Posts Tagged ‘In Memoriam’

Joshua P. Schwarz (’06)

Days after Thanksgiving 2017, Josh Schwarz was given the devastating news…Cancer— Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Three weeks later, he was in an operating room for fifteen hours at St. Luke’s Hospital, as surgeons removed the malignant tumor, 1/3 of his tongue, and lymph nodes at the back of his mouth, and neck; followed by extensive reconstruction. After an extremely tough week in surgical ICU, he was able to go home, just in time for Christmas, to prepare for the next phase of recovery. With speech therapy and proactive measures planned, including radiation and chemotherapy – to prevent the cancer from returning. Josh kept his unwavering positive outlook on life; spending time with his family, friends, co-workers and guiding students to be the best version of themselves at the junior high school, where he worked as an Assistant Principal. After some time, Josh found his new normal.

Fast forward to January 2019: Josh met with his doctors for a routine post-Cancer checkup. Unfortunately, the results weren’t what we hoped for. The Squamous Cell Carcinoma was back, with a vengeance.

Joshua Paul Schwarz passed away on October 18, 2019. Josh was, above all else, a great dad, husband, brother and son. He was an avid musician, and a passionate teacher and school administrator. He loved the outdoors, traveling, and sports (especially the Astros, Rockets, Dynamo and Texans). He especially loved spending time with his wife, family and friends. His greatest accomplishments were his son Dylan, his family, and the legacy that he left with students, faculty and administration at Lanier and Queens Intermediate.
Josh is survived by his loving wife Erika Schwarz, his son Dylan Schwarz, step daughters Kelly Navarro and Samantha Martinez, his mother Delia Schwarz, his father and step mother Don and Brigett Schwarz, his sister and her husband Kristin and Chris Banks, his brother Jeremy Schwarz, his step brother Jessie Cerda, his step sister Shannon Cerda, his niece Katelyn Banks, his nephews Gabriel and Bradley Banks, his Nana Betty Schwarz, and numerous cousins, friends and colleagues.
Josh was a really good friend to all. He found the positive in any situation and was always there if anybody needed him. He always had a smile, or a kind word, for everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5-9PM at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Grand Chapel of Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

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Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home
6900 Lawndale St
Houston, Texas 77023

Zelia Kay Clapp (’84)

Zelia Kay Bowman passed away at St. David’s South Hospital in Austin, Texas on Sunday, June 9, 2019 with daughter Amy and husband John at her side. Kay was born on April 23, 1944 in Hearne, Texas.

She attended public schools there and worked in her parents’ flower shop. After school there it was off to Austin, Texas to work for lawyers while going to The University of Texas from which she graduated in 1968 with a degree in Education and later from Texas A & M and the University of Houston with advanced degrees . She moved to Europe to teach as part of the D. O. D. teaching program in England and Germany for several years and then returned to Texas when her father passed away. She then moved to the Houston area to begin her career in public school education in the Alief I. S. D. where she met another group of new teachers that would become her friends for the rest of her life. She was a teacher, counselor, and Assistant Principal in Alief before moving to Spring I. S. a school administrator after she and John married in 1990 as they both continued their careers.

Kay was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1994 and after a while she and John retired early and moved to Wimberley, Texas in 2004 where she was active in the book club, garden club, and the Wimberley United Methodist Church which she and John joined in 2005.

Kay moved to Deer Creek of Wimberley, a nursing and care facility in 2016 until her fall there June 9, 2019 after which she was taken to St. David’s in Austin remaining there until her passing. Kay is survived by her husband John, daughter Amy and her husband Rob, and grand children Siara and Adelyn, relatives in Wimberley, Clute, Texas and Lake Jackson, Texas and many dear friends that Kay cherished and who helped make her life very special indeed.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff at St. David’s South Hospital and to Kay’s long-time home caregivers Cathy, Cassada, Marti and the Deer Creek Staff.

Kay battled Parkinson’s Disease during much of her time in Wimberley with spirit, faith, and grace never letting that disease define her and most always facing each day with hope and great courage.

We give thanks for her life and we were blessed by her presence. Rest in peace gentle spirit. We will miss you all the rest of our days. Memorial service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Wimberley United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wimberley area Parkinson’s Association and the Wimberley United Methodist Church.

Roger Murray Barber (’72, ’81)

Roger Barber
APRIL 27, 1944 SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Roger Murray Barber, age 75, of Clear Lake City, Texas, passed away on September 15, 2019. He was born in Tyler, Texas on April 27, 1944, to Tom Newcomb Barber and Dessie Belton Murray Barber. He was married to Diana Lynn Watson for 45 years.

Wesley R. Lane (’68)

Wesley Rupert Lane – Born September 28th 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas. Died September 25th 2019 in San Antonio, Texas with his daughter and sister by his side. He was seventy-four years old. He is proceeded in death by his father, Wesley R. Lane, who volunteered for the war effort at the age of 30 and was member of The United States Army Air Corp. His father was killed in action on a day time air raid in Berlin, Germany before his birth. His wife and love of his life Patricia Pace Lane. His parents Willie Etta Marie “Bee” Davis and Woodrow Davis, Sr. and brother Roy A. Davis. He is survived by his daughter Dr. Shannon M. Lane of Huntsville, Texas. Son Wesley R. Lane Jr. of Huntsville, Texas and Step-daughter Raygen Worley of Beckley, West Virginia. His brother Woodrow Davis, Jr. and Sister and brother- in- law Debbie and Vernon Tschoepe as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His special friend Peggy Sweeney and his two Dachshunds CoCo and Luca and a very old and senile cat, Mr. Robert J. “Bob” Cat.
Wesley grew up in Oak Forest, Houston, Texas. He was a 1962 graduate of St. Thomas High School and a 1968 graduate of The University of Houston (B.S. Psychology). He was a life-long supporter of Cougar athletics and was highly involved in Alumni activities for many years. Professionally Wesley was very engaged in the Insurance community statewide and ran several profitable agencies in his working career. Following the death of his wife Pat in 2005, Wesley retired to Kerrville, Texas where he enjoyed fishing, exploring and walking in the parks of his beloved hill country. And avid gardener, Wesley made his own salsa’s and canned various types of his own produce. He was proudest of his Texas heritage and studied Texas history with the precision of a full tenured professor. He loved to read.
Wesley’s memorial mass will be held on Saturday September 28th at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Kerrville, Texas at 9:30 am Father David Wagner presiding. Following his funeral mass, his family will be receiving for his Irish wake at his home in Kerrville. After a 5-day battle with Pneumonia for which his daughter did not leave his side, the Lane family would like to send out a special Thank You to Dr. Simone Bridges and the team at Peterson Hospital in Kerrville and his ICU nursing team at Methodist Texsan Hospital in San Antonio. You’re Dad’s angles and we thank you so very much.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation in Wesley’s name to either one of his favorite charities: St. Joseph’s Indian School P.O. Box 326 Chamberlain, SD 57326 or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch 600 SW 11th Avenue Amarillo, Texas 79101.

Daniel Boone (’56, M.S. ’63)

Dan Boone
Services for Dan Boone of Richmond, Texas will be held Saturday, September 28 at 11 am, in St. John’s United Methodist Church in Richmond, Texas. Dan was born in Truscott, Texas and graduated from Lubbock High School. He accepted a track and field scholarship to the University of Houston where he earned three engineering degrees: a B. S. in Petroleum Engineering and a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. Socony Mobil named Dan as one of the Top Ten Engineers in the country. Dan began his career with Hudson Engineering in Houston, and over the years served as COO of ABB Randall, President and CEO of Howe Baker Engineers and Chairman of the Board of How-Mar Engineering, LTD, UK.
Dan served on the LCISD School Board from 1975-81 and was a member of the HGAC. He sat on the Appraisal Review Board for Ft. Bend County, was a member of the Ft. Bend County Historical Commission, and served in various capacities at St. John’s United Methodist Church. He coached Little League, was an SAE, KDK, a former member of The Richmond Rotary Club and Richard Joseph’s Wednesday Morning Coffee Group.
Dan is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Sue Zanne, and by two children- son Daniel Myers and his wife Marjorie; and daughter Victoria Ruth and her husband Neal.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 27, 2019

John C. Rogers (’62)

September 12 2019

John C. Rogers of Oxford CT and Punta Gorda FL passed away at his Oxford home on September 6, 2019 with his wife and family by his side.
John was the son of the late Augusta (Burchfield) Rogers and Forest E. Rogers. He is survived by his loving and cherished wife, the former first selectman of Oxford, Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers.
Born in Knoxville TN and raised in Port Lavaca TX, John graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville Indiana and the University of Houston with a Marketing Degree in 1962.

He proudly served in the US Army stationed in Grunstadt Germany with the 1st Artillery, 5th Missile R Company C (Specialist 4 Class) from 1962 to 1964. He often joked about how his father, who headed the recruitment board, picked his name out on the list. In fact John volunteered on his own to serve as an enlisted soldier during the Vietnam War and surprised his father with the news.
John went on to work for General Electric in the Home Service Center, Syracuse NY, before transferring to Bridgeport, CT to Wire & Cable he advanced to Supervisor of NBC Division Accounts Payable; Financial Planning Center and Accounts Payable Department in Shelton, CT where he retired in 2000. He was also a Certified Financial Planner for Amex in the eighties.
Besides his wife of 30 years he is survived by his children, Tina (Glenn) Herman of Woodbury, John (Colleen) of Guilford, Garrett (Karen) of Hamden, stepchildren, Jeffrey (fiance Cindy) of Woodbury, Eric (Kimberly) of Panama City Beach FL and Jill Drayton of Oxford. He was predeceased by his son Michael.

John leaves ten grandchildren,Taylor and Madison Drayton; John, Eleanor, and Ewan Oakes-Rogers; Jey, Kellen and Brady Herman; Stephanie and Magdalena Rogers. He leaves his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Barbara and Edward Dalterio and Kristina and Gerald Trevits, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his late wife Kathleen Rogers and his sisters Billie Ray Slotnick and Julianne Dugat.

Known for his sense of humor and lightheartedness, John seldom had a harsh word to say. John was always a humble man and when asked for his opinion or advice, he would simply say, “I know very little”. He loved putting people at ease and brought joy to many throughout his life with a warm smile or a huge bear hug. He enjoyed spending fun times with family and dear friends in CT and FL. “Big John” especially loved the Thanksgiving holidays, traveling and spending winters in Florida with Mary Ann, fishing in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, watching the UConn basketball teams and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys in good seasons and not so good seasons. John never missed watching a Superbowl game since its inception.

John was a lifetime member of the Waterbury Deep Sea Fishing Club, a member of St Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford Senior Center, Oxford Land Trust, Oxford Historical Society, a past Weebeloe Boy Scout leader and Pop Warner Football Coach, Seymour/Oxford league. He formerly volunteered his time as a tax preparer and had served on some local town boards/commissions in Oxford. And John loved music of all types; he played the trumpet in high school, danced up a storm and sang in the choir at the Great Hill United Methodist Church for a time.

John relied on his devoted wife, Mary Ann, to guide him through his recent illnesses over the last several years and often expressed his gratitude to all who shared both the challenging and the enjoyable times. Besides his wife, he was lovingly cared for by Taylor, Jill and Madison as well as his caring aides and nurses especially Jennifer and Elaine. He accepted living with Parkinson’s Disease and Autonomic Neuropathy with grace and dignity setting an example of courage and will miss and be missed by all who shared in his life.

Calling hours will be held Thursday September 12, 2019 from 10:00-12:30, with a funeral service at 1:00P.M. at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, located 235 Main Street North Southbury, CT. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Southford Cemetery located in Oxford, CT. To leave an online condolence please visit