Obituaries

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27
Aug

Jeffrey August Chuber

August Chuber, 53, of Schulenburg, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Jeffrey was born in Santa  Ana, Calif. on Sept. 12, 1961, the son of Stewart and Martha Anne (Riggs) Chuber. Jeffrey enjoyed working on antique and classic cars and spending quality time with his beloved dogs. He was a generous person with his time, talent, material things and of himself. His beautiful blue eyes will provide vision for two recipients. He loved living at the Schulenburg ranch and was always good natured, fun loving, and had a marvelous sense of humor. He   will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents, Stewart and Anne Chuber of Schulenburg; sister, Valerie Anne Chuber-Salazar, husband, Angel, and daughter, Jasmine of San Antonio; aunt, Carol Sacca and husband, Dr. Joseph D.

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27
Aug

Deborah Lynn Kaluza

Deborah Lynn Kaluza, 58, died Aug. 10, 2015 in Houston. Deborah was born Nov. 11, 1956 in Houston. She is preceded in death by her father, Melvin Kaluza and nephew, Tyler Whitehead.  She is survived by her mother, Bernice Kaluza Johnson; daughter, Amanda LaBorde; son, Dillon Tuttle; granddaughters, Kara, Elizabeth and Lauren  LaBorde; sister and brother-inlaw, Teri and Ronnie Whitehead; brother, Mark Kaluza; nephews, Jake Whitehead, and Luke and John Ty Kaluza. Numerous other relatives and many friends also survive. Funeral services were held  at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at Klein Funeral Home Chapel in Tomball. Pastor Dan George officiated. Interment followed in Klein Memorial Park in Pinehurst.   

Thu
27
Aug

Raphael (Ray) Tupa

The following obituary of Raphael (Ray) Tupa was written by Emma Anders-Tupa (Ray’s mother) and by Gabriel Tupa (Ray’s identical twin brother).  Raphael (Ray) Tupa of Houston passed away at the age of 55 on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in  Houston after nearly a 20-year long and courageous battle with a brain tumor. The funeral mass, burial, and reception were all  held at Moravia, Texas on June 9, 2015. Msgr. John Peters of Hallettsville Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiated the mass, Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral  Home of Schulenburg arranged the funeral, and Peters BBQ of Ellinger catered the meal. Ray is the son of the late Henry I. Tupa (formerly of Moravia) and Emma Anders-  Tupa (formerly of Schulenburg). Ray is survived by his wife Dayrin Cordón-Tupa and their daughter Celeste.

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27
Aug

Sybil R.G. Beaman

Sybil R.G. Beaman, 91, longtime resident of Austin, died at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House Friday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2015. Sybil was born Sept. 19, 1923 in Ratcliff, Texas, the oldest child of Edmund and Leona Giese. She spent her childhood in La Grange and was a proud graduate of La Grange High School and the University of Texas. While at Texas, she met and married Warren M. Beaman II, the love of her life, and her husband of 71 years.  Sybil was a lifelong Texas Longhorn fan, devoted homemaker, and avid golfer. She was a long time member of the Austin Country Club Women’s Golf Association. Sybil was an active  participant in her church family at Tarrytown Methodist Church until her failing health made it no longer possible. She felt that travel was an adventure that would always brighten her life. Sybil loved her adopted home in the mountains of New Mexico. She embraced life to its fullest and was always willing to share her passions with her family and many friends.

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24
Aug

Jerome F. Chovanec (“Jake”)

Jerome F. Chovanec (“Jake”), 83, born on Oct. 1, 1931 in Rutersville, died on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 in Houston. Jake retired from 40 plus
years of working as a carpenter and cabinet maker in Houston. He served in the United States Army from 1951-1954 during which time he served overseas in
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Aug

Helen R. Johnson

Helen R. Johnson of West Point died Aug. 19, 2015. She was born in Broson, Texas, the daughter of Ora and Jesse Morgan. Helen attended the Colorado River Cowboy Church.  She served as a Registered Nurse during WWII and continued working as a nurse for the Army at Brooks Military Hospital in  San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milton Johnson, and her son Carroll Johnson.  She is survived by two sons, Pete and Butch, and her daughter Sydna, and her best friend Mary Jo Brown, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A “Celebration of Life” ceremony,  by the time of this publication, will have been held in her honor on Aug. 21, 2015 at a place where she enjoyed many hours being with all her friends.  She was loved by many, be missed by many more, and remembered by all that ever met and knew her.    

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Aug

Mabel Frances Cain Smith

Mabel Frances Cain Smith departed this earth and entered heaven on Aug. 19, 2015 at 10:20 p.m. at the age of 91. Mabel is predeceased by  her husband Milton Reece Smith, her brother James Cain and sister Mary Pittman. Mabel is lovingly remembered by her children Carolyn  Burtner, Patty (Steve) Wallace, Jeannie (Jeff) Chapman and Milton (Tina) Smith. She is also remembered by her grandchildren Michael (Suzanne) Burtner, Lindsey (Anthony) Hammett, Kimberly Wallace,  Christa (Nick) Thomas, Mika (David) McMurray, Kelly (Erik) Melton and Laurie (Mark) Prihoda. Mabel was blessed with 11 great-children: Tarren Burtner, Aiden Burtner, Tucker Melton, Hope Burtner,  Morgan Burtner, Maddy Burtner, Ethan Melton, Owen Hammett, Evan Melton, Marlee McMurray and Emma Melton. Mabel was born in Electra, Texas on Jan. 20, 1924. She lost her parents at age five and she lived in the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco until 18.

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Aug

George J. Veselka

George J. Veselka, born July 25, 1924 in Fayetteville, died peacefully at the age of 91 on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 in his home surrounded by family. Dad proudly served his  country flying 35 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner in a B-24 “Liberator” Bomber during W.W.II. After his service, Dad  attended the University of Houston receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Dad spent many years as an accountant in the oil and gas industry retiring in 1986 from  Ada Oil Co. His next career was made up of fishing, gardening, ranching, and looking for an excuse to “head east” to any of the Louisiana casinos up to the time of his death. He also loved visits from his grandchildren and later, great grandchildren. His name spans four generations with his son, grandson, and great grandson proudly carrying his name. Dad and Mom were married Jan. 24, 1953 in All Saints Catholic Church in Houston. This union produced six children - three sons and three daughters - all of whom Dad was very proud.

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20
Aug

Susan Battelle Cooper

Susan Battelle Cooper, 67, of College Station, died July 8, 2015 after a battle with cancer. She was born on April 3, 1948 to Ellen and William Battelle in Sydney, Ohio. A graduate  of La Grange High School, Susan made her home in College Station for almost 45 years. Two of her sons graduated from Texas A&M so she was an avid Aggie fan. She  also loved horses and loved telling stories about “Big Red.” Susan was always “the life of the party” and had a way of always making people laugh. She loved playing Mexican  Train, bingo and Royal Rummy. Susan is survived by three sons and a sister: Jim Ogle of College Station, Jon Ogle and  husband Bill Poindexter of Fort Worth; Martin Black and wife Katie Winter and children, Addison and Kai Winter-Black of College Station; and sister and brother-in-law Mary Ellen and Byron Zavesky of Katy.

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20
Aug

Billie Bilski Jr.

Billie Bilski Jr., 76, died Aug. 17, 2015. Born in Brenham on Feb. 2, 1939, he was a long time member of St. Ambrose Catholic  Church, the Men’s Club, Bingo committee, money counters team, the Golden Youth organization and a part time employee of the parish. Billie was an employee of  Graver Tank and Manufacturing for 40 years as a shop foreman. He loved going to their  week-end place in the country near Ellinger. He also loved to  barbeque, family gatherings, listening to polka music and the annual summer vacation time in New Braunfels. Billie is survived by his loving wife, Betty (Matura), of 48 years, his son Patrick Bilski,  wife Robyn (Jackowski), and two cherished granddaughters, Sarah and Loryn Bilski. Brothers Paul Bilski (Josie), Otto Bilski (Nancy), Joe Bilski (Carolyn), sisters Anita Swoboda (John), Barbara Janda (Al), brother-in-law Larry Okonski (Monica), sister-in-law Theresa Bilski and Mary Bilski, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

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