Charlotte K. Boudreaux
(December 10, 1932 - November
Charlotte K. (Swingle) Boudreaux was born on December 10, 1932, in
Port Clinton, Ohio to John and Gladys Swingle, died in La Porte,
Texas on November 30, 2015, and attained her long awaited goal to be
with our Lord. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cyprien
(Tippy), infant sons Michael and John, sister Pat Hurst, and
granddaughter April Polasek. She is survived by her seven children:
Tippy Boudreaux and wife Antoinette, Debbie Driscoll and husband
Chuck, Manly Boudreaux and wife Dee, Monica Boudreaux, Dan
Boudreaux, Diana Polasek and husband David and Bob Boudreaux, her
sister Jackie Roder and husband Herb, 16 grandchildren, 17
great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces
and nephews. She graduated from La Porte High School in May of 1950.
Charlotte and Tippy were married at St. Mary’s Seminary in La Porte
on June 4, 1950. Five years and four children later, she became a
Catholic. Thus began her devotion to St. Mary’s Church, her practice
of traditional Catholic family values and her care of many children.
Besides being a loving wife, mother and friend Charlotte also was
employed in various jobs: as a waitress, as a clerk for city and
county elections, at the city of La Porte’s secretary office and
lastly as docent for the La Porte Heritage Society Railroad and
Depot Museum. She was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Church for over
60 years. She volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul and sewed baptismal
bibs with Angeles Sullivan for 30 years. She was a lector,
commentator and Eucharistic Minister, as well as a rosary maker,
which led to her helping start St. Mary’s Rosary Makers. Through the
years, she held various offices including St. Mary’s Alter Society
president and secretary, Bay Area Deanery secretary and president,
Galveston-Houston Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women president
and vice president, and National Council of Catholic Women Province
Director. She was a member of the Nominating Board Council of
Catholic Women and a member of the board of the LaPorte Heritage
Society. Charlotte’s devotion to her faith, our Lord Jesus, and His
Blessed Mother was the foundation for her becoming the loving wife
and mother she was. From her spiritual home at St. Mary’s, she
filled her own home with the same love and faith, always serving
others with a smile. She truly was an inspiration to all. Visitation
will be Wednesday December 2, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm with Rosary to
begin at 7pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Services will be
December 3, 2015 at 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in La Porte
with internment immediately following at Grandview Cemetery.
Remembrances in her name can be made to St. Mary’s Rosary Hall or
A-Med Community Hospice, 8901 Emmett F Lowry Expressway Suite B,
Texas City, TX 77591.
Lauren Camille Davis
On August 18,
2015, at the age of 36, Lauren Camille Davis passed away from
injuries sustained from an auto-pedestrian incident that occurred on
July 28, 2015. Lauren was born on February 13, 1979, to Lawson H.
Davis, Jr. and Deborah L. (Bradford) Davis of La Porte, TX. She is
preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her daughter,
Mykayla Davis; mother; sisters: Kelley Davis, Mandy Davis and
husband Chris Richardson, Holly Perez; brother: Anthony Davis;
nieces: Parker Sodaro, Priscilla and Maya Perez, Ainslee Richardson;
nephews: Law Perez and Zane Richardson - all from La Porte, TX.
Lauren was a loving soul who loved to laugh and was upbeat and
positive to the end, always more worried about how others felt than
herself. She was always there for her family. She was thoughtful,
helpful, hardworking and, to the family, "The Cook". She was a great
daughter to her mother, a wonderful sister to her siblings and an
even more awesome mom to her baby girl. She will be missed so much
by many. Visitation will be Saturday August 22, 2015 from 6-8pm at
Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home. Services are Sunday August 23,
2015 at 2pm at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home.
Michael Wayne "Mike"
Michael Wayne “Mike” Edgmon, 67, passed away in Seabrook
January 24, 2015 with his Family by his side. Born in
Malvern Arkansas February 10, 1947 to Arthur Hollis and
Helen Marie Edgmon . Mike Graduated from LaPorte High
School in 1966, served with the LaPorte Police
Department for 29 yrs. after retiring from LaPorte he
moved to San Saba Texas and worked with the Sheriff s
Department for 8 years, Member of LaPorte Masonic Lodge
# 857 AF & AM. Survivors include his wife Nelda Edgmon,
sons Wayne Hollis Edgmon and Marcus Andrew Edgmon,
daughter Kimberly June Douglas and husband Nathan,
grandchildren are Justin Scroggins, Bailee Straight,
Kaylah Douglas, Kalyssa Douglas, Scott Douglas, and Sean
Douglas, Brother In Law Frank Suggs and wife Mary, niece
and nephews Lisa Suggs, Frank Suggs III, and David
Edgmon. Services Wednesday January 28, 2015 11:00 AM at
First Baptist Church LaPorte with interment to follow at
Grand View Memorial Park, Family will receive friends at
the Funeral Home Tuesday from 5-8 PM. Video Tribute can
be seen by selecting the following link:
Elsberry, Julia "Judy"
Julia "Judy" Elsberry, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday,
October 1, 2015, surrounded by loved ones in her home in La Porte.
Judy was born on September 8, 1936 in Bangor, Maine to Eugene Torrey
and Lida Keezer Harlow. Judy was a dedicated wife of 35 years to
Calvin "Buddy" Elsberry. Beloved mother of daughters Holly Cantu,
Darby Rule, Julie Rainey, and Catherine Alexander; and son, David
Smith. Cherished by six grandchildren, Darcy, Ashley, Krista, Kayla,
Collin, Jessica, Bobby, and Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren,
Julia, Abigail, Maya, and Ava. She was treasured by her sister,
Serena Pomroy. She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene
Torrey and Lida Keezer Harlow, sisters; Bertha Murch, Joan Torrey,
and Avis Torrey; and grandson, Jeremy.
Although Judy was born and raised in Maine, she moved to the Houston
area as a teenager, where she remained and grew her family. As a
young woman, she aspired to be a writer, which evolved into her love
of reading mystery novels in her later years. Judy prided herself on
keeping up with world and political news and loved to discuss
current events and issues with anyone knowledgeable. Judy also
enjoyed listening to old honky-tonk country music, and was a fan of
Merle Haggard. She served tables at Barry's Burger Barn in Pasadena
for many years and is remembered for her friendly service and warm
smile. At home, she was always in the kitchen preparing meals for
family and friends, and kept her home open and welcoming to all. She
was devoted to her family and her selflessness and strength remains
an inspiration to all that knew her.
Services will be held on Monday, October 5th at Grand View Funeral
Home beginning at 2:00pm, with visitation immediately before.
Betty R. Grassmuck
Grassmuck, 71 of La Porte, Texas, passed away on Wednesday July 29,
2015. She was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to the late Sylvester
and Mona Nobles on January 16, 1944.
Betty enjoyed spending time with her family. She had a love for
gardening and listening to her wind chimes.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Mona
Nobles; sister, Janette Clough; and brother, Curtis Nobles. She is
survived by her husband John C. Grassmuck of 32 years; son, John G
Foster Jr.; daughter, Betty Louise Gooch; grandchildren, Ronnie
Gooch, Heather Gooch, Lindsey Foster, Lauren Foster, and Lacie
Foster; sisters, Ann Davis and Carla Nobles; brother, Billy Nobles.
Betty was loved by her family and friends and will be missed. The
family will receive friends for visitation at Grand View Funeral
Home on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Funeral
services will follow. To share words of comfort with the family and
sign the online guest book, please visit www.grandviewfunerals.com.
Pallbearers will be Mike Grassmuck, David Grassmuck, Doug Grassmuck,
Larry Tilitzki, Paul Trapp, and Kenny Trapp.
Judy Marie McCune
Judy Marie McCune,
69, long time resident of La Porte, passed peacefully on
May 3, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones. Judy was born
January 5, 1946 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents Murray and Joan
Paschal O’Conner. She is survived by her loving husband
of 47 years, Joe. She raised three wonderful kids Joe
Morris McCune II, and wife Danna, Jodie Marie Schaefer
and her husband Daren, and Jessica Michale Yates and her
She loved every one of her 11 grandkids. Colten, Shane,
Jared and his wife Tonya, Lauren, Mikayla, Mikenzie,
Devin, Will, Brendan and Josh. One great granddaughter
As the second child in a family of 6, she leaves behind
her sisters and brother, Martha Rosenthal and her
husband Gary, Pat O’Conner and his wife Donna, Brenda
Flanary and her husband Don, Connie Fisher and her
husband Joey and Mary Tucker and her husband Clifford
along with countless nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held May 4th 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the
First Assembly of God.
A celebration of her life will be held at one o’clock on
May 5th at the First Assembly of God, located on 316 E.
Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte Tx, 77571, followed by a
graveside service at Grandview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations please
be made to the Donna Lynn Williamson Foundation. P.O.
Box 1487 La Porte TX, 77571.
Joy English McWatters
July 17, 1931 –
June 12, 2015
Joy English McWatters, age 83, was born in Crecy, Trinity County,
Texas, July 17, 1931. She passed away peacefully in
Lufkin, Texas, on June 12, 2015. Joy loved fishing,
gardening, quilting, making crochet doll dresses and
making homemade breads. She hated it when her biscuits
didn’t come out right anymore. Her bowls always came
home empty from bring your own dish events. Joy
graduated from Centerville High School and moved to
Houston, Texas. She worked in banking for 28 years. In
Houston, she met Neal McWatters and thought he was the
prettiest thing she’d ever seen. They met February 13,
1949 and married five weeks later on March 19, 1949.
Neal was eleven years, one month, and 23 days older,
preceding her in death one month and two days before
their 55th wedding anniversary. She is preceded in death
by her parents, Joe and Barbara English. Left behind to
cherish her memory are her daughter, Barbara Hackerott
and husband, James Hackerott; her grandchildren and
their spouses, Kenneth and Krissandra Hackerott, of
Houston, Jennifer and Jason Balk, of Houston, and Wendy
and Lee Arnold, of Houston; her great grandchildren,
Hayden Balk, Baylee Arnold, Brennan Hackerott, and
expectant new baby Arnold; her sisters, Helen Gaston, of
La Porte, Texas and Ella Wilkerson, of Diboll, Texas.
Funeral Services for Joy English McWatters will be held
at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2015 in the Cartwright
Memorial Chapel of Groveton Funeral Home with Bro.
Lester McAdams officiating. Interment will follow in
Bennett Cemetery. Visitation for Mrs. McWatters will
begin at 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday, June
19, 2015 at Groveton Funeral Home.
Services arranged by Groveton Funeral Home, Directors.
Please share your memories with the family and sign the
online guestbook at
Maureen Mitchell was born June 25, 1935 to James Lester
and Leona Stockholm Mitchell. A long time resident of
Shoreacres, Texas she passed away there on Sunday, May
17, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, as
well as her younger brother John Dwight Mitchell.
After graduating from Beaumont High School she received her
Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Lamar
Technical College. She was involved in cutting the moon
rocks at NASA while employed with Brown and Root early
in her career and spent many years employed at Walmart
later in life.
She will be lovingly remembered by her brothers James Lester
Mitchell, Jr. (Iris), Robert Eugene Mitchell (Jackie)
and Thomas Orville Mitchell (Jan) as well as two
nephews, Steven and Keith Mitchell, and two nieces,
Laura Mitchell Rudek and Catherine Mitchell Cherry, and
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be
held on what would have been her 80th birthday, June
25th, 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church of La
Porte located at 9601 Fairmont Parkway. In lieu of
flowers the family requests that donations be made to
the First United Methodist Church or charity of your
Fred Lee Muston Jr.
In Memory of Fred
Lee Muston Jr.
September 15, 1928 - December 30, 2015
Fred Lee Muston,
Jr., age 87 of La Porte, Texas, passed away on December
30, 2015. He was born in Dallas, Texas on September 15,
1928. Fred Lee Muston, Jr. Graduated from Cedar Bayou
High School in 1946 and received his Bachelors from Sam
Houston State University. He was married to Patricia
Jane Stone on June 9, 1950.
Fred had a career in Education and worked for Alvin
I.S.D. and also worked in the chemical industry for
U.S.I., Quantum and Lyondell. He was a member of the La
Porte Heritage Society and Texas Army and had a passion
for Texas history, tennis, Gulf and Shrimp!
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred L. Muston
Sr. and Lauren Brock Muston; son, Ross Patrick Muston
(age 3); and sister, Margerie Loper. He is survived by
his sons, Michael, Dave and Scott; and grandchildren,
Shannon P. Muston and husband Damaris, Laura M. Muniz
and husband Ben, Amy G. Muston, Lee A. Muston and Samual
Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday,
January 16, 2016 at Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena,
Texas 77505. (Ph: 281-479-6076) A Meet and greet will
follow the memorial service.
Ray Reid Morgan III
Reid Morgan III, born on February 15, 1955, died on
April 14, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Gadsden Alabama to Ray Reid Morgan Jr.
and Peggy Morgan. He was preceded in death by his
father, mother, and brother, Ralph Walton Bennett.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Morgan, his two
daughters, Paige and Alena Morgan, his son and
daughter-in-law, Ray Reid Morgan IV and Danielle Morgan,
his granddaughter, Daileigh Morgan, and his
mother-in-law Dorothy Wilson.
graduated from Texas A&M University and the Episcopal
Theological Seminary of the Southwest. He was the rector
of St. John's Episcopal Church in La Porte, TX and a
volunteer chaplain for the police, fire and EMS
departments in La Porte. He was an Active member
of the DeMolay Supreme Council and a member of Gadsden
Masonic Lodge #246 as well as many other Masonic
organizations. He was active in many different
communities, always striving to make a positive
difference in as many people's lives as possible.
Whether it was helping local children obtain vital life
and school enrichment in the Kids of La Porte After
School Program (KLAS), or helping teens and adults
become positive and active community members through
DeMolay, or assisting so many various fellow church
members on their glorious journey a step closer to
Christ through Cursillo. Reid, was always interested in
helping to enhance someone's life for the better.
As a result, we know that he would like to continue to
see these programs flourish, so they could continue to
help people find the place they belong. In lieu of
flowers, please make donations to any of these programs:
KLAS c/o St. John's Episcopal Church in La
Porte, TX. DeMolay International, or a Cursillo
program of your choice. His funeral will be held
on April 21, 2015 at l:00pm at St. John's Episcopal
Church in La Porte, TX. The address is 815 South
Broadway La Porte, TX, 77571.
He was an avid Texas Aggie with a large splash of
Crimson Tide mixed in with his maroon. And, as any
Aggie knows, there is a spirit that can ne'er be told...
Tommy Charles Moser
Charles Moser, 54, lifelong resident of La Porte passed
away in a work related accident on Friday, June 19th,
2015. Born August 1st, 1960 in Pasadena. Tommy has been
a member of La Porte city council since 2004, owner of
Moser Electric since 1985. Graduated from La Porte High
School in 1978. He was very active in his hometown
coaching little league baseball, football, basketball
and girls softball. Survivors include his wife of over
30 years, Gwenda Moser. Children Kristin Martin and
husband Kenny, Dustin Moser and Monique Whitehead and
husband Ryan. Parents Tommy and Barbara Moser, brothers
Tracy Moser and wife Laurel, Terry Moser and wife Alana,
sister Annette Riggenbach and husband Chris.
Grandchildren Garett, Landon, Faith and Braylan to whom
known as “GRUMPY”. Family will receive friends
Tuesday night 6/23/2015 from 6-8pm at Broadway Church of
Christ in LaPorte 704 S. Broadway. Services Wednesday
6/24/2015 at 11am at Sylvan Beach Pavilion with
interment to follow at Grandview Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Terry Moser, Tracy Moser, Stan
Sherwood, Corby Alexander, Dustin Moser, Mark Follis,
Louis Rigby, and Vance Liles. Honorary pallbearers Mike
Westregren, Alton Ogden, Charlie Perry, Michael Dobly,
and Phillip Hoot. Those desiring a memorial fund will be
set up at Wells Fargo Bank La Porte, contact Jody
Paul U. Lee-La Porte Funeral Home
201 South 3rd Street
La Porte, TX 77571
Arlene Rickman was born in Binghamton,
New York on January 31, 1940 to Rosetta and Jerome
Bowen. Arlene enjoyed being with her husband, Paul. They
had been together for 43 years and were never very far
apart. When her husband joined the Shriners back in
1998, she began to help in any way she could. She loved
the Shriners and what it stands for: helping Children.
Sadly, Arlene passed away, Wednesday,
June 3rd, 2015 after a battle with cancer. She will be greatly
missed by her husband, Paul; children; Brenda Leggett,
Donna Janda and husband David Sr., Paul Rickman Jr. &
wife Kathy, Ray Rickman Sr. & wife Evon. She also leaves
behind grandchildren; Tanya Minnick, Kevin Leggett &
wife Josie, Stephanie Welch & husband Alvin, David Janda
Jr. & wife Lyla, Ray Rickman Jr. & wife Ashley. Jessica
Lopez and husband Jonathon, Jacob Rickman and Courtney
Rickman. Her legacy lives on with her great
grandchildren; Gaige Minnick, Raymond Minnick, Hunter
Salyer, Courtney Salyer, Savanna Leggett, Tyler Leggett,
Jasmine Leggett, Angelina Leggett, Kevin Leggett Jr.,
Angelica Janda, Emmie Rickman, Damon Rickman and Kyrian
Rickman. Her passing leaves an empty place for her
siblings; Kathryn Smith, Harold Bowen and Larry Bowen as
well as many extended family, her Shrine family, her
Church family and too many friends to mention.
Arlene is preceded by her parents,
Rosetta Storms and Jerome Bowen as well as her sister
The family celebrated Arlene’s life on
Monday, June 8 at Clay Road Baptist Church. She was laid
to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery following services. She
will forever be in our hearts.
Joseph R. Sartori
Joseph R. Sartori born Nov 6, 1960 to
Therese Rose (Waitrovich) and Gerald Raymond Sartori in
Milwaukee, WI. He passed unexpectedly, but peacefully,
on the morning of June 20, 2015 at Clear Lake Regional
His memory will live on with his wife
of 32 years, Aubry; children, Patrick Joseph Sartori,
Angeline Marie Sartori and Jacquelyn Therese Rawls and
husband Brian. Joe is also survived by his parents,
Terri & Jerry Sartori; siblings; Julie and husband,
Steve Fortunato, Jeff and wife, Jill Sartori and Pattie
and husband Henry Farrell. Aubry's parents, brothers
and sister who love Joe very much, Nieces, Nephews,
Aunts and Uncles, extended family and many friends will
all miss the impact he had on their lives. And the
little girl Joe loves most, Lily Ann, the granddaughter
who gave him inspiration and courage to fight for his
life as long as he did.
We will be celebrating Joe’s life at
Stepping Stone Funeral Home, Wednesday July 1, 2015 at 6
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Emil L. Schaider
L Schaider, 94, died peacefully on Thursday, March 12,
2015 with his son, Paul, by his side.
The son of Fred and Elizabeth (Neville) Schaider, Emil
was born in Maple Heights, OH on October, 10, 1920. He
was pre-deceased by his parents and 5 siblings, as well
as a great-grandaughter, Clara Eileen Wetterauer. He
attended St. Theresa’s Grade School and Holy Name High
School in Cleveland. Discerning a vocation to the
priesthood, from 1940-1941 he attended the Cleveland
Seminary; from 1941-1943 he attended St. Mary’s College
in St. Mary’s, KY; and from 1943-1946 he attended St.
Mary’s Seminary in La Porte, TX. He discovered that God
had other plans: On October 24, 1948 he married his
beloved Lucille Polker, and at that same time began a
35-year career with Exxon (then Humble Oil) in Baytown,
TX. Settling in LaPorte, TX, they raised 10 children.
After retiring from Exxon he devoted his time to his
youngest daughter, Anna Marie, who was born with Down
Syndrome. He was also a dedicated volunteer with the
chaplaincy corps at M.D. Anderson Hospital, offering
comfort and ministry to patients and their families.
Emil is survived by Lucille, his wife of 67 years, his
children: Marianna Schaider Eggers and her husband,
Owen; Leonard Schaider and his wife Becky; George
Schaider and his wife, Stephanie; Rita Schaider Beard
and her husband, Jerry; Madeline Schaider and her
husband, Alan Blumenthal; David Schaider; Phillip
Schaider and his partner, Sam Jimeson; Paul Schaider and
his wife, Elaine; Theresa Schaider and her husband,
Simon Sanchez; and Anna Marie Schaider. He is also
survived by 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren (2
on the way), and several nieces and nephews.
The visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 PM with a prayer
service and Rosary at 7 PM, Friday, March 13, at St.
Mary’s Church, 816 Park Drive, La Porte, TX. There will
be an additional visitation at 10:00 AM on Saturday,
March 14, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at
11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church, with Rev. Thomas Rafferty
presiding. Memorial donations can be made to Holy Angels
Residential Facility, whose mission is to care for
individuals with developmental disabilities, 10450
Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA 71106.
Jimmie Ray Spradling
Spradling, 84, passed away from brain cancer on Monday, February 2,
2015, at Riverhill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Kerrville,
Texas. He was born on May 7, 1930, in Warren, Arkansas, to Sydney E.
and Hazel A. Trucks Spradling. He moved to La Porte, Texas in 1944
and resided there until 1992 when he moved to Kerrville.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter and son-in
law, Cynthia and Joe Smitherman, of Kerrville, and granddaughter,
Matney Rae Smitherman of Longview, Texas; brothers: James Spradling
of La Porte, Texas; Hal Spradling of Ontario, Canada; sisters:
Peggie Darby of Greenville, Texas, and Linda McAnaney of Denison,
Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Jimmie served in the Army during the Korean Conflict as
a member of the Paratroopers, 82nd Airborne Division, from 1950 to
1952. After returning from the military he attended Lee Junior
College in Baytown, Texas. On November 25, 1953, he married Ruth
Shireman Spradling in La Porte, Texas, and they were married 61
He was a 37 year employee of Shell Chemical Company in
Deer Park, Texas, retiring in 1990. Upon retirement, he and Ruth
started traveling, something they had done little of before. They
traveled to the Orient, Africa, Israel, Europe (where they enjoyed
the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion), Egypt, Australia and
New Zealand, Iceland and many places within the U.S. This time was
truly the highlight of his life!
In addition to his job at Shell, for 18 years he served
as Manager of the Fairmont Park Homeowners Association in La Porte.
He enjoyed using his outdoor and managerial skills to keep the
subdivision a lovely place.
Jimmie and his wife attended most Kerrville City
Council meetings until his recent illness and often became involved
in certain issues. His main interest was to make Kerrville a clean
and inviting city, and spent many hours cleaning streets and
sidewalks. He was instrumental in encouraging the Kerrville City
Council to organize the Kerrville Beautification Advisory Committee
and served as a member.
The family would like to give thanks to the nurses,
aides and staff at Riverhill Health and Rehabilitation Center for
their patience and kind care; and to Dr. James Young, his longtime
and much-respected doctor.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor
John Wheat and Chaplain Chris Christopherson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
contributions be made to Houston Christian Broadcasters, Inc., KHCB
Radio Network, 2424 South Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77098-5196, or
the charity of your choice.
The family invites you to send condolences at
www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of
Frank Suggs Jr.
On March 31,
2015, Frank Suggs Jr. passed away peacefully in his home
surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on May
28, 1948 in Loris, South Carolina to Frank and Bonnie
Suggs. Frank was a 1967 graduate of La Porte High
School. He was a retired Chief of Police serving the
city of Morgan’s Point. Frank was preceded in death by
his parents, Frank and Bonnie and brother-in-law, Mike
Edgmon. He is survived by his wife, Mary Suggs;
children, Lisa Killian, Frank Suggs III, James Talbot,
Jeff Talbot and Jessica Anderson; son-in-laws, James
Killian and William Anderson; sister: Nelda Edgmon,
nephews, Wayne Edgmon and Marcus Edgmon; niece,
Kimberly Douglas; and grandchildren, Taylor, Khloe,
Aaron, Jeremy, Krystal, Michael, Kayla, Brandon, Haleigh,
Hannah and Hunter.
Visitation will be Friday,
April 3 from 5-9 pm at Paul U. Lee Funeral home in La
Porte. Services will be held 10 AM, Saturday, April 4 at
First Baptist Church in La Porte. Interment will follow
at Grandview Cemetery.
Fred E. Westergren
E. “Opa” Westergren, age 90, a lifelong resident and
business man of La Porte & Weimar Texas, passed away
with his beloved family beside him March 3, 2015. Fred
was preceded in death by his parents Edna Thumann and
Fred E. Westergren, Sr., his brother Doyle Westergren
and daughter Tynette Christian. He is survived by wife
Linda; children Cara Lynn Williamson and husband J.B.,
Gordon Westergren and wife Sandy, Cyresia Oliphant and
husband Lance, Micah Christian. Seven Grandchildren;
Hillary and Dustan Hesse, Rande Hesse and Clint Willis,
Krystle and Eddie Hammers, Hannah and Ryan Westmoreland,
Eric and Brittany Westergren, Ethan and Shelby Oliphant
and eight great grand children.
spent his early life on the water in their boat “Sonny
Boy”, fishing, skiing on the home built skis and just
enjoying the bay. After graduation from La Porte High
School he attended University of Houston before
enlisting in the Army air corp. where he went on to
become a Captain. One of his great loves in life was
flying and he became a private pilot for the assistant
Sec of Defense after the service. Fred was a strong
force in the progress and development of La Porte thru
the years always looking ahead at what could be next. He
was instrumental in the development of 3 Kroger
locations, the La Porte Post Office, and McDonalds, just
to name a few. One of his most prized accomplishments
was having the vision of La Porte developing the Bay
Forest Golf Course, along with five of his closest men
friends. Fred and Linda decided to retire twenty years
ago and moved to the family land in Weimar, where they
built a home on property in the family since the 1860’s.
He spent many wonderful days working on the tractor
clearing land, and tending his cattle. He mostly loved
spending time with the family on the back porch talking
about his childhood memories of the time he spent with
his grandmother on this property. Fred was a remarkable
man who leaves behind legacy for his family and those
who knew him. He will be greatly missed!
celebration of life was held on March 7 in La Porte and
a Memorial service was later held at the Miller Creek
Cemetery near his home in Weimar.
Patsy Jean Westergren
Jean Westergren, 86, died March 14, 2015, on the 68th anniversary of
her marriage to Doyle E. Westergren, just two years after his death.
Pat and Doyle loved traveling, dancing, playing bridge and
entertaining friends. Her indomitable spirit brought joy and
laughter to all who knew her. She had a passion for life and loved
to sing. Born September 5, 1928 in La Porte, Pat was a true friend
with a generous heart. She always had time for family and friends.
Her unique style will be missed terribly. Pat was preceded in death
by her husband, Doyle E. Westergren, parents Bess and Edmond
Connally, sister Bettye Freiberger, brother Mike Connally and
grandson Christopher Gerald Crofoot. Survivors include sister Joy
Dejongh; brother Bill Connally and wife Kim; daughter Debbye Crofoot-Morley
and husband Bill; son Michael Westergren and wife Irene; daughter
Angie Carl and husband David. Grandchildren include Kevin Crofoot
and wife Lisa, Philip Westergren, Greg Westergren and Amy Westergren;
great-grandsons Christopher Spencer and Conner Crofoot. Pallbearers
include Bill Connally, Mark Connally, Kevin Crofoot, Tom Crofoot,
Bill Freiberger, Kurt Freiberger, Gordon Westergren and Greg
Westergren. Funeral Service and Interment were held on March 20,
2015 at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, Chapel of Angels. In lieu
of flowers contributions can be made to the Marvin Joseph Memorial
Scholarship Fund, Knights of Columbus, Council 5191, PO Box 469,
Wimberley, TX 78976.
loving wife and mother, passed away Saturday August 8, 2015. She was
born in Harbor Beach, Michigan to Olga June and Barney Thrushman of
Port Hope, Michigan. Gwen grew up in Port Hope, Kimbal and Port
Huron, Michigan where she was loved by all; especially by her mom
Olga, Aunt Ginny and siblings Ron, Dale, Rick and Vicky Thrushman.
She met her husband Andy Womack, married in 1973 and ended up in
LaPorte, Texas where they raised two lovely daughters; Renee Lynn
Womack and Michelle Lea Womack. She continued her spiritual life at
Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church and everyone there was a great
friend. She also had extra special friends in Sharon Anders and Judy
McCune. They both lovingly opened their hearts and families to her.
She continued her love of her family with trips back to Michigan
through the years.
Visitation will be Thursday
August 13, 2015 from 5-8pm at Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church 8909
Spencer Highway La Porte, Texas. Services will be Friday August 14,
2015 at 11am at the Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church. In lieu of
usual remembrances, donations can be made in her name to the Crohn’s
and Colitis Foundation of America 733 Third Avenue Suite 510 New
York, NY 10017.
Ruth Ann Morgan Yanelli
June 6, 1943 – May 4, 2015
Ruth Ann Morgan Yanelli, 71,
of Uvalde, formerly of Del Rio and San Antonio, died peacefully in
her sleep on May 4, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Ann was born
June 6, 1943, in Johnson City, Tenn., to Ruth Street and Ray Morgan.
She married Albert M. Yanelli III, who preceded her in death in
2002, on Oct. 13, 1964.
She was a career educator, earning her master’s degree in education
and teaching English and language arts in San Felipe-Del Rio CISD,
Uvalde CISD, Edgewood ISD, San Antonio ISD, Duval County Public
Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., the Gabriel Tafolla Charter School
and most recently, Carrizo Springs CISD.
She was never happier than when she was teaching, spending time with
family, (and her pets).
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
She is survived by sons Adam Morgan Yanelli and wife, Adora, of La
Porte; Albert Michael Yanelli IV (Mickey) of Uvalde; Aaron Mitchell
Yanelli and wife, Leigh Erin, of Richardson; Loren Sayer of Del Rio;
and Jimi Klaevemann and wife, Cici, of Uvalde; and daughters Maria
Montes Barnes and husband, David, of San Antonio; and Laura Jean
Larremore and husband Brian, of Alpine; 10 grandchildren, Samantha
Dawn Yanelli, Nicole Annette Yanelli, Morgan Ann Ruth Yanelli Bates
and husband Zachary, Albert Michael Yanelli V, Ann Marie Yanelli,
Madison Erin Yanelli, Samuel Aaron Yanelli, Andersen Erin Yanelli,
Ellis Erin Yanelli, Harry Carroll, and 2 great-grandchildren,
MaKenzie Leigh and Tyson Keith Bates.
She is also survived by her cousin, Joyce Adams, of Oldfort, Tenn,
who she grew up with and was like a sister to her.
A graveside ceremony was held Tuesday, May 5, as she was laid to
rest beside her beloved at Rio Frio Cemetery in Real County, Texas.
Pall bearers were Adam Morgan Yanelli, Albert Michael Yanelli IV
(Mickey), Aaron Mitchell Yanelli, Albert Michael Yanelli V, Samuel
Aaron Yanelli and Loren Sayer.
Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.