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Giovanni Smecca

Nov 07, 1940 - Nov 26, 2023

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Galveston, TX

Giovanni "John" Smecca, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Provider, and most of all, Loved One passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday November 20th, 2023. John Smecca was born in Gela, Sicily November 7th, 1940. After serving as a Drill Sergent in the Italian Army, John came to the United States where he spent some time working with his brother in New Jersey. After hearing Glen Campbell's "Galveston" during a card game, John decided to move to the island where his life came togeth...Read More

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Robert Zempter Eanes

Feb 05, 1935 - Feb 25, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Robert Zempter Eanes, born February 5, 1935, in Galveston, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 25, 2024, in Galveston. His father, Robert Hill Eanes, a senior medical student at UTMB passed away unexpectedly three days before his birth, so he and his mother, Shelby Ida Zempter Eanes, lived with her parents, James and Agnes Zempter, for much of his childhood.Growing up he had a happy life on the island, fishing, and swimming in the nearby Gulf, and also traveled many times to visit the farms of Zempter relatives in Falmouth, Kentucky. He attended Sam Houston Elementary School right across the street, Stephen F. Austin Junior High School, and graduated from “old” Ball High School in 1951.He then continued his education in Austin, graduating from the University of Texas with BA and MA degrees in chemistry before returning to Galveston where he earned his MD degree from UTMB in 1960. His next studies were in biochemistry at the University of California, San Fransisco where he received his PH.D. degree in 1971.During these early years he married Laura Becker of Galveston and welcomed three children, John, Lori and Robert, who added much joy and love to their lives.Bob served twice in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service in Atlanta, held teaching positions at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, and finally returned to Texas to “retire,” only to return to work as a staff physician and later as Director of Stephen F. Austin State University Medical Services, where he finally retired in 2007.During their years in Nacogdoches, he and Laura especially enjoyed traveling on many overseas trips with members of the History Department.From Nacogdoches they moved to Sun City Texas, Georgetown where they enjoyed 9 years of residence. The final move was to the Meridian Independent Living Facility in Galveston, to be closer to family. He had come full circle and was so glad to be home again in Galveston.Everywhere he and Laura lived they were members of an Episcopal congregation, and they were quick to rejoin Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, their original church home, where Bob had been baptized, confirmed and married. His funeral services will be held there on Thursday at 11am.Bob is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Laura Becker Eanes; his children, John Zempter Eanes (wife Lynn) of Galveston, Laura Marshelle Eanes of San Francisco, and Robert Becker Eanes (wife Kelly Spratling) of Atlanta; granddaughter, Emily Becker Eanes of Greenville, SC; and grandson, Robert Hill Eanes II of Atlanta.Funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2216 Ball St, Galveston on Thursday at 11am, followed by interment in Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or Traditions Hospice, 1120 Nasa Parkway, Suite 340A, Houston TX.

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Pamela Jones Boucher

Sep 13, 1961 - Feb 24, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Pamela Jones Boucher, age 61, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Arrangements, under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home, are currently pending.

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Joseph Lanzy Frank, Jr.

Feb 07, 1959 - Feb 22, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Joseph Lanzy Frank, Jr. 65, of Beaumont, TX passed away at UTMB in Galveston, TX on February 22, 2024. Services are pending at this time.

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Jose "Pepe" Ortiz, Sr.

Jul 10, 1932 - Feb 21, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Jose "Pepe" Ortiz, Sr., peacefully departed this life Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at his home in Galveston in the presence of his family. Born on July 10, 1932, in Galveston, Texas, to Jose and Andrea Gallardo Ortiz, Pepe leaves behind a legacy of dedication, love, and unwavering commitment. A devoted family man, Pepe cherished his loved ones above all else. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Janie Medina Ortiz, and his sister, Antonia Ortiz Copado. Pepe is survived by his brother, Jesse Ortiz of Oceanside, CA, his beloved son, Jose Ortiz, Jr., his granddaughter, Annalis Ortiz Wilson (Marc Wilson), his grandsons, JoeAngelo Ortiz (Lucy McEldowney), Marc Ortiz (Angel Alcocer), and Angel Ortiz; as well as his great-grandchildren, Jordan Dreiss Ortiz, Kayne Ortiz, Angelo Ortiz, Isabella Ortiz, Arianna Ortiz, and Major Wilson. Throughout his life, Pepe embodied the values of hard work and perseverance. For many years, he lent his skill as a welder to Todd's Shipyard. Even after retiring from Todd's in 1989, Pepe's passion for industry led him back to the workforce, this time at UTMB, where he continued to contribute until his second retirement in 1995. Yet, retirement never truly suited Pepe, who found solace and fulfillment in his work around the house and in his many hobbies. Pepe had a profound love for music, discovering a passion for playing the bongos and tambourine, with friends in a local band. His rhythm and joy for life resonated through every beat, bringing smiles to all who knew him. But above all, Pepe cherished his family. His devotion to his late wife, Janie Medina Ortiz, and his children and grandchildren knew no bounds. In addition to his dedication to work and family, Pepe found spiritual nourishment in his faith. A devout Catholic, he found solace and community in the pews of Sacred Heart Church and later at St. Patrick's Church. Sundays were not only for worship but also for rallying behind his beloved Houston Texans, showcasing his unwavering loyalty and spirit. Pepe's industrious spirit was ever-present, whether he was tinkering in his garage or spending quality time with his son, Jose Ortiz, Jr. Their bond was unbreakable, a testament to Pepe's capacity for love and care. His legacy of hard work, familial devotion, and love for music will forever resonate in the hearts of those who knew him. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Pepe's niece, Rachel Copado, for her devoted care, especially in his final days. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 25th, from 5-8 pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, TX, with a rosary recitation at 6:30 pm. The funeral service will take place on Monday, February 26th, at 11 am. The burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston, TX. Pepe will be laid to rest by pallbearers Jose Ortiz, Jr., Joe Angelo Ortiz, Marc Ortiz, Angel Ortiz, Jordan Dreiss Ortiz, Manuel Moreno, and Roy Gonzales. Kayne Ortiz and Angelo Ortiz will serve as honorary pallbearers. As we bid farewell to Pepe, let us carry forward his legacy of hard work, love, and joy, ensuring that his spirit lives on eternally. May he rest in peace, knowing he was loved and cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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Ingolf & Thomas Aarstad

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Galveston, TX

Ingolf Aarstad born on 7/22/1944 passed away on 11/18/2016 and is survived by his wife Margaret of over 50 years. Bob joined the navy and found his first lady love was the SEA. He wanted to travel the world and experience new cultures and had many shipmate comrades. His first job in the navy was a Deck Hand and he worked the night watch as guard, where his motto was (“Don’t give up the ship”). Later in life his first job was a Captain then a Pilot of ships in the bay, which he provided very handsomely for his family. He often loved to travel to his homeland country of Norway where he would spend time with his family and friends. In his leisure time he loved to drive to the docks and watch the boats, he enjoyed doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, go to the Casinos and sightseeing in San Francisco. He also loved to go duck hunting and fishing and playing golf and taking his dog Hagard for long walks in the park and drives in the car. He once visited Texas A&M University in Galveston the simulator training ship tour of which he enjoyed and met the Captain. He lived a full life and was a happily married contented man and his little family completed him. He will be sadly missed. On March 13, 2024 at 1:00 there will be a grave side service for Ingolf and Thomas (Father and Son) with his family at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston Texas. Thomas Ingbright Aarstad born on 10/11/1966 and passed away on 1/10/2023. Preceded in death by his father Ingolf Aarstad. Thomas is survived by his mother Margaret, wife Chanel, son Austin. Thomas was born and raised lived and worked in California. When he was a young boy he took Karate lessons and later as a teenager he learned to play the drums for the high school band and later became a DJ and performed at Weddings and parties. As a young man he found his job purpose at an Air Freight company where he was proven to be reliable, dependable, and proactive and a team player, and then to become Supervisor. Being supervisor afforded him a good income to purchase rental property and he found it was a great way to create a steady and stable extra source of income. He also had a passion for photography and purchased state of the art camera equipment. In his leisure time he would take his son along with him on his long drives to various sights to capture captivating photos that each had a story to be told. He turned those photos and stories into YouTube videos entitled West Coast Real Talk, where his voice was worthy of a skillful Radio announcer. He also loved cooking on the grill then sharing photos with family members and friends of his B B Q pit master skills. Thomas loved his family dearly and was the glue that held everything together. He had all good qualities and was a good son and husband and father. He will be greatly missed. To to the family or in memory of Ingolf & Thomas Aarstad, please

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Beverly Joyce Sellers Davis

Sep 10, 1948 - Feb 11, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Beverly Joyce Sellers - Davis was born September 10, 1948, to the late William Sellers and Annie Sellers in Galveston, Texas. Beverly was a 1966 graduate of Central High School. She was a retired nurse assistant. Beverly worked at a plethora of Long-Term Care facilities throughout Galveston and Harris counties.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Beverly Joyce Sellers Davis, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Charles Richard McCorpen

Died : Feb 11, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Charles Richard “Ricky” McCorpen, 71, received his Heavenly reward on February 11, 2024. Ricky was born to the late David McCorpen and Mable Batiste McCorpen.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Charles Richard "Ricky" McCorpen, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Lena Concetta Perry

Oct 26, 1939 - Feb 16, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Lena Concetta Perry, 84, passed away on Friday, February 16th, 2024, surrounded by her children and immediate family in her home. She was the widow of Bobby Lee Perry, whom she shared 61 years of marriage with. Born in Galveston, Texas, on October 26th, 1939, she was the daughter of Leone Joseph Attanasio Sr. and Concetta Bennici Attanasio. She attended and graduated from Dominican Catholic School in Galveston, Texas. She met her future husband, Bobby Lee Perry, in Galveston in 1957, and they were married in 1958. Together, Bob and Lena had 5 beautiful children: Concetta, Bobby, Angela, Jacqueline, and Christopher. She was a devoted mother to her 5 children and worked tirelessly to raise them well. Lena and her husband spent many years on the baseball field with their children. Bob was a coach, while Lena was a team mom. In 1979, Bob and Lena opened Perry’s Butcher Shop on Scarsdale Boulevard. Lena, along with her husband and children, worked at the butcher shop day in and day out. Through their teamwork, Lena and her family truly made a lasting impact on their community. Lena was a fantastic cook, thanks to her Italian heritage and the teachings of her late mother, Concetta Attanasio. She regularly hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas for her family in her home, and the meals were nothing short of heavenly. Her recipes have been passed on and continue to put smiles on the faces of others to this day. Aside from the holidays, she hosted many parties at her home, all of which were so memorable. Lena’s parties were full of great food, gorgeous decoration, and loving memories. Apart from cooking, Lena took an interest in and had a great eye for interior design. She enjoyed remodeling and redecorating her home, paying close attention to detail. Her home, while always warm and inviting, was also full of beautiful and eye-catching pieces. She even contributed heavily to the designing of many of the earliest Perry’s Restaurant locations. In true matriarchal fashion, Lena was the boss in any situation she was in and was even jokingly nicknamed “the warden” by her husband Bob for this reason. Lena went above and beyond in absolutely everything she did, whether it was raising children, cooking fabulous meals, throwing elaborate parties, or designing a space. As the matriarch of the family, she truly created a lasting legacy that will live on forever. For such a little lady, she was truly larger than life. Lena is survived by her children, Concetta Ligori, Bobby (Beth) Perry, Jacqueline (Brian) Blanchard, and Christopher (Holly) Perry; her grandchildren, Anthony (Mary Jo) Ligori, Nicholas (Jessica) Perry, Christopher (Lauren) Perry, Andrew (Mark) Perry, Zachary (Cheyenne) Perry, Patrick (Olivia) Blanchard, Cameron (Megan) Blanchard, Lauryn Blanchard, Alec Perry, Jake Perry, and Jennifer (Armando) Ligori; and her great grandchildren, Dominic Perry, Toni Ligori, Aidan Perry, Jacqueline Ligori, Sofia Ligori, Avery Perry, Colton Perry, Nolan Perry, Addison Close, Carson Perry, Bennett Perry, Everly Perry, Mason Perry, Wren Blanchard, Walker Perry, Colin Perry, Cassandra Loera, Debra Loera, and Mateo Loera; her soon-to-be granddaughter Angela Blanchard and her beloved caregivers, Olga Garza, Giselle Garza and Elizabeth Garza. Lena was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee Perry; her daughter, Angela Marie Perry; her son-in-law, Terry Lee Ligori; her grandson, Michael Anthony Perry; her parents, Leone Joseph Attanasio Sr. and Concetta Bennici Attanasio; her siblings Paul Anthony Attanasio Sr., Norma Marie Attanasio, and Leon Joseph Attanasio Jr. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, at 10:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass led by Father Dominic Pistone at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1302 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550). The burial will take place following the service at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery (7801 Gulf Fwy, Dickinson, TX 77539). Finally, a reception will be held at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (700 Baybrook Mall Dr, Houston, TX 77546). Flowers and contributions to The Alzheimer’s Foundation are both welcome and greatly appreciated. 311 N. Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, Texas 77546 281.992.7200 311 N. Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, Texas 77546 281.992.7200 E-mail Us Proud Member Website Developed in the USA, locally, by

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Shirley E. Calk Yerkes

Oct 27, 1934 - Feb 17, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Shirley E. Calk Yerkes, born on October 27, 1934, in Houston, Texas, to Richard and Marie Calk, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Shirley, the beloved matriarch of her family, was one of eight siblings. Her early work career began at the Pasadena Citizen, followed by a cherished tenure as a PE teacher at L.F. Smith Elementary. Embracing entrepreneurship alongside her children, Shirley later ventured into the industrial insulation business. Shirley's heart found its match in Joseph Henry "Joe" Yerkes, her husband of 68 years. Their enduring love story became a testament to the profound bond of soulmates. For over three decades, they called Pasadena, Texas their home. Here they raised their children in a nurturing, and loving environment. In their golden years, after retirement, Shirley and Joe moved to Galveston, Texas, enjoying beach days, fishing, and family cookouts. Shirley's legacy lives on through her children, Debbie (Floyd) Drury-Tyrone and Cheryl (Jason) Allison; her grandchildren, Brian (Lorie) Spires, Bailey Drury, Joey Yerkes, Jarrod Yerkes, Madison Milom, and Hunter (Crysta) Milom; and five great-grandchildren, Jordan, Alexis, Trey, Isaiah and Ella Jo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, their son, Richard Yerkes, and her parents, Richard and Marie Calk. A visitation for Shirley will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2024, with a memorial service following at 2:00 PM at Praise Chapel, led by Pastor Roy Love. A procession to Forest Park East and a graveside service will take place at 3:30 PM. Shirley's life was a beacon of dedication, love, and compassion. She touched many lives with her kindness and leaves behind a legacy that will be cherished and remembered by all who knew her. Contributions in Shirley's memory may be made to Praise Chapel, https://praisechapelhouston.com/tithes-offerings-donations/.

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Kathy L. Hannah

Dec 31, 1941 - Feb 15, 2024

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Galveston, TX

Kathy L. Hannah, 82, of Galveston went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Thursday, February 15, 2024. A full obituary will follow soon. To to the family or in memory of Kathy L. (Wright) Hannah, please

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