII, she worked for the local Draft Board where she would later meet her...
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Mary Maureen Harrington

May 13, 1953 - November 6, 2015

Mary Maureen Harrington, born May 13, 1953 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Nichalas and Aliene Scallon, passed away peacefully in Houston, Texas on November 6, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 8150 Park Place Boulevard, in Houston, Texas.
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Nicole M. Bowlin

April 12, 1930 - November 5, 2015

Niclole M. Bowlin, born April 12, 1930 in France to Pierre and Madeleine Demeure, passed away peacefully at home in Cypress, Texas on November 5, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. For those desiring, donations may be made to Magnificat House, 3300 Caroline St.,...
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Dennis Joseph O'Connor

June 19, 1940 - October 24, 2015

Dennis J. O'Connor, age 75, born June 19, 1940 in the Bronx, New York, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015 after a long and courageous fight with heart disease and cancer. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mary O'Connor; two older brothers, Eugene and Peter; and his grandson, Bryan Gentle. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen O'Connor; sisters, Barbara Liegey...
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Grace Helen Laws

February 21, 1965 - October 22, 2015

Grace Helen (Donahue) Laws was born on Febuary 21, 1965 to Navy Lieutenant Joe Donahue and Louise Donahue in Bremerton, Washington, she was the last of 6 children. Her parents and older brother Tim are deceased. She is survived by her husband Jerry Laws Jr and her daughter Nicole Laws. Grace is also survived by three brothers and one sister: Joe Donahue, Bob Donahue, Mike Donahue, and Pam Devlin....
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Kenneth Lane Grant

April 5, 1964 - October 17, 2015

Kenneth Lane Grant was born on April 5, 1964 in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Bertha Grant. Kenneth lived the majority of his life in Clovis, New Mexico. There he established many relationships that made him the man we all know and love. While growing up in Clovis, Kenneth attended Bella Vista Elementary School, Gattis Junior High, and Clovis High School. He did...
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Mary Ann Anderson Derby

August 5, 1929 - October 8, 2015

Mary Ann Derby, born August 5, 1929 in San Benito Texas to Alfred Daniel Anderson and Antonia Garcia Carrillo, passed into eternal life on October 8, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her mother and father, her loving husband of 45 years, Julius Frank Derby, and her beloved brothers, Antonio Garcia and Ernest Garcia. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra E. Derby...
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Marta Foster

October 3, 2015


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Bryan Patrick Gentle

August 9, 1989 - September 24, 2015

Bryan Patrick Gentle, age 26, born August 10, 1989 in Houston, Texas, passed away on September 24, 2015. Bryan is survived by his father, Kirk Gentle and wife, Meg; mother, Martha Hallman and husband, Charles Hallman, MD; siblings, Kathryn Wallace and husband, Mike, Johnny Gentle, Sam Gentle, Jake Gentle, Carley Hallman, Kyle Hallman; niece, Olivia Wallace as well as numerous members of his...
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Terrance "Terry" W. Lewis

February 17, 1936 - September 23, 2015

Terrance "Terry" W. Lewis, age 79, born February 17, 1936 in Sioux City, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Helen Lewis. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Adell "Nancy"; children, Michael Lewis, John Lewis and wife, Michele, Bill Lewis and partner, Stephanie Gorman, Julie Vogel...
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Sherri Lynn Stewart

September 13, 2015

Sherri Lynn Stewart November 1955 to September 2015 Sherri Stewart, beloved mother of Derek Dees, transitioned with peace and grace on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Born in Mercedes, Texas, Sherri moved to Houston in the 4th grade, graduated from Spring Woods High School and remained in Houston her entire life. She went on to earn her Associates Degree, with honors, from HCC by taking night...
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William M. "Bill" Pickard

January 22, 1930 - August 25, 2015

Rev. Monsignor William M. Pickard, born January 22, 1930, to P.L. and Madeline Murphy Pickard, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, after a 10 year journey with Alzheimer 's disease. "Father Bill" (as he preferred to be called), loved being a priest. He loved music, singing, dancing, and he loved people! He loved celebrating the Mass. As a sports fan, he cheered on the Aggies for his...
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Elisabeth Jeanne Marsh-Jones

October 9, 1964 - August 23, 2015


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Pamela Denise Williams

March 16, 1956 - August 14, 2015

Pamela Denise Williams passed away peacefully at home on August 14, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. A viewing will be 9:00 - 11:00 a.m, followed by a Going Home Celebration at St. Luke's Missionary Baptist Church, 714 Detering St., in Houston. Burial will follow at Paradise North Cemetery.
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John Thomas Scullin

July 1, 1959 - August 5, 2015

John Thomas Scullin, born July 1, 1959, in El Paso, TX, to Patricia Anne Hodges Scullin and John Patrick Scullin, passed away on Wednesday, August 5th. John is survived by his brothers Michael and wife Audrey, of Washington, DC, and Patrick and wife Cheryl, of Austin, TX, his beloved nieces and nephews: Michael, Matthew, Ryan, Laura, Thomas, Sophia, and Joseph, great-niece Katie, great-nephew...
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John E. "Jack" McDonald

November 12, 1936 - August 2, 2015

John E." Jack" McDonald passed away Sunday August 2, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas. Born in Newark, New Jersey to John and Helen McDonald, Jack was preceded in death by his father at a young age and was raised by his devoted mother, Helen. Jack was married for 51 years to Geraldine K. McDonald who passed in 2013. He was the older brother and is survived by Robert McDonald as well as his...
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Barbara Jean Pryor

July 13, 2015

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston, Texas. The Rite of Committal will follow at Resthaven cemetery.
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Lillian Marie Klein

October 12, 1923 - June 22, 2015

Lillian Marie (Healy) Klein died on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James Klein. She is survived by her children James Klein, Paul Klein, and Allison (Klein) Davidson; her daughter-in-law Danelle Klein; her sons-in-law Clint Davidson and David Fisher; her grandchildren and their spouses Peter Klein (Darcy Douglas), Christianne...
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Stephen John Kolar

December 19, 1943 - June 10, 2015

Steve Kolar, 71, Magnolia, TX, formerly of Grand Forks, ND, passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord and savior on June 10, 2015 in his home surrounded by family following a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer. Stephen John Kolar was born December 19, 1943 in New Kensington, PA the son of Steve and Wilma (Knasko) Kolar. He grew up in Brackenridge, PA and was baptized...
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Robert Joseph Costa

June 8, 2015

Robert "Bob" Joseph Costa, born on April 16, 1932 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to George Walter Costa and Agnes Kiley Costa, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Houston, Texas, surrounded by family and loved ones. Bob was preceded in death by his siblings George Costa and Carole Costa. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of fifty-eight years, Mary...
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Jeanne Mathews

June 6, 2015

Jeanne Ann Mathews, born December 10, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Richard and Helen Hobbs, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas. She is survived by her son, Richard "Kelly" Mathews and his spouse, Kelly Southard Mathews; daughter, Stephanie Katherine Christine Mathews, from Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Georgianna Mathews, Flower Cho, and Abigail Cho from Houston...
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Victoria "Tollie" Wendt

May 30, 2015

Tollie was born on January 17, 1911 in Bremond, Texas to Michael Gorski and Mary Knast Gorski. She was the fourth of twelve children. Her brothers and sisters were Rosie Bart, Katherine Burke, Frank Gorski, Ike Gorski, Helen Colville, Jonnie Sefcik, Margaret Natho, Sophie Gorski, Verna Blakeslee and Floyd Gorski. All but Verna Blakeslee preceded Tollie in death. In addition to Verna, Tollie...
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Jerauld Lollar Hill

March 22, 1931 - May 22, 2015

Jerauld Lollar Hill passed away passed away peacefully on May 22, 2015. A memorial service will be held at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, on Friday, May 29, 2015 at three'clock in the afternoon following a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery. A reception will follow in Sumner's Hall at the church. "Jerry" was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania on March 22...
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Amos T. Tyson

April 18, 1928 - May 20, 2015

Amos T. Tyson was born in Brownwood, Texas on April 18, 1928 to Amos and Pearl Tyson. He passed away at his residence in Houston, Texas on May 20, 2015 at the age of 87. Amos grew up in Albequerque, NM and served in the U.S Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas and was an active member of their stroke support group and...
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Glenn Leo Watts

February 14, 1931 - May 17, 2015

Glenn Leo Watts, 84, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2015 at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX after a courageous fifteen month fight. Glenn was born February 14, 1931 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. On that same day, God blessed those that Glenn touched along his great journey with 84 years of love and stewardship. Glenn was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jule...
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Eleanor Durney Lemon

July 18, 1927 - May 10, 2015

Eleanor Durney Lemon went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2015 at Houston Hospice, surrounded by love. Born July 18, 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware and a graduate of the class of 1950 from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Eleanor retired as a 7th grade reading teacher from the Pasadena Independent School District. In her retirement she enjoyed golf, bridge,...
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James Stanley Klein

June 24, 1923 - May 10, 2015

James Stanley Klein died on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the age of 91 following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lillian (Healy) Klein; his children James Klein, Paul Klein, and Allison (Klein) Davidson; his daughter-in-law Danelle Klein; his sons-in-law Clint Davidson and David Fisher; his grandchildren and their spouses Peter Klein (Darcy Douglas), Christianne Klein...
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Samuel Gordon Goldberg

November 30, 1934 - April 28, 2015

Samuel "Sam" Gordon Goldberg, 80, born in Bronx, New York, passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Methodist Hospital after a year long illness. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Helen Goldberg; and his brother, Jerry Goldberg. He is survived by his daughter, Stacy G London and husband Robert Sherman; son, Blake Goldberg; grandson, Jeremy London; and Jake the cat....
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Christopher Lee Berg

November 30, 1983 - April 25, 2015

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at El Mesias Church, 406 East Rittenhouse in Houston, Texas.
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Lupe Arias

December 17, 1937 - April 18, 2015

Lupe M. Arias, age 77, born December 17, 1937, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Lupe was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Emma Anita Peterman. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Victor R. Arias, Jr.; daughters, Margi Duncan and Tina Peterman and husband, Mitja; son, Victor A. Arias and wife, Denna; grandchildren, Elysse Arrington,...
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Jeffrey M. Shoemaker

September 18, 1951 - April 17, 2015

Jeffrey M. Shoemaker was born September 18, 1951 at the Wilkes General Hospital in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and passed away April 17, 2015 at the North Cypress Medical Center in Cypress, Texas. He was survived by his loving wife of 25+ years, Dru Shoemaker, his loving Brother, Dan Shoemaker, of Charlotte, NC and his Loving Brother Inlaw Dean Reskevich, his wife Teresa, and his two...
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Filip Vick Todaro, Sr.

September 25, 1918 - April 7, 2015

Filip Vick Todaro, Sr. was born September 25, 1918 in Highbank, Texas and passed away at his home "The Farm" in Franklin, Texas on April 7, 2015 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by father and mother, Vic & Josephine; his wife of 55 years, Melba; daughter, Mary Therese; brothers, Tony, Nick, Joe Todaro; sisters, Mary Lombardo and Virginia Todaro; and son-in-law, Robert Garza. ...
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Phyllis Knauff

June 23, 1941 - March 14, 2015

Phyllis Jeannine (Stedem) Knauff, left this life peacefully in her sleep to join her Father in Heaven on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Phyllis was born in Marshall, Missouri on June 23, 1941 the third of four children of Frank Henry and Cecilia Catherine (Brockhaus) Stedem. She received her nursing degree from St. Mary's College in Leavenworth, Kansas and Providence Hospital School of Nursing in...
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William Lee Wilks

November 12, 1931 - February 24, 2015

William Lee Wilks, born on November 12, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away on February 24, 2015 in Houston, Texas where he lived for more than 20 years. He was a loving husband, father, and friend to many, and his insatiable intellectual curiosity and zest for life inspired those around him. Dean Wilks earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1952, and his lifelong love of...
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JOHN PURIFOY GULLEY, JR.

March 18, 1934 - February 19, 2015

John Purifoy Gulley Jr., (80) passed away into heaven peacefully on February 19, 2015. He was born March 18, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana. John moved to Houston, Texas, when he was 10 years old. He attended Aldine High School and graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1952 where he excelled in JROTC and Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Camp Strake Boy Scout Camp counselor...
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Anne H. Wells

September 10, 1956 - February 11, 2015


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Marie L. Coronado

June 21, 1954 - January 19, 2015

Maria Luisa Coronado, age 60, passed away in her home January 19, 2015. She was born in Monterrey, Mexico on June 21,1954 to Antonio and Gloria. She is survived by her children Sabrina (husband Leonard), Michael (wife Jennifer), David, and Bobby (wife Megan); grandchildren Timothy, Christa, Alyssa, Lucas, Tony, and Chloe; brothers Frank, Martin, Marco, Roman, and Chris; sisters Lourdes and Angela...
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Albert William Angulo

August 5, 1936 - December 30, 2014

Albert "Al" William Angulo, born August 5, 1936 in Madrid, Spain, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Al was a real gentleman, loving husband and father, loyal friend and a patriot dedicated to the core conservative values that make America a unique and great nation; and he channeled that passion into a career in international business and economics, helping bring...
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Opal Bernice Taylor

February 29, 1932 - December 27, 2014

A funeral service honoring the life of Opal Taylor will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2014 at God's Word Apostolic Church, 3814 Folgers Street, in Houston, Texas. A viewing and visitation with the family will begin at 9:00 a.m., immediately prior to the funeral. Interment will follow at Paradise North Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
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Joan Frances Watson

April 24, 1926 - December 14, 2014

Joan Frances Watson, born April 24, 1926 in Indianapolis, Indiana to George and Marie Waugh, passed away on December 14, 2014 in Houston, Texas. She is survived by her children, Brenda McNeil and her husband, Gary; Patty Gray; Vicky Branecky and her husband, Allen; and David Watson; grandchildren, Jennifer Bradley, Michal Izard, Sheri Magdalena, Derrick Luetge, Christy Nunn, Darren Watson,...
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David Elmo Bobo

December 3, 2014

David Elmo Bobo, born September 1, 1948, in Millinocket, Maine, died Friday, December 5, 2014, in Houston, Texas. David was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo Wilson and Isabelle Mary Bobo and brother, Bruce Allen Bobo. He is survived by his loving wife, George Anna Bobo; children, Gene Adam Kennon and wife, Nicola Kennon of Phoenix, Arizona; Anna Kennon Stembridge and husband, Mike of...
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Maria Nora Ponce

May 30, 1955 - December 3, 2014

Maria Nora Ponce, born May 30, 1955 in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Nora was preceded in death by her parents, Teodoro Ponce and Emma L. Ponce. She is survived by her sister, Emma P. Murillo and husband, Pablo; niece, Marlena Lester and husband, Corey; their son, Corey, Jr. of Kapolei, Hawaii; numerous aunts and...
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Harold Osborn Arnold, Jr.

July 21, 1951 - November 23, 2014

A loving and devoted husband and father, Hal showed his children how a marriage works and how women should be treated. His faith in God was an important part of his life, and he made sure to instill this into his children's lives by taking them to church every Sunday and remaining an active part of the congregation. Hal spent the last 30 years working as a claims adjuster for Adjusters...
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Harold Stanley

November 16, 2014

Harold Eugene Stanley, born in 1953 in Knoxville, Tennessee, joined our Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Harold proudly served his country in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division, honorably discharged in 1974, and attended the University of Tennessee, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. After an accomplished career in the oil and...
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Mary L. Hirscher

September 7, 1942 - October 21, 2014

Mary L. Hirscher, age 72, born September 7, 1942 in Shakopee, Minnesota to Herbert and Viola Plekkenpol, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Viola Plekkenpol; and brothers, Donald and George Plekkenpol. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Herbert C. Hirscher; daughters, Debbie Johnson and...
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Marcus Schmitt

August 3, 1970 - September 27, 2014

Marcus J. Schmitt, 44, died in a plane crash Saturday, September 27, 2014 doing what he loved — flying. Born August 3, 1970 in Elyria, Ohio to Joseph and the late Leni Schmitt, Marcus was a designer, a pilot, an inventor, a builder, a mentor and all around inspiring spirit. From an early age he had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and know-how that was never quenched. Marcus was...
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Karen Ducote Billimek

November 15, 1959 - September 16, 2014

Karen Ducote Billimek, 54, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; parents, Bill and Velez Ducote; and sister, Deborah. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 19, 2014 at Joseph J. Earthman Generations, 234 Westcott Street. Interment will follow at Earthman Resthaven in...
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Pamela Gay Steen

March 26, 1949 - September 4, 2014

Pamela Gay Steen, born March 26, 1949 in Greece, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, September 4, 2014. A memorial service honoring the life of Pamela will be held at a later date. Once determined, the date and time with be published.
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Joan Wilson Hilton

February 16, 1934 - August 25, 2014

Joan Hilton was the happiest, sweetest and most caring individual. No matter what was going on, she always had a big, warm smile that accompanied her beautifully done makeup, hair, nails and perfectly matched outfit! Joan loved every aspect of her life. She was a wonderful cook, loved gardening, sewing, square dancing, and water skiing. Joan adored every person in her family, and was always...
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Michael Allen Frith

July 13, 1961 - August 13, 2014

Michael Allen Frith, born July 13, 1961 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Darrell and Joyce Frith, passed away peacefully and a courageous battle with cancer on August 13, 2014. A reception with the family will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Joseph J. Earthman Generations, 234 Westcott Street in Houston, Texas. A recitation of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed...
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Paul Thomas Haver, Sr.

September 27, 1926 - July 11, 2014

Paul Thomas Haver, Sr., was born on September 27, 1926, and took his departure from this world on July 11, 2014. In death, he joins the love of his life, Mary Kathryn "Kitty" Haver; as well as his parents, Jesse and Edna Haver; and his brother, Jake and wife Joyce. Left to celebrate his life are his four children; daughter, Jan Mitchell and husband Joe; son, Tommy Haver and wife Lena; son...
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Ernest Elmo Straley, Jr.

October 15, 1938 - June 25, 2014

Ernest E. "Corky" Straley, Jr., born October 15, 1938 in Midland, Texas to Ernest E. Sr. and Alfa L. Straley, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Corky was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Sr. and Alfa. He is survived by his loving wife, Shaveevan Straley, whom he married on October 18, 1977 in Thailand. He is also survived by his daughters, Shannon...
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Davis Wyatt Wetmore

May 12, 1939 - June 17, 2014

Davis Wyatt Wetmore, born May 12, 1939 in Galveston, Texas to Sherman and Alys Wetmore, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Houston, Texas. A visitation with the family will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil for the Deceased at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, June 20, 2014 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 10330 Hillcroft Street, in Houston, Texas. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m....
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David Burgin

February 12, 1939 - June 16, 2014

C. David Burgin, age 75, born February 12, 1939 in Somerset, Kentucky to Lester and Lillian Burgin, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Houston, Texas. David was a newspaper executive who served as editor-in-chief of seven American dailies. In a career of more than 50 years, David served as a mentor to dozens of reporters and writers, including Pulitzer Prize recipients. ...
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Kelly Devlin

May 24, 1970 - June 14, 2014

Kelly Kissinger Devlin, born May 24, 1970, in Longview, Texas, to Edwin Kissinger and Kathy Hogg, passed away on June 14, 2014, in Houston, TX. Kelly was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Edwin F. and Grace Kissinger; maternal grandparents, Mack and Nancy Yates; and first cousin, Jeremy Chapman. Kelly is survived by her loving husband, Patrick James Devlin; their children, Conor...
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Ron Chavira

March 30, 2014

A memorial service honoring the life of Ron will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Joseph J. Earthman Generations, 234 Westcott Street in Houston, Texas
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Carolyn Shaw

April 8, 1934 - March 25, 2014

Carolyn Shaw's life started typically but became a profound spiritual journey; born from adversity and finished on her own terms. Carolyn was born on April 8th, 1934. Her life began normally in Waco, Texas as the daughter of Samuel Guynes and Kathrine Boice. Carolyn, as a young child grew up in a few different places and households; but all of them more typical than not. She particularly...
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Lawrence B. James

March 15, 1923 - March 24, 2014

LAWRENCE BERNARD JAMES of Houston died March 24, 2014. He was a generous and outgoing man with a wonderful sense of humor and a ready smile. Larry was born in Houston on March 15, 1923 to John Bernard James and Elizabeth Werner James. There he attended Blessed Sacrament Parish School and graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1940. He later earned a B.A. degree from the University of...
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Michael D. Woodward

April 18, 1949 - February 25, 2014

Michael Dewey Woodward, age 64, born April 18, 1949 in Moline, Illinois to Carlos and Maxine Woodward, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Houston, Texas. A memorial service honoring the life of Michael will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Palmer Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street in Houston, Texas.
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Rozzano Zamorano

February 5, 1970 - February 21, 2014

Rozzano "Rozz" Zamorano, age 44, born February 5, 1970 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Roland and Esveidi Tovar, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 21, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Rozz is survived by his parents, Roland and Esveidi; brother, Ronnie and his wife Sherry; niece, Savannah Marie; as well as numerous members of his extended family throughout south Texas. A graduate of Memorial...
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Robert Joseph Dows

November 10, 1943 - December 9, 2013

Robert "Bob" Dows, passed away December 9. The long time photographer at KTRK Channel 13 shot many memorable stories that are part of Houston history. Bob is survived by Lori Reingold, Bea and Jimmy Luke, Ryan Luke, Charlene Driver, his godson Cameron Luke and his many, many loving friends. His service will be Friday, December 13, 11 a.m. at Wheeler Avenue Church, 3826 Wheeler.
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James Alvin Lemoine

February 6, 1947 - December 7, 2013

Beloved husband and father, James Alvin Lemoine, 66, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his home in Wimberley, Texas. Jim was born February 6, 1947 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to William Warren Lemoine and Iris Lorraine Dever Lemoine. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Shelia Ellzey Lemoine; son, Eric Lemoine and girlfriend, Alexandra Thornton of Houston; son, Brad...
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Marie Cardenas Avey

September 12, 1923 - December 4, 2013

Marie Cardenas Avey, age 90, born September 12, 1923 in Doloros, Texas, passed away on December 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Marie is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Avey; son, Carl Sonny Avey; granddaughter, Robyn Chovanetz; grandson, Chad Chovanetz; Nicole Chovanetz; and great-grandson, Aaron Chovanetz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 11,...
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Andrew Eidson

December 13, 1970 - November 27, 2013


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Jimmie Arthur Coapland

May 22, 1934 - October 21, 2013

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmie Arthur Coapland is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road in Houston. Jim died peacefully at home in Houston on Monday, October 21, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born in Marlow, Oklahoma on May 22, 1934 to Raymond and Viola Coapland, Jim was a 1952 graduate of Marlow High...
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Thrasyvoulos "Vouli" Exezidis

January 25, 1938 - September 4, 2013

Thrasyvoulos "Vouli" Exezidis, age 75, born January 25, 1938 in Greece, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Thrasyvoulos was preceded in death by his mother and father, Kyriaki and Kyriakos Exezidis. He is survived by his three sons; Kyriakos, Harres, and James; daughter, Kyriaki; sisters, Soula and Stasa; and brothers, Christo and Socrates. ...
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Arturo M. Volpe

August 24, 1952 - August 22, 2013

Dr. Arturo Maria Volpe was born on August 24, 1952 in Naples, Italy to Wanda Basadonna and her husband Alberto Maria Volpe. As a boy, Arturo attended the Jesuits' La Quercia in Florence for one year and then Institut le Rosey in Rolle and Gstaad, Switzerland until he took his high school baccalaureate under the Swiss/French educational system, "le bac." He enjoyed two "gap" years in London,...
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Cecil "C. B." Stephenson, Jr.

November 18, 1936 - July 21, 2013

Cecil Blalock Stephenson, Jr., died on Sunday, the 21st of July 2013. C.B. was born in Houston on the 18th of November 1936, the son of Rev. Cecil Blalock Stephenson, Sr., and Norma Lugene Taylor Stephenson. He attended West University Elementary and Pershing Junior High School before graduating from Lamar in 1954. He then completed his undergraduate at Stanford University (1958), a law degree...
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Cameron Lewis Modry

October 3, 1996 - July 13, 2013

Cameron Lewis Modry, born October 3rd 1996 in Brisbane, Australia, died in a tragic accident on Saturday, July 13th 2013, in Houston, Texas. His mother Kirsty, his father Matthias and his brother Alistair Modry are left distraught by his untimely death at the age of 16. Cameron lived on four continents, he went to five different schools in England, Germany and the United States and made lots...
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Doris M. Cowley, MD

April 27, 1940 - June 26, 2013

Doris Marie Cowley, M.D. (nee Moss), 73, formerly of Gander and St. John's, passed peacefully away after a lengthy illness surrounded by loving family on June 26, 2013 at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Doris was born April 27, 1940 in Burgeo, NL, to The Reverend John House Moss of Daniel's Harbour and Mrs. S. Mabel Moss (Pope) of St. John's. In 1956 she entered Memorial...
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Dell Thomas Lacefield

November 19, 1939 - June 8, 2013

Dell Thomas Lacefield, born November 19, 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky to Clarence and Marie Lacefield, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Dell is survived by his spouse, Sherry Lacefield; daughters, Lauren Lewis and husband Scott; Michelle Hobbs and husband Robert of Houston, Texas; Ann Marie Lacefield of Houston, Texas; and his grand-daughter, Emily Lewis of Austin,...
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Jason Miyamoto

May 23, 1975 - May 29, 2013

Jason Miyamoto, born May 23, 1975 in Santa Clara, California to Olen and Florence Miyamoto, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Jason is survived by his parents, Olen and Florence Miyamoto; brothers, Max and Chris Miyamoto as well as the entire extended Miyamoto family. Having grown up in Humble, Texas, Jason attended college in Austin yet spent the majority...
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Mark Irwin Whetzel

May 26, 1955 - May 22, 2013

Mark Whetzel passed away on May 22, 2013 at the age of 57. Mark worked as a computer programmer for the last 35 years, first for Western Geophysical and most recently for Harris County Hospital District. Mark's favorite hobby was model trains which led him to running Lionel trains with the Houston Tinplate Operator's Society train club for 25 years. Mark is survived by his wife, Joan;...
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