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Wed
16
Jul '14

Nedbalek, Ollie D.

Nedbalek

Ollie D. Nedbalek, 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, V.L. and Louise Kopecky; her husband, Emil “Ned” Nedbalek; two brothers and two sisters.  Ollie is survived by her sons, David and Ronald Nedbalek; daughter Carolyn Kirkley and husband, Dave; grandchildren, Tiffani Schuh and husband, Danny, Kristen Cantu and husband, Joseph; great granddaughter, Chloe Schuh; and a host of other family and friends.

Ollie was an excellent homemaker, a wonderful cook and a loving and caring mother to her family. She was strong in her faith and a lifelong Lutheran belonging to Ascension Lutheran Church and later, Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland. Raising her family with Christian values was important to her.

She celebrated her Czech heritage and belonged to SPJST Lodge 88 where they met lifelong friends, danced and listened to Czech music. She enjoyed entertaining whether it was at home for family and friends, or company functions.  She was very supportive and helpful to Ned in their successful Industrial Tooling business.

As a young woman, Ollie was very athletic and played basketball in school, even serving as the team captain. She continued to follow basketball throughout her life and enjoyed pro games and college games on television.  Ollie enjoyed gardening and growing beautiful flowers and was awarded “Yard of the Month” on several occasions.

She was married to “Ned” for 69 years before he passed away in 2010.  As a couple, they enjoyed spending their spare time at their farm raising cattle, or at their beach house entertaining family and friends. She will always be remembered for her devotion to family, love of friends, and her Czech work ethic.

A visitation for Ollie will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Salminen officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Mon
14
Jul '14

Toll, Walter Jr.

Toll

Walter Toll Jr., 81, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Erna Toll; daughter, Pamela Jean Soliz; brothers, Eldon and Elloyd Toll.  Walter is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Deanna Toll; sons, Walter “Bud” Toll III and wife, Glenda, Jack Wallace Toll; step son, John Brem; twelve grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Walter was an avid sports fan that loved following college and professional football.  His favorite teams were Alabama and Texas A & M.  Walter was widely known for his grilling expertise, whether he was cooking hamburgers or steaks.  He even had his own “famous” Bar-B-Que sauce that he made himself.  His first language was German until he started school and started speaking English in first grade. Growing up during the depression on a farm, Walter learned at a very young age to work hard.  He carried that strong work ethic throughout his life and had a successful career in the elevator industry which afforded him and his family many things he did not have when he was growing up.  Walter was truly a Southern gentleman who put his wife, “Miss D” and his family first.  He cherished family get togethers and always looked forward to Christmas Eve with the grandchildren.  Walter will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s honor to the SPCA or to any animal rescue of your choice.  A visitation for Walter will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Gene Samford officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

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Kilmer, Karen “Katie” W.

Kilmer

Karen “Katie” W. Kilmer, 70, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helene Woglom.  Katie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Larry Kilmer; sons, Brian Kilmer and Jonathan Rust; daughter, Lindy Kilmer; stepdaughters, Becky Gamlem and Robin Davidson; brother, Bill Woglom; nephews, Mark and Kurt Woglom; grandchildren, Sebastian, Zachary, Kristen, Nathan, Tyler, Stephanie, Amy, Josh, Austin and Loni; and a host of other family and friends.

Katie was adventurous, loved the outdoors and even served as Alaska’s first female game warden.  Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start many different endeavors throughout the years.  She opened a yarn shop, a take-out restaurant, a deposition company and a feed & grain store.  At the age of 50 she went back to school and learned computer programming at Boston University.  Katie was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, loved puzzles, magazines, crosswords, Sudoku, and especially playing card games with her family.  Katie will forever be remembered for her love of animals, gardening and exploring the country on her many road trips.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and funeral service for Katie will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be from 9:00 until 11:00 am with the funeral service following at 11:00 am with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Fri
11
Jul '14

Montgomery, Taylor Brook

Montgomery

Taylor Brook Montgomery, 20, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014.  She is survived by her parents, Ron and Kim Montgomery; son, Joshua “Blake” Montgomery; brother, Blake Choate; sister, Angie Allen and husband, Caleb; grandparents, John and Elaine Bengston, Bluford and Lynne Weikel; nieces and nephews, Luke, Brady, Owen and Griffin Allen, Hunter Choate; and a host of other family and friends.

Taylor was a beautiful, angelic, loving and kind mother that cherished her son more than life itself.  Family was very important to her and she had a very special bond with her big brother, Blake.  Taylor was smart and free spirited and had recently decided to go back to school to be a dental assistant.  Growing up, she was known to most of the family as the energetic one that never seemed to slow down.  Her uncle had even nicknamed her Taylor two shoes.  She loved animals, riding horses and barrel racing.  Taylor will forever be remembered for her independent nature and her complete devotion to her son, Joshua Blake Montgomery.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Taylor will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Bryan Shippey officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas., with a reception following at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Taylor’s honor to Joshua Blake Montgomery’s College Fund at www.gofundme.com/bj08ow

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Shrum, Grace Marie James

Shrum

Grace Marie James Shrum, 89, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William James and Mary Ann Lockwood James; husbands, Louis Lasher, Blake Shipp and Jack Shrum; brothers, George and Joe James; and daughter, Linda Katherine.  Grace is survived by her daughter, Lou Ann Lasher Gramann, and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren. Linda Grace Gramann and Jacob Edward Gramann, who adored her and miss her Bingo candy winnings.

At a very young age Grace’s parents passed away and she was raised by the loving family of August Schier.  She worked many years at the Warwick Hotel and the Remington Hotel in Telephone services.  Grace spent many years in McAllen Texas as a Winter Texan, and gave many happy hours of volunteer work at Edinburg Hospital. She had many friends who loved her and will miss her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s honor to Hydro angels over America. A Memorial Service for Grace will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  A private family interment will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery at a later time.

Wed
2
Jul '14

Schroeder, Edward Lynn

Schroeder

Edward “Ed” Lynn Schroeder, 56, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his father Edwood Schroeder and brother, Larry Dean Schroeder.  Ed is survived by his mother, Mary Schroeder; his loving wife of 22 years, Katrina Schroeder; son, Jason Schroeder; daughter, Cielisse; stepson, Ronnie Tindall; stepdaughter, Shanelle Bullock; sister, Sandy Miller and husband, J.S.; uncle, Ben Schroeder; grandchildren, Hayden, Layne, Addison, Luke, Jude, Brandon, Alyssa and Nathan; and a host of other family and friends.

Ed enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing.  He looked forward every year to the rodeo at the Pasadena Fairgrounds where he assisted in setting up all their electrical needs.  He was a huge country music fan and always watched the CMA Awards shows.  Ed loved listening to and dancing to his favorite country music artists.  He battled health issues throughout his life and managed to fight back through many obstacles.  Ed was affectionately known as “Papa” to his grandchildren and he cherished spending time with his family.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Ed will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 am with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner and Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Sat
28
Jun '14

Farrar, Elizabeth Hatsfelt

Farrar

Elizabeth Hatsfelt Farrar, 69, of Pearland, Texas, earned her angel wings Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Nassau Bay, Texas.  She was born July 27, 1944, in Oakdale, Louisiana to Vernon and Eugenia Hatsfelt, now deceased.

Elizabeth graduated from Oakdale High School in Oakdale, Louisiana.  She married James Paul Farrar Sr. in 1967 and they travelled the world and lived in many other countries until his retirement from the United States Army in 1977.  In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with her husband, children and 4 grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband, James Paul Farrar Sr. of Pearland, Texas; three children, Cassaundra Nichols and her husband Guy a Nichols of Santa Fe, Texas, James Paul Farrar Jr. of Pearland, Texas, and Ronald Vernon Farrar of Onalaska, Texas; four grandchildren, Kayleigh Elizabeth Cole, Kenneth Woodrow Nichols, Dixie Lee Nichols and Carolyn Jeanette Nichols; five sisters, Billie and Elroy Ray of Oakdale, Louisiana, Bobbie and Morteza Vaziri of Oakdale, Louisiana, Kathy and Ricky Jordan of Oakdale, Louisiana, Donna and Steve Parrott of Oakdale, Louisiana and Linda and Roderick Ryder of Oberlin, Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Hatsfelt (wife Annette) of Oakdale, Louisiana, and sister, Verna Kay Disatell (husband Rick) of Oakdale, Louisiana.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm at White Oaks Funeral Home, 110 S. 12th in Oakdale, Louisiana with the Reverend Jim Wyche officiating.

Fri
27
Jun '14

Martin, Jackson Daniel

Martin

Jackson Daniel Martin, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014.  He is survived by his loving parents, Morgan Martin III and Emily Shupak; grandparents, Sheri Huettel and Mike Shupak, Bo and Donna Martin, Erin and Tony Ryan; great grandparents, Karen Stanfill, Morgan Martin Jr., Jack and Cynthia White, James and Angie Armstrong; and Joy Huettel; great great grandparents, Inez Martin and Benjamin Apple; aunts, Andrea Young, Autumn Key, Adelina Midcap, Tay Ryan, Bree Ryan, Aunt NaeNae, Alyssa Ryan, Bailey Martin and Linsey Cary-Holt; uncles, Michael Shupak, Mykal Ryan, Trey Myers, Rowdy Ryan, Casey Cary, Gary B. Holt and Eugene Mayer; and a host of other family and friends.

Jackson was a larger than life personality that brought joy to all around him.  He loved animal, being outside in the garden and enjoying nature.  Jackson smiled with his entire body and had a wonderful glow about him.  He will forever be remembered for his big blue eyes and being the light that lit up his family’s life.  Jackson will be greatly missed by all that knew, loved and cared for him.

A visitation and funeral service for Jackson will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 12:00 pm and the funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with Chaplain Mary Lynn Sanders officiating.

Wed
25
Jun '14

Cruz, Santiago

Peace Dove

Santiago Cruz, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  He is survived by his parents, Ivan and Ana Cruz; grandparents, Lydia Torres, Medardo Cruz, and Pedro Barrera; brother, Aaron Ulysses Cruz; sisters, Ann Karen and Monica Stephany Cruz; and a host of other family and friends.  His delicate spirit will forever be fondly remembered and cherished by those who loved and cared for him.

A graveside service for Santiago will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 10:00 am at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas with Father Jim Courville officiating.

Sat
21
Jun '14

Williams, Ruby Florence

Williams

Ruby Florence Williams, 99, passed away on Saturday, June 21. 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Hattie Robinson; her loving husband, Ernest Vernon Williams; and sons, Billy Frank Williams and Ernest Williams Jr.  Florence is survived by son, Patrick Wayne Williams; daughter, Ernestine Neal and her husband, Curtis; brother, Frank Robinson; sister, Letha Robinson; ten grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, twenty-seven great great grandchildren, and six great great great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Florence had a strong faith and was active in her church.  She felt it was very important to always give back to her community and was a member of Eastern Star and a volunteer at M.D. Anderson Hospital.  Florence was very stern and strict with her children as they were growing up to make sure they were good students and citizens.  She was plain spoken whether you agreed with her or not but you always knew where she stood on important issues.  Florence loved gardening and taking care of her vegetable garden and flower beds.  She was affectionately known as Grandma Williams and leaves behind a large legacy to her many grandkids, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren.  Florence will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Florence will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 5:00 until 8:00pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  Private interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Fri
20
Jun '14

Crenek, Gertrude

Crenek

Gertrude Crenek, 86, peacefully passed away on June 20, 2014. Gertrude was born on September 26, 1927, in Nada, Texas, to John and Emelie Popp.  She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alfred Popp; son, Robert Crenek; and granddaughter, Lauren Crenek. She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 64 years, Edgar L. Crenek; daughter, Judy Brandt; daughter-in-law Robin Albrecht;  son Gary Crenek and wife Tammie;  sisters, Bridget and Madeline Popp; grandchildren, Brock Crenek, Brooke Grammier, Vanessa Brandt, Beau Crenek, Natalie Turner, Emily Albino, Lindsay Crenek, Ashlyn Crenek; great grandchildren, Josh, Catherine, Braxton, Falyn, Jacob, Austin, and Audrey; and a host of other family and friends.

Gertrude was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. The centerpieces of her life were God and family.  She was strong in her faith and an active member of St. Helen Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. Gertrude was happiest when involved with her family, whether it was providing a meal, playing dominoes or bingo, or simply engaged in lively conversation.  She and Edgar enjoyed many years as members of Po.L.K.of A. dancing and socializing with good friends.  Gertrude was an accomplished seamstress making many clothes for her family, including her daughter’s prom dresses and wedding dress.  She was an excellent cook and baker, and always looked forward to meals with her family.  Many a cake and kolache were baked for family occasions as well as for church bazaars.  It’s those prized and highly anticipated homemade kolaches that will be particularly missed, along with the coveted homemade strawberry jelly!   Gertrude was affectionately known as “MeMa” and “MeMaw” to her grandchildren and loved playing any type of card or board games with them. She loved growing flowers and took great joy in canning pickles, tomatoes, and green beans from the garden that she and Edgar lovingly cultivated.  In fact, if there was any type of vegetable or fruit that could fit in a glass jar, she would accept the challenge and “can” it.  She enjoyed her favorite television shows of Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Dancing with the Stars, and especially watching the Lawrence Welk Show with Edgar.  Gertrude will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Gertrude Crenek to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Fund, PO Box 97, Nada, Texas, 77460.

A Visitation and Rosary for Gertrude will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00 pm with Deacon Darvin Bordelon officiating.  The Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the church with Father Wayne Wilkerson officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.  

Wed
18
Jun '14

Witt, Catherine Bennett

Witt

Catherine Bennett Witt, 92, passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Bernice Bennett; her loving husband of 62 years, Alfred David Witt; daughter, Jan Witt Doyle; brother, Lawrence Bennett Jr.; son-in-law, John Glenn Keith; as well as her special aunts.  Catherine is survived by her daughters, Betsy Witt and Mary Witt Keith; grandchildren, April Keith and Britni Keith Slack; great grandson, Robby Slack; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Catherine grew up in South Glens Falls, New York and proudly served her country in the United States Navy as a Yeoman 1st Class during World War II.  She served two tours of duty and it was during her second tour that she met David.  They would marry in 1952 and raise three daughters in South Glens Falls before moving to Texas in 1960.  Catherine worked for the United States Post Office for 20 years before retiring.  She was very athletic and played basketball and softball and enjoyed bowling in leagues. Catherine and David loved to travel all over the country.  She grew up Catholic and was strong in her faith.  Catherine was affectionately known as “Mother” and “Nana” to her family and always looked forward to her trips to South Carolina to visit her daughter.  She was especially close to her granddaughters and her great grandson, Robby.  Catherine will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A Visitation and Rosary for Catherine will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 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.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581, with Father James Courville officiating.