Pauline Anna Wesselman

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Pauline Anna Wesselman died Thursday, July 7, 2016, at The Village at The Woodlands®Waterway in The Woodlands at the age of 86. She was born in Austin, Texas on May 2, 1930. She was the daughter of Walter and Gertrude Paulissen. She had five brothers, Walter, Theodore, Robert, Richard and John Bernard. She attended St. Austin's parish grade school and Saint Mary's High School Academy in Austin, the University of Texas and the University of Southern Mississippi. She grew up in Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood across the street from the Elisabet Ney Studio and Museum. Her father operated a family bakery and she enjoyed various recreational pursuits, including swimming in Lake Travis. She attended UT and became active in its Newman Center for Catholic students, where she met her future husband of 63 years, John Wesselman. The couple married in 1953. Pauline worked for the U.S. Selective Service System as John finished his geology studies. She and John had eight children. Her children were the pride and joy of her life. She always had time to talk about them.

They lived wherever John's jobs in the oil field and geology took him. In their early days, they lived in various cities in West Texas and Houston before the family moved to Bay Saint Louis, MS, where John retired from the United States Geological Survey in 1983.

As the family grew, vacations were often spent camping or hiking in destinations from Key West, FL to a campsite at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Regardless of where the family traveled, Pauline could find the nearest Catholic parish. She generally ushered a station wagon of children out of tents and into church each Sunday, hopefully before the Gospel was read. To her children, she stressed education, common sense, independent thinking, and a devotion to family through good times and bad. Her children are all college graduates, who learned life skills like how to cook, sew, and read a newspaper stock market page with her help. She modeled lifelong learning, as she studied art, ceramics, and business when her youngest children were old enough to cook supper for the family while she went to night school. She earned a business degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and tried her hand at real estate. After John retired, their family made a new home in the Sam Houston National Forest west of New Waverly. As the last of their children left home, the forest home became a favorite gathering spot for children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Family gatherings included work in the forest, hearty meals, the occasional fireworks display, and, of course, legendary bonfires. In retirement, John and Pauline traveled across the nation and to countries on four continents to keep up with adult children working in Australia, Japan, South America, England and elsewhere.

Pauline was a devout Catholic. The church was the most important thing in her life. She and John were members of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in New Waverly for more than 30 years. She is survived by her husband John, her children, Francis Wesselman of Palmer; Catherine Neff of Corinth, MS; William Wesselman of Knoxville, TN; Carol Gaytan, of Angleton; Alice Wesselman, of Greensboro, NC; Michael Wesselman, of Montgomery, Timothy Wesselman, of Albany, GA, and James Wesselman of West Columbia, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Father Richard Paulissen of Houston, and other relatives. Her arrangements will be handled by Cavazos Funeral Home of Houston. Family will receive visitors at the Cavazos Funeral Home at 2000 Cypress Landing Road in Houston at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, with a Rosary being recited at 6 p.m. Father Paulissen will lead celebration of a Mass of the Resurrection at noon on Friday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Waverly. At 11:30 a.m. in the church vestibule, an open casket viewing will precede the service, which will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.


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