Matagorda County Obituaries
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Charles Theodore Schaedel Jr.

March 17, 1922 - August 2, 2014

Charles Theodore Schaedel Jr., 92, passed away peacefully at home August 2, 2014 in Fort Worth, surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be arranged at a future date, in the Founders Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Grapevine. Private interment will be at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of choice.

Charles was born March 17, 1922, in Bay City, Texas, to Charles T. and Etta Lee (Woolsey) Schaedel. Shortly after his birth, he moved with his parents back to Africa, where they resumed their Methodist missionary work in the Wembo Nyama District of the then Belgian Congo. His mother taught and his father operated a river steamer named “S. S. Texas” on the Congo River.

After his 1929 return to Texas with his family, including a sister, Minnie Lee, Charles spent his youth in Bay City, graduating from Bay City High School in 1940. Following in his father’s footsteps, Charles entered Texas A&M University, majoring in engineering, serving in the Corps of Cadets and playing tuba in the Aggie Band.

Cutting his education short, he joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 as a Lieutenant, stationed first at Bradley Field in Connecticut as assistant engineering officer. His tour in the Pacific Theatre concluded with a final posting at Guam. While at Bradley Field, Charles met Sylvia Ann Grochmal from nearby Indian Orchard, MA, and on his stateside return, they married on May 13, 1945. Sylvia died June 29, 2005, just after their 60th wedding anniversary.

Following the war, the Schaedel’s moved to Bryan-College Station, where Charles returned to his studies at A&M, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While in Bryan, the Schaedel’s welcomed their first daughter, Mary Carol. The family then moved to Fort Worth, where Charles worked for Consolidated Vultee (Convair), now Lockheed-Martin, on a variety of projects, including the secret Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft (NEPA) program. While at Convair, he completed his Masters in Engineering at SMU in 1959, continuing his work in nuclear energy.

During their years in Fort Worth, the Schaedel’s welcomed two more daughters, Kathleen and Laurine. In the summer of 1963, the family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where Charles worked for Westinghouse Electrical Corporation’s Astronuclear Laboratory as a test planner and analyst. He was later named senior engineer of the company’s NERVA Reactor Assembly project designed to power the first long range space vehicles. His work focused primarily on propulsion to Mars.

Westinghouse transferred Charles and his family to Washington State in 1971, where he continued his work in radioactive control technology at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory. His work also included research and development of the Breeder Reactor program.

After concluding his work at Hanford, Charles and Sylvia remained in Kennewick, WA, where he continued to consult on a variety of nuclear energy projects. After Sylvia’s death in 2005, Charles came back to Texas to be closer to his family. Following the legacy of his parents, Charles was active in his church work and volunteered across his community. His deep faith, wide smile, infectious laugh and generous spirit brought him love and admiration from all who met him.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Sylvia A. Schaedel; daughter, Kathleen Schaedel Cox; and sister, Dr. Minnie Lee Schaedel Lancaster, of Grapevine.

The family is deeply grateful to Charles’ caregivers and friends, Darryl Sanders, Mary Jane Ashton, Paul and Mary Beth Marsh, Gloria, Beverly and the staff of Caring Hearts and Freedom Hospice Services.

Survivors include his daughters, the Rev. Mary Carol Schaedel and partner Mary Ellen Cravotta of Little Elm, and Laurie Schaedel McGown and husband Quentin of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Tammy Cox of Detroit and Christopher Cox and wife Rana of Roseville, CA; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Channing Cox; nephews, Charles, Tim and David Lancaster; and great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements with Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104. 817-336-0345.

Bay City Tribune, August 20, 2014


Ottmar Schimek
(September 22, 1923 - May 8, 2014)

Ottmar Schimek of Bay City, passed away on May 8, 2014, at the age of 90. He was born on Sept. 22, 1923 in Schulenburg, TX to Henry Schimek and Christina Wentrcha Schimek. Ottmar moved to Matagorda Co. in 1928. He married Martha Jane Schimek on Sept. 8, 1943, and moved to Bay City. For the next twenty years he worked for Matagorda Wholesalers. Then he worked at Celanese until 1988. After that, he helped his son-in-law with farming rice for many years. Ottmar enjoyed volunteering his time as a Little League baseball umpire for 10 years. He was an avid Blackcat football fan, attending games for over 60 years, as well as Hilliard Panther games. Another past-time was supporting his grandchildren in sporting events. Ottmar was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and the Celanese Retirees. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Martha Jane Schimek; daughters Janice Corporon (Russell) of Collegeport, TX and Sylvia Huey (Jimmy) of Bay City; son Ottmar Schimek, Jr. (Joanna) of Anahuac, TX.; sister Henrietta Schlueter (Jim) of Pineville, LA; Grandchildren: Kim Stewart (Curtis), Todd Corporon (Kellie), Taylor Schimek (Erika), John Wheeler, Daniel Wheeler (Corrie), Meredith Schimek (Raymond Rivon), Stephen Huey, and John Huey (Laura). Also, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Ottmar was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Cecilia Harvey and Genevia Hoffman. Visitation will be 5pm until 8pm Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Mark Stoub officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Corporon, Taylor Schimek, John Wheeler, Daniel Wheeler, Stephen Huey, John Huey, Curtis Stewart, and Raymond Rivon. Hononary pallbearers will be Jud Austin, Clyde Workman, Kimberly Stewart, Meredith Schimek, nieces and nephews.

www.taylorbros.net
 


Louis J. Senkyrik, Jr. - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Oma M. Settle - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Manley Sexton & Theresa Sexton - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Kimberley Ware Shafer - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Robert E. Shafer - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Mary Ann Shamblin - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Thomas L. Shannon & Netta Lee Shannon - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Doris Pate Shillingburg - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Jocelyn Jeannene Shine - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


William "Bill" Shine
(October 12, 1926 - June 13, 2010)

Bill Shine, 83, of Katy passed away Sunday June 13, 2010. He was born October 12, 1926 in New York City to the late William Martin & Irene Debra Shine. Bill was a life long educator, and served his country as a Signalman Third Class during World War II as a member of the United States Navy.

He is survived by his 2 sons: Giles Shine & Jeff Shine both of Katy; and 2 granddaughters: Brittany & Bethany Shine. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Jocelyn Jeannene McIver Shine in 1980, and 2 sisters: Irene Judge & Virginia Appleyard.

A graveside service with Veteran Honors, performed by VFW Post 2438, will be held 10:00 AM Friday, June 25, 2010 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

www.taylorbros.net             Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Hassie Shiver - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Millard C. Shivers & Mary A. Shivers - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Isaac W. Showers & Ima Showers - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Tony M. Showers & Hattie Showers - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Felton Shumate - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Philip M. "Felipe" Silva - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Primitivo Silva & Maria Silva - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Alton Glen Simmons - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Glen Louis Simmons - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Rosalie E. Simmons - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Andrew Frank Simons - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Mary A. Sipula - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Thelma Sirmon
(October 12, 1911 - November 24, 2006)

Thelma Sirmon, 95, of Bay City passed away November 24, 2006. She was born October 12, 1911 in Rockwall, Texas to William Clyde Sansing and Naomi Thompson Sansing. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a longtime resident of Bay City.

Survivors include her daughter Thelma Jean Parma of Lake Jackson, granddaughter Patti Phillips & her husband Cliff and great grandson Clay Phillips all of Lake Jackson.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Sunday, November 26, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Zimmerman and Rev. William Hodge officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers include Clay Phillips, Cliff Phillips, John Ashcraft, Jimmy Sansing, Donald Northcutt and Matt Ashcraft.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Children's Playground in Bay City.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

www.taylorbros.net                                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Catherine Skinner - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Henry Skuca - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

John A. Skuca & Anna Skuca - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Johnie Silvester Skuca - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Dorothy Louise Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


E. C. "Gene" Smith
(March 19, 1913 - November 19, 2009)

E. C. “Gene” Smith, 96, of Bay City passed away Nov. 19, 2009. He was born March 19, 1913 in Hopkins County, Arkansas to the late George Robert and Minnie Vola Carter Smith. He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County; past Noble Grand of IOOF Lodge #81; held numerous state offices with IOOF; member of Eagles Lodge; was an original member of the Medicare Band playing rhythm guitar and bowled twice a week with the Sterling Silver Seniors team.

His wife Annie Jo “Jody” Smith, son Robert Spencer Smith and great grandson Logan Shane Smith preceded him in death. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law David Eugene & Betty Smith of Houston and Larry Wayne & Polly Smith of Baytown; sisters Georgie Knight of Bay City and Shirley Barfield of Sweeny; 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. His grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Bay City Tribune, Published November 24, 2009                               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


Neva Faye Teat Smith
Dec. 16, 1922 - Sept. 29, 2009

Neva Faye Teat Smith, born December 16, 1922 in Irene, Texas passed away on September 29, 2009.

Her parents Katie Lee Teat and Rex Teat Sr. moved to Clemville, Texas in the 1920's. She met and married Fred Maynard Smith of Bay City on September 6, 1940. They moved to Newgulf, Texas where he worked for Texas Gulf Sulpher Co. until his death in 1981.

She is survived by: her sons, James Clayton and wife Mary, Robert Wayne, and Gary Lynn and wife Dale; brother, Clayton Teat. and numerous grandchildren and great grand children. Her love for family will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City at 10:00 a.m. on Friday on Oct.2, 2009.

Bay City Tribune, Published October 2, 2009                               Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


 


J. L. Smith & Elizabeth Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Maxwell L. Smith & Leslie A. Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Maurice H. Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Paul J. Smith & Ruth A. Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Rufus L. Smith & Nettie B. Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 

Weldon Bailey Smith - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

 


Cole Anthony Spenneberg
May 8, 2003 - September 13, 2014

Cole Anthony Spenneberg was born May 8, 2003, in Clarksville, Indiana and passed away September 13, 2014, in Markham, Texas.

He is survived by his parents, T.J. and Christina Spenneberg; grandparents, Kenneth and Annie Elliott, Betty Spenneberg and Gary Haynes, and Tony and Wendy Spenneberg; sister, Maleah Nicole Spenneberg; and brothers, Anthony Elliott and Kaiden DeWoody.

A Memorial service will be held Monday, September 22, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Smiles (Easter Seals), 4500 Bissonnet St., Houston, Texas 77401.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas, 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, September 21, 2014
 


Seth Taylor Steves
April 23, 1936 – August 8, 2014

Seth Taylor Steves, 78, of Bay City, Texas, passed on to his heavenly home on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Houston, Texas after battling a brief illness.

A fifth generation descendant of Bailey Hardeman, one of the original signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Taylor was born on April 23, 1936 in Austin, Texas, to Bert Charles Steves and Frances Taylor Steves. The family returned to Bay City, where Taylor grew up and graduated from Bay City High School in 1954. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1959, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, maintaining his friendships with his fraternity brothers until his death. After marrying Sandra his senior year and graduating, they returned to Bay City, where he joined his father as the third generation in the family furniture business.

Taylor was married to the love of his life, Sandra, his beloved bride of fifty-five years. The honor and love they possessed for one another was the foundation of their happy home as their family grew and they were blessed with three children, Mary Frances, Jean Claire, and Scott Taylor.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Taylor became a strong supporter and a pillar of the Bay City community. He embodied the role as Good Samaritan by his numerous contributions to all civic, religious and social organizations in the Matagorda County communities.

As a member of the Jaycees, he was an officer and was named Man of the Year. As a Rotarian, he served as president and a thirty-year sponsor of the Bay City High School Boys Interact Club. He was honored by Rotary International with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He was instrumental in establishing the Festival Arts program, bringing cultural entertainment to the community and worked tirelessly promoting this worthwhile program. He was elected as a trustee of the Bay City Independent School District and also elected to the Port of Bay City Authority of Matagorda County and served for many years until his death. Taylor was a lifetime member of the Bay City Public Library Association and supported the Matagorda County Museum in many ways, including participating in the Gourmet Guys fundraiser, since its inception. Both Taylor and Sandra were honored by their community as the Bay City Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year in 1990. Taylor was also honored by the Walmart Foundation as a recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award.

Taylor possessed a contagious sense of humor and love and respect for the life God had given him. As a member of the First United Methodist Church, he served in many capacities. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees and served wherever he was needed. As a choir member, he sang joyously and shared his love of music and his faith. He was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and Cookers for Christ, an outreach project of the church.

Taylor was a loving and devoted grandson to Seth and Ella Hawkins Taylor, a loving and devoted son to his parents, Bert and Frances Steves, a loving brother to his sister, Marthella Steves Simpson Spoonemore, and a devoted great-nephew to his great-aunt, Frances Taylor, all who preceded him in death.

Taylor leaves a legacy of faith, hope and love to all who encountered him. To know him was to love him, because he touched everyone with his abounding joy, strength and goodness, which he exhibited in his daily life.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Sandra; daughter, Mary Frances and husband Troy Hatchett; daughter, Jean Claire and husband John Muskiet; son, Scott Steves and wife Michelle; grandchildren, Claire and husband Brian Carter, Meredith Steves, Morgan Steves, Jordan Kubeczka, Anna Hatchett, Hayden Steves, Avery Steves, Chance Muskiet and Whitney Muskiet; great-grandson, Seth Wayne Carter; brother, Lew Steves and wife Judy; sister, Savanna and husband Albert Franklin; sister, Diana and husband John Null; sister-in-law, Linda and husband Gordon Harrell; sister-in-law, Judy and husband Don Ray; brother-in-law, David Kirkland; brother-in-law, James Spoonemore; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and many loving friends.

A celebration of life memorial service will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Bay City, Texas.

In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests, with gratitude that memorial contributions in Taylor’s honor, be made to the stained glass restoration fund at the First United Methodist Church, 2304 Avenue H, Bay City TX 77414.

Bay City Tribune, August 12, 2014
 


Aubin Cox Sumers
February 23, 1924 - August 29, 2014

Aubin Cox Sumers of El Campo, TX, died August 29, 2014, at the age of 90.

She was born on February 23, 1924 in Shreveport, LA, to the late C. R. and Gertrude Poage Cox. She was committed to her family, church and community. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, life member of the Women of the Church, served on the board of the Heritage Center. She was the first Queen of the Bay City Rice Festival, and was honored as Bonus Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

She is survived by her sons, George W. “Bill” Sumers III and wife Helen Dale of Austin, R. Sprague Sumers of Katy, Christopher W. Sumers and wife Donna of Nassau Bay; daughter, Lorey Sumers of Sugar Land; and grandchildren, Frank Cobb Vaughan Jr., Seth Sumers Vaughan, Hannah Aubin Sumers, Sprague Petersen Sumers and Trent Bruce Sumers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George W. Sumers Jr.; brothers, C. R. Cox Jr. and W. R. Cox; sisters, Patty Wyse and Margaret Alice Delerno.

Visitation was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo, with the family receiving friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, September 1, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Chuck Kimball officiating.

Entombment followed at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers were Cobb Vaughan, Seth Vaughan, Sprague Sumers, Trent Sumers, John Hancock Jr., John Hancock III, Myatt Hancock, Hefner Appling Jr., and Joe Bruce Hancock.

Memorial donations in memory of Aubin Sumers may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at triskafuneralhome.com.

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, TX. 979-543-3681.

Bay City Tribune, September 3, 2014
 


Kathrien Sue Porter Sump
August 1, 1936 - August 18, 2014

Kathrien Sue Porter Sump, 78, of Bay City, TX, passed away August 18, 2014.

She was born August 1, 1936 in Bay City, TX, to the late William F. Porter and Laura B. Oates Porter.

Sue and her loving and devoted husband, Ladell H. Sump, celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 2, 2014. She worked along with her husband for many years as co-owner of Sump’s Appliance Care & Air and was a devoted member of the First Christian Church.

Sue graduated from Bay City High School in 1954. She attended the Houston School of Dance post-graduation and taught dance in Bay City, El Campo, and Palacios for many years. She attended the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ all of her life. Sue was a church elder, chairman of the board and a Sunday School teacher. She loved singing with her beautiful alto voice in the church choir. She was involved in the Bay City Garden Club, Historical Commission, Bay City High School band aide and Aristocat dance team mom, and Little League Parent Association.

She was preceded in death by her sister, June Evelyn Brown; brother, Ted Eugene Brown; sister-in-law, Johnnie Brown; and niece, Diana Sue Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Ladell H. Sump of Bay City; daughter, Gretchen Sump Mills and her husband Richard of Sugar Land; son, Jonathan Dale Sump and his wife Jeri Lyn of Austin; brother, William “Bill” Brown and his wife Carlene of Bastrop; and grandchildren, Kimberlee Sue (Sump) Ralph and her husband Benjamin, Timothy Dale Sump, Bethany Lyn Sump and Rowan Elizabeth Mills.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Tom Quirk officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dale Sump, Timothy Sump, Richard Mills, Benjamin Ralph, Charles Brown and Larry Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Spoonemore, Gary Brown and Al Gajeske.

Please make memorials in her name to The Gideons International, First Christian Church or charity of your choice.

Bay City Tribune, August 24, 2014

 

 

 

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