Judith Ann Maskel


Judith Ann Maskel, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, at the age of 76, after a courageous battle with multiple illnesses. Judy passed peacefully surrounded by family and prayer, as these were most precious to her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Jerry Maskel, her daughter Lynne Christensen, daughter Laurie Branham and her husband David, granddaughter Cali and grandson Cory, daughter Lisa Wagner and her husband Pete, grandson Caleb, and daughter Leigh Ann Trejo and her husband Nef.

Judy was born on April 16, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, along with her identical twin, Gloria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henning and Mildred Johnson, sister Gloria, and brother Henry.

Judy was a homemaker for many years who enjoyed cooking and gardening, and raising her 4 daughters. Their home was warm and welcoming for many neighborhood children and friends of their daughters. She loved entertaining with food and laughter, and was always ready for a competitive game of Trivial Pursuit. Judy looked forward to their yearly summer vacations in the station wagon, and in later years, traveling throughout the Hill Country of Texas. She shared her love of movies with family, even hosting a yearly Academy Awards party at their house.

Longtime member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, she and Jerry participated in many church activities, and they were a mainstay every Sunday morning.  Judy enjoyed socializing with many of her friends through Women’s Club, Altar Guild, Book Club, and Apostles of Goodwill. For many years, Judy worked outside the home as the secretary of the Church’s Continuing Christian Education (CCE). She also generously volunteered her time at A.B. Freeman Elementary school as a tutor.

Judy was an anchor of love for her family, and pivotal in the well being and happiness to countless others. The family would like to extend thanks to all who have held us in their thoughts and prayers. Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, you will be missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, with a rosary being prayed at 7:00pm, on Wednesday, December 13, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Thursday, December 14, all held at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 10727 Hartsook Street, Houston  77034. Rite of Committal will follow at 1:30pm at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either St. Frances Cabrini Building fund, or The Lupus Foundation.

Oscar “Rene” Romero

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Oscar “Rene” Romero passed away at home on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the age of 62. After suffering a major stroke in 2003, he fought and overcame many complications until receiving his ultimate healing. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Leslie Romero, his daughters, Leslie and husband Fernando, Waldina and husband Josh and his son, Oscar and wife, Claudia and his two granddaughters – Mia and Georgina. He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Juana Maria Romero, and younger brother Roberto.

Oscar “Rene” was born on January 10, 1955, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  It was in Honduras as an adolescent that he met his wife Leslie, and had a crush on her. In their late teens, they both immigrated to the United States first arriving in Los Angeles, CA. There they reunited and his crush became his girlfriend, and they married a couple of years later. While living in Los Angeles, they welcomed all three of their children – Leslie Janet, Oscar Jovany and Waldina Liset and in 1985 the entire family relocated to Houston, Texas.

In 1986, the Romero family relocated to their current home in La Porte, Texas.  He spent the next years of his life working as a truck driver, playing and watching soccer on Sundays, and spending time with his wife and children. He enjoyed taking the family on summer vacations to Honduras, California, and San Antonio. He along with Leslie, dedicated his life providing for his family and making sure that their family’s needs were always met.  He was able to see his three children graduate from college, get married and have children.

He will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends Monday, December 11, from 6pm until 8pm., at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, the funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 12, at 10:00am., also at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Beverly Boren


Beverly Ann Holst Boren was born on December 12, 1939 in Vidor, Texas. She is the granddaughter of the late Richard and Mattie Beaumont, and the oldest of four children of the late U.B. and Violet Marjorie Holst.

Beverly enjoyed a lovely evening at Windsong Village where she had resided for the last 5 years. A Christmas Dinner with her friends , son and daughter-in-law. “The Last Supper” as a friend called it.

The Lord called Beverly home on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and with a smile on her face she took His hand and said ” I am ready,” and entered the Pearly Gates.

Beverly enjoyed life to the fullest  and when she could she loved to travel. Her most talked about trip was taken with the aunt she loved dearly, Aunt Audrey Divino. She took Bev (name called by her aunt) to the Rose Bowl Parade in California. She loved the roses.

Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, U.B and Marjorie Holst, sister Linda Joyce Matlock, brother Leslie Holst Sr., and a nephew Michael Matlock.

She is survived by her son Terry Boren and his wife Deana of Pearland, Texas, daughter Karen Jauer and her husband Larry, and grandson Logan of Kountz, Texas; sister Sharon Baker and her husband J. D. of Vidor, Texas; and nieces and nephews whom she loved and cared for like her own.

Visitation will be from 2:00pm until 4:00pm Sunday, December  10, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The funeral service will be at 2:00pm Monday, December 11, at Eastgate  United Pentecostal Church in Vidor, Texas, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont, Texas.

Shirley Ann Axtell


Shirley Ann Axtell passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the age of 76, after a courageous battle with multiple illnesses.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lowell Axtell, her daughter, Holly Berkman and husband Brian, her son, Bryan Axtell and wife, Amy, her grandson, Johnathan Lejeune and wife, Terrace, granddaughter Kalia Johnston and husband, Lee, grandsons Zachary and Brady Axtell and great-grandchildren JR and Olivia Lejeune.  She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Rose Matthews and siblings Mary Thorne, Rose Herbert and Jack Matthews.

Shirley was born on March 13, 1941, in Washington, DC.  She lived in Washington,DC until she met Lowell in the summer of 1964 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and they were married in October of 1964.  Due to Lowell’s position in the Navy, they moved to Atsugi, Japan in 1968.  While stationed in Japan, they welcomed their first child, Holly, and Shirley accepted Christ as her Savior at Zama Missionary Baptist Church.  This life decision led to the legacy of faith that shaped her future and the future of her family.  In 1970, they were relocated to Milton, Florida where they began a life in the community.  Here they welcomed their second child, Bryan, and continued living their life of faith at Olivet Baptist Church.  It was in this community of faith that many friendships were built, and none would prove stronger than the one forged with Brenda McNew.

In 1981, the Axtell family relocated to their current home in La Porte, Texas.  She spent the remaining thirty-six years living a life of devotion – devotion to community, devotion to God and devotion to family.  She was active in her kids’ schools, participated in ladies’ ministries, and volunteered in children’s ministry.  The most important area she served in was the development of her own children.  She was their biggest support and always there when they needed anything.  This led them to be the people they have become and will allow them to live out her legacy.

The family would like to thank all of those who have held us in their thoughts and prayers.  We would also like to say a special thanks to John Ferral, Chuck McNew, Mike Browning, David Skeahan, Johnathan Lejeune, Leon Tieman, James Payne and Zachary Axtell for honoring Shirley as Honorary Pallbearers.

Our dear wife, mom, grandma and friend,

You will be missed by all.

Pearlie Borden


Pearlie Ann Hill Borden peacefully passed away on December 3, 2017 at the age of 68 years. Born on September 19, 1949, in Double Springs, Alabama, she was the second daughter of the late John and Flova (Overton) Hill.

In September of 1967, she married Joseph Borden III and had 2 children, Kimberlie (Borden) Stewart and John Borden. She was a daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother, but she most truly enjoyed being “Aunt Pearlie”. She also enjoyed church activities, shopping trips and was an avid book reader.

Pearlie is preceded in death by her parents John and Flova Hill and her late husband Joseph Borden III.

Loved ones that will miss her will be her children Kim and John, sisters Betty Hill, Linda Baker and brother Edward (Jerry) Hill; her grandchildren Chris Cole and his wife, Lori; Caleb Borden and his wife, Michaela; Elizabeth Stewart; Rebecca Borden; Kendra O’Brien and her husband, Dakota; Among nieces, nephews and numerous friends and extended family.

The funeral service will be at 11:00am Friday, December 8, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service starting at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Phillip James Novark, Jr.



Phillip James Novark, Jr., a lifelong resident of Harris County, passed away on Sunday, December 3rd at the age of 62. He was born on March 6th, 1955 and married his high school sweetheart, Anne Marie Kolaski on August 6th, 1977. He welcomed his two children into the world in 1982 and 1986.

James was a family man, a wonderful provider and loved his family deeply. When his children were young, he coached soccer in La Porte and is still called ‘Coach’ affectionately by his players.

James was born in Houston and attended St. Augustine and then St. Thomas High School. After they married, he and Anne Marie made their home in Pasadena. He worked as an engineer for many years and loved his job and the people he worked with.

James is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Anne Marie Novark, his son Gene and daughter Carrie Novark and daughter-in-law Helen Valier. James is survived by one grandchild, his namesake, Jamie Novark who was the light of his life. James is also survived by his father, Phillip James Novark, Sr. and sister Belinda Cantu and her husband. Also by brothers Carter, David, and Paul Novark and their wives, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

James loved the simple things in life like gardening and fishing. He could most often be found puttering around on his two acres with his chickens and vegetable garden. He will be missed dearly by all who loved him.

The visitation will be held at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home, Thursday, December 7, from 6-8 pm. The funeral service will be Friday, December 8, at 10am., also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to: The Council on Recovery at councilonrecovery.org.

Patricia (Patty) Dibello Rivers


Patricia (Patty) Dibello Rivers past away at the age of 58 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at home surrounded by her family and friends at her side on December 2, 2017.

She is survived by Husband Jim, Daughter Kaylyn, Son Riley, Stepson Chad, Sisters Susan Redmon, Felicia Matthews, and Veronica Espinoza Manchac, Brother Raymond Espinoza. She was the second to last child to mother Sadie Smith Espinoza and father Raymond Espinoza.

Patricia was born on September 2, 1959 in New Jersey. She was born into a military family as her dad was in the service they moved around quit frequently until finally settling into a home in our beloved state of Texas. After being let go from her job at Grumman aerospace she pursued a job at oceaneering and it was here that she met her now beloved husband Jim. It was love at first site for these two and they couldn’t wait to start a family together, the excited couple moved in together and for 26 years she made this house a home, in 1995, four years after moving in they got the exciting news that Patty was looking forward to her whole life, they were expecting their first child Riley Rivers who was shortly followed by their daughter Kaylyn Rivers in July of 1998.

Patty was a loving wife and mother who was always the life of the party anywhere she went she would make the most out of anything and made everyone around her have as much fun as she was having. Everywhere she went even just going to the grocery story she would run into people who knew and loved her. Her passion was anything to do with flowers, plants or gardening. She treated everyone like she knew them for years and always put her family before herself. Everyone who knew patty loved her and will now feel as though something is missing. She will be deeply missed by everyone who got the wonderful chance of getting to know her but she knew it was her time to go and leave this world behind and is now resting in peace with her parents and her brother Eddie Espinoza.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm Saturday, December 16, at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, TX 77089. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name will be appreciated.

Dorothy Caliva


Dorothy Mae Caliva, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the age of 91.  Dorothy was born on March 18, 1926 in Caldwell, Texas. She spent her formative years in Bellville, Texas, but graduated from Crane High School after moving to Crane her senior year. Upon graduation, Dorothy moved to Houston to attend business school where she met Tony Caliva, her husband of 51 years. Dorothy and Tony married on April 5th 1943, and went on to have three daughters: Valerie, Stephanie, and Toni Denise. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Dorothy was also a small business owner. She owned and operated Handwork Bazaar, a needle arts studio in Houston, Texas.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony “Tony” Caliva, Jr.; and her parents, Irene and W.T. Sherwood. She is survived by her daughters: Valerie Oggero, Stephanie Pratt, and Toni Denise Wilson; her grandchildren: Kim Mingarelli, Bat Oggero, Kristen Kuyper, and Tony Ingebredtsen; and her great-grandchildren: Lauren Oggero, Nicole Mingarelli, and Vincent Oggero; who all will miss her and cherish her memories.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland 77581, with visitation one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00am. The Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Special thanks to Lillie Bolden and Brenda Hackle for providing Dorothy with loving care; and a heartfelt thanks to Bill Pratt, who cared for her throughout with love and compassion.

Maxine Louise Rogers

Maxine Louise Rogers, 86, was born June 20, 1931, in Houston, Texas and died November 30, 2017, in Friendswood, Texas. She was married to Leon Rogers for 60 years until his passing Oct. 18, 2010.

She is survived by sister:  Ida Smith Hadamek Waller TX., her three children; Michael Rogers of Austin Tx., Linda Reese of Montgomery, TX. and David Rogers of Pearland, TX. Seven grandchildren and nine great grand children.

Maxine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She provided a strong Christian house hold for her family.  After years as a stay at home mother she went back to college and made the Dean’s List.  She took a job with Pasadena ISD as manager of food services, for Frazier Elementary school.  Through her service with the school she was able to feed and love countless numbers of children. She was a member of Sagemont Church.

After her retirement, she and Leon travel across America in their travel trailer. Until her sickness, she was a constant at her children’s and grandchildren events.  Always cheering and encouraging them on with love and support. She also enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren and cooking.

There will be a Graveside Service, Monday, December 4th, at 2:00pm., Forest Park East Cemetery.

Wilma Renfro


Wilma Renfro, 84, born December 4, 1932 in Hollywood, California, entered the gates of heaven on November 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Born to parents Lloyd and Helen (Coulson) Chapman, Wilma grew up in southern California. In 1951, she was introduced to a handsome young Marine. This introduction led to a new life and family – a marriage that lasted 65 years and the birth of three children.

After investing many years as a stay-at-home mom and serving as president of the PTA, the family moved to Texas in 1970 where Wilma started work as part time Christmas help at Foley’s department store.  This led to full time work where she finally retired after 20 years.  Not one to just sit, Wilma spent several years as a receptionist for Trinity Oaks nursing home.  As a faithful member of Sagemont Church and equally faithful in her various ministries, she spent many hours working in the church’s book store and with the Sagemont crew at Medical Bridges.

Wilma is survived by her loving husband, Paul Renfro; her three children Mark Renfro (Rhonda) of Bastrop, TX, Karen Seibert (Donald) of Devers, TX, and Sharon Connealy of Athens, AL, and her brother Bob Chapman (Georgia) of Modesto, CA.  She is also survived by her nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and numerous family members, friends, and loved ones. Preceding her in death are her triplet great-grandchildren.

We will love and miss her but we also look forward to a joyful reunion someday in her new home built by the Master Carpenter Jesus.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 1:45 pm at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston 77038.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to ‘Sagemont Missions’, 11300 S. Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX 77089-4779 (note the donation is in honor / memory of Wilma Renfro and to be used in Sagemont Church Missions).