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Wed
9
Mar '11

Fincher, Dorothy Ruth

Dorothy Ruth Fincher, 79, passed away on March 9, 2011.  Born in Elmira, New York on September 17, 1931, she is preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Ruth Allen; her husband of 54 years, Newton Fincher; and brother, Don Allen.  Dorothy is survived by her son, William Fincher; daughters, Cathy Rudzinski and her husband, Walter, and Carol Peeples and her husband, Bill; sister, Grace Murray; sister-in-law, Aurora Allen; grandchildren, Daniel Rudzinski and wife, Jessica, David Rudzinski, Stephanie Rudzinski, Ryan Peeples, Alex Peeples, and Emma Peeples; great granddaughter, Hayden Rudzinski; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Dorothy and Newt married after only a six week courtship.  They started their marriage of 54 years in Houston, Texas.  After saving their money, they purchased land in Pearland and spent four years literally building their own home together.  Dorothy and Newt built their life around the church.  Many of their lasting friends have come from their church family.  Dorothy always remained very active in the church, from teaching vacation bible school, helping out with the youth group, to calling Bingo at the nursing home.  She was an active participant in her Sunday school class. 

Dorothy enjoyed all types of activities; from bowling, to competing with Newt on the golf course.  She especially enjoyed her time playing in the Chevron golf tournaments as well as the women’s golf charities tournaments. In the family she became known as the “master” bridge player.   She participated in two separate bridge groups for many years.   She remained very active throughout her life and was always up for a camping trip with the family. 

Her children said she was the “glue” that held the family together.  She was born to be a Mom and Grandma.  She was always there when you needed her, from being there when grandkids were born to watching the grandkids so that her children could take vacations, to caring for her mother and father-in-law in their later years.

A visitation for Dorothy will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church at 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581 with Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Dorothy to www.bandofparents.org, an organization that was especially meaningful to Dorothy in the fight to cure childhood neuroblastoma.

Wed
9
Mar '11

Fereday, Swan Irving

Swan Irving Fereday, 84, went peacefully to be home with Jesus and all of his family and friends that passed before him on March 9, 2011.  Born on December 22, 1926 in Anahuac, Texas, he is preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Catherine Fereday; and sister, Melba Wildman.  Swan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patsy W. Fereday; daughters, Sue Ellen Kennard and her husband, Clay, Peggy Lynn Fereday, Cindy Carol Swint, and Kathryn Parker and her husband, Bill; sister, Barbara Pledger; grandchildren, Corey Ritnour, Patrick Ritnour, Clinton Ritnour, Shawn Swint, Christopher Swint, Kayla Swint, and Cameron Parker; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Swan was looked upon as “The Rock” of his family.  His family was the most important thing in the world to him and he was always there to help everyone at anytime.  Swan had many life long friends and he considered them family as well.  He was a gifted chief mechanic for Belchase Air for many years.  Swan could fix or repair just about anything he set his mind to.  He was a great Husband, Father, Grandpa and Friend to everyone.  In his spare time, Swan took great enjoyment in going on scenic drives with anyone that wanted to tag along.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Wed
9
Mar '11

Jackson, Lorenzo Dwight

Lorenzo Dwight Jackson was born on September 13, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan and was a blessing to the proud parents of Eddie and Janice McMillian.

He was educated in the Detroit Public School System, later receiving his diploma and certificate in Welding at Job Corp in Cleveland, Ohio.

He accepted Christ at an early age and attended Messiah Baptist Church with his grandmother. He also attended Unity Baptist Church with his mother.

Lorenzo, affectionately known as “ZO” was a fun loving young man.  He enjoyed listening to music, rapping, making beats, and playing cards.  He especially loved to cook his favorite dish, potatoes and onions.

Lorenzo departed this life suddenly on March 9, 2011.

He will forever be missed and in our hearts always.

He leaves to cherish his memories:  His loving mother Janice (Burrell) McMillian Pitts, Pearland, TX.  His birth mother, Grenetta Marchbanks, Detroit, MI.  Grandmothers Klyetha McKnight, Pearland, TX and Bobby Neil Greene, Detroit, MI.  Daughter Martavis Gene Mitchell.  His siblings Kena Marchbanks, Lasaundra Marchbanks, Shawn (Anthony) Williams-Hill, Terris Marchbanks, Ed’Boni McMillian, Jason Marchbanks, Eddie McMillian Jr., Toya Sanders, Candis Sanders, Carly Bailey, and Danyell Bailey.  Special brothers and sisters Kevin (Tamacia) Richardson, Franklin Looper and Makeda Hunts.  His grandfathers William Prince McKnight and Julius Greene Sr. both preceded him in death.  A host of nieces , nephews, relatives and friends.

Mon
28
Feb '11

Beverly, Randall Lynn

Randall Lynn Beverly, 68, passed away on February 28, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Edith Beverly; brothers, Heber Beverly and Chester Beverly.  Randall is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Olga Beverly; sons, Cliff Spivey, Michael Spivey and his wife, Nancy, Scott Beverly and his wife, Debbi, Jon Beverly and his wife Amy, and Chris Beverly; daughters, Laura Andrews and her husband, Robert, and Cassie Schmitt and her husband, Joe; brother, Richard Beverly and his wife Jeanette; sisters, Helen Beverly, Shirley Suttman, Pat Conlon, and Karen Johnson and her husband, Bill; grandchildren, Candace Singleton, Adrian Andrews, Blane Jones, Casey Goree, Dylan Spivey, Mitch Andrews, Kamdon Nichols, Bailey Nichols, Matthew Spivey, Alex Spivey, Adam Schmitt, Jessica Beverly, Grayson Beverly, Megan Schmitt, Noah Spivey and Brooklyn Beverly; great grandchildren, Hayden Andrews, Dante Singleton and Maddie Singleton; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Randall loved his family and was affectionately known as “Papo.” 

Coming from a large family of eight, and creating one of his own, family was always paramount.  Randall was an excellent example of a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Whether he was attending extra curricular school activities, planning get togethers or organizing family reunions, everyone always counted on him. 

After graduating from Wilmington College with a Bachelors of Science in 1967, he moved to Las Vegas to pursue his career as a nuclear engineer.  No matter how far away he lived, he always remained in constant contact with his family and friends. 

While in Las Vegas, he met Olga, the love of his life, who he married on June 19, 1970.  Over four decades later, their marriage has proven to be the epitome of what a marriage should be; love that is generous and unconditional. 

As a father and a father figure, he instilled his moral values, commitment to family and a strong work ethic, which have been and will continue to be passed on.

Randall was an excellent provider for his family and equally driven in his profession.  His career relocated him and his family to San Antonio, Texas working for Southwest Research Institute, and then later moved to Lake Jackson, Texas for an opportunity at the South Texas Nuclear Project.  He resided in Lake Jackson for 25 years and recently finished his career as a contractor for NASA with Jacobs Engineering. 

In his spare time, Randall enjoyed playing cards, traveling, golfing, puzzles and spending time with the family. 

Randall and Olga’s home was always open to help anyone.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for Randall will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  

Sun
20
Feb '11

Lewis, Robert Benton

Robert “Bob” B. Lewis, 87, passed away on February 20, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Ida Lewis; four brothers and one sister.  He was born in 1923 near Camden/Corrigan, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Lewis; sons, Robert Lewis Jr and his wife, Abby, Nate Lewis and his wife, Amy, John Lewis; grandchildren, Carrie, Ginny, Andrew and his wife, Ariel, Robert III, Brett, David, Jared, Natalie, Lindsey, and Aidan; and a host of many other family and friends.

Bobby was a proud World War II Pacific Veteran in the Amphibs 594th EB & SR.  He was a 1953 graduate of the University of Houston and helped start the ROTC Band.  Bobby thoroughly loved the grocery business in Texas and Ohio.  He was extremely active in his personal life taking up hobbies as a runner, golfer, bowler, surfer, motorcyclist, bicyclist, swimmer and dancer.  His friends included everyone from retail magnates, to astronauts, to lawyers and doctors, salesmen and every small child and dog he ever met.  He was even affectionately known as “Bobby” by his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A graveside service with military honors for Bobby will be held at Houston National Cemetery at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038 at 10:30 am on Friday, February 25, 2011.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bobby’s honor to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Sat
19
Feb '11

Palmer, Sandra Carroll

Sandra “Sue” Carroll Palmer, 71, passed away on February 19, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Carroll; brother, Kenny Brincefield and Gloria Onasses.  Sue is survived by her sons, Kelly Kinto, Mark Kinto and his wife, Diana, and Pat Cammarata and his wife, Shanon; daughters, Jennifer Wheeler and Scarlett Maples and her husband, Jim; brother, Kevin Carroll; grandchildren, Tiffany Niedenthal, Ashley Kinto, Mason Kinto, Matthew Kinto, Ronnie Neves, Emily Cammarata, Suzanne Wheeler, Jacob Kinto, Bobby Wheeler, Abigail Cammarata, and Kathleen Kinto; great grandchildren, Autumn, Cameron and Destiney; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Sue worked in the Healthcare profession for most of her life.  She was a wonderful cook and was known for her world famous peach cobbler.  Sue was a wonderful mother and “Grandma” to all of her children and grandchildren.  She was very nurturing to all of her family and she found the greatest joy in spending time with them.  Sue loved crossword puzzles and reading murder mysteries.  She was always up for a road trip to Louisiana to play the slot machines.  Sue will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Sat
19
Feb '11

Baldwin, Arthur “Art” Donald

Arthur “Art” Donald Baldwin, 85, passed away on February 19, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Jessie Baldwin.  He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carolyn Baldwin; son, Don Dean Baldwin and his wife Lois; daughter, Kathy Baldwin; brothers, Russell Baldwin and his wife Inez, and Roland Baldwin and his wife Jan; grandchildren Austin Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin; his loyal companion dog, “Sugar”; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Art began teaching school at the age of 16 in a little country school.  He was a proud veteran that served in the Merchant Marines.  Art went back to school and received his Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska and later went on to earn his Masters degree from the Michigan State University.  He worked for Exxon in Marine Operations up until his retirement.  Art and Carolyn enjoyed traveling during their retirement, venturing to Europe, Hawaii, Canada, and Costa Rica.  He loved cooking and especially baking.  Art enjoyed the outdoors and had a green thumb when it came to gardening.  He was a wonderful artist and enjoyed oil painting.  Art also loved history and genealogy and studied and tracked his family history.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A memorial service for Art will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 3 pm at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Steven Lee of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Country Place Foundation at 3119 Flower Field Lane, Pearland, Texas 77584.

Wed
16
Feb '11

Pavlosky, James “Jim” Edward

James Edward Pavlosky, age 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  ‘Jim’ was a resident of Houston and Pearland for nearly 50 years.  He was born September 23, 1928 in Johnstown, PA.   He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace Option.   During his summers, he played catcher in the American Legion Baseball League.

Following college, Jim started work for North American Aviation in Columbus, OH.    He married Marcella Ann Trogus on April 4, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Portsmouth, Ohio. 

Jim was hired by the newly-formed NASA in late 1959 to serve as an Aerospace Engineer.  He was transferred to Houston in 1962 as part of the original team for the Manned Spaceflight Center.  He was a thermal analyst and made significant contributions to the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs, including serving as a Subsystem Manager for the Apollo Command Module reentry heat shield.  ‘Pav’ retired from NASA after 34 years of service.

Jim’s passions in life were his family and his faith.   He was always available to help loved ones – whether that was building a shed in a backyard, assembling a bicycle for a grandchild or attending numerous events for his children and grandchildren.  Friends and family will fondly remember the stories ‘Dad Pav’ would share, with a grin and a laugh, especially between frames at the bowling alley.  He looked forward to bowling night every week until just a couple of years ago.  Baseball continued to be a joy in his life.  Wherever he went, he had a radio to keep tabs on the Astros if he couldn’t catch the game on TV.    And, as a part-time photographer for over 30 years, he shared in the most joyous occasions of many people’s lives.  He attended daily Mass for 47 years and was a faithful servant to the Church where he shared his time and gifts for as long as he was able. 

Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sally; his two children: Susan Moyer and her husband David of Houston, and James E. Pavlosky II and his wife Deborah of Seabrook; he is survived by six grand-children: David, Michelle, and Maryann Moyer, and Mara, Lucas, and Carlye Pavlosky, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to the St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with a Rosary recited at 7:00 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11011 Hall Road, Houston, Texas 77089 on Tuesday, February 22, at 12:00 pm with interment following at Resurrection Cemetery in Pearland.

Sat
12
Feb '11

Arandia, Cecilia Degala

Cecilia Degala Arandia, 57, passed away on February 12, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Arandia.  Cecilia is survived by her parents, Arturo and Loreto Degala; her sons, Albert Clyde Arandia, Jose Benjie Arandia, and Andre Marie Arandia; daughter, Cyd Charisse Arandia Garcia; brothers, Arturo Degala Jr. and Agustin Degala; sisters, Mary Lou Degala, and Teresita Degala; and grandchild, Vincent Adrian Garcia; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

“Lily ” or “Cecyl”, as she was affectionately known, loved her family and spending time with all of them.  She was a good steward to the Almighty God.  She was an avid reader and took great pleasure in cooking for all the family gatherings.  Lily was an excellent provider, mother and role-model for her family.  She worked very hard at her education and received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Economics as well as a Bachelors degree in Nursing.  When the children were younger, she ran the house to make sure they had everything they needed.  She was a fighter throughout her illness for 17 years.  Lily was always there for her family and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A memorial service for Cecilia will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home.

Fri
11
Feb '11

Guerra, Holly Michelle

Holly Michelle Guerra, 48, passed away on February 11, 2011.  she is survived by her father, Mack Vance; mother, Jackie Tiller; son, Drew Vance; daughters, Brandi Phillips and Casey Knapps; fiancée, Artie Ray Mayham; sisters, Tiffany Allen  and her husband Jason and Kim Tiller; grandchildren, Alia Anderson, Albert Ayala Jr., and Nicholas Phillips-Maldonado; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Holly has a big heart and would do anything for her family.  She3 had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  Holly had a very strong faith in God and enjoyed reading the Bible.  She was a very dedicated, hard worker that thoroughly enjoyed her job.  Affectionately known as “Gam Ma” to her grandchildren, Holly relished the opportunities she had to be with her family and enjoyed cooking for everyone.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Holly will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 2 until 5 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.

Fri
4
Feb '11

Tostado, Carmen B.

Carmen Brambila Tostado, of Pearland, formerly of Friendswood TX, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2011 at the age of 86 years.  Her husband Daniel, preceded her in death by only one week.  She is survived by her seven children, Daniel B. Tostado and wife Janice, Diana Tostado Morris, Gloria Tostado, Ernest Tostado, Evangelina Tostado Hammonds, Martha Tostado Sparks and husband Richard, and Joseph Tostado. She has 9 grandchildren:  Danny, Jeffrey, and Esteban Tostado, Nicolas, Jared and Kendra Tostado, Adam Hammonds, Brian Sparks, and Giselle Tostado.  She also has 7 great grandchildren:  Ryan and Riley Tostado, Jacob, Katelyn and Madison Tostado, Aubree Tostado, and Jaydon Tostado.

Carmen was from a family of 8 and is survived by younger brothers Chimino Brambila Villanueva and his wife Rica, Elias Brambila Villanueva and wife Anita, who reside in Mexico City.   She had numerous friends and family throughout Mexico and the states.

Carmen was born in Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico on August 26, 1924 to Rita Villanueva Beas and Maximino Brambila Castro.  She was one of two sisters and six brothers: Josefina Brambila Villanueva and her husband Ramon, Miguel Brambila Villanueva and his wife Maria del Carmen, Justo Brambila Villanueva and his wife Carmen, Salvador Brambila Villanueva and his wife Jesus, Eliodoro Brambila Villanueva and wife Piedad, Maximino Brambila Villanueva and his wife Rica, and Elias Brambila Villanueva and his wife Anita.  

As a young woman, Carmen enjoyed participating in Ameca’s town festivities and was respected and loved for her charm and beauty.  She met her future husband, Daniel Alvarez Tostado, who would bring “serenatas” to her home with great frequency.  Shortly after her 18th birthday, she and Daniel married on September 18, 1942 at the town’s  cathedral.  They were married for 68 years.

In 1948, Daniel and Carmen permanently relocated to Friendswood, Texas from Ameca.

Carmen was a dedicated and loving mother to all her children, and provided a strong sense of family direction and guidance.  To her husband, she provided strength, reasoning, and a sense of purpose to his entrepreneurial spirit.  Though only educated through the 4th grade, Carmen showed wisdom and kindness of heart to both family and friends.  She took pride in her cooking and even more pride in being able to prepare delicious meals for others.  One could never come over to Carmen and Dan’s home and leave hungry. 

For most of her life, Carmen was a rancher’s wife taking on multiple tasks in order to help her husband provide for the family.  She worked tirelessly in the fields picking crops on the ranch, she learned how to make homemade cheese to sell and bring in extra income, and she was a compassionate caregiver to her in-laws and uncle in-law.  But ranch life also brought joyous and memorable times, as she and Dan hosted many parties. Good food, good drink and good music were enjoyed by many friends and family.  On several occasions, Carmen and Daniel would entertain by singing their favorite songs in Spanish.  

Carmen and Daniel were members of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Pearland and for many years, Carmen participated as a member of the Women’s Spanish Prayer Group.

The family will have a viewing at Clayton’s Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway in Pearland, Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Her husband, Daniel, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2011 and the family has befittingly chosen to have a Mass in honor of them both at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Pearland.  Mass is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7, followed by the funeral service at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.  

Six of Carmen and Daniel’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers: Danny C. Tostado, Jeffrey Tostado, Esteban Tostado, Jared Tostado, Adam Hammonds, and Brian Sparks.  Additional pallbearers include:  Smiley Gonzales, Miguel Brambila, Martin Brambila, Albert Gonzales

Fri
28
Jan '11

Tostado, Daniel Alvarez

Funeral arrangements changed due to the passing of wife, Carmen Tostado.  A double mass for Carmen and Daniel will be held on Monday, February 7, 2011 at St. Helen Catholic Church at 11:00 am.

Daniel Alvarez Tostado, of Pearland, formerly of Friendswood TX, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the age of 93 years.  He is survived by his loving wife Carmen Brambila Tostado; seven children, Daniel B. Tostado and wife Janice, Diana Tostado Morris, Gloria Tostado, Ernest Tostado, Evangelina Tostado Hammonds, Martha Tostado Sparks and husband Richard, and Joseph Tostado. He has 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  Daniel was the only son in a family of 6 and is survived by his sister, Julia Tostado Eberhardt and husband Andrew.  He had numerous family and friends throughout the states and Mexico.

Daniel was born in Palmer Lake, Colorado on July 10, 1917 to Praxedis and Maria Guadalupe Tostado. He was the only son, but had five sisters:   Pomposa Tostado Gomez, Anita Tostado Garza, Soledad (Chole) Tostado Gallegos, Charlene (Carlos) Tostado Soliz, and Julia Tostado Eberhardt.  At the age of one, the family moved back to Mexico.   As a young man he and his father, or he alone, would return to the states to work in various types of jobs.  Daniel had an entrepreneurial spirit and learned how to make a good living from a very early age, even though his education was only through the 3rd grade.

Dan and Carmen married on September 18, 1942 in Ameca, Jalisco Mexico.  In 1948, Dan and Carmen permanently relocated to Friendswood, Texas from Ameca.  They were married for 68 years.

Dan, like his father, was a rancher most of his life and served as ranch manager of the Delta L Ranch in Friendswood, which was owned by the Letzerich family, until it was sold in 1988.  Dan never met a stranger and had a passion for his family and friends.  He lived a robust life, had a great sense of humor and loved telling a good story. There were many parties at the ranch and many happy and memorable occasions, many of them included songs being belted out by Daniel and Carmen.

Daniel and Carmen were members of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Pearland.

The family will have a viewing at Clayton’s Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway in Pearland, February 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Mass will be held at St. Helen’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 4, followed by the funeral service at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Six of Daniel’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers: Danny C. Tostado, Jeffrey Tostado, Esteban Tostado, Jared Tostado, Adam Hammonds, and Brian Sparks.  Additional pallbearers include Smiley Gonzales, Miguel Brambila, Martin Brambila, Albert Gonzales