Obituaries

Mon
18
Dec

Ann Schiller Ondrej Balusek

Ann Schiller Ondrej Balusek, 97, of Cameron died Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in a Cameron nursing and rehab facility. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Kueker officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Balusek was born Jan. 8, 1920, to John and Anna (Stracik) Schiller. She married Alfred Fritz Ondrej and he preceded her in death in 1971. In 1972 she married Dan Balusek and he preceded her in death in 2014. She had worked for the City of Cameron for many years.

Mrs. Balusek was a member of the Buckholts Brethren Church where she was a member of the Christian Sisters organization.  She was a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F. W. Post 2010 and a member of SPJST Lodge #47. 

She is survived by nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mon
18
Dec

Linda Lee Ruzicka

Mrs. Linda Lee Ruzicka, 66, of Belton, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in a Temple hospital. A memorial service for Ms. Ruzicka will be held Saturday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron, with Matt Ruzicka officiating.

Mrs. Ruzicka was born June 27, 1951, in Ada, Okla., to Lowell and Ruby (Roberson) Hays. She was a longtime resident of Buckholts. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include: sons, Richard Ruzicka and wife Melissa of Belton, Micah Ruzicka and wife Noelle of Temple and Matt Ruzicka and wife Allie of Alvin; daughter, Jessica Hollas and husband Leonard of Salado; brother, Jamie Hays of Nashville, Tenn.; and sister, Nancy Smith of Houston. Also surviving are five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, and two sisters.

Thu
14
Dec

Bernard Ray Kostroun

Bernard Ray Kostroun, 68, of Taylor and formerly of Marak and Rogers, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in a Taylor group home. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak with Rev. George Thirumangalam officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m. with a rosary being recited at 4 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Mr. Kostroun, a retired farmer and rancher, was born April 21, 1949, in Cameron to Jerry Louis and Gertrude Ann (Jistel) Kostroun. He was a graduate of C.H. Yoe High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and K.J.T. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Kostroun. 

Thu
14
Dec

Susie Jane Howard

Susie Jane Howard, 68, of Cameron passed away Dec. 4, 2017, in Cameron. In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

Susie was born March 4, 1949, in Rogers to John William Orrick, Sr. and Josie Elizabeth (Warren) Orrick. She married Daryl Dean Howard on June 28, 1997 and was a homemaker. She was a sweet and sassy little lady who was the life of the party. She never met a stranger and was a lover of all animals.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daryl Dean Howard on July 16, 2017; her parents, John William Orrick, Sr. and Josie Elizabeth (Warren) Orrick; sisters, Marie Hair, Jo Ann Cox and Dena Shriver; and her brother, John Orrick Jr.

Susie is survived by her son, Glenn Barba of Cameron; granddaughter, Brittanie Barba of North Carolina; and her brother, Michael William Orrick of Corpus Christi.

Thu
14
Dec

Norene Elizabeth Miller

Norene Elizabeth Miller, 87, of Cameron died Thursday, Dec. 7, in a Temple hospital. 

Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Mrs. Miller was born to Royal Rufus and Vera Elizabeth (Watts) Ohlson. She married Kenneth Miller on March 12, 1954 and he preceded her in death in1989.  She was a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. 

She is survived by: sons, Keith Miller of Lindale, Wesley Miller of Austin, and Russell Miller of Cameron; sister, Roberta Callery of Illinois; four grandchildren, Krista Miller, Kayla Miller, Rachel Miller, and Eli Miller; two great-grandchildren, Branam Darville and Jareth Darville.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Thu
07
Dec

Lawrence Russell

Lawrence Russell, 56, of Rockdale, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. He was born March 26,1961.

His visitation was held Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at New Jerusalem Christian Center, 101 East 3rd Street in Rockdale. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the same location. His interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Rockdale.  

His services were entrusted to All Families Mortuary, 109 North Alamo, Hearne, TX 77859.

 

Thu
07
Dec

David L. Terry

David L. Terry, of Cypress, passed away last week at the age of 77. 

Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos G Parker Boulevard Northwest in Taylor.  Service will then start at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Taylor City Cemetery and followed by food and fellowship at the Terry family homestead in San Gabriel.

David was born and raised on the family farm in San Gabriel. He was active in sports at the San Gabriel school and Thorndale High School. He graduated from Southwest Texas State College (now named Texas State University) in 1962. His many early jobs included industrial arts shop teacher and bus driver. He rose to become the Director of Transportation for the Cypress Fairbanks School district. 

David was preceded in death by his parents, James and Evalyn; and his daughter, Cathi.  

Mon
04
Dec

William Brandon Moore

William Brandon Moore, 41, of Cameron, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at his home.

Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Oak Hill Pavilion with Deniece Vestal officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Moore was born Jan. 12, 1976, in McKinney, to William Bernard Moore and Janie Carter. He married the love of his life, Jennifer Lea Fischer, on June 8, 1996.  He had worked for Flowers Construction. 

He is survived by: wife, Jennifer Moore of Cameron; sons, Jacob Moore of Cameron and Zachary Moore of Cameron; daughter, MeKayla Moore of Cameron; mother, Janie Charanza of Rockdale; brother, Daryl Doulder of Waller and Jason Moore of Pittsburgh, Ohio; sisters, Mitzi Doulder of Rockdale, Christy Cornelius of Hearne, Amber Huckaby of West Columbia, and Cassie Moore of Montgomery, Penn.; and granddaughter, Rylin Moore.

Mon
04
Dec

Sharon Sue Harber

Sharon Sue Harber, 76, of Denton, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in a Denton Nursing Home. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 25, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Rice Cemetery. 

Ms. Harber, was born July 14, 1941, in Briartown, Okla., to William and Ruby (Hunt) Wise. She retired from GTE where she worked for 20+ years and was formally married to Kenneth Harber of Cameron.   

She is survived by: son, James Harber of Bryan; daughters, Rhonda Smith of Decatur and Robin Alderete of Bryan; brothers, Charles Wise of Cameron, Russell Wise of Rosebud, Harvey Wise of Bryan, and Clell Wise of Bryan; sisters, Margie Horton of Humble and Theresa Klecka of Buckholts; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
04
Dec

Michael Allen Goodwin

Michael Allen Goodwin, 61, of Cameron, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at his home. 

Graveside memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at the North Elm Cemetery Pavilion near Cameron.

Mr. Goodwin was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Seattle, Wash., to Glenn and Josephine (Tharp) Goodwin. He retired from the U.S. Army and then worked with U.S. Civil Service.

His wife, Denise Goodwin, preceded him in death earlier this year. 

He is survived by: sons, Michael Goodwin Jr. of Lufkin and Lawrence Donald of Dallas; daughters, Melanie Johnson of Zavalla and Nickole Lee of Dallas; father, Glenn Goodwin of Conroe; brothers, David Goodwin of Conroe, Joel Liotta and Frankie Liotta; sisters, Susan Horton of Wortham, Debbie Wolfe, and Dana O’Neil; and seven grandchildren.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

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