Henry Elton Simmons

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Henry Elton Simmons born October 2, 1936; Newton TX., entered into his Heavenly Home, Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Henry graduated from Honey Island High School, Kountze TX in 1956.  He married Virginia Hilderbrand on April 19, 1968.  Henry, Virginia and their son David moved to Pasadena TX in 1977.

Henry worked in maintenance and as a millwright for many years.  After his retirement Henry did yard grooming and had up to 17 yards to groom on a regular basis.  One of Henry’s last earthly tasks was that of mowing his yard.

Henry was the World’s Best Tinkerer.  Folks from all directions would bring all types of items for Henry to take apart, put together, and just tinker with.

Henry is preceded in death by Parents: Chester Bonnie Simmons and Viola Nolan Simmons Brothers: E.F. Simmons and C.B. Simmons; Sisters: Lillie Ruth Simmons Parker and Margaret Simmons Neely.

Henry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia; his son, David Bradley Simmons; Dara Kay Gonzales, a longtime family friend; four-legged children, Karlee and Jake; 3 nieces, 7 nephews and friends too numerous to count.

Henry will be missed beyond measure but he has left special and fond memories to last a life time.  Thank You, Henry “Pops”.

The family will receive friends at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Wednesday, July 26, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm., the funeral service will begin at 4:00pm. Interment will be held at Magnolia Springs Cemetery in Kirbyville, Tx., Thursday, July 27, at 10:00am.

Phillip Craig Henderson

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Phillip Craig Henderson was born on Christmas day, December 25, 1969 to Phil Henderson and Linda Dennis Tittle in Opelika, Alabama.  He lived most of his life in the southern states, and after graduating from high school he joined the United States Marine Corps.  He met the love of his life, Caroline Martinez, in 1992 while still serving.

Craig and Caroline met in Pearland through a mutual friend and later married on June 25, 1993 in Pearland, Texas.  Once Craig was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, he and Caroline lived in Houston for a short period of time before purchasing their first home in Pearland, where they resided for 21 years.  Craig and Caroline raised all three of their beautiful children in that home on Leggett Lane, where they shared countless memories and served the Lord.

In September of 2016 the family purchased a home with some land in Huntsville, Texas.  Craig loved the country and enjoyed spending time watching the wildlife on their property, as well as gardening and working on their land.  He also enjoyed making new friends at their churches in both Huntsville and Madisonville.

Craig has a beautiful daughter, the light of his life, Caitlin Adrianna Henderson, age 21, a wonderful, strong son, William Kyle Henderson, age 19, and an athletic and charismatic son, Phillip Christian Henderson, age 16.

Craig Henderson loved the Lord, adored his family, served his country, always kept his word, lived his life through Biblical principles and was a strong, fearless, Bible believing, God-fearing man that instilled those strong Christian beliefs into his wife, children and everyone he met and spoke with.  Craig loved to talk, was never at a loss for words and never met a stranger.  He could also tell a person’s character by a simple handshake.

Craig is preceded in death by his grandfather, Sidney Dewey Dennis, his father, Phil Henderson and step-father Al Tittle.  He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Caroline, his children Adrianna, Kyle and Christian, his mother, Linda Tittle, his brother Sean Henderson and wife Liz, his sister, Crystal Hartmaier and husband Ryan, his brother, Bradley Henderson and wife Jessica, his step-mother, Anne Henderson, his step-sister, Beth Lloyd and husband Blake, as well as five nephews, four nieces, numerous beloved Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.

Craig Henderson will be greatly missed here on earth, but our comfort through his passing is knowing that he is, in fact, in Heaven with Jesus, rejoicing with our Heavenly Father, his beloved family members previously passed, and talking to everyone he can for all eternity.  Rest in peace our strong provider, and know that the Lord is very proud of his dear and faithful servant.

The service celebrating Craig’s life will be held at 4:00pm Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. He will be privately laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery.

Anthony ( A.L., Tony) Labo Danna

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Anthony ( A.L., Tony) Labo Danna, age 81, entered eternal life on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Pasadena, Texas. He was born July 6, 1936 in Beaumont, Texas.

Tony is preceded in death by his parents, Labo and Mary Molley Danna, sisters, Zella Faraci, Josephine Gallio, and Katherine Bradford, and his son, Mark Danna.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of over 55 years, Sandra Danna; sons John Danna and wife Catherine, Paul Danna and wife Elaine, grandchildren Brittany Danna, Allen Danna, Ryan Danna, and Kevin Danna.

Tony graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas. He worked for Western Electric (later renamed AT&T) for 27 years. Following retirement from AT&T, he worked for and retired from the Pasadena Independent School District.

Tony was a loving husband and father, and he enjoyed being with his family. He was a HAM radio operator and built and flew model airplanes when he was young.  He was a skilled artist and could repair just about anything. He had a lifelong passion for physics and astronomy, and he constantly read about these subjects.  He loved to play chess and listen to classical music.

There will be a funeral mass at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 2921 Center Street, Deer Park, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00am.

 

Olivia Jo Verner

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Olivia Jo Verner, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Jo was born on November 3, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia and is proceeded in death by her father and mother Robert and Doris Pringle.

Jo was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and a long time resident of Pasadena.  She worked for PISD as a special needs bus driver for 35 years. She was well respected and loved by all that knew her. She loved to crochet and make blankets for family and friends. But most of all she loved being with her family. She enjoyed the time she spent at lunch and on various cruises with the “Ladies of the Bus Barn”.  She was a proud Breast Cancer survivor.

Jo is survived by her husband of 54 years Robert Verner, daughter Robin King and her husband Jan King, daughter Kim Kuebler and her husband Jeff Kuebler, and son Robert Verner and Brandie Ballard.  Jo is also survived by grandchildren Brandon, Kelsey (Steve) Spillars, Nathan King, Travis (Erica), Spencer, Justin, and Mackenzie Kuebler, and Ellis and Mason Verner. Great grandchildren Payslee Harris-Kuebler and Luke Spillars. Brothers Bobby and Jim Pringle, sisters Chris Wuennenberg and Penni Pringle.

A celebration of her life will be conducted at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation or charity of your choice.

Norman Joseph Mondor

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Norman Joseph Mondor passed away on July 12, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  Norman was born in Biddeford, Maine to Robert J. and Alice F. (LaCharite) Mondor on September 10, 1954, the seventh of 17 children.

He grew up in Saco, Maine and attended local schools, graduating from Thornton Academy in 1972.  Upon graduating from high school, he worked various jobs, including the Saco Tannery.  In the summer of 1976, Norman met the mother of his children while living in Maine and they soon started a family, having a daughter first.  In 1979, Norman moved his family to Texas.  It is at that time he attended trade school in Pasadena, Texas and began his lengthy career as a journeyman lineman.  He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local Union 66. The birth of a son soon followed.  Norman lived in the South Belt area for almost 40 years.

Norman was a man of God, a devote Catholic, and an active steward in his parish at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.  He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9201. Norman’s stewardship included participation in the church’s fish fry’s during lent and the spaghetti dinners throughout the year.  He assisted in the beautification efforts of his church by landscaping and planting the countless sago palms all around the church grounds. He would help anyone who needed it and he did.

Norman loved everything pertaining to golf.  He loved playing golf and watching golf.  Norman was a perfectionist in his work and took time to do things right.  He could build just about anything.  He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, swimming, fishing, gardening, bowling, rescuing animals, art, music, watching football, grilling on the BBQ pit, going out to eat, and participating in community activities at his church.  Most importantly he loved God, loved being a steward, and he loved his entire family near and far.  Norman loved his children and grandchildren more than anything. He made it his priority to spend as much time with them as he could. Norman was truly loved by his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter Melissa, her husband Richard Herrera Sr. and their two children Hannah and Richard Jr., as well as his son Mathew Mondor, his wife Brandi and their two children Brenyn and Brianna. He is also survived by seven brothers: Richard Mondor of Portland, Maine, Dennis Mondor and his wife Cathy of Shapleigh, Maine and Cape Coral, Florida, Patrick Mondor and special friend Sandy Sherry of Saco, Maine, David Mondor of West Linn, Oregon, James Mondor of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Marc Mondor of Frankfort, Maine, and William Mondor of Alfred, Maine. Norman is also survived by five sisters Susan C. (Michael) Spath of Saco, Maine, Linda (Kent) Anderson of Jupiter, Florida, Judith (Charles) Williams of Gainesville, Georgia, Jocelyn (Richard) Giroux of Buxton, Maine, and Elaine (Ron) Dorais of Cape Coral, Florida.

Norman leaves behind an extended family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, as well as, many friends, his church family, and his IBEW Union brotherhood. Norman is preceded in death by his parents and four of his siblings: Robert R. Mondor, Donald Mondor, Michael Mondor and Nichole Green and her husband James.

A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Rd., Houston, TX 77089, on Friday July 21, 2017 starting with the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 2:30 p.m.  A reception will be held at the church following the Funeral Mass in the Social Hall.

A memorial service will be held for Norman in Maine at a later date where his ashes will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Catherine Jane Wranich

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Catherine Jane Wranich, 59, died at her home Tuesday, July 11. She was born on Feb. 20, 1958, in Wickliffe, Ohio, to William and Rosemarie Perry. Wranich was a long time South Belt resident and she was active in local youth sports, including the Sagemont Cowboys and Little League baseball. She would often work at the Cowboys concession stand and was affectionately known as “the mother of Sagemont.” She attended the Catholic Community of St. Luke the Evangelist Church and was active in local PTA programs. A family-oriented woman, Wranich enjoyed baking cakes. Wranich is preceded in death by her father; her brother Richard “Rick” Perry; and grandson Gage McDonald. She is survived by her mother; her husband Denny Wranich Sr.; sister Rhonda Martin; son, Denny Wranich Jr.; daughters Angela and Nicole Wranich; daughter in-law Bel Wranich; and grandchildren Logan and Sophie Wranich, Victoria, Mia and Julia St. John, and Kirsten, Aubrie and J.J. Deal. A viewing will be held Monday, July 17, at Niday Funeral Home, located at 12440 Beamer, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday, July 18, at St. Luke’s Church, located at 11011 Hall Road, beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery, located at 1310 N. Main in Pearland.

Robert Charles Hanks

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Robert (Bob) Charles Hanks, 85, passed away on Sunday, July 9 surrounded by his family and loved ones after a brief illness.

Bob was born to parents Lillie Leora Holt Hanks and Russell Hanks on February 13, 1932 in Montgomery County, Texas. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and immediately entered the United States Marine Corps where he served from 1950 – 1952.

Bob fought in the Korean War where he served in the 1st Marine Division as a forward observer. His job was to provide artillery support for an infantry company. He served much of his time in Korea as part of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign wherein he earned his Purple Heart medal and was promoted to Buck Sergeant. The extreme cold and adverse weather conditions left him with some life-long disabilities, but he was always very proud to be a Marine and would not have traded his time in the Corps for anything. He returned to the states and was honorably discharged from the Marines on March 3, 1952.

Not long after his return, Bob met and later married Dixie Lee Whitford on June 26, 1953. In fact, they just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary just days before his passing. Bob and Dixie settled in Houston and had three sons.

Bob began to attend the University of Houston where he majored in Electrical Engineering. To pay for his education, Bob drove a taxi, worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor and served as an Assistant Parks Director for the City of Houston, all at the same time while also balancing the duties of a husband and father. He also taught engineering courses at the University of Houston for 4 years until graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree.

Soon after earning his degree, Bob went to work for Brown and Root, Inc. as an Electrical Engineer and remained there until his retirement. Several years after retiring, Bob was asked to consult on the design and engineering of the large turbo windmills that were just beginning to be utilized as an alternate energy source. He worked as a consultant for almost two years before finally retiring for good.

Bob was always proudest of his family, his time as a U.S. Marine, his education and his achievements as an Electrical Engineer. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Leon Emmitt Davis, Russell Hanks, Jr. and Allan Delmar Hanks, his son, Keith DeWayne Hanks and his son, Chad Everett Hanks. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dixie Lee Hanks, his son, Terry Lee Hanks, sister-in-law, Bea Hanks, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.

Bob’s life will be celebrated with a visitation opportunity at the Niday Funeral Home located at 12440 Beamer Road on Thursday, July 13th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A second visitation will be held on Friday, July 14th from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM followed by a chapel service at 2:00 PM.

Billy Paul Mitchell

 

 

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Billy Paul Mitchell, 87 of Pasadena, TX took his final breath on Saturday, morning, July 8, 2017 at Harbor Hospice in Houston, TX.

 He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Mary (Wilson) Mitchell; his daughter, Lorri Mitchell Davidson; two grandchildren, Allen Thomas Davidson and his wife, Catherine.  Ashley (Davidson) Still and her husband, Lee; and one great grandson, Aedan Ender Davidson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Archie Mitchell and Esther (Robinson) Mitchell; sister, Betty (Mitchell) Hanzel; son-in-law, John Davidson and granddaughter, Alexandria Leigh Davidson.

Billy spent his childhood and teen years in San Augustine, TX.  In 1950 he joined the United States Navy, where he spent the next four years serving his country as an ACB One.  During that time he received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Medal.

In 1958 he met Mary while attending Westfall Baptist Church in Pasadena.  They wed the following year on April 4, 1959.  Shortly thereafter they moved into their home in Pasadena where they resided until death.

Mr. Mitchell worked for the gas company, formerly known as Entex Gas Company for over 30 years before retiring.

His passion for Christ and others was most important to him.  He and Mary were very active at their current church, Underwood Baptist; and could be found doing whatever needed to be done whenever his health would allow it.

Billy enjoyed building bicycles for the neighborhood children.  He was the “Mr. Fix It Man” if something broke.  He also enjoyed camping, boating, John Wayne Movies; and in the earlier years, riding his bicycle around the city collecting Coke bottles off the side of the road.

He loved being a “granddaddy” to his three beautiful grandchildren and great-grandson.  The three kids would travel to Texas every summer and spend the entire time with grandma & granddaddy.  They kept him young; and they in return learned many valuable lessons.

There will never be another one like Billy.  His smile was infectious, his personality was lovable, his patience was priceless and his faithfulness has been fully rewarded.  He was a simple man with a simple plan…to always serve others.  We could all learn a lesson.

The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Thursday, July 13, from 6:00pm. until 8:00pm. The service Honoring Bills’ Life will be held at Underwood Baptist Church, Friday, July 14, in LaPorte, at 11:00am. Interment will follow, Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Oakhurst, TX.

David Wayne Parr

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David Wayne Parr left the struggles of this earth unexpectedly on July 2, 2017, after a week long battle with a serious infection. He is now at peace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and sharing his gift of song, contagious laughter and safety concerns with the angels.

David grew up in Pasadena, Texas, and entertained many throughout his life with his beautiful singing and guitar playing. He believed that many of the songs he wrote and performed during his lifetime strengthened his faith and drew him closer to his heavenly Father.  He was happiest when surrounded by his family, close friends and his two loving pups. David is survived by his devoted wife, Lani, his daughter and pride and joy, McKenna, his beloved mother, Bonnie Parr and his sister and brother-in-law, Denise and Rick Evans of Bellville, TX.

A small, private memorial service was held at Niday Fairmont on July 8, 2017, where his songs were played in his memory. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed, until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends have established a college fund to assist his daughter, McKenna, as she begins her senior year at Trinity University: JSC Federal Credit Union, P. O. Box 58346, Houston, Texas 77258. Payee: McKenna Parr College Fund #1151205

Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Candice Rene Johnson

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Candice Rene Johnson was born March 22, 1972 and passed away at 4:04 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2017, after a long and arduous battle with cancer. Candie is preceded in death by her father, Charles Blum Goldberg of Houston, Texas, and her son, Gage Crispin Goldberg-Johnson of Friendswood, Texas.

Candice is survived by her husband and partner of 28 years Robert J Johnson; their son, Jakob Vast Johnson, and their daughter, Mira Satori Johnson, all of Seabrook, Texas.  She is also survived by her mother, Carolyn Viljoen of Surfside, Galveston Island, Texas; sister Nicki Goldberg of Hutto, Texas, and Faith Goldberg of Austin, Texas. Additionally, she will also be missed and overwhelming loved by her mother-in-law, Winona Johnson of Durant, Oklahoma, sister-in-law Jessica Johnson Conrad and her husband, Sean Conrad, sister in law, Michael Johnson of Durant, Oklahoma,  Amanda Johnson Kramarz of Marble Falls, Texas. Candice was a magnificent aunt to her nieces and nephews; Drew Pyles, Maci Tu, Asher Tu, and Grayson Tu, of Austin, Texas.  Myah and Aden Kramarz of Round Rock, Texas, and Zane and Zoey Amato of Dickinson, Texas, Lauren Goldberg of Hutto, Also, Candice’s father-in-law, Edwin Johnson and his wife, Leitha Johnson of Rusk, Texas.

Candice and her family faced unimaginable challenges throughout her life, and she remained positive, constantly demonstrated unconditional love and will be missed every day. We, her family, know that she and Gage are reunited after eight years and look forward to seeing the miracles continue to unfold as we move forward.

The memorial service celebrating Candice’s life will be held at 10:00am Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.