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Sun
23
Aug '15

Hoppens, Maxine Pennington

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Maxine Pennington Hoppens quietly passed away at home on August 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, H. A. Pennington, her mother, Virgie Pittman Pennington, two sisters, Bobbie Poland and Jerry Sue Bailey and her son, Marc Edmond Hoppens. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, Gus Freddie Hoppens, daughter-in-law, Colleen Mack Hoppens, daughter, Amy Hoppens Schweers and husband, Marty Schweers, daughter, Molly Hoppens, grandchildren, Matthew Hoppens, Lena Hoppens, Benjamin Schweers and wife, Alessandra Schweers, Brad Schweers, and Brooke Schweers, great-grandchildren, Claire Willbanks and Kinsey Hoppens, her sister, Virginia Rodgers, and many nieces and nephews.

Maxine, born in Colmesneil, Texas on July 30, 1929, attended school in the Houston Independent School District, graduating from Milby High School in 1947. She married Freddie Hoppens on February 5, 1948, starting their family in 1955. She worked as an Executive Secretary for the Houston office of Ameron Protective Coatings from 1969 until her retirement in 1991. She loved her job. The people she worked with were like family to her.

She was confirmed as a Lutheran in 1952 at Park Place Lutheran Church. Even though she was a member of the choir at Park Place Lutheran, she was ever faithful to her Southern Baptist singing. As a new mother, Maxine was an active member of the Mother’s Club at Park Place Lutheran Church.

She was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland, Texas since 1995. She sang in the choir, served as a member of the Altar Guild, and volunteered at the Then and Now Resale Shop in Friendswood, Texas, a part of the church’s ministry. She also participated in the Meals on Wheels ministry. She was a faithful member of a bible study group for many years and loved each and every member of the small group.

She loved her family and many friends. She never stopped missing her mother, who passed away in 1984. She loved to dance and sing and loved being the life of the party. Maxine never, ever met a stranger. She made the best iced tea in the area and always had a fresh pitcher to offer guests.

Pallbearers are Matthew Hoppens, Ben, Brad, and Brooke Schweers, Robert Hoppens,  and Jamie Pittman. Honorary Pallbearers are Lena Hoppens, Kenneth Fisher, Jack Rubright, David Wells, and Buz Hoppens

If so desired, donations may be made to the Epiphany Lutheran Church Altar Guild or a charity of your choice in Maxine’s name.  A visitation for Maxine will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5515 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place at the church Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm with Pastor Jon Salminen officiating.

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Lindemann, Erwin

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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.

Fri
7
Aug '15

Chavez, Yolanda

 

Chavez

Yolanda Chavez, 65, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her sister, Maria Jimenez.  Yolanda is survived by her mother, Lupe Chavez; brother, Joe Raymond Rodriguez; nephews, Frank Jimenez Jr and wife, Zonia, Richard Jimenez and wife, Arcilia, Ernest Jimenez and wife, Olivia, Joe Rodriguez and wife, Yesenia, Johnny Rodriguez, Rudy Rodriguez and wife, Emelia; nieces, Mary Alice Vasquez and husband, Ricky, Belinda Garcia and husband, Eddie, Cindy Rodriguez, Carmelita Olivares; and a host of other family and friends.

Yolanda had a successful career with American Building Maintenance where she worked as a District Manager for many years.  She had strong opinions and you always knew where she stood on a variety of topics.  Yolanda was an excellent daughter and caregiver for her mother and loved all of her nieces, nephews and their children.  She was devoted to her family and cherished spending time with all of them.  Yolanda enjoyed playing bingo and going to Louisiana to gamble.  She truly had a servants heart and was always looking for ways to help others.  Her caring nature also extended to special causes and her church where she devoted her time, energy and resources to help others.  Yolanda will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and Rosary service for Yolanda will be held Thursday, August 13, 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.  Another visitation and Rosary will be held at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, 2003 W. Wheeler Avenue, Aransas Pass, Texas 78336. The visitation and Rosary will be held Friday, August 14, 2015 from 3:00 until 9:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 7:00 pm.  The funeral mass will take place Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2414 Main Street, Ingleside, Texas 78362 with Father Thomas Wellar officiating.  Interment will follow at San Ignacio Cemetery in Ingleside, Texas.

 

Wed
5
Aug '15

Massie, James “Don Jaime”

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James “Don Jaime” Massie, 55, passed away August 5, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lou Pipkins Massie.  James is survived by his son, Andy Massie; daughter, Jessica Massie; brothers, Sam Massie and wife, Teresa, Joe Massie; sister, Marcy Deprow and husband Howard; grandson, Samuel Baird; sister-in-law, Faith Massie and a host of many other family and friends.

James was known to many as Don Jaime.  He enjoyed all types of charity work and events with his motorcycle club members and friends. He collected all types of memorabilia, loved building model cars and spending time with his family.  He also had a great eye for detail and you could see it in everything he did.  James had a great sense of humor, enjoyed a good joke and always had smile on his face.  He loved spending time with his family and going out to eat Mexican food which was his favorite.  James lived life to the fullest, enjoyed riding his motorcycle and never looked back.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for James will be on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Clayton Funeral Home 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581.  The funeral service will be on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:00am also at the funeral home with Chaplain Joan Wynn officiating.  In lieu of flowers please make donations at http://www.youcaring.com/jessica-massie-407726#.VcNuGyiyv98.facebook

Mon
3
Aug '15

Craft, Mason Joseph

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Mason Joseph Craft was taken home to be with his Lord on August 3, 2015.  He is survived by his mother Amanda Craft and his “D.D.” Danny Behnke; Grandparents, Lori & Joe Craft and Paula & Mark Swanberg; Great Grandparents, Joe D. Craft Sr. and his wife Lou, Shirley T. Craft, Edna & Vernon Swanberg, Angie & Donnie Campbell and Donna Pfeiffer; Aunts, Kristin & Courtney Craft; and a host of many other family and friends.

Born on December 7, 2012 at 4:33pm, weighing 7lbs and 3.4 oz. Ever since the day he was born he was the light of our lives. There were so many people’s lives he changed for the better. He brought joy and love to us every day. He was an Aggie, a Gamecock, and of course a Texan. Mason was too smart for his own good.  There wasn’t anything electronic that he didn’t know how to work.  He lived on his tablet doing puzzles and mimicked the sound of every farm animal he knew. He loved Mickey Mouse and his two favorite teddy bears that he carried around with him everywhere. He loved making a mess and half of the time he would pick up after himself. Mason always had a precious little smile on his face and that was because he was always so happy.. He adored his two aunts and uncle because they let him get away with almost anything. He loved being outside, playing with his dogs and swimming with his family.  Mason’s light will continue to shine bright in the hearts of all his family that loved him dearly.

A visitation for Mason will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 beginning at 10:30am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581.  The funeral service will begin promptly at 12:00 noon on the same day with Pastor John Mark Benson officiating.  The interment will be on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 12:30pm at Forest Park East Cemetery 21620 Gulf Freeway (I-45 South) Webster, TX 77598.

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.

Wed
22
Jul '15

Rozycki, Richard James

Rozycki

Richard James Rozycki, 72, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Pauline Rozycki; and his loving wife, Joanne Rozycki.  Richard was survived by his son, Greg Rozycki and wife, Angie; brothers, Paul Rozycki and wife, Louise, Steve Rozycki and wife, Jackie and Norman Rozycki; grandchildren, Madeline, Mason, Morgan and Marlow; and a host of other family and friends.

Richard was an avid sports fan and a founding father in Pearland for the YMCA and Bay Area soccer.  He was instrumental in bringing the popularity of soccer to the area and served as the announcer for games for several years.  Richard owned and operated a successful home remodeling business for more than 40 years.  He was very active in his son’s sports and activities and was the biggest cheerleader for his grandchildren.  Richard was affectionately known as “JaJa” to his grandkids and cherished spending time with them.  He was a wonderful family man and remained active throughout his entire life.  Richard will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for Richard will be held, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor John Mark Benson officiating.

Fri
17
Jul '15

Rodarte, Hector Raul

Rodarte

Hector Raul Rodarte, 82, passed away peaceful on July 17, 2015, with his loving wife by his side. He is preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe and Raquel Rodarte; brothers, Arturo and Jose Rodarte. Hector is survived by his wife of 46 years, Denise Gonzalez Rodarte; sons, Hector Rodarte Jr. and wife, Laura, Gilbert Rodarte and wife, Pam; sisters, Lydia Peacock, Ninfa Castillo and Lupita Medina; granddaughters, Analeah and Alisia Rodarte; and a host of many other family and friends.

Hector was a wonderful son and brother while growing up. He then grew into a loving and devoted husband and father to his family. Hector enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life and shared the great outdoors with his sons. He also coached little league for their teams and throughout the boys baseball careers he seldom ever missed a game. Hector enjoyed doing for others whether he was driving Denise to work, Bar B Qing in the backyard or cooking breakfast for Gilbert, it was always about doing something for others. He enjoyed his garden and especially raising his pepper plants. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor, anytime his neighbors went out of town, he was always the one to watch the house, collect the mail or feed the pets. One of Hector’s favorite things to do was spending time with his granddaughters, picking them up from school and taking them anywhere they wanted to go. He was a man of great faith and a good example of how to live your life in service to others. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and rosary for Hector will be held Monday, July 20, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The visitation will begin a 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church with Father James Courville officiating. Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Thu
16
Jul '15

Romano, Billie Ruth

Romano

Billie Ruth Romano, 96, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Pearce; her loving husband of 45 years, Ernest Romano; son, William Joseph Romano; sister, Helen McGuff; and grandchild, Tiffany Denton.  Billie is survived by her daughter, Donna Romano Cartwright and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Ryan Cartwright and wife, Tammy, and Courtney Cartwright; great grandchildren, Cooper and Lane Cartwright, Jerry Heinz and Hailey Denton; and a host of other family and friends.

Family was always very important to Billie and they always came first.  She especially loved cooking for and spending time with her family.  Billie was very strong in her faith and a devoted member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church since 1983.  She was proud to be the oldest member of her church.  Billie was affectionately known as “Grandma” and she and Ernie loved traveling all over the country in their motor home.  Wherever they stopped, they would always look for a place to enjoy their favorite sport; golf.  Billie enjoyed dressing up in her matching outfits, shoes, purses and jewelry. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and service for Billie will be held at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place Friday, July 17, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm and the funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am with Rev. David Price officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

 

Wed
15
Jul '15

Robberts, Bettye Jean

Robberts

Bettye Jean Robberts, 85, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Sophie Horton; husband, Brynce H. Robberts; son, Randall Robberts; and sister, Shirley Shofner. Bettye is survived by her daughter, Paula Smith and husband, Jim; daughter-in-law, Mary Robberts; grandchildren, Heather Smith, Randall Robberts and wife, Savannah, and Travis Robberts; great-grandchildren, Ava, Preston, Olivia, Cameron; and a host of other family and friends.

Bettye loved to cook and bake for her family and friends.  She was an avid Houston sports fan and enjoyed following the Astros, Rockets and Texans.  Bettye and Brynce loved traveling all over the country and had wonderful trips to Alaska and Canada.  Their favorite destination however was Colorado where they got to enjoy all the beauty of the Rockies.  Bettye loved being with her family and friends and developed many lifelong friendships through the years.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The visitation and service for Bettye will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place at 12:00 pm and the service will follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Bubba Chambers officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Wed
8
Jul '15

Handy, Percy Robert Sr.

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Percy Robert Handy, 91, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Violet Handy; daughter, Laverne Waters; brother, Jack Handy; sisters, Violet Handy, Orelia Handy, Maude Charles and Bobby Handy; and grandson, Tavaris Handy.  Percy is survived by his loving wife, of 55 years, Lula Bell Handy; son, Robert Handy Jr,; daughters, Sandra Williams and Diana Ina; brothers, Will Handy Jr. and Paul Handy; sisters, Veda Drake and Joyce Pickney; grandchildren, Cedrick and Tasha Handy, LaTonya Maliniconio, Ashley Ina, Robert Handy III; eleven great grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

Percy was a man of great faith and devoted member of Fourth Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher for many years.  He was an excellent provider for his family and instilled his strong work ethic in his children.  Percy worked for over 50 years for the same roofing company. He was affectionately known as “Pops” to his family and friends.  Percy will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and funeral service for Percy will be held Monday, July 13, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm with Pastor Anthony Rogers and Pastor John P. Brown officiating.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens 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.