Vit Anthony Harwell

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Vit Anthony Harwell was born on October 6, 1981, to Vit Havlice and Cheryl Harwell. He passed away on August 25, 2014 at the age of 32.

Anthony is survived by his grandmother Norma Vyoral, mother Cheryl Harwell, son Luke Anthony Harwell, as well as his aunt, uncles, cousins and many friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Harwell and his father, Vit Havlice.

Anthony was raised in Houston, Texas and later moved to Pasadena where he graduated from Sam Rayburn High School. While attending Sam Rayburn, he met and later married Amber Iden Harwell. He later enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in England. While in England, Anthony and Amber welcomed their son, Luke. After the military, he returned home and began his career as a technician for CenterPoint Energy.

Anthony lived life to the fullest each and every day. He had many friends, some since his grade school days. He cherished his friends and family and was always there for them. He loved spending time outdoors with Luke, taking him camping, fishing and hunting. One of his favorite hobbies was tinkering on old Jeeps and trucks.

Anthony had a big heart and touched the lives of everyone he knew. Though he left our lives way too soon, he will live in our memories and forever in our hearts.

The memorial service honoring Anthony’s life will be held at 6:00pm, Friday, August 29th, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been established in the name of Vit Anthony Harwell at Texas Dow Employees Credit Union.

Jackie Eugene Bell

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Jackie Eugene Bell passed away at home on August 27, 2014 at the age of 61 after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Anthony, Kansas on May 9, 1953 to Lee Otis Bell and Dasey Louise Stephens and moved to Pearland, Texas as a young child.

Jackie enlisted in the United States Army on December 21, 1970 and served in the 1st Infantry Division based in Fort Riley, Kansas. After being honorably discharged on September 22, 1972, Jackie returned to his home in Pearland. On March 10, 1973, he was united in marriage with Jeanne Cathcart of Oberlin, KS., who he met while stationed at Fort Riley. He obtained an Associate Degree in Electronics from Elkins Institute in 1974 and opened a TV repair business on Walnut Street in Pearland which he operated for many years. He was later self employed as a trim carpenter and cabinet builder. He loved fishing, hunting, golf, woodworking, a good barbeque, hanging out with his many friends, telling a good joke, and playing harmless pranks.

Jackie is survived by his mother, Dasey Stephens, his wife of 41 years, Jeanne Cathcart Bell, his son, James Owen and his wife Allison, daughters, Jennifer and   Jacinda Bell, grandchildren, JT Morgan and Nova Owen, and great-granddaughter, Rosealyn Morgan.  Jackie is also survived by his brother, Sammy Bell and his wife Keitha, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Otis Bell, and his sister, Marcella C. Bell.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, September 2nd , the Funeral Service celebrating Jackie’s life will be at 1:00pm Wednesday, September 3rd, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Debra Ann Jones

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Debra Ann Jones was born in Houston, Texas, on April 17, 1960, to Edward and Mary Kovar.  She passed away on August 19, 2014 at the age of 54, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Debi is survived by her husband Frank Jones; son Ryan Jones, daughter Taylor Jones, stepson Chris Jones; grandson Corey Jones, granddaughter Faith Jones; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Being the 1st grandchild on the Kovar side, she enjoyed being spoiled by her Nennie and PawPaw. At a very young age she began roller-skating classes and earned proficiency certificates.  She skated in several competitive events.

Debi graduated from J. Frank Dobie High School in 1978, earning an athletic scholarship to San Jacinto College, where she was an honor student while she got her degree.

In 1987, Debi married Frank. Their 1st child, Ryan, was born the same year, 3 months premature and weighing 2.2 pounds. Ryan remembers how she was always on top of his grammar — especially when he would use the word AIN’T!

Their 2nd child Taylor was born August 1, 1992, in Indonesia, where the family had moved with Frank’s employment.  Taylor was a major caregiver to Debi during her weeks of treatment and will never forget how she used laughter and lots of venting to get through hard times, as well as her undying loyalty and kindness.

They would later live in Venezuela and Debi would become a teacher before returning to Texas and the bay she loved.  She adored and was very involved with her stepson Chris.  Whenever Debi was down, Chris was able to lift her spirits and also took very good care of her during treatment.

Debi spent her last years as a dedicated stay-at-home mom to her children and beloved dachshund, Trick, because of Frank. During her battle with cancer, she was very brave, continuing to make friends and touch people’s hearts and worry about them in spite of her health.   Her other family members remember her sense of humor and dynamic personality!

Visitation will be at 12:00pm Monday, August 25th, the Funeral Service celebrating Debi’s life will be at 1:00pm Monday, August 25th, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Catherine “Sunshine” Juarez

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Catherine Juarez was born in Toledo, Ohio, on November 25, 1942, to Stanley and Rita Avalos.  She passed away on August 18, 2014, into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father, surrounded by her beloved family.

Catherine was married to Paul Juarez for over 48 years.  She is survived by her children Gabriel Juarez (wife Lindi), Rebecca Ramos (husband Ricardo), and Elizabeth Cross (husband Stephen); stepchildren Virginia Carrizal (husband Raymond) and Patricia Gonzales (husband Daniel); grandchildren Amanda Saenz (husband Dustin), Candise Juarez, Casandra Waldrop (husband Josh), Christina Ramos, Ricardo Ramos, Jr., Matthew Ramos (girlfriend Elizabeth Jones), Julianne Cross, Zachary Cross, Chrystal Limon (husband David), Christopher Carrizal (wife Stephanie), Danielle Gonzales, Anna Teagle (husband Christopher), Lorenzo Gonzales; great grandchildren Kingslei Saenz, Vincent Saenz, Noah Ramos, Isaiah Limon, Ilijah Limon, Ezekiel Limon, Chloe Carrizal, Lola Carrizal, Christian Teagle, and Zoe Teagle.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her grandson Reece Gonzales.

Catherine was the oldest of 15 children.  She moved to Texas in 1970, settling in the Houston area.  She loved to say that her life was devoted to working for numerous doctors, both in Ohio and in Houston.  She was considered the “family nurse,” always ministering to the health needs of her loved ones.

Sunshine, as she was known by her grandchildren, was so dearly loved by all her family.  She was known for her benevolence, her kind and generous nature, her selfless giving of her time, and her always smiling face and sweet voice.  Everyone who knew her was drawn to her unconditional love, and every person has their story of Sunshine’s compassion and kindheartedness.  She truly had a big heart of gold, and she is now walking the streets of gold.

One of the last things she said repeatedly was, “You can’t love my kids as much as I love my kids!  My grandkids are my kids!”  She lived for her loved ones and died peacefully in her faith.

The memorial service celebrating Catherine’s life will be held at 6:00pm, Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Niday- Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Jan Reiss

Jan Reiss, born Jan Cotey to her parents Mildred Lenore Prelesnick and Bradford James Cotey, passed away peacefully and without pain at home on August 16, 2014. She was 71 years old and is survived by her husband Alex Reiss.

The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church of Houston, 5300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004, Phone 713-620-6500.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jan’s name may be made to Memorial Hermann Hospice, Memorial Hermann Foundation, 929 Gessner, Suite 2650, Houston, Texas 77024.

Barbara Ann Dyer

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Barbara Ann Carrell Dyer was born in Hagansport, Texas, on February 16, 1936, to proud parents John Wesley and Jesse Lou Carrell.  She left this life to be with our Lord and Saviour on August 16, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.

Barbara was married to Johnny L. Dyer for 42 years.  She is survived by her children Deborah Jean McDonald, Gerald Ray Dyer, John Bradley Dyer (wife Sharon), and Kimberly Ann Ellen (husband Randy); grandchildren Tosha Hyett, Shannon Evans (husband Matthew), Jared and Tyler Dyer, Brittany Straughan (husband John), Jimy Dyer and Heathor McDonald.  She has six great grandchildren Zachary Hyett, Jacob and Hannah Evans, Tristan McDonald, Braeden and Peyton Straughan.  Sister,  Mary Fern McKnight and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Charlotte Zoe Carrell and grandson Kyle McDonald.

Barbara entered college at the age of 26 graduating from North Texas State University with a Masters Degree in Education and taught 5th grade at Carpenter Elementary in Deer Park, Texas, where she retired at the age of 55.  She loved children and being a teacher.

Her love of life was dedication to the Lord and her family, friends, as well as her Church family.  She enjoyed many years serving for the Society of St. Stevens at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Texas.  Her love of travel led her to Europe, all over the Continental United States, Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Society of St. Stevens at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, Texas, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gulf Coast Chapter or the National Cancer Society.

She is so loved and will be dearly missed by all her family, friends and those who have had the distinct pleasure of knowing this precious person.  She touched the life and heart of everyone she came in contact with by her contagious smile and gentle loving nature.

The memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at 3:00pm Wednesday, August 20th, at First United Methodist Church Pasadena.

Johnnie Lee, Sr.

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Johnnie Lee, Sr. was called home on August 8, 2014. He was born to Willie Mae Lee and Jim Lee in Richmond Texas.

Johnnie Lee, Sr. was a kind and loving person he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior early in life. He worked very hard in life running his own business in demolition for over 20 years and in the last 4 years he had worked at City Oil Valve. Johnnie Lee, Sr. enjoyed spending time with his family and making everyone laugh. He had a fighting spirit and he fought all the way until God called him home. No matter how sick he was he always asked you how you are feeling.

Johnnie Lee, Sr. is survived by his four children Shondray Lee, Johnnie Lee, Jr., Christy Lee, and Brittney Lee and seven grandchildren Destiny Woodard, Christopher Woodard, Christina Woodard, Shondray Lee II, Bethanie Lee, Madysen Lee, and Alseea Lee. He also leaves behind his siblings Daisy Lee, Robert Lee, Rosie Sowell, J.P Lee, John Lee, Mary Mitchell, Bobby Mitchell, and Ronnie Mitchell and numerous of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, August 15th, the Funeral Service celebrating Johnnie’s life will be at 11:00am Saturday, August 16th, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens.

Donald Ray Stringfellow

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Donald Ray Stringfellow was born July 24th, 1937 in Birmingham, Alabama. He had three brothers and two sisters. Don met the love of his life, Jean Moody, in December of 1956 while serving in The United States Army during the Korean War. After a short courtship, he married Jean in Fellon, Nevada on March 6, 1957.  Donald was stationed in El Paso, Texas and served his country for 3 Years. After being honorably discharged in 1958, they moved back to Houston, Texas where Don was raised, and started a family of their own. Don loved being surrounded by his family, liked watching westerns, and everything about cars; working on them, buying them, and selling them.

He passed from this life on August 8th, 2014 at age 77. He is survived by his two daughters, Brenda and husband Warren Sword and Karen and husband Thomas Pfeiffer. His four grandchildren, Roger and wife Rebekah McLain, Amber and husband Darrell Cooper, Brittney Sword, and Andrew and wife Mary Sword. His four great-grandchildren, Keiran, Hannah, & Nathan Cooper, and Kaden Sword. His sister and two brothers; Geraldine Hobbs, David and wife Linda Stringfellow, and Glen Stringfellow, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Jean Moody Stringfellow and son Curtis Ray Stringfellow. Parents Elton Earl Stringfellow and Bessie LaVonia Kirkly Stringfellow. Sister and brother; Lillie Earlene Alverson and Jimmy Wayne Stringfellow.

The service celebrating Donald’s life will be held at 6:00pm Tuesday, August 12th, at Christ Church Apostolic, with visitation two hours prior to the service. The graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 11:00am Wednesday, August 13th.

John James Levandowski

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Big John, 81, was born November 25, 1932 and passed away August 7, 2014.  John was a beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.

He was born in Hempstead, Texas, the 2nd son of Wallace and Antonia Springer Levandowski.  As a young man he served in The United States Army.  After being discharged from the Army he worked different jobs until 1970 when he joined Carroll Printing Company as the Printing Foreman.  He later retired from Carroll in 1995.  After retiring from Carroll Printing in 1995, he worked at A-1 Golf Carts and kept a full time schedule until recently.  John’s hobbies included fishing in Canyon Lake, hunting in Nebraska and cooking.   Barbequing was not only a hobby but it was a passion and he was excellent at it.  He has won an array of awards.   John loved life and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Antonia Levandowski, brothers, Leon and Julian Levandowski.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra Harrelson of Pearland, grandchildren, Garrett and Katie Harrelson of Pearland, his brother Charlie Levandowski and wife Janet of Canyon Lake and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews and good friends.

The Memorial Service celebrating John’s life will be at 3:00pm Friday, August 15th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Dan Nagle

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Thomas Daniel Nagle, 65, a native Houstonian, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 6, 2014.

Dan was born to Bob and Betty Nagle on November 10, 1948. He went to Milby High School and Lamar University. He married Mica Nagle Feb. 3, 1979.  They have lived in the Houston area for their 35 years of marriage, and raised two boys, Christian, 32 and Ashton, 29.

Over his life he served and worked in various fields. Dan’s lifetime of community service began with the Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the high rank of Eagle Scout. He later served his country in the United States Marine Corps (Ooh Rah).   Having had many diverse careers over his lifetime his favorites were playing tennis on the professional circuit and working as the Tennis Pro at various country clubs. Working for Barnum and Bailey, Ringling Brothers Circus as their Advance Man allowed him to travel the country and make many friends.  His extensive travel eventually led him to meet his Mica, who was a travel agent at the time.

One of his passions was working with his hands.   He taught himself plumbing, carpentry and electrical work in order to complete his “Honey-Do” list. Becoming so skilled with his hands allowed him to start his own successful business as a General Contractor, “Dan Nagle Construction.”

Dan also served as an Arbitrator for the State of Texas.  As a licensed arbitrator, he heard cases and made decisions—some of which were binding and some of which were appealable to the courts of the State of Texas. Dan was a force to be reckoned with and was respected in this field, too. Those with whom he dealt soon realized that he had one heck of a head on his shoulders and was a champion of the “right” decision in any case.

Dan recently got his real estate license which allowed him to spend his last year working for “Boss Mica.”  Dan certainly knew his place—after all, every realtor knows it’s “location, location, location.”

Dan committed his life in 1975 to his Lord Jesus Christ, whom he will serve for eternity.   Dan also served Sagemont Church in many capacities until the day he died. He was a devoted family man, and loved his country, friends and making corny jokes.

Dan is survived by his wife, Mica, two sons, Christian and Ashton, daughter-in-law, Jackie, and his granddaughter, Brooklyn.   He is also survived by his siblings, Michael, John, and Pat, his brother-in-law, Jim, and his sister-in-law, Michele.   He is also missed very much by his dog, Abby, who liked his corny jokes!

Visitation will be from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Sunday, August 10th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  The Memorial Service celebrating Dan’s life will be at 10:30am Monday, August 11th, at Sagemont Church.