Guadalupe Follis

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Guadalupe S. Follis, 87, entered into rest on May 17th 2015 at 2:00 p.m. , with her family at her side at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Guadalupe was born on December 20, 1927 in Guanajuato, Mexico to Antonia Campos and Luz Sanchez.
Guadalupe spent her career as a security guard for Exxon Mobile for 20+ years until retirement. She will always be remembered as a wonderful grandmother, a beautiful wife and mother, a loving daughter and caring sister. She always loved blue skies and sunshine and adored those she loved even more. She helped raise not only her own children but children of the continued generations. Her love was everlasting and her sweet personality reflected her beautiful spirit. She was a humble servant to her Lord and remained devoted to the very end. She spent her time sewing, cooking, gardening, reading and caring for her family.

She is survived by her daughter Juanita F. Nino and her daughter-in-law and son-in laws, grandchildren; Angela N. Sanchez, Hector L. Nino Jr., David Nino, Elisha C. Luther, Jason D. Luther, JodyAnn M. Luther, Laura L. Follis and their spouses. Great grand children; Elliott R. Nino, Nicholas J. Nino, Yanaiza S. Nino, David L. Nino, Mark A. Nino, Clarissa Rodriguez, Isaac E. Sanchez, Mia J. Sanchez, Jason D. Luther Jr., David Olvera, Sean A. Schlag, Paytyn Schlag. And many other loved relatives. She was predeceased by her spouse, Leonard H. Follis, sons, Michael Follis and Leonard H. Follis Jr., and daughter JoAnn F. Luther. Mother Antonia Campos, and brother Frank Sanchez

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, May 20th, with a rosary being prayed at 7:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Thursday, May 21st, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

 

Rev. O. C. Bates

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Rev. O. C. Bates, beloved husband, father, grandfather and minister went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 17th, 2015. He was born January 15, 1941 in Eureka, TX. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Jacquelyn Reese Bates. O.C. is also survived by three children, the first being John and wife, Shelli, and their children, Nehemiah and Eden of Ovilla, TX. His second child, daughter, Sharon Fridge and husband, Ernest IV, and their children, Ernest V, and his wife, Shannon, Kelsie and Cameron of Frankfort, KY. His last child, daughter, Rachel Hunter and husband, Daniel, and their children, Jordyn and Avery of Mansfield, TX. Surviving siblings are Wanda Fannin of Waco, TX and brother Billy Bates of Corsicana, TX. O.C. is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents, Warnie Clifton Bates and Willie Bennie Robinson Bates and brothers W.C. Bates, Alton Bates and Donald Bates.

Rev. O.C. Bates was the founder of Christian Temple Assemblies of God in Houston, TX. He and his wife Jackie pastored there for twenty-five fruitful years. They went on to found Freedom Fellowship, a growing church, in Pearland, TX.

He was a resident of the South Belt area for thirty-five years. He is remembered as a caring man with a passion for God and people. His ministry and joyful personality will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, May 19, and the service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, 20, all held at Christian Temple Church, 9701 Almeda Genoa Rd, Houston 77075.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be given to the Freedom Fellowship building fund at freedomfellowshippearland.com.

Dorothy Bertucci

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Dorothy May Chatelain Bertucci’s full life came to a close on May 17, 2015 in League City, Texas.

She was born on November 1, 1927 and grew up in Metairie, Louisiana. She is preceded in death by her husband William J. Bertucci, her parents Leo and Lily Chatelain, beloved siblings Beverly Eskine, Leo Chatelain Jr., and Percy Chatelain. She is survived by her brother Murphy Chatelain, sister-in-law Natalie Chatelain, her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Mallie Daniel, four grandchildren and their spouses; Cindy and Johnelle Williams, Christy and Ron Petru, Mallie and Rachel Daniel, and Darryl and Kelly Daniel.

She celebrates nine great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Dottie, as she was known by all, was hard working and was the care-giver for many of her loved ones. She worked as a waitress for over 20 years before running her own business. She came to Texas in her later years to be with her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She has not left us because fond memories will always be felt.

A graveside service will be held in Metairie, Louisiana at Metairie Cemetery on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:00pm.

Albertine McConathy

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Albertine Elvira McConathy, 89, went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2015. She passed away after a brief illness.

Abbie was born December 19, 1925 to Ollie and Elizabeth Taylor in Frost, Louisiana. She was one of 13 children. She was married to Joseph S. McConathy on February 10, 1948. She was a devoted wife and homemaker. They were married for 49 years before his death in 1997. They had 2 daughters, Charlotte and Deborah. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Pasadena, Texas. She was a Christian and worshiped the Lord above all others.

Abbie is preceded in death by husband, Joseph S. McConathy, parents Ollie and Elizabeth Taylor, brothers and sisters Huey Taylor, Isiah Taylor, Argilee Averett, Winona Watts, Johnny Taylor and Dorothy Jane Watts.
She is survived by daughters, Charlotte Modisette and husband Danny of Tyler, Texas and Deborah Kasparek and husband Gil of Pasadena, Texas. Her grandchildren, Rick Modisette and wife Tori of Tyler, Texas and Jennifer Cox and her husband Dayton of The Woodlands, Texas. Her great-grandchildren, Casen and Chloe Modisette and Madison and Daniel Cox. Brothers and sisters Billy Taylor, Ellen Kleinpeter, Roosevelt Taylor, Erwin Taylor and Martha Ann Johnson, along with numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.

Pallbearers include Dayton Cox, Rick Modisette, Jay Vaught, Damian Babin, Jeff Johnson, and O.T. Taylor. Honorary Pallbearers include Casen Modisette, Ronnie Vaught and Michael Averett.

Visitation will first be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Following this, the family will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the remaining services at Rabenhorst East Funeral Home on Florida Blvd. The visitation in Baton Rouge will be Monday, May 18, 2015 from 11:00am-1:00pm, with the funeral service starting at 1:00pm. Burial will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Expressions of sympathy should be sent to Rabenhorst East Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Jean Redford

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Jean Redford, 89, of Houston, Texas passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at San Jacinto Manor in Deer Park, surrounded by family. She was born January 25, 1926 in Bartlett, Texas to her late parents, Wilma Godfrey and Dan Eugene Green. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Aubrey Lee Redford. She leaves behind her sons Michael Redford and his wife Betty, and Randy Redford, and daughter Cathy Pierce and husband Bob. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Terra Crane, Tiffany Pothier, Michele Wells, and Nicole Chicosky; and five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Amanda, Gavin, Zoe, and Greyson.

Jean worked 35 years for NASA and retired in 1997. She played tennis in high school, where she made it to state. Jean was a member of Gulf Meadows Church in Houston, Texas, and was a very loving mother and a special grandmother.

The service honoring Jean’s life will be held at 10:00am Monday, May 18th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest with her husband at the Houston National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 10:00am.

Thomas “Tommy” Luther Costales

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Local Racing Legend, Thomas “Tommy” Luther Costales, 63, went to be with his Lord on the afternoon of May 8, 2015, while at his machine shop in Pasadena, Texas. He went quickly and peacefully.

Tommy was a devoted husband and father, hard-working, generous, caring, loyal and honest, spending most of his life fulfilling his passion and career as a sportsman drag racer. He was a man of few words unless he was talking about the things he loved (his family, drag racing and engines), but never hesitated to share his expertise, experience and wisdom. A role model to some, a leader to many, a friend to most, and a man for all to respect for his integrity and tenacity, with a tough exterior, but heart of gold, a self-described “ bunny in a python suit.”

Tommy’s love of automobiles began at a very early age. During his teens, that love blossomed from avocation to vocation. During his nearly 50 years of drag racing, Tommy achieved every goal he set for himself. Most notably, he made history in 1984 as the first Corvette driver of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to win the title of World Champion in the Super Gas class, and he was runner-up in the U.S. Nationals that same year, the following year, and in 2004. In 1985, Tommy was elected to the Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team, a highly prestigious honor. Tommy went on to win numerous NHRA and IHRA national events. His two sons continue his legacy as racers, the eldest currently driving the same 1967 original body Stingray Corvette that Tommy drove to his world title. Tommy also deeply loved his baby girl and helped her Girl Scout troop earn an automotive mechanics badge. He had said that it was very important for a young woman to know how to take care of herself on the road.

Tommy was born on September 21, 1951 in Houston, Texas, where he spent most of his life. He graduated from Jones High School in 1970. He served during the Vietnam-era in the Marine Corps Reserves. As a second-generation automotive machinist, he worked alongside his brother in his father’s machine shop for many years. In 1990 he opened his own machine shop, Houston Engine & Balancing Service, where he later happily taught his trade to his two sons. He married his beautiful wife on August 4, 1973 after spotting her new blue Camaro on Telephone Road and then the radiant beauty behind its wheel. They moved into their dream home in Manvel, Texas in 2002.

In addition to racing, Tommy enjoyed food, including those meals his sister lovingly prepared for him after school, attending the Lutheran church where he sang along to hymns his wife played on the organ, and mowing the lawn. He has bestowed his perfected lawn-mowing techniques to his son-in-law, who eagerly attempts to meet his high standards.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Norma Costales. Tommy is survived by his loving family: wife Cindy Costales; sister Yvonne Harlan; brother John Costales (wife Pam); son Jay Costales (wife Courtney); son Les Costales (wife Lindsay); daughter Jennifer Glas (husband Bill). He has seven beautiful grandchildren: Trent and Fox Costales; Ava and Rozlyn Costales; Jennifer, Anna and Ryan Glas. He has several nephews and nieces who will also miss their “Uncle Tommy Wiggle.”

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and the service honoring Tommy’s life will be held at 11:00am Thursday, May 14, 2015, all held in the Sanctuary of Peace Lutheran Church, 6435, Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena 77505. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland at 1:30pm.

Judith Ann Thomas

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Judith Ann Thomas, 65, of Pearland, Texas passed away peacefully May 7, 2015 at home.

She was born September 22, 1949 in Joliet, Illinois. Daughter of Louis D. and June H. Conway.

After graduating from St. Teresa High School in Decatur, IL, at the age of 18 she met and married the man of her dreams Lowell E Thomas on April 5, 1968. They were married for 40 years.

After 15 years of marriage, while raising 4 children, she began her college career in 1983. Judy earned her Associates Degree from San Jacinto College in 1986. She moved on to University of Houston-Clear Lake earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1989. She continued on to earn her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1994. She began her career at San Jacinto College as a Career Counselor, and continued to work on her PhD. She retired in 2011 to begin a new chapter in her life.

Judy was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved and respected by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her adoring husband, Lowell E. Thomas, her mother and father, June H. and Louis D. Conway, her grandson, Jeremy Thomas, her mother and father-in-law, Selma Marjorie and Edgar James Thomas, and brother Patrick D. Conway.

She is survived by her children: daughter, Laura Colleen (Laurie) Thomas, son, Lowell E. Jr. (Tommy) and wife Stephanie, son, Edgar Raymond (Eddie) Thomas, daughter, Lynette Marie Brown; loving grandma to Drew and Aaron Thomas, Justin and Lauren Brown, Grace, Faith and Lowell E. III (Tommy Jr.) Thomas; brothers Mike Conway and wife Pam, Tom Conway, John Conway and sisters Susan Wolf and husband Gary, Mary Cook and husband Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Charles, Laura Schimmel and husband Brian, Peggy Macabobby and husband Mike; 25 nieces and nephews; dear friend Rick Sylvester.

Her hearty laughter will be missed by all. Her love for shopping and party planning was only surpassed by the love she had for her family.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, May 12th, and the service celebrating Judy’s life will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, May 13th, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

Harold LeGuin Childers

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Harold LeGuin Childers, 87, went to be with his Lord on May 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Laurel, Mississippi on May 9, 1927. He is preceded in death by his parents Herb and Idell Childers, and three sisters. LeGuin is survived by his loving wife, Betty Childers; brother Bobby Childers; his three children: son Hal Childers and wife Belinda, son Hoss Childers and wife Susan, and daughter Cathy Carter and husband Rusty. LeGuin had nine grandchildren: Chad Childers (Christa), Kenny Childers (Christie), Cody Cooley (Tayna), Becky Smith (Earl), Joey Childers (Courtney), Aaron Skaggs, Chelsea Meredith, Natalie Skaggs, Nicole Skaggs; five great-grandchildren: Tyler, Audrey, Jazmine, Josh and Lexi and baby Brazlee on the way.

LeGuin served in the United States Army Air Corps, being honorably discharged after WWII ended in 1943. LeGuin was a member of the Asbestos Workers Local Union No. 22 for 35 years.

LeGuin was very involved and supported all of his grandchildren’s activities, attending all events such as baseball, football, softball, cheer, drill and FFA, enjoying every minute. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and belonged to the South Houston Bass Club for many years. He loved getting in his boat and taking his children and grandchildren to the water and teaching them life lessons that will be remembered and treasured forever.

A Memorial Service will be held for LeGuin at 5:00pm Thursday, May 14, 2015, in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas 77504, with Pastor John Stephenson officiating. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in LeGuin’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church Pasadena.

Willis Mahaffey, Jr.

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Willis Owen Mahaffey, Jr., 71, went to be with his Lord on May 3, 2015, while in Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on March 25, 1944, to Lucille and Willis Mahaffey Sr. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Mahaffey, sister, Lois Moore-Malvo, nephew Clay Robbins and niece Kim Robbins. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Genia Ripley Mahaffey, father, Willis O. Mahaffey Sr., sons, TSgt Willis Allen Mahaffey and Jeffrey Clay Mahaffey, sisters, Sherry Barnes and husband James M. Barnes Sr., Helen Karr, brother-in-law Ron Malvo and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by step-children Carie Ripley Wells and husband, Daren, Randal Ripley and grandsons Weston and Vance Wells.

Willis served in the United States Air Force starting as enlisted and was given a scholarship to Oklahoma University where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering. His first project as an Engineer was with General Electric to develop the Gatling gun that is on the nose of the A10 Wart Hog. The gun has been modified and used throughout the different military departments.

Discharged at the rank of SSgt and immediately sworn in as 2nd Lieutenant, Willis was sent to the Air Force Institute to receive his Masters in Engineering. He retired in 1986 at the rank of Major after 23 years of honorable service. He received the Flying Cross for work done on the Airborne Laser used today to triangulate enemy sites for bombing.

An interesting business Willis started after retirement was as a Chimney Sweep with his company. Soot~n~Ashes. He wore his top hat and tails as he worked cleaning chimneys in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Willis was a devout Christian serving his Lord in many areas at Memorial Baptist Church. He loved woodworking, gardening and was an excellent golfer winning many amateur tournaments. His first hole-in-one earned him and Genia a trip to Maui in 2011.

Willis will be me missed by his friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Discipleship Program at Memorial Baptist Church – Pasadena, Texas, the American Heart Association – Houston, Texas or the American Cancer Society – Houston, Texas.

The service honoring Willis’ life will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, May 6, at Memorial Baptist Church in Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will privately be held at Houston National Cemetery.

Joseph George Hoesl

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Joseph George Hoesl entered eternal rest May 3, 2015 at age 86 after a long bout with Myleofibrosis: a rare bone marrow cancer. He was born March 19, 1929 in rural North Dakota. Joe was the third of eight children of George Hoesl and Rosella Beauchamp. He was named at the prompting of neighbor Joseph Bodensteiner who pointed out that Joe was born on St. Joseph’s day.

Joe grew up on the Hoesl farm in North Dakota near the Canadian border during the latter part of the Great Depression. The farm originated as a homestead claim by Joe’s grandfather, an early German immigrant and pioneer settler, when North Dakota was still a territory. The Hoesl family subsisted mostly upon what could be raised or grown on the farm which included cattle, chickens, hogs, geese, corn, potatoes and a variety of other garden vegetables. The family income came from the sale of wheat, barley and oat crops.

Since electricity was not run to the Hoesl farm until the mid 1950’s, kerosene lamps were the sole source of artificial lighting. Entertainment came via a battery powered radio, which was recharged periodically through the use of a wind powered charging mechanism mounted on the roof of one of the farm’s buildings.

Joe attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse and advanced to Walhalla High School, which was seven miles from the farm. During his high school years, he stayed at the home of Albert and Anne Hornung during the winter months because large volumes of snowfall and the infrequency of snowplows made a daily commute nearly impossible. He graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science in 1949 where he studied a refrigeration trade and was a member of the “Refer” refrigeration club.

During May 1949 to September 1950, Joe worked as a refrigeration repairman at Home Appliance Company located in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

In September of 1950, during the Korean War, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge in 1954 after completing his 4 year enlistment.

During his enlistment, Joe was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, for two and a half years, and Lockborn Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio for six months. He was also stationed in French Morocco for a year where his refrigeration training was leveraged to climate control bomb storage warehouses which included atomic bombs. French Morocco was a bomb way station in readiness for Atlantic warfare with Russia and was on heightened alert during the Cold War.

After his stint in the Air Force, Joe traveled to Houston on the advice of one of his Air Force colleagues.
In Houston, he met his future wife, Alice Bonefas, at church choir gathering and they were married on September 29, 1956. Soon afterward, they purchased their first home in southeast Houston.

Joe’s first Houston area job was in refrigeration sales with York Houston, where he was assigned a sales area that spanned much of the Texas Gulf Coast and required a significant amount of travel. In 1959, Joe went to work for Air Temperature Inc., where he was employed over 38 years before retiring.

Joe and Alice raised five children who all reside in the Houston area. Joe’s hobbies included investing, gardening, planting oak trees, playing sports with his children, maintaining his property in Santa Fe, Texas, tinkering in the garage and riding his bicycle around the neighborhood. The Hoesl family attended St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church where Joe volunteered by landscaping and maintaining the parish grounds.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Hoesl, his brothers Lawrence, Gerald and Donald and sister Alda. Joe leaves behind five children; Joan Isiminger (husband John), Mark Hoesl (wife Patty), Grace Schamburg (husband Kurt), Paul Hoesl (wife Kim), and Kristi Koncaba (husband Kenny). Eight grandchildren; Ryan Hoesl, Alice Koncaba, Brandon Hoesl, Elizabeth Hoesl, Mariel Isiminger, Cameron Isiminger, Matt Koncaba and Kristen Marinello, his sisters Shirley, Imogene and Elaine, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other well-loved relatives and friends.

A Memorial Mass, in celebration of his life, will be held at 11:00am Friday, May 15, 2015, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.