Posts Tagged ‘In Memoriam’

Sylvia A. Meyer (’74)

Sylvia A. Meyer nee Cisneros, 67, born August 16, 1952 passed away peacefully June 30, 2020. Sylvia was the beloved wife of Michael Meyer and loving mother to Austin. Proud daughter of Gilbert and the late Angela Cisneros. Loving sister to Cynthia (Stuart) Brown and cherished aunt to Molly and Henley. Caring sister-in-law to Bruce Meyer. Sylvia was a native Texan and graduated from the University of Houston. Her career brought her to Chicago in 1977. Sylvia and Michael met in 1979 and were married in 1981. Services will be held on July 10th at 10:00 am at St. Nicholas Church 806 Ridge Rd., Evanston, IL. For information 847-864-1185. Covid 19 protocols will be in effect. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Sylvia A. Meyer to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago, 225 East Chicago Ave. Box 4. Chicago, IL 60611 or at

Charlotte Swank (’59)

Swank, Charlotte A.
Our beloved mother, Charlotte A. Swank of Palm Beach Gardens passed away peacefully in her home on July 3, 2020. Charlotte was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she married her high school sweetheart Charles Swank (2003). After they both graduated from the University of Houston and Charlie’s military service was completed they moved to east Texas to raise their 2 children. With subsequent moves to Chicago and then back to Texas they made Florida their home in 1987.
Along the way Charlotte began a love of travel with trips to Europe, mountains in Kenya, the Great Wall of China, river cruises in Russia and the pyramids of Egypt. Her other interests included reading, where her favorites were historical biographies, her love of aerobics where she met her closest friends, performances at the Maltz Theater, shopping at the Gardens Mall and having lunch with her friends. She spent countless hours “Working in the Yard” tending her plants and flowers with her loyal long haired Chihuahua Angie by her side.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter Dayna Vaughn and son Bart Swank, 6 grandchildren and her sisters Bonnie Grober and Cassie Walters.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Michael Eugene Nugent (J.D. ’72)

The University was informed of alum Michael Nugent’s passing by his wife. Michael earned his J.D. from the UH Law Center

Wallace V. Sisk (’64)

Wallace Virgil “Wally” Sisk passed away on June 30, 2020. Wally was born in Houston, Texas on December 30, 1941, to Wallace Virgil Sisk and Stella Bergeron Sisk.
Wally graduated from Milby High School, where he had served as President of Quill and Scroll, President of Ragnots, AY Carnival King, Most Popular Senior, and yearbook Ad Manager. His ability to make people laugh, his smile and quick wit endeared him to everyone.
Wally earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Houston where he was a member of Alpha Delta Sigma Advertising Fraternity. He married Mitzi Hurst in 1963 and moved to Beaumont, where he started his advertising career. In 1988, he opened his own advertising agency in Corpus Christi, consistently winning awards for high quality work. He demonstrated passion in all his endeavors, and his service to his community garnered him the prestigious Jefferson Award, given to “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” After moving back to Houston, Wally became a journalism teacher at his beloved Milby High School, retiring in 2014.
Wally was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church, serving as outreach leader for the Live at Five bible study class. He used his talent as a writer to send letters of encouragement to those in need of inspiration.
Wally loved ’50’s music, singing, playing guitar, and putting on a show. When Wally crossed the river and walked through heaven’s gates, Heaven became even brighter. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by Mitzi, his wife of 57 years, his three children: Lauri Sisk, Steve Sisk (Phaleen), and Meaghan Isensee (Jesse); grandchildren: Kirsten, Hannah, and William Hartsoch: Scarlett and Noel Sisk; Heidi Isensee; sister Cordelia White; nephew Ray Gordy (Michelle).
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 pm in the Second Baptist Church Sanctuary at 6400 Woodway, Houston, TX 77057. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Brookwood Community, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, Texas 77423.

Jonathan Steven Carter (’03)

Jon Carter, 39, of San Antonio, died of natural causes on June 26, 2020.

He was born in Houston, Texas on August 2, 1980 to Steve & Charlotta “Charlie” Carter and grew up in Friendswood, Texas.

Jon graduated from Clear Brook High School & the University of Houston & made a career in Advertising. He was currently Vice President of Media at The Wood Agency & loved his job & coworkers.

Jon enjoyed many adventures & lived his very happy life to the fullest. Some of Jon’s passions were Houston Sports Teams, Fitness & Hiking, Traveling, Culinary Adventures, Vegas getaways, and spending time with his family. He especially treasured the trips he took with his best friend, his father Steve.

He is lovingly survived by his parents, the Love of his Life,

Rachel Motal, sister Patricia

“Patty” Carter (Jack Sananikone), brother Andrew “Andy” Carter & nephews Alex Jones & Flynn Carter, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins & in-laws.

A Memorial Service will be held later this year when we can safely gather.

Donald O. Moffett (’68)

Donald “Don” Owen Moffett was born and raised in Llanerch, Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, to John T. Moffett and Freda (Davis) Moffett on October 4, 1941.He graduated from Haverford High School. Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and received additional training at the University of Indiana before being stationed in Samson, Turkey, monitoring radio communications. After military service, he attended the University of Houston where he studied Business.Don met his future wife, Miss Patricia “Pat” Joy Miles in 1966. They were married April 20, 1967, in Houston, Texas. Their marriage was conceived and fortified by their unwavering devotion to God and Christianity. Throughout their marriage, service to their church community was always a priority.Don worked in office machine sales and service while Pat worked in accounting in the oil and gas industry in Houston, Texas. Pat eventually joined Don at his business becoming the controller. In 1990, Don and Pat semi-retired to Fraser, Colorado, where they enjoyed skiing and the outdoor beauty. Don taught handicap skiers at Winter Park, earning him free lift tickets. They were active at Winter Park Christian Church, involved with the Fraser Presbyterian Church, and attended the Perspectives Mission Course in 1997.Don and Pat relocated to Port Angeles, in 1999, to enjoy the milder climate and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They made their home on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca with a view of Canada.They joined the Sequim Community Church in 2001 and remained active together until Pat’s passing. When Pat passed away in 2016, Don became even closer to his Christian community, meeting and subsequently marrying Tommy Mae Curtis Baker on June 5, 2017.Don and Tommy purchased a house in Kalispell, Montana, and began spending time in both locations. Tommy passed away on January 19, 2019.At the time of his death, Don was engaged to Carolyn Gregg and in the process of selling the Port Angeles house in order to live full time in Montana.Don’s passion for his Scottish roots grew along with that of his brother, Dave, and sister, Julie. Don joined the Clan Moffat Society and served as a local convenor for Enumclaw, Highland Games starting in the mid 1990s.He and Pat devoted energy and financial resources to the organization, taking them to annual Scottish games and gatherings held in many parts of the U.S. with several trips to Moffat, Scotland.During the last few years of his life, Don renewed his love of skiing, often taking advantage of special rates for seniors.Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Pat; his second wife, Tommy; his sister, Julie; nephew Ken, and his parents.Don is survived by his brother, David of Pasadena, California; his niece, Sharon Vinceri of La Crescenta, California; niece, Judy Modica of Tarrytown, New York; nephews, Jonathan McCarter of Houston, Texas and Jeffrey McCarter of Hinsdale, Illinois; and his godson and nephew Jim McCarter of Yulee, Florida.

Mr. Oscar H. Beard (’65)

Oscar Henry Beard passed away on Tuesday, May 19, surrounded by his family, at his home in College Station. Oscar, a kind and gentle man, was a loving husband, caring father, devout Christian, and accomplished businessman. Oscar was born October 26, 1937, in Broaddus, Texas. He was the twelfth of thirteen children. Oscar graduated from French High School in Beaumont, Texas, in 1956 shortly after joining the Air Force Reserves. In June of 1956, a fellow reservist arranged a blind date for Oscar with Nancy Strickmeier. Oscar and Nancy were married August 30, 1958, at First Lutheran Church in Galveston. At that time, Nancy was a sophomore at Rice Institute and Oscar worked full-time at Armour Meat Packing, while attending night classes at the University of Houston. In 1959, Oscar was baptized and confirmed at Christ the King Lutheran Church of Houston. In February of 1961, they started their family with the birth of their daughter, Lynda. Nancy graduated from Rice University in 1961 enabling Oscar to attend the University of Houston full-time and work at Armour only on Fridays. While at the U of H he was inducted into Alpha Pi Mu, an American honor society for Industrial Engineering students. In 1964, Oscar was employed as an engineer at Gift Wraps while waiting for his final course requirement to be offered. Their second daughter, Debra, was born in August of 1964. Oscar graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston on June 4, 1965. Making an impact early in his career, he was particularly proud of the efficiency improvements that he made in merchandise receiving and distribution at Foley’s in Houston. Oscar and his family moved to Bryan, Texas, in 1966, where he was employed as residential production manager at Alenco. In June of 1966, their third and final child, Brad, was born. Oscar became a Registered Professional Engineer in 1970. After serving on the board of OMC Industries, he accepted a position with OMC, rising to the position of Vice President. In 1991, Oscar opened Enercon Windows as a sole proprietorship. He persuaded his son Brad to return to Bryan to manage Enercon in 2002. Oscar remained active at Enercon until July 31, 2017. Oscar was an active member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church for 54 years, serving three terms as president of the congregation. In 2014-15, he served as president of the College Station Rotary Club. Nancy and Oscar traveled together to New Zealand and Australia to attend the International Rotary Convention in Sydney. As a Rotarian, he served as a member of the steering committee for The Fun for All Playground, a handicap accessible playground at Central Park in College Station. Oscar was recognized by the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the board of the Twin City Mission. Oscar and Nancy traveled to Basel, Switzerland in 2015 to watch their grandson, Kyle, march and play with the Blue Devils at the Basel International Band Festival. Oscar enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. One of his favorite activities was spending time at the North 40, a property he owned near Hearne. All his children and grandchildren were able to spend time with him there. He generously opened his property to the Our Saviour’s Lutheran youth group and the Boy Scout troop of his grandsons, John and Stephen, for camping and harvesting of wood. A fierce competitor, he thoroughly enjoyed playing 42, bridge, and poker. He served as president of the Star Duplicate Bridge Club. He is preceded in death by his parents Ernest Walker and Ora Mae Beard; brothers, James Beard, Paul Beard, Lon Beard and Johnny Beard; sisters, Erma Hunt, Arvena Powell, Hortense Boykin, Marceilette Galloway and Duvatine Hensley. He is survived by his wife of 61 years. Nancy Beard; daughters, Lynda Worlow (David), Debra Ayoub (Nader); son, Brad Beard (Pam); grandsons, John Worlow (Victoria), Stephen Worlow, Kyle Ayoub (Sarah), Ryan Beard and Jacob Beard; granddaughters, Holly Ahumada (Ian) and Emma Beard; great-grandson, Henry Worlow; brothers, Hubert Beard (Betty) and Raymond Beard (Dianne); sister, Edna Machann; sister-in-law, Eva Beard; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A private funeral and internment will be held on Friday, May 22 with his seven grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The internment will be live streamed on Friday at 11:00 a.m. on the Our Saviour’s Lutheran BCS Facebook Live page. A recording of the service will be available Friday afternoon on the Hillier’s Funeral Home site. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

John C. Cangelosi, Jr. (’67)


John C. Cangelosi, Jr., 78, of Missouri City, Texas passed away on May 19, 2020. He was born on November 4, 1941 in Bryan, Texas to John C. Cangelosi Sr. and Anna Lee (Angonia) Cangelosi. He was a proud graduate of Dulles High School, The University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. He practiced law for over 45 years. He was the 1st Assistant District Attorney of Brazoria County, also serving Fort Bend, Wharton and Matagorda counties in 1973. John was a life member of both the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the Fort Bend County Fair. He volunteered on the HLSR Parade Committee beginning in 1966. He will always be remembered for his love of horses and horseracing.He is survived by his son, John C. Cangelosi III and his wife, Katherine “Kitty”; grandsons, John IV and Michael Cangelosi; sisters, Lena Jo Barber and her husband, Harold and Dorothea Cangelosi; his former wife, Sandra Cangelosi Campos; along with numerous extended family and friends.A funeral mass celebrating John’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City with burial following at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. prior to the mass.Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at .Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

Virgil J. Svajda (M. Ed. ’55)

Virgil Joseph Svajda, 90, of El Campo, peacefully passed away at his home on Friday, May 15, 2020, with family at his side. He was one of two children (sons) born September 23, 1929 to Mary (Pechacek) and Vladimir (Ladgie) Svajda, where he was raised and went to Catholic and public school. He served in the U.S. Army as Corporal at Ft. Sam Houston from March 1951 March 1953 as a clerical records typist during the Korean war. He attended Blinn Jr. College and Prairie View A&M University, receiving his BBA from Sam Houston State University, and his Master’s degree of Administration from University of Houston in 1955. Virgil married Bernadette Jurecek, also from Sealy, on November 26, 1953, Thanksgiving Day, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sealy, Texas. Their wedding was the last one in the old painted church, before it was removed to build the new parish church. Mr. Svajda was an Educator at El Campo High School for 34 years (1953-1987). For the first 13 years he taught bookkeeping and typing, as well as coaching girls’ tennis. During these years he drove the school bus before and after school, as well as to football games, and helped his friend Anton Sevcik during the summers in building maintenance. From 1967 1975 he served as Director, teaching Office Education (VOE/OEA), and his last 13 years were spent as the Administrator of the Vocational School, after which he retired in 1987. Mr. Svajda taught at least 2200 students over the years, remaining lifetime friends with many of them, some of which he considered his adopted children. His students placed in District, State, and National contests multiple times in every area of his career: bookkeeping, typing, tennis and office education. He also was a life insurance agent in El Campo, for American Amicable/American General, from 1962-2006, where he worked hard to make at least one whole life policy sale every week for 19 years. All of his life, he felt that providing financial security for family was a top priority for his friends in the community. He served on the Supervisory Committee of Wharton County Teachers Credit Union 1964-2004, and was a member and President of Wharton County Retired Teachers Association. He was a faithful and loyal member of St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church since 1953, where he served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister for 40 years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus #2490. His hobbies included vegetable and flower gardening, sometimes having four gardens at once in the El Campo area, including one at his acreage at Pin Oak. Everything was always started from seed and he always shared his plants and crops with family and friends. He enjoyed a lifetime of fishing with his dad and best friends, making barbeque, listening to his favorite music, and woodworking. He was a loving and dedicated father to his three children, Donna (Thomas) Kaspar, Ginger (Christian) Butler, and Mark Svajda. He leaves two grandchildren Christopher Tzitzis and Carolynn Butler. Mr. Svajda was preceded in death by his wife and parents, brother Ladgie Svajda and his wife Jean, and in-laws Henry and Helen Jurecek. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Virgil’s caregivers, Belinda Elledge and Veva Hernandez, for their dedicated long-term loving care. Special thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff at El Campo Memorial Hospital, and Hospice Inc-El Campo. Visitation will be 4 pm to 6 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Triska Funeral Home with a Parish Rosary being offered at 6 pm. The Funeral Mass will be 11 am Thursday, May 21, 2020, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Michael officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park. Please note that due to CDC guidelines, there will be a limited amount of people allowed to attend the Rosary and Mass. Visitors are kindly asked to wear a mask both at the funeral home and Church. Pallbearers will be Christopher Tzitzis, Ricardo Sosa, Jeff Svajda, Donald Sevcik, Craig Wright and Bill Goerig. Honorary bearers are his former ECHS students. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church or to Hospice Inc-El Campo. Today’s Events Visitation May 20. 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (CST) Triska Funeral Home 612 Merchant Street El Campo, TX, 77437-3440

Andy Edwin Frankland (M. Arch. ’84)

Andy Edwin (Ed) Frankland, 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, after a brief battle with cancer. Ed was born on June 20, 1942 in Liberty, Texas to Manervia Fairnettie Gau and Andy Everett Frankland. He grew up in Anahuac, Texas, and had lived in San Antonio for over 30 years. Ed is survived by his adoring wife of 53 years, Andrea Favor Frankland. He is also survived by his sisters-in law, Bodine Porter (Bruce), Jennifer Howell, and Sally Mooney (Bill), and his nephews Andrew Howell and David Howell, as well as his favorite cousin Rita Beth Cooper (Sam), and other cousins. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in law, Skip and Bill Favor, and his brother-in-law, Alfred Howell. Ed was a proud BBA graduate of the University of Texas (Hook ’em Horns!), and also had a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Houston. He served for six years as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. Ed had a varied career, in accounting, computer programing and sales, building, and architecture. He also owned several businesses, including a dinner murder mystery company. Ed was a self-admitted ham, and loved to play the bad guy in the murder mysteries. Ed was proud to be a life-long Texan. He displayed his Texas roots by always wearing one of his many pairs of cowboy boots, and one of his San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo belt buckles. Ed was friendly and outgoing and made new friends wherever he went. He enjoyed meeting new people during his volunteer activities. At KLRN, he volunteered for the yearly Blazing Gavels Auction, as well as at many wine tasting events. At the Fiesta San Antonio Commission he sold tickets to many Fiesta events, and was known for his vests totally covered with Fiesta medals. At the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo he was a life member as well as a volunteer on several committees, and was a former director. At Night in Old San Antonio, he was a booth chairman in Sauerkraut Bend for many years. Ed and Andrea were avid cruisers, and had taken over 35 cruises. They took several transatlantic cruises, and also cruised to Australia and New Zealand, the Baltic, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Alaska. There wasn’t a cruise they didn’t love! A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at a later date. If you wish, memorials in Ed’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.