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Charlotte K. Boudreaux

(December 10, 1932 - November 30, 2015)

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" Edgmon

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

   Betty R. 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
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 husband James.
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 Kylie Marie.
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


Leona Maureen Mitchell

   Leona 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 many friends.
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 choice.





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 A. Muston.
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

   Ray 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.

   He 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

   Tommy 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 he was affectionately 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 Havens.

Paul U. Lee-La Porte Funeral Home
201 South 3rd Street
La Porte, TX 77571
(281) 471-0123


Arlene Rickman


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 Irma Bittner.

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 Medical Center.

   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 pm. 

   Thank you to all who have supported us.  I can’t adequately express how much it truly means to our family.


Emil L. Schaider


     Emil 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


     Jimmie Ray 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 years.
     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  by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville. 
(Posted 02/07/2015)


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

   Fred 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.

   Fred 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!

   A 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

     Patsy 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.


Gwen Womack

   Gwen Womack, 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.