Joe B. Abalos
Jose (Joe) Abalos, a beloved member of the Winnie community, Saint Louis Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus passed away surrounded by family on June 15, 2022 at the age of 85. Joe was born to Juan Francisco and Marguarita Abalos on April 21, 1937 in Rankin, Texas. Joe had many fond memories of his childhood working and living on a ranch there until moving alongside his family to Robert Lee, Texas. In 1966, Union Texas Petroleum relocated the family to Winnie, Texas.
Joe was known as PePe to his family in West Texas. He was one of thirteen children and survived by two brothers, Selso & Manuel, and three sisters, Maggie, Maria, and Alejandra along with numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by Willie, Juan, Emelia, Manuela, Juanita, Aurora, and Felicita.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife Cathy, their son, Joe Jr., and their daughter, Denise. Joe is survived by his 7 children, 17 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. Albert Landin (Nicole, Logan, Heather, Zachary, and grandchildren), John Frank and Misty Abalos (Michael, Erica, Autumn, Taylor, Aliyah, and grandchildren). Steve and Julie Abalos (Hannah, Ronnie, Katie, and Steven), Tom Abalos and Kim Abalos (Joshua, Meghan, and Jacob). Robert and Joni Abalos (Robby, Abigail, and grandchildren), Freddie Abalos and Renee Abalos (Jordyn), and Deanna and Mike Quave (Isabella and Mikeala). He was incredibly proud of each member of his family.
Joe was known for his generosity and commitment to caring for family, which he made a priority. He was an incredible son, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle. There was nothing he loved more than large family gatherings; he truly loved when everyone was home. There was always fun and laughter, and a little mischief, when Joe was around. Joe found so much joy in coaching and watching his kids play sports, especially baseball. He has enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in sports and various activities. He was truly his family’s biggest fan.
If you knew Joe, you knew he had an incredible work ethic. With no formal education, he became one of the best welders, pipefitters, and layout men in his field, and was a leader at Independent Refinery for numerous years. He took a lot of pride in his career and knowing that he gave his best to everything he did. Also, Joe had no tolerance for anyone who didn’t have his strong work ethic and was not shy about giving an opinion on this subject! Everyone can share stories of falling short of Joe’s high standards. This work ethic enabled him to provide for his family and was the picture of his love and commitment to his wife and children.
Joe married the love of his life, Cathy Lozano, July 25, 1962. Cathy and Joe celebrated 51 years of marriage before Cathy passed away in 2013. Family and friends loved gathering at Joe and Cathy’s home. There was always plenty of amazing food to go around. Joe loved hosting and cooking for others, especially if it involved his pit. He made the best steaks, brisket, tuna fish sandwiches, and tortillas. He would cut them out with a coffee can to make them round. If you stopped by the house, he always had something to make you, especially a large breakfast. Joe missed Cathy every day and we know he is thrilled to be reunited after 9 years apart.
Joe’s years missing Cathy have been filled with family, friends, and an occasional trip to a casino where he loved playing the slots, eating a good meal, and reminiscing about fun times with Cathy. He loved spending time with his dog PePe; yes, he named his dog after himself! Joe also cherished the hours he spent outside with his kids and Fabian – Joe loved sitting outside swapping stories about work, BBQ, how to perfectly manicure a lawn, and many other topics. We are still not sure who is the best welder or makes the best BBQ, but Joe and Albert did tell the best stories on each front, and often a firm BS was used to transition to next topic. Joe also love playing games and loved teaching all how to be a good loser – It was easy for him since he was regularly in the winner’s seat. He was a fierce competitor in all he did.
He will be missed by everyone at Farm & Home Supply as he stopped by regularly to shop but mainly to buy a football square. Maybe someone will have a chance to win now! He will also be missed by the team at Vortech Contracting. His visits were a bright spot in the team’s days. The family appreciates how valued and loved the staff made Joe feel each time he stopped by for his “surprise audits”.
A gathering of Mr. Abalos’ family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2022, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, with his interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie.
The family would like to thank their cousin Joe Lee and Sonia Abalos and the special care he received at the Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas, and his many healthcare providers over the last several years of his life, especially Dr. Patibandla, Dr. Aziz, Nurse Practitioner Dana Henderson, Dr. Oszczakiewicz, Dr. Fasulo, and all their staff.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joe and Cathy Abalos Memorial Scholarship fund, which has been in existence for 9 years to honor the value they both placed on academia. Please mail donations to East Chambers High School at 234 East Buccaneer Drive in Winnie, Texas 77665.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
- 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
- June 19, 2022
- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Louis Catholic Church
- 315, W Buccaneer Dr, Winnie, TX, 77665,
- June 20, 2022
- 10:00 am
- , , Winnie, TX, 77665,
- June 20, 2022