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Aberwald, Dawn - Winter Springs  
Dr. Dawn Michelle Aberwald, DVM 1964-2015 Dawn was born in Orlando, Florida on September 24, 1964, and passed away peacefully in West Palm Beach on Saturday July 25, 2015 with family at her side, after a 2 ½ year battle with breast cancer. She attended St. Andrew Catholic School graduating in 1978 where she was awarded the Knights of Columbus award for Excellence in Academic Achievement. Dawn was a member of both the St. Andrew swim team and Robinswood Recreation Center Dolphins, and continued swimming with the Dolphins through High School. Dawn attended Bishop Moore High School and was a member of National Honor Society, and graduated Valedictorian, class of 1982. Dawn also received class awards for top student in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. While at Bishop Moore she was also statistician for the Basketball team, a Tutor, member of the Latin Club and Tri-Hi-Y. Dawn graduated cum laude from Texas A&M earning her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. After working in Texas for several years, she moved back to Florida where she practiced in West Palm Beach for 22 years. She was the 2003 Rose Hicks Volunteer of the Year for the Florida Marlins Community Foundation (FMCF). She was a loving and compassionate veterinarian, confirmed by the fact that many of her clients, co-workers, and FMCF members also became lifelong friends. When she wasn't working with animals, she was spending time with family and friends, attending rock concerts and visiting Disney World where she worked during college in Fantasyland Merchandise. She was a true Disneyphile enjoying the resorts, parks and cruise ships. Just like her mother and younger sister Sara, Dawn was a lifetime baseball fan and enjoyed cheering on the Florida Marlins, the team she adopted after moving to West Palm Beach. This was a minor point of contention with her mother and sister who were lifelong Cub fans. Dawn enjoyed spending time with her cats, Nicodemus, Francis and Stormy and was also an avid reader. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred "Jamie" Aberwald. She is survived by her father, William James (Jim) Aberwald, brother Mark Aberwald, four sisters Dana (Fred) Clark, Leslie (Mark) Heuser, Wendy (Bret) Aitchison, and Sara Aberwald, two nieces Meghan and Colleen Heuser, and nephew, James Heuser. Dawn will be missed by her family, co-workers, friends, concert crew and all who met her. Services will be held at 12:00 pm on August 15th at Banfield Funeral Home 420 West State Road 434 Winter Springs, FL 32708 Phone: (407) 327-1500 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue 3200 North Military Trail West Palm Beach FL 33409 561-686-3663 www.peggyadams.org
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 1, 2015
Adams, Traveon - Houston  
Traveon Adams 1998-2015 Traveon was born January 16, 1998 to Tangela Williams (Davenport) & Staffon Adams. Tangela later married Ramon (Rico) Davenport who reared him as is own son. He attended Morton Ranch High School and graduated in June of 2015. Traveon was headed to Texas State University. Traveon was affectionately known as "Trey." Trey was a kind, loving and compassionate person, with a heart big enough for the entire world to share. He enjoyed shopping, traveling and more shopping but, most of all spending time with his mother. You would often find Trey hanging out with his many friends and cousins on snap chat, twitter, Instagram and posting selfies EVERYWHERE. On July 24, 2015 Traveon departed this life and went on to be with the Lord. Traveon leaves behind a host of family and friends to cherish his memory. Traveon is survived by his loving parents, Staffon Adams, Tangela & Ramon (Papi) Davenport; Brothers, Staffon Adams II, Kamran & Marquis Howell; sister, Porsha Adams; His loving Grandparents, Carol & Tolbert Wilson, Peggy Bienvilleand Margie & Errol Melancon; also, a host of aunts, uncles and cousins whom loved and cherished him dearly. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Oliver Davenport. Visitation (Saturday) August 1, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:25 p.m., Funeral Services will begin at 1:30 p.m., both services will be held at Missouri City Baptist Church, 16816 Quail Park Dr., Missouri City, TX 77489, Dr. Dennis W. Young, Officiating, Interment Houston Memorial Gardens.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 31, 2015
Aldrin, Joan Ann (Archer) - Ventura  
Joan Ann (Archer) Aldrin 1930-2015 Joan Ann Aldrin (Archer), former wife of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, passed away peacefully from natural causes after a long illness on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Ventura, California at age 84. Joan was a very special witness and participant in history, adding her inimitable grace and humility to events that will be remembered for decades to come. She was born to Michael Archer and C. Evelyn Cleminshaw on December 5, 1930 in Paterson, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1951 with a degree in Dramatic Arts, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Theatrical Arts from Columbia University in 1953. Throughout high school and college Joan was enthralled with the performing arts and acted in countless productions, including five seasons of summer stock theatre. She also helped found the Clear Creek Country Theatre outside of Houston, Texas. Continuing to pursue her passion for the stage until her last days, Joan directed a play reading group at her retirement home. The Theatre was her passion, and as fate would have it, her preparation for events to come. Joan married Buzz Aldrin in 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey. With the birth of their three children, Joan gracefully managed to keep everyone grounded in their down to earth family values while Buzz was preoccupied with the Air Force, fighting in the Korean war, writing his doctorate at MIT, and flying two manned NASA spaceflight missions, including the first mission to land on the moon. During that historic time of the Space Race, Joan was an iconic figure of poise, charm, and humility for Buzz, as well as America. The subsequent Apollo 11 World Tour and relentless media frenzy was a true test of character for Joan. She became the representative of a true heroic American wife dedicated to her husband and country. These exemplary qualities remained with her through the years of international recognition, and unbridled media scrutiny for the rest of her life. Following her divorce from Buzz, Joan took an administrative job at ABC television where she rose to a management position suiting her talents, and finally retired in 1998. Joan is survived by her three children, James Michael Aldrin, Janice Ross Aldrin, and Andrew John Aldrin; grandson, Jeffrey Michael Schuss and great grandchildren, Nathaniel Walter Schuss and Benjamin Philip Aldrin Schuss. For those wishing to honor Joan, the family suggests a donation to the American Lung Association. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 2, 2015
Alpough, Corine - Houston  
Corine Alpough 1943-2015 Corine Alpough passed away on July 28, 2015. Visitation Saturday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the North Main Church, 7206 North Main Street. Funeral Services Saturday, 11:00 AM at the church. Interment-Houston Memorial Gardens.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 31, 2015
Aptaker, Bernard - Houston  
Bernard Aptaker 1926-2015 Bernard Aptaker, born in Zakrzowek, Poland on the 20th of January 1926, to Murry Aptaker and Sarah Roesner Aptaker, passed away on the 29th of June 2015. Bernard was taken from his home at age 13 and interned by the Nazis in a series of concentration camps with his family for over three years. When he was liberated, the American army took notice of Bernard's proficiency at speaking over six languages and employed Bernard to work with intelligence officers to identify and capture German war criminals. He moved to New York in 1947 and landed his first job as a worker in a delicatessen. While his formal education was limited, the acumen that enabled his mastery of foreign languages translated to business. Bernard became a dance instructor, learned the trade and soon owned his own dance studios in Los Angeles after he relocated there. His investment in dance studios was just the beginning of a long and very successful business career. Bernard was an excellent and very successful entrepreneur who not only recognized opportunity but also had the courage and determination to seize and capitalize on it. While his primary focus became his vast real estate holdings, Bernard's business interests ranged from his initial dance school operations to trading precious gems in Africa. His experiences in the concentration camps, which included the death of his mother and his brother Moshe in the gas chambers, left emotional scars that, by his own admission, greatly affected his views of humanity. The hatred and cruelty he witnessed that was visited by one group of humans on an another led him never to marry or risk exposing children of his own to the horrors he witnessed. Bernard did, however, have a kind heart and charitable soul. He showed it most often in his love of animals, especially to his dogs, Zeus and Attar, that he cherished so much. He was an avid and aggressive philanthropist, especially when it came to causes for the protection of animals and fostering religious tolerance and understanding. Bernard is survived by his brothers Stanley and Richard; his cousin Nathan Apteker; his nieces Jan Aptaker and Debbie Aptaker Vaupen; his nephews Steven Allen Aptaker, Matthew Aptaker and Seth Aptaker; and his grand-nieces and nephews Heather Urfrig, Allison Aptaker, Michelle Aptaker, Max Vaupen, Alexander Vaupen and Miles Aptaker. A private ceremony for the scattering of Bernard's ashes was held in Malibu, California. In lieu of customary remembrances and in celebration of Bernard's generous philanthropy, memorial contributions may be directed to charities involved in the care and prevention of cruelty to animals, to organizations that foster religious tolerance and understanding, or to any charity of one's choice.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 2, 2015
Arellano, Jose - Houston  
Jose I. Arellano 1932-2015 Jose Isabel Arellano (Gonzalez) 1932-2015, bon in Concepcion Del Oro, Zacatecas to parents Jose Isabel Arellano Hernandez and Maria Altagracia Gonzalez Hernandez, passed away July 24, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josefina M. Arellano, Socorro Arellano and son Ricardo David Arellano; daughter, Maria Altagracia, his sister, Juanita Arellano, brothers, Manuel, J. Trinidad, J. Maria. Jose is survived by his brother, Homer Arellano, daughters, Maria Antonita Rodriguez (husband: Joel)(3), Maria Isabel "ChaCha" Cardenas (+Francisco) (2), sons, Juan Carlos Arellano (wife: Martha)(9), Jose Manuel Arellano (wife: Joan Ann Everitt); daughters Maria M. Garcia (Husband: John); Berta A. Perez (+Luis A.); Maria I. Williams; Marisol Enriquez (Husband: Gilbert). Grandchildren: Marikate, Michael, Joseph Everitt, Marcellina, Dominique and Gregorio Arellano; Rebecca Arreola (husband: Fredico), M. Katrina Torres, Cassie (husband: Homer), and Joshua Garcia (wife: Gloria); Louis A.(wife: Brandy), Christina Sanchez(husband: Eric), Joe E. (wife: Melia) and Ashley R. Rodriguez; Macleod, Xavier and Anastasia "Emma" Williams; Theresa Gibson (husband: Carl), Dana Vontour (husband: Patrick ), Monika Burgett (husband: Jonathan), Ricardo and Nadia Enriquez; Numerous Great- grandchildren and Great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts. Jose was a very active person in his community and beyond, he was a deacon at Immaculate Heart of Mary for many years, but since the death of his wife Josefina in 1992 was not a practicing deacon, but as a fisherman of men for the Lord continued God's work throughout his daily life. He touched people from all walks of life. He loved the Lord and was humbled by the Lord by His abundant blessings; he continued to learn from God Almighty and taught everyone about the Love and Peace of our Lord. Our dad believed and lived the following: "When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. When I'm feeling most ghost-like, it is you remembering me that helps remind me that I actually exist." - Frederick Bucchner We know for certainty that he is with our Lord and loved ones in Thy Heavenly Kingdom. Thank You Lord Almighty for sharing our earthly father with us for 83 years, may Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, may he rest in Thy tender merciful loving arms and Peace. Amen. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crespo's Funeral Home, 2516 Navigation Blvd. with a Rosary to begin at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 7539 Avenue K, Houston, Texas; Interment to follow at Brookside Cemetery, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 28, 2015
Atkinson, Albert - Bellaire  
Albert Atkinson 1950-2015 Albert Gentry Atkinson entered his final rest in the early morning hours of July 28, 2015, surrounded by loved ones. Al was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1950 and moved to Houston in 1970 to attend Rice University, where he received a BA in Physics and a Master of Architecture. Al loved to travel with his family. A voracious reader with an insatiable curiosity, he never lost a game of Trivial Pursuit, and nurtured passions in photography, astronomy, and art. He was an active member of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Ruling Elder and on several committees. Al had a keen wit and dry sense of humor, but also a deep sense of empathy and, most of all, kindness. He is survived by Beth, his wife of thirty years, sons Trent and Edward, daughter-in-law Linda, brothers John and Neely, and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or St. Philip Presbyterian Church. A memorial service to celebrate Al's life will take place on Friday, July 31st at 11 am at St. Philip Presbyterian Church located at 4807 San Felipe.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 30, 2015
Baldwin, David - Angleton  
David S. Baldwin, Jr. 1938-2015 David S. Baldwin, Jr., age 77 went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 30, 2015 at his home. He was born March 29, 1938, in Houston, Texas to David S. and Edna Cook Baldwin. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston. Visitation will be held from 5-8:30pm Sunday at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas. Funeral Mass will be 10am Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Danbury, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lorenda Lostak Baldwin; sons, Monte Baldwin (Tammi Byrd), Troy Baldwin and girlfriend Amber Korenek, daughters, Rhenda Baldwin and boyfriend Jeff Olsovsky, Gina Maness (Jimmy), brother, Danny Baldwin( Dani), brothers-in-law, Lonnie Lostak (Eloise), Harold Lostak , ( Risa), and former brother-in-law Wayne Garner; his six grandchildren, Wesley and Sheldon Baldwin, Brooke and Hannah Parker, Madison and Holden Dickerson. He is preceded in death by his parents; David S. and Edna Cook Baldwin, parents-in-law; Tommie "T.H." and Gladys Lostak and sister-in-law; Mollie Lostak Garner.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 1, 2015
Bateman, Anazora - HOUSTON  
Anazora Henson Bateman 1934-2015 Anazora Henson Bateman, 81, of Houston, Texas passed away on July 22, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2015 at 10 AM at Forest Park Lawndale and graveside will take place at Pitman Cemetery in Muldoon, Texas at 2 PM.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from July 24 to July 27, 2015
Bennett, Paul - Bartlesville  
Paul Bennett 1920-2015 Paul Bennett (1920 – 2015) A member of the "Greatest Generation." The B-17 Bomber Pilot has "slipped the surly bonds of earth", and now has "… put out (his) hand, and touched the face of God." Paul Bennett was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on April 3rd, 1920. He was the sixth of seven children born to Samuel Augustus Bennett and Blanche Deborah Forrester Bennett. He died on July 23, 2015 and is now reunited with his war-time bride, Mary Charlene Wiggins Bennett who preceded him in death on September 21, 2014. This December they would have been married 72 years. Those siblings who preceded him in death include Charles Gerald, William Forrester, Donald Samuel, and Margaret Esther. He is survived by his older sister Florence Jeannette Bennett Harkin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and by his younger brother, Richard Jay Bennett and his wife, Joanne Riney Bennett of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Paul graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1937, and then attended Oklahoma State University where he majored in industrial engineering. At OSU, he was a member of several prestigious engineering organizations and graduated in 1942, the same year as he enlisted in the United States Army. In the Army, his training included going New Haven, Connecticut to study at Yale. During 1943, he volunteered for pilot training and was sent to the Army Air Base at Santa Ana, California. 1943 was also the year he met Charlene Wiggins on a blind date that his sister, Florence Harkin and Charlene's sister Annie Wiggins Wells arranged. Three months later they were married on December 18, 1943 at the Army Chapel Santa Ana Air Base. He completed his training as a pilot on the B-17 Flying Fortress and was assigned to various bases in the United States. The war ended before he was deployed to Europe. He remained in the active reserves until July 28, 1955 and was discharged as a First Lieutenant. Paul returned to his home town to work for Phillips Petroleum Company. In 1952, Paul decided to work for Vinson Supply Company in Amarillo, Texas. He spent the next two decades in management positions in Amarillo, New Orleans, Houston and London. His last years with Vinson were spent as the Company's Senior Vice President in London, England. Paul retired from Vinson and then spent the next six years as the office manager for Bennett, Broocks, Baker and Lange Law Firm in Houston, Texas. After his retirement Paul and Shawn continued their world travels, with trips spanning the globe. During the years in Amarillo, New Orleans, and finally Houston, Paul was involved in church and community activities. He grew up in the First Christian Church of Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he was baptized and developed a deep love for Christian community. He held the position of Elder in their churches in Amarillo, New Orleans and Houston. He and Shawn were amongst the founding members of Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. Paul and Shawn hosted a weekly Bible study at their home and greatly enjoyed all who came and the lessons learned. Paul and Shawn found their greatest joy and pleasure with their family. For many years they lived at on Blue Bonnet Street; Shawn called it the "Happy House", where the door was always open for family gatherings on every holiday. Their enjoyment in entertaining encompassed many groups. It was a rare weekend that some special dinner or party was not held at their home where no one was ever a stranger. It was clear that after 70 years of marriage, the last year for Paul was difficult after Shawn passed. He was surrounded by his devoted children and other family members, as well as his church family. He is survived by his children: Paul Jr. and Judy Bennett of Denver, Colorado and their children: Holly Bennett Horner and her spouse, Dr. Peder Horner, and Dr. Paul Martin (Marty) Bennett and his spouse, Jennie Rebecca of Denver, Colorado; Robert "Bob" Bennett of Houston, TX and his children : Sarah Bennett Hawkins and her spouse David Hawkins of New York City, NY, and Andrew Bennett of Austin, Texas; Jenny Bennett of Houston, TX and her daughter Kalimba Bennett Tuck and her spouse Nate Tuck of Los Angeles, CA. Great grandchildren include Hannah Horner, Bennett Horner, Jackson Bennett, Lucas Bennett, Emily Bennett, Atlas Tuck and Johnny Hawkins. The family also wishes to thank Mrs. Melba Brown who has been a constant companion to Paul and Shawn for the last 5 years. A memorial service will be held Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, on August 1st, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, all donations should be directed to Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from July 29 to July 30, 2015
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