Mary Ann Rhyne Talley

Mary Ann Talley

Mary Ann Rhyne Talley went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 15, 2014. She had been a resident of Houston since 1957, loved Texas and considered herself a Texan. She was born December 1, 1934, in Lincolnton, NC, the daughter of Hunter V. and Beulah Blanton Rhyne. She was a graduate of Lincolnton High School and attended Lamar Tech (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, Texas and High Point College in High Point, NC. She was associated with the law firm of Andrews & Kurth for 32 years and spent 12 years with Ernst & Young before retiring in 2009. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Gospel Truth class and served the church in many capacities. A longtime supporter and committeeman with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Association, she was a member of the Livestock Committee and the International Committee. She was a member of the Tejas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Texas Coastal Cattlewomen and the Welcome Wagon Club of Katy.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Richard B. Talley, and children Mary Elizabeth Beale and husband, Brian, and David Walter Broome and wife, Tracey; and stepchildren Richard B. Talley, II, Blake Talley and wife, Darla, Theron Talley and wife, Jill, and Rex Talley; and grandchildren Christen Marie Schritter and husband, Justin, Samantha Ann Rice, Ethan Hunter Broome, Ella Avery Broome, Richard B. Talley III, Catherine Grace Talley, Chase Talley, Reed Talley, Jared A. Beale, Danielle M. Beale and Isabel R. Beale; and great grandsons Noah and Jude Schritter, and great granddaughter Mary Ann Schritter. Memorial services to be held at Second Baptist Church at 6400 Woodway DR, Houston, TX at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Baptist Church or the Scholarship Fund of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Association.

Richard Tetens


Richard Tetens of Pearland, Texas was called to heaven on September 15, 2014.  He was born in Brady, Texas on July 28, 1934 and graduated from Brady High School in 1952. Richard attended Texas Tech University then worked for the Santa Fe Railroad before joining the army and serving in Korea in 1958.  He later completed his degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University. He met Anna Marie Montoya in Las Vegas, New Mexico while working for the railroad. They married in 1961 and initially lived in Denver, Colorado.

In 1964 the Tetens moved to the Houston area and Richard joined a friend’s family business, OMSCO, an oil field machinery company. He worked as Vice President for OMSCO until his retirement in 1997.

In 1967 Richard and Anna built a house in Pearland, Texas and there raised three daughters. Richard quickly became involved in the city. He served on the planning and zoning board for 14 years, was a City Council member for 16 years, acted as Mayor pro-tem, sat on the Clear Creek citizens advisory council, sat on the Pearland Charter review board, was the president of the Brazoria County Cities Association, and was the alternate representative for the Houston/Galveston area council.

As an active member of the First Presbyterian church of Pearland for 45 years, he was an ordained elder on the session, chair of the property committee, and was active in the men of the church.

Most importantly, he was a great dad and Pa Pa to his three daughters and five grandchildren. He had nicknames for everyone (including friends) and never forgot them. Our daddy was an adventure seeker that was able to fulfill some lifelong dreams including hunting in Canada, dove hunting in Argentina, and driving to Alaska. But, his “heaven on earth” include his ranch in South Texas, and a family ranch in New Mexico.

Richard was proceeded in death by his parents Ernst and Cora Tetens, brother Harry Tetens, and his daughter Anita Tetens. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna Tetens, daughters Diane Malloy (deedle D) and Janet Romberg (JR); son-in-laws Doug Malloy (Doogie) and Matt Romberg (Matty); grandchildren Carson Malloy (CT), Alexis Malloy (Lexi-exi), Zachary Romberg (ZacharEE), Wyatt Romberg (Wyatt Earp), and Sawyer Romberg (Tom Sawyer); brother Tom Tetens; sister Laura Clement; sister-in-law Rita Tetens; brother-in-law Joe Clement; mother-in-law Marie Montoya; sister-in-law Priscilla Akers, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 26th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the service celebrating Richard’s life will be held Saturday, September 27th, at 1:00pm, all held at the First Presbyterian Church of Pearland.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Pearland or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frank Anthony Evans


Frank Anthony Evans passed away peacefully in Alvin, Texas on September 14, 2014 while surrounded by his loving family and friends.  He was born August 12, 1947 in New Bern, North Carolina to Mary Louise (Evans) and Francis Marion Rosson, Jr.  He moved to Texas in 1963 where he spent the rest of his years in and around the Houston area.

Frank worked as a quality control inspector for the machine shop/fabrication industry for many years, as well as other security and supervisory positions in the Houston area. He enjoyed playing golf, country western music and dancing, playing the guitar, trips to the hill country, vacationing and get togethers with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Frank is survived by his wife Barbara and her children Kimberly Hawkins and Damon Masteller and grandchildren Cooper, Jake and Kinley; and by his children Frankie Evans and Lori Evans and grandchild Lilly; and brother Marvin Wells and sister Sharon Gail Thompson and husband Charlie; nieces and nephew, Sylvia, Nathan and Leslie; brothers- and sisters-in-law Richard and Marie Coleman, R.D. and Juanita Morgan and Ron Roberts; caretaker Romana Stanton and numerous friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 17th from 6pm-8pm and funeral service with Pastor Randy Jones officiating to be held Thursday, September 18th at 10am at Niday Funeral Home-Beamer Chapel with a short graveside service to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to the following- The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration ( or Resolutions Hospice (

Olga Dobecka Heinrich


Olga Dobecka Heinrich, 89 of Pearland, TX, peacefully went to be with our Lord on September 14, 2014. She was born on July 17, 1925, to John and Albina Bartosh Dobecka in Weimar, TX, where she grew up on a farm. She met the love of her life, Edgar Charles Heinrich Sr., at a dance and were married on July 16, 1945, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar, TX.

With open arms, we know she was welcomed into heaven by her parents; husband, Edgar Heinrich; sister, Edna Polzer; brothers, Henry and Victor Dobecka; sister-in-law, Esther Dobecka; brothers-in-law, Clerus and Edwin Heinrich. Those left to mourn her passing are her two daughters, Carol Zann and husband Ralph; Donna Wilcox; son, Edgar Charles Heinrich Jr.; grandchildren, Jennifer Zann-Fellers; Aaron Fellers; Amanda Wilcox; sister, Lillian Scotka; sisters-in-law, Bernice Dobecka; Regina Heinrich; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Polzer; Charles Heinrich and wife Angeline; and numerous nieces, nephews, and an abundance of friends.

Olga was an active member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Pearland, TX. She was a devoted member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas since 1966 and served for 27 years as Regent, Vice Regent, and District Deputy. In 1990, she organized and founded the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Pearland, TX Court #2330. She was also a member of the K.J.Z.T. Society #125 since 1963, where she served as President until her passing. She enjoyed gardening, dancing to polka music, playing Bunco, attending family reunions, and watching the Astros and Molly B. She was a talented baker who made one of a kind kolaches, as well as many wedding and grooms’ cakes for her daughters, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

She was the foundation of our family and was lovingly known as Mama and Grandma. Olga built a life centered around her family and the Catholic faith. She taught us the meaning of family through her devotion to God and the unconditional love and support she gave all of us for so many years. Olga had an avid love for bringing the family together for dinner and a few games of 42. She will be tremendously missed by all of us who were lucky enough to have her in our lives, and her memories will always be remembered and kept close to our hearts.

Pallbearers will be her nephews: Ernie Heinrich, Johnny Dobecka, Dennis Heinrich, Allen Heinrich, Donald Dobecka, and Ronald Heinrich.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm-9:00pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014, with a Rosary recited at 7:00pm at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Pearland, TX. The Mass of Resurrection will take place at 11:00am on Friday, September 19, 2014, at St. Helen’s Church with Father Wayne Wilkerson as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Helen’s Building Fund. Internment will be at Forest Park Cemetery on Lawndale.

Patrick Charles Deatherage


Patrick Charles Deatherage of Dickinson, Texas passed away at the age of 65 on September 14, 2014.  Born to Robert and Evelyn Spaniel on September 13, 1949, he is survived by his many siblings, children, grandchildren, and friends.  Patrick and his wife, Sheila, enjoyed a full, love-filled marriage of 31 years.
Patrick was a kind, soft-spoken gentleman, and after graduating from Jones High School, he proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1975.  Patrick was passionate about Genealogy and loved researching his native Texas roots.  He would happily help others who wanted to learn about their own family lineage.  As a natural born and self-taught photographer, Patrick enjoyed capturing those special moments with any camera around.

Patrick will be dearly missed by loved ones and friends

The memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 7:00pm Wednesday, September 17th at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Rafael. L. Gonzales


Rafael. L. Gonzales “Fie” or “Speedy” went to be with his Savior September 13, 2014. He was born December 23rd 1941 in Elgin, TX. He is survived by his wife Edilia R. Gonzales, daughters, Yvonne Gonzales and Yvette Connevey, son-in-law Kerry Connevey, grandchildren Glory Connevey and Samuel Connevey and brothers Reuben L. Gonzales, Arturo Gonzales and Alfredo Gonzales.

Fie graduated from Milby High School Class of 1960 and joined the US Navy in June of the same year. He left active duty in June of “64 and remained a reserve for two more years. “Speedy” graduated from the Police Academy in June of ’65. It should be noted that during his Elementary school year of 1952 – 1953 “Fie” received a Certificate of Service from HPD for School Safety patrol service. It would seem that even in his childhood he was paving his own way for his HPD career. Highlights of that career included Awards, recognitions, placement on Dignitary Duty and Special assignments. Speedy served HPD and the citizens of Houston with honor and pride for 20 years.

Fie had two great loves, his family and golf. His love of golf began when he was only 11 years old and continued throughout his life. “Fie” played for the Pan American Golf Association, the Mexican American Golf Association and the Denver Harbor Invitational and received countless trophies for his play.

On May 2nd 1965, Fie married his high school sweetheart Edilia Romero. They were married 48 years at the time of his death. While “Fie” was proud of his service and career and was passionate about golf, of all his loves his wife and daughters were what he most cherished.

He was present at every performance and special event of his daughters’ lives including the birth of his grandchildren, which soon led to attending t-ball and baseball games for Samuel and volleyball games for Glory.

Throughout his life “Fie” was helping those he cared for and making a difference in people’s lives. It is often said that he either liked you or didn’t and neither was a secret.

He leaves behind a legacy of strength, family, a lot of stubbornness, and hopefully a reminder that one person can make a difference in a multitude of lives.

Fie named his honorary pall bearers prior to his death, Hector Ortegon, Reuben Gonzales Jr., Kerry Connevey, Adrian Gonzales, Steven Gonzales, and Roy Rodriguez.

We have assurance that we will be with Daddy again, but will miss him terribly until the time the Lord rejoins us. On behalf of our family thank you for the care and concern you’ve shown, the stories you’ve shared that have been glimpses into our Father’s life and the time you’ve given to honor him.

The memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, September 17th at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Vernon Willis Ewald

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Vernon Willis Ewald of Pasadena passed away at the age of 92, September 11, 2014.

Vernon was born February 1, 1922 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by one sister Arlene Telge of Houston.

He graduated from Austin Sr. High School on Dumble St. in Houston. He was inducted into the U.S.  Army Signal Corps., December 7, 1941 where he served his country proudly until Oct. 9, 1945.

Vernon loved his furlows, where the soldiers were allowed to go to British dances each night when not on duty. Upon returning home from the Army in Germany he attended Houston Armed forces dances and met Eileen Reinhardt who he married May 15, 1947 in Houston, living across the street from Jackson Jr. high school

He attended business school and was offered employment in sales by Charles Wallace Sr. who bought out Rose Hoskins Co. and changed the name to the Wallace Co. in 1946 which was one of the major pipe, and fitting distributors in the U.S.  Vernon worked for the Wallace Co. his entire life, over 40 years, until he retired.

The marriage of Vernon and Eileen lasted 67 years before her passing, May 22, 2014.

Vernon had many hobbies which included working in the yard, planting flowers, fishing, various wood working projects and was still active in his bowling league.

Vernon is survived by his two sons Larry and Gary, daughter- in- laws Sharon and Beverly Ewald.

Five grandchildren: Christopher, Ryan, Austin, Byron and Stephanie Watson and four great grandchildren: Cassie, Lacie and Maddie Watson and Caylee Ewald.

The family will receive friends from 10:00am until 11:30am Monday, September 15, 2014 at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home, the graveside service will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery 12:30pm.

We would like to thank the hospice nurses at Resolutions Hospice and care givers at Lake House  on Dixie, for all their care and support during Vernon’s hospice care.

Oscar Jerrell Acklen

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Oscar Jerrell “Jerry” Acklen  began his seventy-seven year life journey in Shreveport, LA on April 25, 1937 and passed away on September 9, 2014 in Houston, TX.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Walter Acklen, his mother, Gaye Blackwell Jackson and his son, Jonathan Walter Acklen.  He is survived by his wife, Gerthie S. Acklen; sons, Gary , Thomas, and Timothy Acklen; daughters,  Suzanne LeMaire and Joy Raymond; stepdaughter, Olga Magana and stepson, Justin Magana.  His extended lineage includes 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

An upright and loyal gentleman, Jerry lived a full and active life.   He was in the United States Army National Guard as a young man.  He enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1954 bravely serving until 1957, including service during the Korean War.  A commercial and corporate pilot, Jerry logged over 10,000 hours in seaplanes during his career.  He was an active, respected businessman in the oil and gas industry for over 40 years.

An avid fisherman who loved to travel, Jerry was always on the move to “catch the big one”.  He cherished his time with family and friends.  The life of the party, he captivated all with his storytelling,  jokes and warm smile.  Jerry Acklen is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.

The memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 7:00pm Thursday, September 11th at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Christi Ringuet


Christi Lee Thomas Ringuet joined our Heavenly Father on September 7, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her beloved family.

Christi is survived by her husband and loving partner of more than 20 years, Jeff Ringuet.  She is also survived by her mother Barbara Hardy; daughter Janice Ringuet; grandchildren Morgan Ringuet, Kenadee Bryson, and Brayden Bryson; sisters Lisa Malchar and Kathy Williams; brothers Lyle Thomas, Glenn Thomas, Lucas Thomas, and Kyle Thomas; brothers by marriage Brian Malchar and Sonny Williams; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Christi was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on July 21, 1967, but shared most of her life with family in Texas.  She loved living and certainly knew how to enjoy life to the fullest.  She also embraced every opportunity such as getting her education and dedicating herself professionally to the safety of others.  Christi was very attentive to those around her and would always put the needs of those she loved and cared about above her own.

The center of her life ultimately became her grandchildren, who loved her as their “Nana.”  Above all else she cherished her time with them and wanted nothing more than their happiness.  Although Christi left our lives too soon, she paved the way for all of us to follow her along the streets of gold in Heaven.

The memorial service celebrating Christi’s life will be held at 5:00pm, Friday, September 12, 2014, at Niday- Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Frank William Cross Jr.

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Frank William Cross Jr. of Houston, Texas, was called to heaven on September 6, 2014. He was born August 27, 1942, in Wharton, Texas, to Frank Sr. and Sidonia Cross, and he was the oldest of three sons.

Frank is survived by his mother, Sidonia Cross, of Houston, Texas, his daughter Tammy Williams and husband Rick. Brothers; Ernest Cross and wife Lynn, Robert Cross and wife Kathleen. Grandsons; Richard Williams Jr. and wife Heather, Aron Williams, Colton Williams and many nephews and nieces.

Frank will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

“Our beloved son, brother, and father, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

The service celebrating Frank’s  life will be held at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Wednesday, September 10th at 7:00pm; the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.