Robert Freedman

FreedmanOn Sunday, July 20, 2014, Robert Freedman stepped into eternity to join his beloved wife, Betty.

Bob was born on October 3, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio to Jake and Ester (Miller) Freedman.   Bob served in the US Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign, World War II Victory and Philippine Liberation as Gunner’s Mate third class.  He was married to Betty in 1949 and Terry, Roslyn and Nancy joined the family in the years that followed.  Bob was a Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Tyler, Texas.

Bob’s long working life revolved around clothing sales and distribution but he loved to play golf, watch golf on TV and pampering his cars.  He and Betty could be found a couple of times a week at the grocery store and were always looking for new recipes to try at home.

Bob was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy and by his wife, Betty.

He is survived by his sister, Merle Polansky of San Antonio, Texas, and by daughters Terry Harbuck of Pasadena, Texas and Roslyn Freedman of Spring, Texas.   He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jeff and Scott Harbuck and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11:15am, Thursday, July 24, at Houston National Cemetery.

Genoveva Ragasa

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Genoveva Ragasa, resident of Houston, entered eternal life on Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born in Kalayaan Laguna, Philippines on December 1, 1922.  In the mid-1970’s, Genoveva came to the United States and made it her home since.

Genoveva was always full of energy. Singing and dancing was what she loved the most. She always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face. As the years went by, her spirit never dampened. She was a free spirit until the end.

Her spirits will be carried on by her loving family: eight surviving children, Priscilla Riley; Delia Kent and husband, Paul; Rodrigo Ragasa; Reynato Ragasa and wife, Norma; Rolando Ragasa and wife, Zeny; Emily Perkins and husband, Scott; Elenita Durling and husband, Howard; Dorothy Putman and husband, Darby; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, July 22nd, and the service celebrating Genoveva’s life will be at 11:00am Wednesday, July 23rd, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Bobbylene Louise Burroughs

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Bobbylene Louise Burroughs, 86, passed away July 18, 2014.  She was preceded in death by two children, Michael David Burroughs and Nancy Louise Burroughs.  She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Dewees and husband Norman, and one beloved grandson, David Andrew Dewees.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, July 22, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation prior to the service, starting at 10:30am. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Rev. Rex Forsyth and the many Pastoral Care Volunteers who often visited from Sagemont Church and the Park Manor South Belt Nursing Home Hall One Staff for all their concern and palliative care given during this difficult time. Memorial contributions in Bobbylene’s name may be made to the Living Proof Project at Sagemont Church.

Johnnie Beck Wallace

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Johnnie Beck Wallace was born September 12, 1921 in Quitman, Texas.  Johnnie went home to the Lord July 15, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lee Wallace, his son Kit Wallace, and his daughter Mattie Wallace.

He is survived by his daughter Sherry Corum of Lakeview, Arkansas, and his daughter Becky Dykes of Pearland, Texas.  He leaves behind five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

He served valiantly in the Navy on the USS Porpoise submarine during World War II. After leaving the Navy he excelled in various professions.  He spent many years working as a pipe fitter in the oil industry.  He then became the Captain of the JoLee shrimp boat.  He finished his working career as the owner of the well-known Lee’s Seafood Restaurant.

Anyone who knew Johnnie knew his great passion was dancing.  There was never a time from his teenage years forward he did not dance.  His last years were spent dancing within several dance clubs, with his best friend and dance partner, Loretta Love.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, July 17th, and the service celebrating Johnnie’s life will be at 2:00pm Friday, July 18th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.

Christine C. Bacho

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Christine C. Bacho, 96, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Byers, TX.  Chris is preceded in death by her husband, John, and her siblings; Lorena, Dorothy, Harold, Howard and Norma.

She retired from HISD after teaching 24 years at Hartman Jr. High school.  She was a member of Cypress United Methodist Church in Cypress and previously Christ United Methodist Church in southeast Houston.

Chris is survived by children; Virginia Barbey (Earl), John E. Bacho, Elizabeth Helm (Richard), 5 grandchildren; Christi Eldridge, John Barbey, Rick Barbey, Rick Helm, Allison Helm, 8 great-grandsons, nieces, nephews and many loving friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Chris’ life will be held at Cypress United Methodist Church, 13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd., Cypress, TX 77429 at 10:00AM, Tuesday, July 22nd.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the senior programs at CUMC.

Charles Byron Morris

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Charles Byron Morris went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He is survived by his wife Martha L. Morris; son Brian K. Morris and wife Rebecca; grandson Wade B. Morris; siblings Brantley Morris, Sam Morris, Lee Morris, Dan Morris and Cora Newbar; as well as many nieces, nephews and other special friends.

Charlie’s Life of Service began in Ripley, TN on January, 16, 1943.  He grew up on a 100 acre farm with seven brothers and sisters.  In 1960 at the age of 17, Charlie joined the Marines and proudly served his country for the next four years where he completed one tour in Vietnam.

Upon leaving the Marines, Charlie moved to Texas and began attending Mason Drive Baptist Church where he met the love of his life, Martha.  After four years of courtship, Martha and Charlie were married. During this time Charlie and Martha enjoyed many years riding motorcycles and scuba diving. After 10 years of marriage, Charlie and Martha completed their family with the addition of their son Brian.

Charlie spent 24 years serving his community while working with the Houston Police Department. He retired from HPD in 1995 as a Lieutenant in the ID division.

Charlie and his family joined Sagemont Church in the early 1980s where Charlie served as a Deacon and then later became the Head of Security. During his time at Sagemont, Charlie developed a new love for spreading The Word of God and went on over 50 mission trips.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, July 15th, and the service honoring Charlie’s life will be at 10:00am Wednesday, July 16th, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Cleo Patra Harwell Matthys, “G.G.”

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Cleo Patra Harwell Matthys, “G.G.”105, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Deer Park, TX. She was born July 24, 1908 in Hallsburg, Tx.

She is preceded in death by husband Ernest Otto Matthys; grandson, Donald Ross Matthys; two brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her son, Harold C. Matthys and wife Hazel, grandson Tom Matthys and wife Rainy. Great grandchildren Douglas Matthys, Bryan Matthys, Stacy Reed and husband Jimmy, Holly Richards and husband Bobby, Michael Matthys and wife Mindy. Great-great grandchildren Tyler Matthys, Alaska, Keaton and Zachary Reed.

G.G. loved spending time with her family; she also enjoyed creating and sewing decorative pillows for her many customers.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and hospice staff at San Jacinto Nursing Home for caring for G.G. throughout the past few years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to A-MED Hospice of Houston.

The funeral service celebrating G.G.’s life will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Monday, July 14th at 2:00pm. The visitation will be one hour prior to the service, interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Magdalena Padilla

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Magdalena Padilla was born on February 25, 1953 in Laredo, Texas to her parents Hortencia and Carmen Gonzalez. On July 9, 2014  she passed away peacefully at the age of 61. She had retired from the United States Postal Service where she was a letter carrier for 28 years where she met lots of people including her husband and made many friends. She was a woman of faith and attending her church The Catholic Charismatic Center where she loved inviting friends to attend mass with her and her family. Magdalena lived life to the fullest and made every effort to attend her grandson’s baseball games, school activities or anything that had to do with any of her grandchildren or family no matter how tired she was. She would do anything for her children and was the glue that kept the family together. She enjoyed taking trips with her husband and had a love for the game of football and looked forward to watching every game with her beloved son Robby. She was a loving wife, caring mother and great friend who was also very giving, funny and strong and will be greatly missed by all. Magdalena has left many happy memories with everyone and will be cherished forever in our hearts.

Left to cherish her memory are the love of her life Jesse Padilla of 28 years and their daughters and son-in-laws Cecilia and Terry Brackett, Rebecca and Arnold Robledo, Jessica and Fred Alvarez, son Abel Hilario and daughter Monica Padilla and fiancee Edgar Arrizaga, stepchildren Samantha and Mickey Padilla. Grandchildren Gabriella and Margarita Silva, Jonathan Brackett, Jesus Rendon, Emiliano,Vicente and Pablo Robledo, Jessie and Jade Padilla, Aven Hilario, Jude Arizaga, Isaac and Alex Alvarez and soon to come into this world Ethan Alvarez and her great grandson Isaiah Silva. Along with her parents Hortencia and Carmen Gonzalez many brothers and sister.

She is preceded in death by her stepsons Jesse and Andrew Padilla, son Roberto (Robby) Gomez and brother Jose Luis Gonzalez.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at The Catholic Charismatic Center with visitation two hours prior to the service, starting at 9:00am.

Adrian Mares

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Adrian was a simple person.  A loving son, brother and uncle, he leaves behind a legacy of love, forgiveness, and understanding that will be truly missed. His nurturing nature caused children and animals to be drawn to him and his innocence enabled him to connect with kids and animals at a level that we all admired.

Adrian was a fan of mixed martial arts, a movie aficionado, and an avid reader. We always looked forward to his coming home from seeing the latest movie and giving us his review.  On his Facebook page, Adrian wrote numerous predictions for upcoming UFC fights as well as letters to Marvel entertainment giving them his opinion about what they should do next.

The last books he was reading were from the Mortal Instruments series in which there was a character named Simon that he identified with. He was an expert in all areas of life so when you talked to him you never knew what piece of expertise he was going to give you. In his new life, we imagine him as the guardian of the innocent children and animals that have gone before him.  We are all so lucky to have known such a kind and gentle soul.

The items found in his casket provide a small insight into a soul that left us way too soon.  There is a dog collar that belonged to his dog Angel who passed away in December 2013.  He will be so happy to put it on her when she meets him at the Rainbow Bridge.

His CD player depicts his love for music.  Nobody could convince him that technology had advanced to   the digital phase.  He loved his music.

Lastly, there is a pocket watch he had for many years that he wore on occasion.  It was one of the few concessions he made to structure and conformity.

Our dear Adrian was born on September 4, 1978.  He is survived by his Mother Silvia Luna, his Dad Christopher John Sorensen, his sister Elizabeth Raye Sorensen, his brother Christopher Ray Sorensen, his nephew Logan Matthew Benitez, his cat Monkey, his dog Baby, and his biological father Noe Mares.

The service celebrating Adrian’s life will be held at 6:00pm Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service which would be at 5:00pm.

Dorothy Jean “Dottie” Wirtz

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Dorothy Jean “Dottie” Wirtz was born in Houston, Texas on March 30, 1931 to Sammie Curlee Wilson and Eugene Virgil Wilson. She was a loving big sister to her brother Eugene “Gene” Wilson. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1949, continued in her education to an associate degree and went on to marry the love of her life, Hubert “Curt” Wirtz. Together they shared 56 wonderful years of marriage, until Curt’s death in 2006.

After they were married, Dottie accompanied Curt to Alaska for his tour of duty during the Korean War. She became pregnant while in Alaska and used to laugh when telling the story of almost having her eldest daughter, Cheryl, on the ship home. She went on to have two more children, Stephanie and David, whom she and Curt lovingly called “Master Jack”.

All of the children attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School from the first through the twelfth grades. During this time, Dottie worked tirelessly supporting the faculty at the school. She hosted many events, both at the school and at her home, which was directly across the street from the church rectory. She was continuously involved in the planning and orchestrating of many family and friend’s special events, including numerous weddings, bridal and baby showers.

After her move to Pearland, Dottie enjoyed her weekday trips to the wonderful Melvin Knapp Senior Center in Pearland, Texas, which she called “The Club”. Always quick to make friends, she looked forward to her days at “The Club” and her time spent with many dear friends and the opportunity to enjoy her love of music and dance.

She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Amy Sehon, Russell Foerster, Nikolaus Hubbell and Zachary Hubbell, whom they called “Mimi”, and a proud great-grandmother to Hayley Sehon. She was a tireless supporter of her children and a grandmother and friend to her grandchildren, especially enjoying the trips to Chucky Cheese’s where she was known as “The Skee-Ball Champion”.

Dottie was the most faithful and caring friend, mother and grandmother that anyone could have and we will all miss her very much.

Dottie is survived by:

Daughters:                         Cheryl Foerster and Stephanie Hubbell

Son and Son-in-Law:        David Wirtz and Thomas Hubbell

Grandchildren:                  Amy, Russell, Nikolaus and Zachary

Great-grandchild:             Hayley Sehon

…and many special and life-long friends.

The funeral services will take place Tuesday, July 15, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 6723 Reed Road, Houston 77087 with a visitation at 10:00am, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00am. Entombment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.