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Gilberto Guerra Diaz


   Gilberto Guerra Diaz, 65, passed from this life on February 6, 2017 in Deer Park, TX. Mr. Diaz is preceded in death by his parents Erasmo Diaz Sr. and Olga Diaz. Mr. Diaz is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Diana Diaz. His children, Zulika Diaz-Frederickson and her husband, Deron; Gibby and Kara Diaz, Dominique Diaz, Marcus Diaz and Andrew Diaz. He is also survived by his siblings; Erasmo Diaz Jr., Minerva Vellajo, Hermelinda D. Garcia, Juan Jesus Diaz, Irma Reyna, Patty Nacol and Melissa Fernandez.

  Some of the La Portians might remember some of the business ventures the Diaz family owned and operated in La Porte. Gilberto Diaz owned and operated the Fruit stand on Broadway in La Porte. Later he and Diana owned and operated Speedy Taco on Main and 4th Street in La Porte. Later he and Diana also had a night club at 146 feeder and Main. – Starship 2000.

   Visitation will be Friday, February 10 from 6-8pm at Stepping Stone Funeral Home in La Porte. The service will be at 2pm on February 11 at First Baptist Church in La Porte and burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Deer Park.

James Neill "Jim" Keng

June 29, 1948-November 15, 2016

   James Neill “Jim” Keng, 68, of La Porte, Texas passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas.
   Jim was born June 29, 1948 in Beeville, Texas, the son of Morris Torno Keng and Lois Elaine Conrad Keng. He was a resident of La Porte for 19 years and formerly of Pasadena, Texas. Jim was the owner and operator of Keng Remodeling Inc. for 35 years, also past president of the Texas Center and member of the Pasadena - Deer Park Racing Pigeon Club. Jim was an avid sports fan, especially when his son and grandchildren played sports.
   Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda B. Keng of La Porte, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Angel Keng of Pasadena,Texas; daughter, Lt. Colonel Shawn Ayers of Hurlburt Field, Florida; sister Gayla Keng of Corpus Chris:, Texas; step-sisters and brother-in-law, Joy and Pat Kotal of Tomball, Texas and Karin Stork-Whitson of PA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Vickie Barker of Pasadena, Texas.
   “Jimpa” has three grandchildren: Chase Keng, Kristin Keng and Dylan Ayers.
   Memorial Service will be 3:00 pm Saturday December 3, 2016 at the Crowder Funeral Home, 111 East Medical Center Blvd. Webster, Texas, with Rev. Bill Cole, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, SPCA or the Texas Center Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund in Jim’s name.

Donald R.V. Fields


   Donald R.V. Fields, 67, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017. He leaves this world to join the afterlife to be greeted by his Father, Henry R.V. Fields, Mother, Della Faye Brinkley Fields, and his youngest Daughter, Kimberlee Nicole Fields Stringer. Don was born on September 17, 1949, in
Galveston, Texas at St. Mary’s Hospital. He and his family grew up in Dickinson, Texas. Don graduated from Dickinson High School in 1968. In high school Don was very active in sports, which included football, baseball, and running track. After high school, Don proceeded to join the police academy and began his career in Seabrook, Texas and then moved to La Porte, Texas.
   Don served and protected his community bravely and proudly for 38 years. Don moved up in ranks and retired as a Sergeant in 2007, for which he held this position for over 30 years. To his family and many others, he was their hero. After his retirement, Don and his wife, Carla, enjoyed traveling and
camping with their grandchildren in their motor home. Don had a very big and giving heart and opened up his home and heart to many people that were in need throughout the years.
   Don is survived by a large family that includes the love of his life, his wife of 42 years, Carla Dziubanek Fields; daughter, Eletha Fields; son, Christopher Fields and his wife Stacey, his sister Brenda Petru and her husband Larry. Don also leaves behind four grandchildren, Shelbee and Sydnee Stringer, and Logan and Christyn Fields. Don’s father and mother in-law: Richard and Alice Dziubanek; sister-in-law, Sheree Kinghorn; brother and sister in-laws, Robert and Deona Dziubanek and Russel and Gail Dziubanek. Nephews and Niece include: Austin Kinghorn and his wife Désirée, Rusty Dziubanek, Jennifer Dziubanek and husband Jeremy Scott, Greg Petru and his wife Stephanie, Richard Petru and his wife Jenny, and Tim Petru and his wife Miriam. Don also leaves many great nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends behind.
   Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Friday March 17 at First United Methodist Church, 9601 W. Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, TX. Interment will be in the La Porte Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday at the Church. In Lieu of flowers family is asking for donations to be made to the 100 Club of Houston at in memory of Donald R.V. Fields.
Deer Park Funeral Directors, 281-476-4693.





Jesse T. Garcia

September 27, 1946 - February 18, 2017

Jesse T. Garcia, 70, from La Porte, Texas died on February 18, 2017. He was born in Houston, Texas on September 27, 1946 to Able D. Garcia and Mary Tomayo. Along with his wife they were the owners of La Hadas Restaurants in La Porte and Deer Park. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic, Knights of Columbus, HLS&R, La Porte Optimists, Bayshore Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Baytown.
   He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Garcia; mother Mary Garcia; children Vanessa Lara and husband Eloy; Ernest “Bubba” Garcia; Jesse Garcia and Filiz Aguilar; Sister Isabelle and husband Juan; Brother Able; Brother Manuel and wife Doris; Sister Caroline and husband David; Brother Martin and wife Rosa; Sister Alice and husband Meme; Sister Anita; Sister Irene and husband David; Sister Mary Louise and husband Ralph; Sister Yvonne; Sister Minnie; Grandchildren Joey Lara and wife Taylor; Jacob Pena and wife Nichole; Joshua Lara and wife Ashley; Jared Lara; Raigan Haas and husband Cody; Jordyn Garcia; and Espen Garcia; Great grandchildren Jett Lara; Paeyton Lara and Jeremiah Lara.
   Visitation is Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5pm until Rosary service at 7pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in La Porte. Funeral mass to be Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in La Porte with interment immediately following at Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas

Carol Anne Maedgen

September 23, 1946 - March 6, 2016

Carol Anne Maedgen passed away on March 6, 2016. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 23, 1946. Carol grew up in Pasadena, Texas and graduated from South Houston High School. She worked and retired from the social security administration in Pasadena, Texas. Carol was active at the La Porte Senior Center where she enjoyed playing games and spending time with friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her sister, her niece and nephews, and their families. She was affectionately known as “Aunt Carol” to many people. Her dogs and cat held a special place in her heart.

Carol is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Maedgen, mother, Patricia Maedgen, and brother, Mike Maedgen. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Philpot, and numerous relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Bayshore Baptist Church in La Porte, TX. Those wishing to post tributes to the family may do so at

Eickenhorst Funeral Services - 1712 N. Frazier, Ste. 115 - Conroe, TX 77301

Frederick "Blackie" Manchaca

June 30, 1947 - November 17, 2016

   Frederick “Blackie” Manchaca, born June 30, 1947 to Vernon Frederick & Bennie Manchaca in Pasadena, Texas. Passed away November 17, 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas at the age of 69 years. Frederick was a member of the Conroe Masonic Lodge #748.
   His loving family includes wife of 32 years, Vicki Manchaca; children, Vicki Frank & husband Darrell, Richard Manchaca, Marvin Cook & wife Brandy; sister, Bonnie Hightower; Eight grandchildren, Dillon Frank,
Mikayla Frank, Montana Freudiger, Bradly Holland, Alex Cook, Vicki Cook, Shana Bradley, Jessica Fortenberry, Four great grandchildren, Sophia Bradley, Elijah Fortenberry, Kayley Fortenberry and Audrey Fortenberry.
Frederick is preceded in death by his Parents and Mother in Law, Maggie Hooks.
   A visitation will be held from 5pm till 7pm Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Pace Funeral Home. 200 FM 350 North Livingston, Texas 77351.
   A Celebration of Frederick’s Life will begin 10 am Sunday, November 20, 2016 also at Pace Funeral Home with Pastor James White Officiating. Internment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery with Masonic Rites.
   Pallbearers will be Vernon Chambers, Lee Hightower, Alex Cook, Dillon Frank, Ed Reese and Jimmy Walker. To send online condolence please go to .














Jose Alberto Molina

Jose Alberto Molina, Sr., 63, of La Porte, Texas, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, surrounded by loved ones.

Jose was born on May 3, 1953, in Laredo, Texas. He was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. On August 4, 1973, he married Rosa Hernandez. They moved to La Porte, Texas in 1976. Jose was employed by the City of La Porte for 22 years until he retired in 2002. In his younger and healthier years, Jose was an avid boater, fisherman, bowler, softball player, and umpire. He also enjoyed cooking, playing pool, dominoes and card games. He loved to go “cruisin” with his grandchildren around La Porte and taking them out for sno-cones and Dairy Queen. He was a great man of faith and a long time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Jose enjoyed spending time with family and close friends and was a joy to all that encountered him.
Jose is survived by his loving wife, Rosa Molina (Hernandez), his children, grandchildren, and siblings. Children: Rebecca Zepeda and her husband Carlos; Ernest Molina and his wife Konnie; Joey Molina and his wife Geraldine. Grandchildren: Elyssa Molina, Natalie Molina, Alexandros Molina, Saoirse Molina, Andrew Garcia, Samantha Zepeda and Sara Zepeda. Siblings: Jesse Gonzalez, Jose Maria “Blackie” Gonzalez, Isabel Ramirez, Ermelinda Hernandez, Victor Gonzalez, Esperanza Perez, Diana Campa, David Campa, Julie Martinez, Rosa Ramirez, Marivel Castro, and Generosa Alvarez. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Jose is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and siblings; Danny Campa, Fidel Gonzalez Jr., Robert Ramirez Jr., Antonio Gonzalez Sr., and Maria Garza.
The Molina Family would like to thank all of their family and friends who have helped guide and support them through this difficult time.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, January 19, 2017 starting at 6:00 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Hwy. Pasadena, TX 77505. A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 816 Park Dr. La Porte, TX 77571. The interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Steve Olson


Steve Olson, longtime resident of La Porte and LPISD teacher, died suddenly on September 6th. He was on vacation and hiking in the Manistee National Forest in Michigan when he was struck by lightning. Steve was born in Los Angeles in 1945 to Ray and Lorraine Olson. The oldest of three, his two sisters still live in California. Steve received his bachelor degree in literature from the University of California Santa Barbara. He went on to receive his master of divinity from Yale University and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Steve met Sue (Ritchie) Olson at Plainfield United Church of Christ in Illinois. They married in 1973. They had a daughter, Allison, and a son, Elye. Steve was called to be the pastor of La Porte Community Church and the family moved to La Porte in 1979. In 1981, Steve made a career change to teaching. He received his master of education from University of Houston Clear Lake and went on to teach for 22 years. Steve taught high school English and philosophy and coached the La Porte Academic Decathlon Team. Mr. Olson, as his students knew him, taught well over 1,000 kids during his career. An inspiring and beloved teacher, Mr. Olson encouraged students to articulate their opinions, think critically, and exceed expectations. Mr. Olson became very involved in Advanced Placement, grading exams every summer and writing a book in collaboration with a colleague on AP preparation. Steve retired in 2009. An expert birdwatcher, Steve enjoyed more time for hiking and camping in his retirement. He continued in service to the community as a regular volunteer at Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital where he had just reached five years of service.

Steve is survived by his wife, Sue, who still lives in their home in La Porte. Allison Orlina and her husband, Joel, live in Clear Lake with their two children, Marisol and Maxwell. Elye Olson and his wife, Katrina, live in Chicago with their three children, Nadia, Efren, and Katia. An adventurous grandfather, “Poppy” loved taking his grandchildren on outings to parks, the beach, and museums. Steve will be very much missed by his family but also by the many, many former students and congregants that he inspired over the course of his career.

A Memorial Celebration of Life for Steve will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at La Porte Community Church, 202 South First Street, La Porte, Texas 77571. A reception will follow the service. All are welcome.










Imogene Sheilds Pennison

  Imogene Shields Pennison, 76, of La Porte, TX passed with peace and grace on September 18th, 2017. She departed this earth surrounded by hymns at home as she was welcomed through heavens gates, her true home.

  Imogene was born in Curtis, Mississippi on February 12th, 1941 to Winfred and Anna Beatrice Shields. Becoming the wife of a music minister in 1963 kept her actively involved in the church throughout her life and constantly surrounded by music. However, nothing brought Imogene more joy than children; first her own, then her grandchildren, then to any child before her.

  Imogene is survived by her husband of 54 years, Albert Pennison, Jr.; her daughter Karen McWhorter of Texas; her three granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Megan, and Brittany McWhorter, all of Texas; her two brothers Harold Shields of Texas and Howard Shields of Mississippi; and her two sisters Louise Russell and Betty Perotta, both of Texas.

  Imogene was preceded in death by her parents Winfred and Beatrice Shields; her son Albert ‘Gene’ Pennison, III; and her sister Virginia Walton.

  A memorial service to celebrate Imogene’s life and legacy will be held from 5:00 pm through 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 26th, at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home, located at 201 S 3rd. St., La Porte, Texas 77571.

Michael G. Rankin

September 12,1942 - February 27,2016

Michael G. Rankin passed away at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas, February 27th. He is survived by his wife Patricia, son Bruce, daughter Crystal, grandchildren J.C., Jessica and Christina, and several great-grandchildren. Michael was retired from Union Carbide-Dow Chemical, and was a volunteer Hazmat/Fire Fighter. Mr. Rankin was a member of Bayshore Baptist Church.
Grave Site services will be at the La Porte Cemetery on Thursday March 3, 2016 at 2 pm.

Joe Reese Thomas III

December 25, 1947 - October 12, 2016

  Joe Reese Thomas III, a resident of Holiday Lakes, Goodrich, Texas passed away on October 12, 2016.  Joe was born in La Porte, December 25, 1947 to Bessie Mae (Cardwell) and Joe Reese Thomas, Jr. of whom preceded him in death.  He is survived by a sister, Rebecca "Becky" Padgett of Dayton, Texas;  nephews, Robert "Bobby" Padgett, Jr. and his wife Rene, of Dayton, Texas;  and Joey Padgett and his wife Jennie, of Cleveland, Texas.  He is also survived by his grand-nephews and nieces:  Ryan,  Paige, Wyatt, and Cheyenne Padgett.
   Gravesite services will be held Sunday at 3:30pm, November  13, 2016 at the La Porte Cemetery on 8th Street, La Porte. The service will be officiated by Pastor, Ben Rosenberger of the Bayshore Baptist Church, La Porte, Texas.











Sheron Rohmfeld

Sheron Rohmfeld left this earth on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The First Baptist Church, 310 S. Broadway Street, La Porte, Texas 77571, will hold the viewing on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 5:30-6:30pm. Sheron’s service will follow from 6:30-7:30pm. 

Sheron’s will be laid to rest at the La Porte Cemetery, Friday October 27, 2017 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers or any donation, please contribute to the Vision Fund for First Baptist Church, 310 South Broadway, La Porte.

Ella “Ellie” Mae Trujillo

Ella (“Ellie”) Mae Trujillo 1943 – 2016

Ellie, a longtime resident of La Porte, Texas, went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2016. Ellie was born October 28, 1943 to William and Virginia Lange in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ellie retired from La Porte Independent School District after 20+ years of service, but continued to volunteer at the La Porte Elementary School library and book fairs for many years after retirement. Ellie also spent several hours each week volunteering at the Gilmore Elementary School library, sharing her passionate love of reading with every child she met. Ellie is survived by her loving daughters, or the three angels as she called them: Tana Trujillo Deshayes of Humble, Texas; Lori Trujillo Lewis and husband Casey of Huffman, Texas; and Alyssa Trujillo O’Brien and husband Michael of League City, Texas. Ellie had seven grandchildren and was a devoted and loving “Mammaw” to each: Matthew and Aiden Deshayes; Laynie and Casen Lewis; and Brennan, Blake and Ainsley O’Brien. Services will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home, 201 S. 3rd St., La Porte, Texas 77571 with visitation one hour prior to service. Following the services, a “Life Celebration” will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 803 S. 8th St., La Porte, Texas 77571. In honor and tribute to Ellie’s love of reading, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Reading is Fundamental” in her name, .

James "Jimmy" Wheeler

James "Jimmy" Wheeler, 69, of La Porte, Texas, passed away on June 5, 2017.

   Jimmy was born September 1, 1947 in Boynton, Oklahoma to parents Edward Huston Wheeler and wife Florine Epperson Wheeler. He graduated from La Porte
High School, Class of 1966. He became certified as a welder at Lee College in Baytown.
   Jimmy served three years in the United States Army from 1966-1969. He was stationed in Ethiopia, Africa for the Ethiopia United States Mapping Mission,
Aviation section. During his tenure, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, and was cited as a military Rifle Expert.
   Upon his return he married Darla McKey Wheeler and spent many years raising their family, living and working in the construction industry in the La Porte area.
   He was a Superintendent at The City of Seabrook for the past 20 years.
   Throughout his entire life he was known as a hard worker. He stayed busy every day and enjoyed both his work and home life, whether it was landscaping, gardening, working on cars or building his barbecue pits. He always kept his bird hunting and fishing licenses up to date, so any time his friends called, he was
ready to pack up and take a trip. Jimmy was always available to his friends and neighbors at any time. During his life, he ran a marathon, participated in many fun runs, went on walks around the neighborhood often, and still lifted weights to stay in shape. He always enjoyed laughing and having fun, and more importantly loving life.
   Jimmy is lovingly remembered by his wife Darla; their children, son Kerry Wheeler and daughter Misty and her husband Charles Merdian; His grandchildren Kaz and Jagger Wheeler and fiancée Claire Cegelski, and Sophia, Emma, and James Merdian; his mother Florine Wheeler; his sister Marie and husband Clyde Ellison; sister in law Barbara Angel, niece Wendy and husband Shane Reilly, nephews Kaleb and Kory Quiner, son Baylin and fiancée Layna Bishop, along with numerous treasured family and friends. Jimmy is preceded in death by his father Edward Huston Wheeler.
   A visitation will be held Saturday June 10 from 9:30-11:00 am with a Celebration of James' Life starting at 11 am at First Baptist Church of La Porte, 310 S Broadway Street.
   In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church of La Porte in James' memory.

Randell "Randy" I. Wolf

Randell Ian Wolf (Randy) died unexpectedly at the age of 54 on March 13, 2016. He was born October 24, 1961 in Houston, TX. He was a long time resident of La Porte, and a 1980 graduate of La Porte High School, he also attended San Jacinto Junior College where he proudly earned his Auto Mechanic Certification. He was a hard working mechanic who had a passion for VW Beetles, NASCAR and a strong love for his family, particularly his nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart.
He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. Along with his twin sister, he was the youngest of seven children. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Madalye Wolf. He is survived by his six brothers and sisters Lawretta Foots and husband Walter, Lawrence Mabe and wife Pamela, Edward PrestonWolf Jr., Emarita Busic, Melvinia Varns and husband Steve, and his twin sister Marnell Gillespie and husband David, 10 nieces and 7 nephews, 21 great nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends, such as Ed Bowerman, Mike Wolf, Johnny Ryan, and Eddie Meza just to name a few, and his beloved faithful poodles Ginger and Mary Ann.
In celebration of his life, a Memorial Service, officiated by Deacon Hector Cantu will be said Saturday March 19th at 2:00pm at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 816 Park Ave. La Porte, TX 77571. A reception will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123