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Sun
23
Aug '15

Lindemann, Erwin

Lindemann

Erwin Herman Lindemann, 86, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Gertrude Lindemann; his wife of 38 years, Ursula Maria Lindemann; brothers, Gerhard and Heinz Lindemann; and sister, Doris Owczarczak.  Erwin is survived by his longtime friend of partner for the last 26 years, Mary Helen Postel; son, Gary Lindemann and wife, Cheri; daughters, Silvia Goodwyne and husband, Dan, Renee Sanford; brother, Klaus Damerau; sister, Hildegard Widera; twelve grandchildren, four great grandchildren with two more on the way; and a host of other family and friends.

Erwin grew up in a small town outside of Berlin called Marienfelde and spent a lot of time on his grandfather’s farm.  At the age of 14, he began his apprenticeship as Tool& Die Maker with Siemens.  A year later he was drafted by German Army at the end of World War II.  After the war, he went back to work for Siemens to finish his apprenticeship and it was then that he met his future wife, Ursula.  He and Ursula were married in 1950 and immigrated to the United States several years later.  Shortly after arriving in the US he was drafted by the US Army.  Being the proud patriot, he served his new country and became a citizen while stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana.  His family would eventually relocate to Texas and settle in the Pearland area.  Erwin was a devoted member of St. Helen Catholic Church for over 50 years and originally attended church when it was simply a Mission with the priests coming from Alvin to hold Mass.  He was active in the Parish Council, served as chairman of the BBQ shortly after the yearly bazaars were formed, and was active with the Knights of Columbus.  Erwin continued working as a tool & die maker his entire life until retiring at the age of 82.  He enjoyed deer hunting, flounder gigging and spending time with his grandchildren.  Erwin will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A funeral mass for Erwin will be held Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.

Sat
1
Aug '15

Brinkman, Maurice (Maury) Edmund

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Maurice (Maury) Edmund Brinkman beloved husband, father, grandfather (12), great grandfather (1), brother, uncle, friend and servant of the Lord …

Maury was preceded in death by his beloved Brigid in 2004. He is survived by his son Mark and wife, Teresa of Tomball, and their children Matthew of Dallas and Marie and husband, Sean Loew of Kansas; his son Dan and wife, Christy, and their children Adam and wife, Katie and great granddaughter Amelia of League City, Elizabeth and Zachary of Friendswood; his son Jack and wife, Rosina, and their children David, Sarah and Eileen of San Antonio and son Tim and wife, Valerie, and their children Julie, Ryan, Eric and Andrew of McKinney.

Maury is preceded in death by 6 brothers and 2 sisters. He has over 40 nieces and nephews.  He died on August 1, 2015.

Maury was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 17, 1934, the 10th of the 11 children of Leroy Brinkman and Estella Grewe Brinkman.

Maury served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958 as a radar systems specialist serving most of his tour at Ellington AFB in Houston. While in Houston he met his beloved Brigid at a dance at Sacred Heart Dominican College.  Brigid and Maury married in 1959 and moved to Hamilton where Maury returned to continue his education at nearby Miami University where he earned a degree in Mathematics.  After working 6 years for the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C.  Maury and Brigid returned to Texas and settled in Pearland where they raised their family.

Maury was very active in St. Helen Catholic Church. He and Brigid team-taught weekly religious education classes to Catholic senior high students and served in the Marriage Encounter Program and the Marriage Preparation instruction Program. He served as a Eucharist Minister and Lector, directed the church Blood Drive Program for 17 years, served on the Parish Council, Finance Committee and the Annual Bazaar. He was also active in the Pearland’s Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball and the Little Dribblers Basketball.

Maury’s 40 year career in computing systems development began with his work at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. in 1961 and was followed by employment with Ford Aerospace and Lockheed where he directed the development of software systems to support NASA. From 1978 to his retirement in 1994 Maury was the Director of Information Systems and responsible for all of Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Company’s computing.

1994, Brigid and Maury retired and moved to Elkins Lake in Huntsville. Their retirement centered on the joy of their lives – the “Brinkman dozen” grandchildren. Time was also found for travel to see sights and make new friends in the US, England and Germany. Maury enjoyed golf, reading and woodworking. He was active in “making sawdust” for Habitat for Humanity and serving as both Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Huntsville.

His family extends its most heartfelt appreciation to all those who cared for him during the end of his time with us. In particular, we thank Dr. Mary Norman, dear friend and wonderful physician, who provided such excellent care while in Dallas; Louise Laczko of St. Michael the Archangel parish in McKinney, Texas who brought communion regularly and lifted his spirits; Laura Bobzien who visited her uncle faithfully while residing at Highland Springs; and Alison Mains, Alisia Jones and Vanessa Pelley who lovingly cared for “Mr. B” around the clock for over a year. These dear friends were clearly the hands and heart of Christ to him.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 4th 2015 from 5:30p.m. – 7p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Anne Catholic Church 1111 S. Cherry Main Street in Tomball.   The Vigil for the Deceased Liturgy will start immediately at 7pm followed by a Rosary with Deacon Garry Janota officiating.

A Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday August 5th, 2015 at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd in Pearland at 10:00a.m. with Father James Courville Celebrant.  The Rite of Committal will follow at Resurrection Cemetery 1310 N. Main in Pearland.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Adam Brinkman, Matthew Brinkman, David Brinkman, Zachary Brinkman, Ryan Brinkman, Eric Brinkman, and Andrew Brinkman.

Honorary Pallbearers are nephews, Jerry Scroggins, Jr., Danny Scroggins, Bill Dextraze, Ed Dextraze, Ben Warner, brother-in-law Jerry Scroggins, Sr., and friends, Ken Mills, Al Omelchuck, Bill Nunnery, Jr., Ed Finch, Paul Mugnier, and Marvin Morris.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dominican Sisters, St. Dominic Convalescent Villa 6504 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX  77021, or to the American Lung Association.

Tue
14
Jul '15

Presas, Migel Angel

Presas

Miguel Angel Presas, 54, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Angel and Maria Presas; sisters, Graciela Presas and Socorro Presas Martinez.  Miguel is survived by his brothers, Alfredo and Militon Presas; sisters, Imelda Presas Pancardo, Delia Presas, and Bertha Castillo.

A visitation and rosary for Miguel will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held on Friday, July 17, 2015 at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Mon
6
Jul '15

Torres, Dolores

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Dolores Torres, 55, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her father, Ralph Mendez; and brother, Roy Mendez.  Dolores is survived by her mother, Virginia Mendez; her loving husband of 37 years, Genaro Torres; son, Jerry Torres and wife, Sarah; daughters, Amanda Fonseca and husband, Art, Kelli Mendez and husband, Celvin; brothers, Ralph Mendez II and wife, Sylvia, Rene and Paul Mendez; sisters, Debra Tarango, Brenda Brito and husband, Jesse; sister-in-law, Christina Mendez; grandchildren, Erica, Marissa, Destani, Celvin II, Aiden, Adam and Alyssa; and a host of other family and friends.

Dolores was a devoted, wife, mother and grandmother that was affectionately known as “Lita” to all her grandchildren.  Her family was the biggest part of her life and gave her the greatest joy.  Dolores always looked forward to bar-b-ques and family gatherings and opportunities to get together with her brothers and sisters that called her “Lolo”.  She loved life and enjoyed, eating out, dancing, margaritas and going to casinos.  Dolores will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and rosary for Dolores will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland Texas 77581 with Father Hieu Nguyen officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Thu
11
Jun '15

Alexander, Bettye Garrett Mathis

Alexander

BETTYE GARRETT MATHIS ALEXANDER, 86, of Pearland, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 11, 2015 after a long illness.  She was born on January 20, 1929 in Houston, Texas, and was the first child of two children of Franklin Mathis and Mable Garrett Mathis of Alvin, Texas.  She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and community leader who enjoyed life fully and was loved by many who knew her. She graduated from Alvin schools and attended Rice University. She married the love of her life, Thomas P. Alexander, Sr., in 1945 and moved to Pearland in 1949.

Bettye had a positive “can do” attitude that translated into many good works for the people in her life and a vision for the improvement of the Pearland community in general. She had many personal, community and career interests over her life and devoted her time to being a loving wife, mother, friend, business woman and community leader.

For over 50 years, she was a realtor and managing partner with her husband and son in their real estate investment management company. She also served as a Board member of the Pearland State Bank from 2010 to 2013. She served as president and other positions on the Pearland Library Board and the Brazoria County Library Board for over 40 years. She was instrumental in the establishment of the first public library in Pearland in 1970 and the building of the new Pearland library and city hall in the 1970’s, as well as the building of libraries in several other Brazoria County communities. She worked with then Superintendant of Pearland ISD, Dr. Lloyd Ferguson, to open Pearland schools to persons with disabilities by enrolling her daughter, Diana, who is blind, in Pearland Junior High in the 1960’s. She was a founding supporter (Silver Triangle Club, Founding Fellow) of the Pearland Y.M.C.A. and funded many scholarships for families who could not afford summer programs for their children.

The following are some, but not all, of the organizations she served: President and various other positions of the Pearland ISD Parent-Teacher Association, football concession and volunteer in various school organizations/work groups for over 20 years, president of the Sunday school, Bible school organizer and member of the Pearland First United Methodist Church, sponsor of the Future Homemakers of America and Future Farmers of America, member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, Pearland Lioness Club, Pearland’s Women in Leadership, Christian Helping Hands, Pearland Neighborhood Center, Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance, and the Pearland Little League (by furnishing three practice fields). She volunteered for many years at the Houston Lighthouse for the Blind to produce many Braille materials and secure other resources for the blind. She was a supporter to many other groups including the Pearland Adult Reading Center, Delphian Club, Forgotten Angels Foundation, Special Olympics Texas, Methodist Children’s Home, Pearland Circle Group, Pearland Golfcrest Country Club including the women’s tennis and bridge groups, Houston Ladies’ Tennis Association, Pearland Historical Society, Pearland Artists Association and Women’s Center of Brazoria County.  She also contributed to Houston Public Television, the March of Dimes, the Cancer Society and other charitable organizations.

She is survived by her children who loved and cared for her during her illness including Thomas (Tom) Patton Alexander, Jr., and wife Rosslyn, Diana Alexander Holzhauser and husband, Dennis, and Cynthia Elizabeth Alexander. She is survived by her grandchildren, Marylyn Alexander Reed, Jason Alexander, Sloan Speck, Kevin Alexander, Harrison Speck, and great-grandchildren, Nicholas Hubbard, Lacy Reed, Caroline Reed, Chase Alexander, Kiley Alexander, Colton Russell and Luke Alexander. She also is survived by her daughter, Harriett Alexander Holmes and husband, Allen, their children Alex Holmes and Amy Holmes Williams and grandchildren, Luke Holmes, Henry Holmes, Samuel Williams and Madeleine Williams.

Bettye is survived by one sister, Martha Mathis Black and her children, Patricia Black, Betsey Black Corbello and husband, Joey Corbello, and Marc Black and his wife Jessica.  Bettye also was survived by her brother-in-law, Jud Alexander and her four sisters-in-law, Mary Alexander Bartlett, Sue Alexander Morrison, Patricia Alexander Wood, and Elizabeth Alexander Nisbet.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband and life partner, Thomas Patton Alexander, Sr., her parents and her brothers-in-law, Charles (Jack) Alexander, John Alexander, and Robert Alexander, her sister-in-law, Martha Alexander Crouch and her long time friend, Mable Russett.

The family wishes to acknowledge a few of the many special supporters who demonstrated their love for her during her illness with care, visits, prayers and gifts: Dr. Theresa Vicroy with her constant oversight and care, Martha Black, Betsey and Joey Corbello, David and Linda Griffin, Dr. David and Elaine Armbruster, Jason and Jill Alexander, Marylyn Alexander, Kevin Alexander, Jud Alexander, Mary Bartlett, Pat and John Wood, Lee and Laura Alexander, Johnny Bill and Sue Alexander, Rev. Bob Joiner, Kay Kuttery’s, Michael and Nancy Martin, Russell Kibbee, Bill Brower, Leah Bateman, Ruth Holzhauser, and others too numerous to name individually. The family especially wishes to thank her home caregivers for their fine care and devotion: Dionne Broussard, Dinia Chassion, Kimberley Hammann, Mary Cormier, Linda Atkins, Veronica Graham, Jeanne Blankenship and Sue Foshee.

Visitation will be held on June 19, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clayton Funeral Home, 5330 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas (281) 485-4446. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 20, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas (281) 485-8721 with a reception at Golf Crest Country Club following the service.  In lieu of flowers, the Alexander family requests that donations be made to, the Texas Lion’s Club Camp through the Pearland Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 903, Pearland, Texas 77588, the First United Methodist Church of Pearland, Building Fund, 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 or the Adult Reading Center, Inc., 2246 N. Washington Avenue, Pearland, TX 77581-4040.

Sat
9
May '15

Gumtang, Loreto Tuzon Sr.

Gumtang

Loreto Tuzon Gumtang, 84, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Onesimo and Martha Gumtang; brother, Andronico Gumtang; sister, Nilda Astudillo.  Loreto is survived by his wife, Maria Gumtang; sons, Onesimo Gumtang and wife, Concepcion, Loreto “Jun” Gumtang Jr. and wife, Rhodora; Owen Gumtang and wife, Rochelle; daughters, Ellen Gumtang, Rizza Hynes and husband, Steve, Reina El Hafi and husband, Mahmoud, Lorence Gumtang and husband, Julio; sisters, Fe Directo, Estrella Lagunte and Erlinda Dionisio; grandchildren, Julius, Jolly Ann, Paul Angelo, Kristine Lei, John Paul, Charm Mae and Rain Gumtang, Inez Gumtang-Sering, Chad, Erin, and Thea Hynes, Rani and Yasmine El Hafi, Gether, Gabbie and J.B. Cosino; and a host of other family and friends.

A visitation and rosary will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.

Sat
25
Apr '15

Lucas, Christina “Krissy” Doreen Amanda

Lucas

Christina “Krissy” Doreen Amanda Lucas passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 surrounded by her family.  She is preceded in death by her father, Clarence Zabawa and brother, Mike Zabawa.  Krissy is survived by her mother, Joan Zabawa; husband, Roy Lucas; sons, Luke Lucas and wife, Natalie, Jacob Lucas; daughter, Katie Maust and husband, Scott; brothers, Chris Zabawa and wife, Sherri, Ronnie Zabawa and wife, Tiffany; grandchildren, Brannon and Julianna Lucas, Dalten, Dayten and Hayden Maust; her beloved dogs MiMi, Molly and Faith; and a host of other family and friends.

Krissy was a stay at home mom for most of her adult life except when she was called upon by the Alvin school district to fill in for the school nurse as a substitute.  She and Roy have been married for more than 30 years and her greatest joy was raising her family and watching their activities from Rodeo to car racing, she was always there for them.  Krissy was known as a “cleaning machine” in her home and this was part of her daily routine.  She also loved to cook for her family and bring everyone together for family gatherings.  The grandkids affectionately called her “Gammy”.  Krissy loved going to the casino and playing the penny slot machines and when she would hit a jackpot she would sometimes call her kids to tell them because in her excitement she couldn’t wait.  Krissy grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and enjoyed all of her classic rock and you could still see her pulling up in the car with the radio blasting to her favorite music.  She was always caring for everyone else throughout her life and one of her favorite things to tell her kids while they were growing up and dealing with life’s many challenges was “It’s going to be alright”.  Krissy had a very short but courageous battle with cancer and even in her fight she turned to her family and said “It’s going to be alright”.  On the day of her passing she was surrounded by her family and she died with a smile on her face.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  This will be a time for family and friends to celebrate Krissy’s life with pictures, stories and much laughter.

Sun
19
Apr '15

Dalmolin, Joe A.

Dalmolin

Joe A. Dalmolin, 91, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Madalena Dalmolin; his loving wife of 50 years, Catherine Dalmolin; and brothers, Jimmy, Reno and Louie Dalmolin.  Joe is survived by his daughters, Carol Rohan and husband, Glenn, Gale Fisher and husband, John, Sylvia Dalmolin; sister, Rita Del Bello; grandchildren, Jennifer Fisher and Jeremy Rohan; and a host of many other family and friends.

Joe was always known for being outgoing, friendly and had a great sense of humor.  He enjoyed telling a good joke or hearing a new one.  Joe made friends everywhere he went and was known for giving and receiving great hugs and kisses to his family.  He especially enjoyed going to the Melvin Knapp Senior Center every day where he could play dominos, bingo and socialize.  Joe was strong in his family and a long time, dedicated member of St. Helen Catholic Church for more than 50 years.  He was active in the Men’s Club at St. Helen, served as usher for many years and trained new usher recruits.  Joe always enjoyed helping cook the barbecue for the annual church bazaar. He was employed for 41 years with Texaco, where he was a roust-about (oilfield worker).  Joe received numerous safety awards over the years from Texaco before his retirement.  In his younger years, he enjoyed playing on the baseball team in Manvel. Joe will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Joe’s care-providers, Mary Ann, Travecca, Elizabeth, and Rebecca.  You will always be part of “our family”.

A visitation and rosary for Joe will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church with Father James Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forgotten Angels.

Wed
15
Apr '15

Menendez, Vivian Anita

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Vivian Anita Menendez, 71, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Marietta Price; and brothers, Daniel and Albert Price.  Vivian is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Louis Menendez; son, Sterling Menendez; daughter, Nicole Jordan and husband, Kevin; sister, Karen Price; mother-in-law, Florence Menendez; sister-in-law, Dianne Menendez; aunts, Doris Barnes and Quincy Lee; grandchildren, Hillary, Austin, Sarah, Julian, and Maxwell Menendez, Christopher and Hope Steib; and a host of other family and friends.

Vivian met Louis when they were both 12 years old when her ball rolled right in front of his bicycle.  Louis stopped and picked up the ball and gave it back to her.  From that point on, Louis looked for every opportunity to go see Vivian.  Their love continued on and celebrated 50 years of marriage.  The Lord entrusted two beautiful children to their union, Sterling and Nicole
Vivian proved not only to be an excellent mother and homemaker, but a true servant of God.  She and her husband served together and dedicated their lives to be of service to the community, the enrichment of youth and the commitment of spreading the good news and being true disciples for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Vivian loved to travel and traveled around the world three times.  She enjoyed shopping, dressing up, going to parties and “stepping out”.  Vivian was a loving and giving person that would help underprivileged kids and took many children to Disney World.  She was strong in her faith and served as a Eucharistic minister at her church in New Orleans and in Texas.  Vivian was also known to take communion to the sick and elderly at nursing homes.  She was honored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans with the Order of St. Louis IX medallion, the highest award given to members of the diocese.  Vivian loved going out to eat and planning events and trips.  She and Louis had three time shares and always looked forward to making plans for all her family and friends.  Vivian completed her journey successfully on April, 15, 2015, when The Lord said welcome home my good and faithful servant. Job well done. Vivian will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ann M. Zellner and her staff, and Dr. Nadya Hasham-Jiwa for all of the love, care and support to Vivian and the family throughout Vivian’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vivian’s honor to the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat House at 5500 St. Mary Street, Metarie, LA 70006.  The Funeral Mass for Vivian will take place Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Sat
14
Mar '15

Neuliep, Marybeth

Neuliep

Marybeth Neuliep, 55, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Monti.  Marybeth is survived by her mother, Vita Monti; her loving husband of 30 years, Brad Neuliep; son, Michael Edward Neuliep; Godchildren, Hannah and Ryan Carpenter; her beloved dogs, Conroe and Woody; and a host of other family and friends.

Marybeth was the most fun loving and caring lady you could ever meet.  She loved organizing events , dinners and socials.  Marybeth was a longtime member of Golfcrest Country Club and loved all of the Golfcrest family.  She was a devoted and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.  Marybeth loved to go to the casinos and play the slot machines.  She loved her dogs very much and she rescued both Conroe and Woody.  Marybeth made friends wherever she went and she never met a stranger.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

I lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marybeth’s honor to FastK9’s Greyhound Adoption at www.fastk9s.org.   A visitation and rosary for Marybeth will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.

Fri
13
Mar '15

Dolan, John Desmond

Dolan

John Desmond Dolan, 57, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Margaret Dolan; brother, James Dolan; and niece, Bridgett Dolan.  John is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Josephine Dolan; brothers, Edward Dolan and wife, Geraldine, Eugene Dolan and wife, Mary, Martin Dolan and wife, Peggy, Joseph Dolan; sisters, Clare Lum and husband, Bobby, Maureen Nakanishi and husband, Eeichi; nieces and nephews, Christopher Dolan and wife, Kristin, Patrick, Brian, Kevin and Elizabeth Dolan; great nieces and nephew, Kylie, Caitlin and Patrick Dolan; his beloved dog, Sam; many more nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews in Ireland, England, Germany and the United States; and a host of cherished friends.

John was an excellent provider for his family and a dedicated employee everywhere he worked.  He worked for over 10 years with Pearland ISD before joining the staff at St. Helen Catholic Church, where he dedicated his life over the past 18 years.  John was instrumental in many of the building projects, expansions and improvements at St. Helen.  He served as the Bazaar Chairman in 1996.  John loved being involved in the activities of the school and was especially serious about the safety of all the children that attended school there.  He was also responsible for taking care of the Rectory and seeing that every need was taken care of and met.  The Arch Diocese always bestowed their highest honors to St. Helen which was a testament to John’s meticulous maintenance of the facilities.   He was even known to visit parishioners of the church to assist with repairs at their homes.  John loved supporting the school’s dinner and dance for many years.  He was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. John and Josephine loved to travel; whether it was back to their homeland in Ireland or going to Galveston on their days off together.  He enjoyed working in the yard, gardening and entertaining friends at his home with a backyard barbecue.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The flags at St. Helen will be flying at half-staff all week in honor of John.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s honor to St. Helen Catholic School.  A visitation and rosary for John will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be held from 4:30 until 9:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00 pm.  The funeral mass will take place Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church with Father James Courville officiating.   Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas

Tue
10
Mar '15

Locher, Harry Walter III

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Harry Walter Locher III, 69, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Harry is survived by his mother, Althea Louise Locher; his loving wife of 49 years, Johnelle Locher; son, Lance Kevin Locher and wife, Rhonda; daughters, D’Laine Maris Locher, Nicole Locher Andrews and her husband, Buddy; sisters, Sharon Locher and Susan Glenn; grandchildren, Lance Ryan, Trenton, and Adam Locher, Maris and Carson Fechter, Harrison and Nicholas Little, Katharine Andrews; and a host of other family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his father, Harry Walter Locher.

Harry was a man of great character and always led by example of honesty and loyalty.  He was a hard-working, self-made man and started his first business when he was a teenager.  Harry became a successful manufacturer and sold filtration supplies before moving into isolation manufacturing.  He always managed to figure out the solution to any problem or build it a better way. Through business and travel, he made personal relationships around the world. His interest in other cultures and countries spurred many travels for him, Johnelle and his family.  Harry cherished and prioritized family time with his children and grandchildren whom affectionately called him “Chief”.  Harry had a host of friends, and once a friend of Harry’s,  his loyal nature made you a friend for life.  Harry will forever be remembered for his fearless, kind nature and generous, giving spirit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry’s honor to the Star of Hopes Mission at www.sohmission.org. A visitation and rosary for Harry will be held Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The memorial service and mass will be on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.