Broussard’s Mortuary Nederland


505, North 12th Street, Nederland, Texas, 77627, United States,

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Broussard’s Mortuary Nederland Obituaries

James Tomplait
February 18, 1933 - May 24, 2022

James Alton Tomplait, 89, of Nederland, died Tuesday, May 24, 2022. He was born February 18, 1933, in Port Arthur, to Mary Ursula Savoy Tomplait and Joseph Dalton Tomplait, Sr. James was a member of Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his children, Misty LeDoux and husband, Jeremy, of Nederland; Terri Eldridge and husband, Doug, of Nederland; Susan Yarbrough, of Groves; and Jerry Tomplait and wife, Dona, of Fresno; grandchildren, Megan Meza and husband, Carl; Christian LeDoux and wife, Esther; Gage Eldrigde and fiancé, Megan; Madison Eldridge; Ronald Yarbrough; Guy Tomplait and wife, Karol; Jamie Potter and husband, Cody; Wil Tompait and wife, Kayla; Angela Guillory and husband, Trey; Keilah Drake and husband, William; Sandra Wright and husband, Samuel; Tabitha Tomplait; and Timothy Tomplait and wife, Jessica; and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carolyn Kay Ingo Tomplait; son, James Alton “Jimmy” Tomplait, Jr.; and eleven […]

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Sylvia Mata Broussard
February 14, 1958 - May 23, 2022

Sylvia Mata Broussard, 64, of Groves, died Monday, May 23, 2022, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. She was born February 14, 1958, in Newgulf, to Alicia Becerra Mata and Catarino Burchell Mata. Sylvia was a proud veteran of the United States Armed Forces and served her country with honor. She loved spending time with her “grandbabies”, as she called them (no matter how old they were), attending family get-togethers, reading, thrift store shopping, listening to music, taking trips to Galveston, and loudly cheering on her New Orleans Saints. Survivors include her beloved husband, Michael Broussard, of Groves; beloved daughters, Stacey Rayner and husband, Andrew, of Katy; Ruby Balsano and husband, Blake, of Port Neches; Elisa Garrison and husband, Brent, of Port Neches; six beautiful grandchildren, Cameron Valka, Tristen Balsano, Bonnie Balsano, Madden Rayner, Eve Rayner, and Trudy Rayner; and siblings, Rebecca Mata Bowers and husband, Alvin, of Richmond, […]

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Robert E. Lynch
November 19, 1947 - May 19, 2022

Robert gained his wings, Thursday, May 19, 2022, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, with his wife by his side. He was born in Oakland, California, on November 19, 1947, to Earl and Iola Lynch. His family moved to the Port Arthur area when he was a small child. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and married Susan, his high school sweetheart, in 1967. They had two daughters and two granddaughters. He loved them with his whole heart and would do anything to make them happy. There were many family vacations with daughters and granddaughters. He loved when his daughters and granddaughters asked him for help. When his granddaughters spent the night, they would wake up to a clean car, with cash on the seat. Survivors include his wife, Susan Lynch; daughter, Cheri McCorvy and husband, Patrick; two granddaughters, Mae McCorvy and Kenzie McCorvy; two brothers, James Lynch and wife, Judy, […]

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James Klock, Sr.
February 12, 1948 - May 15, 2022

James Montgomery “Jim” Klock, Sr., 74, of Port Arthur, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, May 15, 2022. He was born February 12, 1948, in Urbana, New York, to Marjorie Stinson Klock and Foster Montgomery Klock. Jim enjoyed cooking, traveling, and driving wrecker for H & H Towing. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl McMillion, of Port Arthur; children, Brittany Klock; Natasha Hazlip and spouse, Trista, and family; James Klock, Jr., all of Nederland; and Tammy Stanley, of North Carolina; grandchildren, Veronica Spangenberg and spouse, Gordon, and family, of New York; Terry Klock; Timothy Klock; Kurtis Dickson; and Jammie Brown; nieces and nephews, Carrie Klock, of Nederland; Jerry Klock, Jr.; Tina Harris; Jamie Klock; Kelly Archer; Josh Klock; Brandi Vandiver; and Curt Boneaux; and many extended family members. He is preceded in death by his parents; late wife, Debra Klock; daughter, Dalinda Klock; siblings, Terry Klock; Jerry Klock, Sr.; and Marlene […]

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Mary Medina
February 26, 1941 - May 14, 2022

Mary Louise Medina, 81, of Nederland, died Saturday, May 14, 2022. She was born February 26, 1941, in San Antonio, to Salud Acosta Reza and Gerardo Reza, Sr. Mary worked in the medical field as a Licensed Vocational Nurse for thirty years. In her early years, she enjoyed fishing and cherished the memories made at Crystal Beach every 4th of July. She and her family would spend a week or two at the beach including her daughters’ friends that became more like her own “adopted” children. Mary also enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her plants and flowers. She was a fabulous cook, and everyone loved her tamales, beans, and rice. Mary was fondly called “Mom” by many. Survivors include her husband, Gene Medina, of Nederland; daughters, Renee Byrd, of Lumberton; Lisa Durso, of Bridge City; Mickie Willit, of Red Oak; and Carmelita Sparks, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Shanna; April; Amanda; Zach; […]

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Sherwood Ronald “Moe” Cully
August 19, 1941 - May 8, 2022

Moe Cully, of Port Arthur, Texas, took his last breath at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Groves, Texas, on May 8, 2022. The love of his life, Henny, and his children were gathered around him, holding his hands, just as they hoped to. Moe was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, on August 19, 1941 to the late John D. and Ethel (Waldron) O’Berry.  About the age of 10, his family moved to St. Petersburg, FL.  Shortly after this, Moe discovered a neighbor’s printing press in his garage that he found very interesting.  This is what got him started in the printing industry. After schooling and training, Moe went to work for a chain of newspapers and worked for many of them around the country.  He settled in Port Arthur in 1973 and worked for the Port Arthur News as a pressroom superintendent.  Moe met his bride of 47 years at […]

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Donald Ray Sewell, Sr.
July 18, 1945 - May 7, 2022

Donald Ray Sewell, Sr., 76, of Groves, Texas, died Saturday May 7, 2022, at Forever Young Home in Groves.  He was born July 18, 1945, in Nixon, Texas, to Margaret and Jay Sewell. Don spent his early years in San Antonio, Texas.  As a teenager, he was taught by the infinitely kind John W. Lizana to be an honest and skilled automotive mechanic.  As a young man, he moved to Port Neches, where he spent most of the next fifty plus years in “the Golden Triangle” area.  He worked at Jefferson Chemical, then returned to his calling as an automotive mechanic. Don was known for his gentle nature, an affection for teasing, his gypsy soul, an unselfishness and willingness to always help others, and living life on his own schedule. He touched the hearts of all he met, leaving everyone feeling as though they had a life-long friend in him. […]

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Ruth Meeks
July 15, 1933 - May 6, 2022

Ruth Meeks, 88, of Nederland, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022. Ruth was born July 15, 1933 in Clermont, Georgia.  Ruth dedicated her life to her family. She was a loving, devoted wife of 68 years to Jim, her best friend and husband.  Jim and Ruth completed each other and were the true definition of soul mates.  Ruth was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother whose world revolved around her family.  She never missed an opportunity to boast about her kids and grandkids.  She enjoyed cooking, decorating, taking care of animals and delivering cakes to all her friends and neighbors.  Ruth was a caretaker by nature and always made sure anyone who entered their home had a plate of food and a glass of sweet tea.  Ruth was loved beyond words and will be truly missed. She is survived by her husband, Jim Meeks; sons, Steve Meeks and Mike Meeks; […]

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Janella Castille
January 28, 1931 - May 5, 2022

Janella Castille, 91, of Port Arthur, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 5, 2022. She left this earth surrounded by her family. Jane, as her friends and family called her, was born January 28, 1931, in Ville Platte, Louisiana. She was an only child. She moved to Texas in 1940 when her father was employed by Gulf Oil. She married her sweetheart, Roy Castille when she was 16, and they immediately began their family. She was a loving mother to three children, and adored her seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and the apple of her eye, her one great-great-grandson. She is celebrated and mourned for by her children, Peggy Mullins and Sandy; Crystal Noyola and husband, Greg; and Linton Castille and wife, Alice; grandchildren, Dylan Noyola; Sandy Shugart; Carrie Ford; Donald Castille; and David Mullins; and numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Janella is preceded in death by her […]

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Virginia Furlong Dickson
April 1, 1931 - May 2, 2022

Virginia Furlong Dickson, 91, of Nederland, died Monday, May 2, 2022, at Arden Place of Beaumont. She was born April 1, 1931, in Joplin, Missouri, to Helen Phelps Hunter and Lawrence Hunter. Survivors include her son, Tommy Smith and wife, Gwen, of Alma, Nebraska; grandchildren, Renee Moity; James Moity; Shelly Moity, all of Nederland; Shannon Kruback; Thomas Smith; Phillip Smith; and Lacey Bantam, all of Nebraska; twenty-four great- grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William “Fuzzy” Furlong; second husband, Graham Dickson; and daughter, Helen Moity. A gathering of Mrs. Dickson’s family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., with her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her entombment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Memorial contributions in honor of Mrs. Dickson may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, […]

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Michael Wright
October 6, 1994 - May 1, 2022

Michael Alan Wright, 27, of Port Acres, died Sunday, May 1, 2022. He was born October 6, 1994, in Port Arthur. Michael loved wrestling, video games, and his dog. He will be remembered as a loving son, grandson, brother, and friend to all. Survivors include his father, Cody Sewell and wife, Angela; mother, Elizabeth Landry and husband, Robert; brother, Keano Lane; sister, Samantha Lane; grandparents, Carolyn Sewell; Gary Sewell and wife, Patricia; and Pam Wright; great-grandfather, Joe Hughes; numerous aunts and uncles; and a host of other relatives and friends. Michael will be especially missed by his faithful canine companion, Jerry. Cremation arrangements for Michael will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Memorial contributions in honor of Michael may be made to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

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Ovelia “Vee” Battaglio
November 17, 1947 - April 30, 2022

Ovelia “Vee” Battaglio, 74, of Fannett, died Saturday, April 30, 2022. She was born November 17, 1947, in Port Arthur, to Verna Henrietta Vanbrocklin Arceneaux and Paul Arceneaux. Vee enjoyed playing bingo, slot machines, and reading. She loved watching old Westerns, game shows, and Judge Judy. Most of all, Vee loved to spend time with her family. Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Rinehart; grandchildren, Makayla McDonald; Jordan Tubbs; and Mason Tubbs; great-grandchildren, Michael Tubbs III; Keegen Tubbs; Johnnie Tubbs; Shaylin Frederick; Baker Frederick; Mason Tubbs II; Briggs McDonald; and Chevi Tubbs. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnnie Battaglio; grandson, Michael Tubbs; and great-grandson, Ryder Tubbs. A gathering of Mrs. Battaglio’s family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Faith United Methodist Church, 18895 FM 365, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Memory Gardens of […]

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George H. Smith
December 3, 1938 - April 27, 2022

George H. Smith, 83, of Nederland, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. He was born December 3, 1938, in Voth, Texas, to Mary Margaret Kibodeaux Smith and Hubert George Smith. He was a United States Marine veteran having served during the Vietnam era. George was a faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Nederland. He retired from BASF as a maintenance supervisor after thirty-four years. He enjoyed gardening and raising cattle and was quite the handy man. He even built a beach house. George was an excellent cook especially, his meatballs and gravy. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandpa. Survivors include his wife of thirty-one years, Saundra Smith, of Nederland; children, Sharon Williamson and husband, Roger, of Dallas; Stacey Richards and husband, Paul, of Village Mills; Geri Reid and husband, Stephen, of Nederland; Frank Smith, of […]

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Jason Parker
January 5, 1982 - April 26, 2022

Jason Michael Parker, 40, of Nederland, died Tuesday, April 26, 2022. He was born January 5, 1982, in Waco, to Melody Lynn Cook Parker and Michael Lee Parker. Jason graduated from Jasper High School in 2000. During his high school years, he loved theater arts which drove him to graduate from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theater Arts. Jason was a uniquely intelligent and quirky person. In his younger years, he had an impressive penny collection. He also had an uncanny ability to sleep through his alarm and could wake the whole neighborhood with his snoring. Jason’s personality shined brightly as he engaged with everyone he encountered with his lighthearted and entertaining nature.  He had an amazing sense of humor, compelling charisma, and musical talents that followed him everywhere. Jason shared his passion with the world in a beautiful way that will be greatly missed. Jason […]

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Virginia “Jenny” Olbrich
August 11, 1948 - April 25, 2022

Virginia “Jenny” Louise Olbrich, 73, of Nederland, Texas passed away Monday, April 25, 2022, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born August 11, 1948, in Port Arthur, to Lucille Willett Allen and William R. Allen, Sr. Jenny graduated from Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson High School in 1966. She was a beautician and housewife, as well as, worked with her mother and cousin at Kay-Lou Collectables for a season. Jenny enjoyed playing bingo, taking trips to the casino, and visiting with folks. Above all else, she cherished her family and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and Nanee. She is survived by her daughters, Gina Dorsey and husband, Scott, of Nederland and Amber Seward, of Groves; grandchildren, Spenser Dorsey and wife, Alyssa; Tyler Dorsey; Jason Seward; and Blake Seward and girlfriend, Kayleigh Kingston; great-grandchildren, Emma and Ellie Dorsey; sister, Rhonda Dismukes and […]

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Gail Markerson Luke
October 11, 1939 - April 24, 2022

Gail Markerson Luke, 82, of Nederland, died Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. She was born October 11, 1939, in Franklin, Louisiana, to Gladys Fontenot and Matthew Markerson. Gail was an excellent cook. She loved to work in the garden, travel, and spend time with her family. Her family and grandchildren were the most important thing in her life. Gail will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and granny. Survivors include her husband of over sixty-one years, Royce Luke; son, Scott Luke and wife, Regan, of Houston; daughter, Karen Luke Angelle and husband, Kim, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; grandchildren, Alexandria Lutz and fiancé, Cody Mangum; Ian Lutz; and Hudson and Piper Luke; sister, Jane Polito, of Lafayette, Louisiana; and numerous other loving nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ray Markerson. Mrs. Luke’s […]

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Scott Daniel Willis
March 4, 1982 - April 22, 2022

Scott Daniel Willis, 40, of Port Arthur, TX passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 22, 2022.  Scott was born to Donald E. and Carolyn Cagle Willis in Port Arthur on March 4, 1982, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Although Scott was born in Port Arthur, he grew up in Nederland attending Helena Elementary School, C.O.Wilson Junior High, and graduated with honors  from Nederland High School in 2000. While attending high school, Scott was very active in football, track and field, band, and FFA.  Scott served as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Nederland FFA chapter while raising and showing broilers, capons, turkeys, hogs, and a beef heifer at the South Texas State Fair and Houston Livestock Show.  After high school, Scott attended Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Poultry Science. He then began a career in the textile industry in Southern California before returning […]

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John Daigle
November 23, 1962 - April 20, 2022

John Wayne Daigle, 59, of Nederland, died Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He was born November 23, 1962, in Lafayette, Louisiana, to Beverly LeMaire Daigle and Sidney George Daigle. Survivors include his mother, Clara Smith; sons, Sidney Daigle and J.J. Daigle and wife, Kaylee; sister, Wanda Daigle; godchild, Laura DeVille Gaspard; nieces, Eva Norton Ramsey and Chasity Daigle; and great-nephews, John John Ramsey and Jacob Ramsey. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Patrick Daigle. A memorial service for Mr. Daigle will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a gathering of his family and friends until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium.

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Ray Young
May 27, 1932 - April 19, 2022

Elden “Ray” Young, 89, of Stowell, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022. He was born May 27, 1932, in Eunice, Louisiana, to Clerdy Janot Young and Curly Young. Ray was a United States Navy veteran. Ray was a 1951 graduate of Eunice High School and thereafter he joined the United States Navy. During his early years he was general manager of Sherwin-William Paint Store in Opelousas, Louisiana. Ray resided in Johnson Bayou with his family for forty-nine years and was co-owner of Young’s Country Store for thirty-five years. He was a dedicated member of The Knights of Columbus in Johnson Bayou for many years. Ray was devoted Catholic and could often be found praying the Rosary before he began his day. Throughout his lifetime he loved gardening, riding his tractor, and mowing. Though, the greatest joy Ray found in life was dancing. He enjoyed a good French dance and was quite […]

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Dianne Craig
March 23, 1939 - April 18, 2022

Dianne Craig, 83, of Groves, died Monday, April 18, 2022, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born March 23, 1939, in Beaumont, to Hazel Vera Powell. Dianne graduated from South Park High School, Beaumont. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni. Dianne taught 1st Grade at Oak Forest Elementary, Vidor for thirty-one years. Dianne enjoyed dancing especially jitter bugging. She also loved to travel and spend time with her granddaughter. She was Blue Bell Ice Cream’s biggest fan! Dianne will be remembered for always having a smile on her face. Survivors include her daughter, Kelaine Konidis and husband, Pete, of Groves; granddaughter, Kaylee Konidis; cousins, Charlotte Comeaux; Billy Kinnear and wife, Sherry; and Jan Mora and her children, Ian, Katherine, […]

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Billy Papania
March 11, 1955 - April 17, 2022

Billy Papania, 67, of Port Neches, died Sunday, April 17, 2022. He was born March 11, 1955, in Oberlin, Ohio, to Margaret Virginia Webb Papania and Leo Lucas Papania. Billy was an LVN for fourteen years before earning his RN degree. He worked with many hospice facilities for about seven years. He enjoyed fishing in his free time and especially loved to spend time with his wife, Carol, and their family. Survivors include his wife, Carol Papania, of Port Neches; children, William “Billy” Papania, Jr. and wife, Alex, of Huntsville and Krystal Nicole Papania, of Port Neches; grandchildren, Hunter Wade Papania and Stormi Sky Papania; sisters, Linda Villegas and husband, Leo, of Beaumont and Debbie Steele and husband, George, of Port Arthur; brother, Michael Papania, of Port Arthur; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Cremation arrangements for Mr. Papania will be handled through […]

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Dr. Jack R. Hopper
May 12, 1937 - April 11, 2022

Dr. Jack R. Hopper, 84, of Beaumont, died Monday, April 11, 2022. He was born May 12, 1937, in Highlands, to Rosa Mae Simmons and Bonnie Preston Hopper. Jack was born and grew up in Highlands, Texas. He attended grade school in Highlands where his father was the principal. Jack became a Christian and was saved and baptized at an early age at First Baptist Church in Highlands. He attended Lee College in Baytown for the first two years of his college career. He later transferred to Texas A&M and married the love of his life, Marilyn Spears, in his Senior year in 1958. Jack attended a long list of universities, beginning with Lee College in Baytown. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1959 and attended the University of Delaware, where he received his Master’s in Chemical Engineering. Jack took a short break from academia and worked at Exxon (Humble […]

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Lovie W. Whitehead
March 8, 1936 - April 9, 2022

Lovie W. Whitehead, 86, of Beaumont, died Saturday, April 9, 2022. She was born March 8, 1936, in Bonifay, Florida, to Lila Henson and Alvin Brett. Survivors include her husband of forty-eight years, Harriel Whitehead; children, Sharlene Williams and Deanna Whitehead; grandchildren, Lila Williams, Blake Williams, and Zack Williams; great-grandchildren, Hayleigh Ratcliff, David Ratcliff, Madison Williams, Zelena Williams, Alexandria Messer, and Alexis Messer; and sisters, Yvonne Evans, Fay Sallas and husband, Don, and Mary Brett. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Mark Whitehead; and sister, Ann Lipford. A gathering of Mrs. Whitehead’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

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Juliette Dies
August 14, 1932 - April 7, 2022

Juliette Rose Dies “Pullet”, 89, of Vidor, died Thursday, April 7, 2022. She was born August 14, 1932, in Port Arthur, to Josefa Antonia Batista and Ferdinand Thomas Fornols. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Miller; granddaughters, Julie Broussard and husband, Tony; April Haley; Caren Collins and husband, Dave; Summer Molina; and Nikki Vaquera and husband, Rolando; grandson, Adam Guidry and wife, Isabel; great-granddaughters, Airel Esquivel and husband, Dylan; MaKayla; Anna; Alijah; Arianna; Kelcey; Keagan; Kyndall; Sydnie; Veronica; and Little Summer; great-grandsons, Matthew; Little Dave; and Cannon; great-great-grandchildren, Carson; Harper; Indie; Alexxa; Dominic; Junior; Ava; Nahla; Braylee; Kimry; and Caleb; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; father of her children, Gerald Balitzky; husband, Amos Dies; daughters, Pam Coleman and Gail Guidry; infant son Balitzky; grandsons, Joshua Miller, David Miller, and Paul Haley Jr.; great-granddaughter, baby Heavenly; great-great-grandson, Arlo; and siblings, […]

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Gloria Feldschau
March 16, 1924 - April 4, 2022

Gloria Maye “Flip” Feldschau, 98, of Nederland, died Monday, April 4, 2022, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. She was born March 16, 1924, in Port Arthur, to Mary Ophelia Angele Caldwell and James William Caldwell. Gloria’s dad nicknamed her “Flipper Fanny” when she was young because she was always doing flips in the yard.  Eventually, this was shortened to “Flip” by her family and friends. She was raised and schooled in Nederland, graduating 3rd in her class in 1941.  Gloria was married to the love of her life, Bill, in 1946 when he was on leave from the Army. They settled in Nederland and had three sons and one daughter.  Her family has grown over the years, including some special people she considered family.   She certainly felt blessed and enjoyed any gatherings where she could be with everyone. Gloria was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, […]

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Diona Sewell
January 6, 1946 - April 2, 2022

Diona Mary Sewell, 76, of Groves, died Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Mid Jefferson Extended Care Hospital, Nederland. She was born January 6, 1946, in Port Arthur, to Laura and Hattrie LaBure. Diona grew up in Port Arthur and graduated from Bishop Byrne High School where she was a member of the Colleens Drum and Bugle Corp. Diona was a longtime resident of Groves. She was an Avon representative for over forty-five years and received numerous awards for outstanding sales. Diona was an amazing cook, she was famous for her baked goodies, especially her brownies that she brought to church functions and family get togethers. Diona was a faithful member of Bethel Methodist Church, and she loved her church family dearly. She was always ready to help anyone who needed it and recently donated new socks for the guys participating in a drug rehab program. Diona shared her love of […]

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Robert E. “Bob” Franke
July 2, 1934 - March 21, 2022

Robert E. “Bob” Franke, 87, of Nederland, made his transition at home on Monday, March 21, 2022. He was born July 2, 1934, in Nederland, to Faye Spurlock Franke and Oscar Franke, Sr. Robert was United States Air Force veteran serving as a Staff Sargent during his time. He was a registered professional engineer and was employed by Texaco Research, Port Arthur as well as an engineering consultant with Franke Engineering and Design. Robert was a US patent holder and the developer of Spurlock Chase subdivision. Above all else, he loved his family dearly. Robert will be remembered as someone who selflessly gave of himself to serve others. Survivors include his sons, Bruce Franke and wife, Debbie, of Cedar Park and John Franke and wife, Becky, of Liberty; grandchildren, Krystal Franke, Joshua Franke, and Jayden Franke; and four great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Robert’s […]

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Sylvia Arizmendi
June 6, 1961 - March 18, 2022

Sylvia Ann Arizmendi, 60, of Port Arthur, died Friday, March 18, 2022, at Christus Southeast Texas Hospitals – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born June 6, 1961, in Corpus Christi, to Carmen Arizmendi. She is survived by her brother, Jesse Alvarez and wife, Elizabeth, of Port Arthur and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Cremation arrangements for Ms. Arizmendi will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

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Carrie Sanders
December 12, 1956 - March 18, 2022

Carrie Elizabeth Sanders, 65, of Fannett, died Friday, March 18, 2022. She was born December 12, 1956, in Hobbs, New Mexico, to Betty Burrows McClendon and Bobby Joe McClendon. Carrie was also lovingly known as “sissy”, “Carrie lil’ butt”, “mommy”, “mama”, “mom”, “granny”, and “Aunt granny Carrie”. Her childhood would lead her to rise above to raise her children, grandchildren, siblings, cousins, and whomever else needed a mom at the time. Carrie married Jon, the love of her life, on April 1, 1977. They dated for a whole two weeks before they got married! April 1, 2022, would have been their forty-fifth wedding anniversary. Together they raised two children, Tracy and Casey, and provided them a life they did not have. The number of sacrifices she made, none of them would ever know. She magically made money appear for every dance costume, competition, and any sport they played. For the […]

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Robert Mason Putbres, Jr.
July 9, 1946 - March 11, 2022

Robert Mason Putbres, Jr., 75, of Nederland, died Friday, March 11, 2022, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born July 9, 1946, in Port Arthur, to Armide Theresa Shneider and Robert Mason Putbres, Sr. Robert was a veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Putbres; children, Leigh Rhodes and husband, Shawn, of College Station; Heather Lange and husband, Jason, of Nederland; Kim Walker and husband, Ronnie, of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Tammy Meziere and husband, James, of Nederland; grandchildren, Hunter, Cade, Justin, Randy, Lana, Aaron, Andrew, Nathan, Kaden, Marshall, Cade, Colby, and Zack; great-grandchildren, Cadence, Lyric, Jalan, and Rylan; and sister, Karen Hutson, of Austin. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Onie Otey. A celebratory gathering of Mr. Putbres’ family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2022, with military honors to conclude […]

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