Obituaries 2008

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Rose Krok

Rozalia “Rose” Krok, age 81, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born August 28, 1926 in Dukla, Poland to Paul and Caroline (Belczyk) Wojtowicz.  She married Walter Krok in New York City.  Together they raised two daughters. He preceded her in death in March of 1973.

Rose loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.  She also enjoyed Bingo and liked to knit and crochet.  She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters:  Carol Reed of Baton Rouge, LA and Jane Nielsen and husband Jon of Odessa; one sister:  Mary Pac of Dukla, Poland; five grandchildren:  Jackie Freeman and husband Todd of Odessa, John Reed and wife April of Lexington, SC, Jamie Reed of Baton Rouge, LA, Jenny Nielsen of Plano, TX, and Monica Nielsen of Odessa; and seven great-grandchildren:  Mackenzie and Megan Freeman, Tyler, Alex, Michael and Katie Reed and Colton Deming.

Family visitation will be from 7:00 to 9:00 Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Los Angeles Garden section of Ector County Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Home Hospice of Odessa, 516 N. Texas Ave. Odessa, TX 79761 or Hospice House, 903 Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761.

Mark Amburgey
Mark Amburgey, age 57, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born Monday, August 28, 1950 in Detroit, MI.  He was a welder.
He is survived by his sister:  Jaydene "J.J." Amburgey of Goldsmith.
A memorial visitation will be from 6 pm to 8 pm Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Russell Van Pyle
Russell Van Pyle, age 46, died Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at his residence in Odessa.  He was born December 11, 1962 in Odessa.  He was a welder and a member of the Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mother:  Ava Gaines and husband Douglas of Odessa; two brothers:  Bryan Pyle and Daniel Pyle, both of Odessa; and a special nephew:  Tyler Pyle of Odessa.
Services will be 2:30 pm Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

James Pasley
James Lee Pasley, age 43, of Odessa passed away Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born Thursday, February 18, 1965 in Odessa.  He was a handyman.
He is survived by his father: James Leroy Pasley of Odessa; mother:   Mary Beth Hopwood of Stanton; and his grandmother:  Leona Collett of Odessa.
Funeral services are 2 pm Monday, March 3, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Reyes Carrasco Tavarez, Sr.
Reyes Carrasco Tavarez, Sr. died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  He was born January 6, 1935 in Chihuahua, Mexico.  He was a retired vendor.  He was a member of Devina Providincia Catholic Church in Ojinaga, Mexico.
He is survived by his wife:  Maria Guadalupe Tavarez of Ojinaga, Mexico; four sons:  Reyes Tavarez, Jr. of Ojinaga, Mexico, Jose Leobaldo Tavarez and Cosme Tavarez, both of Odessa, and Jose Manuel Tavarez of Seagraves, TX; three daughters:  Maria Carrasco of Crane, TX and Luz Divina Tavarez and Carlota Tavarez, both of Ojinaga, Mexico; eight brothers:  Eugenio Tavarez, Guadalupe Tavarez, Carlos Tavarez, and Jose Uber Tavarez, all of Ft. Stockton, TX, Alfonso Tavarez of Odessa, Efrain Tavarez and Ruben Tavarez, both of Midland, TX and Crisantos Tavarez of Ojinaga, Mexico; three sisters:  Librada Adame and Elda Tavarez, both of Ojinaga, Mexico and Pilar Ortiz of Odessa; sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2008 in Ojinaga, Mexico.  Interment will follow at Cardenas de San Jose Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and De Valles Funeral Home in Mexico.

Cameron Gage Warner

Cameron Gage Warner, a precious baby boy, died Friday, February 29, 2008 upon his birth at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.

He is survived by his mother:  Danielle Warner of Odessa; grandmother:  Leianne Byler of Odessa; grandfather:  Jerry Warner of Odessa; paternal great-grandmother:  Glenda Warner of Odessa; maternal great-grandmother:  Edna Ball of Grape Creek, TX; grandparents:  Millie and Floyd Goodnight of Greensboro, NC and grandfather:  Bennie Jackson of Odessa.

Graveside services will be 10 am Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Rose Hill section of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Carrie Barrett.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Marna Joan Kiser

Marna Joan (Burns) Kiser, aged 78, went to be with her Lord Jesus on March 1, 2008 at 9:50 p.m. in Hospice House in Odessa after a lengthy illness.  She was born on November 2, 1929 in Marion, Indiana to the late Wayne and Elva (Seacat) Burns.

Marna graduated from Converse High School – Class of 1947. Shortly thereafter she began working in the advertising department of National China, a restaurant supply company in Marion, and continued there until she married Bob Kiser on April 5, 1953.  What followed was a journey through life that proved to be more fascinating than she could have ever imagined.  Bob had been working in Venezuela so after being married a few days they flew there and set up housekeeping in Caracas.  Fourteen years later, and after having three children, they transferred to Australia.  After 5 years there, they moved to Carlinville, Illinois where Bob worked in an Exxon coal affiliate.  In 1980 Bob was transferred to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where they lived until they finally found their way to west Texas and their present home in Odessa.  Marna faithfully followed her husband around the world, forming deep friendships wherever they lived.

Marna is the mother of three children:  Jane, born on November 23, 1954; Kurt, born November 10, 1958; and, Karl, born July 8, 1962.  Marna was a caring and wonderful mother who deeply loved her family.  Her strength was in continually showing interest in all the little details of their lives, giving them the gift of knowing they were truly loved.

Marna was blessed with a beautiful singing voice.  A memorable moment was when she sang to Bob at their wedding.   In her earlier years, she loved to sing in church and play the piano.  She was a wonderful cook and, particularly in Venezuela, her home was always open to missionaries who were passing through the area.  She had the gift of hospitality.

Though Marna and Bob worshipped in various churches throughout the years, during the last few years they have attended First Church of God in Odessa. 

Marna lived a good life and she will be dearly missed.  She leaves behind a sister, Janice (Larry) Kendall in Anderson, Indiana; her husband Bob; her children, Jane (Bill) Steadman, Kurt, and Karl; five grandchildren: Jason, Christopher (Becky), and Colton Kiser; Billy and Brian Steadman; several  nieces and nephews; former daughter-in-law Jamie Kiser and special “family member” Tammy Sparkman. 

The family wants to show special appreciation to the care-givers,  Gloria Chabera, Tilly Darcy, and Teri Munoz, who worked diligently in our home to make Marna’s life as comfortable as possible.  Over the past few years, they have become a part of our family.  A special thanks also to Hospice House in Odessa who provided a caring and comforting environment for Marna to spend her last days here on earth.

A Memorial Service was held Monday, March 3, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Church of God at 2212 East 11th Street in Odessa.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Chapel in Marion, Indiana.  Interment will follow at Estate of Serenity Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service in Marion and Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa.

Memorials may be made to Hospice House Foundation, Inc. (903 N. Sam Houston Avenue, Odessa, TX  79761) or the First Church of God (2212 E. 11th Street, Odessa, TX 79761).

Deidra Martinez, Jimmy Martinez III, and Nathaniel E. Ramirez

Odessa mourns the tragic loss of three precious children.  Deidra Martinez, age 2, her brother Jimmy Martinez III, age 3, and their cousin Nathaniel E. Ramirez, age 3.  All three were gathered into the safety of the arms of Jesus after being trapped in their home during a house fire on Tuesday March 4, 2008.  Deidra was born September 23, 2005, Jimmy III April 3, 2004 and Nathaniel December 16, 2004.  All were born in Odessa.

Left to cherish the memories of Deidra and Jimmy III are their parents:  Jimmy Martinez, Jr. and Crystal Garcia; grandparents:  Debbie Martinez, Senaida Garcia, and Jimmy Martinez, Sr.; and two sisters:  Leticia and Lexandra Martinez.  Those who will hold memories of Nathaniel close to their hearts include his parents:  Daniel and Liz Ramirez; grandparents:  Senaida Garcia and Filomeno Ramirez; two brothers:  Robert Cordero and Jaaziel Ramirez; and one sister:  Yadira Cordero. All family members are Odessa residents.

Two prayer services will be held 7:00 pm Friday, March 7, 2008 and Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel’s 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral services are set for 11:00 am Sunday, March 9, 2008 at Victory Life Church with Pastor Albert Flores officiating.  Interment will follow at Western Roses Memorial Park.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

We would like to acknowledge Western Roses Memorial Park, the Odessa American, the City of Odessa, Arlene’s Flowers, Acres West Funeral Chapel, the Victory Life Church, Primera Iglesia Bautista, and many others for their kind donations, prayers, and support. 

Mitchell Blane “Mitch” Ellis

Mitchell Blane “Mitch” Ellis was born February 27, 1958 in Roswell, NM.  He passed on to his free life to be with his mother, Sylvia Imogene (Gene) Ellis on March 4, 2008.

He left behind his beloved father:  Samuel Blane Ellis of Eloy, AZ; his sister Beth Ellis of Gardendale, TX; two nephews:  Joshua Higgins of Midland, TX and Cameron Washburn of Gardendale, TX; his aunt:  Marie Ellis of Roswell, NM; aunt and uncle:  Lou and Raymond Lindsey of Eloy, AZ; many beloved cousins, family members, and friends that had touched his life.  All will miss his loving smile.

Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Rudolph William "Rudy" Tew

Rudolph William "Rudy" Tew, age 73 of Odessa, passed from this life Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born September 2, 1934 in Jackson, MS to Robert and Sally (McKinley) Tew.  He had been a mail carrier for over 30 years. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of VFW Post # 4372.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Rudy married Otilia Ybarra April 6, 1957 in Flint, MI.   His wife, Tillie, survives him along with two daughters:  Sally Allensworth of Borger, TX and Linda Alegria of Odessa; five grandchildren:  Jason Deese, Heather Clemons, Desalin Gutierrez, Tilemsa Deese, all of Odessa and Jeromy Kimbrough of Summerville, SC and eight great-grandchildren:  Autumn, Andrei, Ashton, Trinity, Angel, Nehomi, Iason, and Isaah.

Rosary will be said 7 pm Sunday, March 9, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 pm Monday, March 10, 2008 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church officiated by Father Bernardito Getigan. Interment will follow at the Los Angeles Garden section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Esther Josephine Vardeman

Esther Vardeman, age 72, died Friday, March 7, 2008 at her residence in Goldsmith.  She was born May 28, 1935 in Sterling, WI to Floyd and Barbara (Liska) Lumberg.  She married Euel Vardeman February 7, 1960 in Rockport, TX.  She was a homemaker and a musician. She and her husband played in bands all over the United States.  She was a member of Westover Baptist Church.  She enjoyed being a part of the Goldsmith Firebells, the ladies auxiliary of the volunteer fire department.

She is survived by two step-daughters:  Jenean Bragg of Goldsmith, TX and Elane Green of Gail, TX; two granddaughters:  Mandalin Cheri Thomas and Melissa Lynn Crowe; four step grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband:  Euel Leroy Vardeman, an infant daughter:  Tammy Lynn Vardeman and her daughter:  Joleine Catherine Crowe.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 am at Westover Baptist Church with Brother Terry Wright officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

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