Obituaries

In Remembrance of Class Family Members and Friends


Carolyn Bersin Moore, sister of Lana Oliver

82, of Nederland, died Monday, October 21, 2019. She was born July 23, 1937, in Port Arthur, to Ellen Lee Jarrell Bersin and John Nickolas Bersin. She spent her children's formative years caring for them at home. Later in life, she was able to work with her son's at Moore Service Company. Her grandchildren will remember their Maw Maw and all of her adoration of them. Her hobbies included reading, painting, drawing, and crafting. She adored her cats, Ike and Baby.
Survivors include her children, Walt Moore and his wife, Gretchen, of Nederland; Chris Moore and his wife, Jenny, of Bridge City; and Julie Ellen Moore; grandchildren, Jessica Blanchard and her husband, Tony; Rachel Gillon and her husband, Adam; Christopher Moore, Jr. and his wife, Katelyn; Chelsea Boggess and her husband, Brandon; and Jag Moore; great-grandchildren, Kate and Claire Blanchard and Miles Moore; sister, Lana Baker and her daughter, Dana Baker; brother, John Bersin and his wife, Anna; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and John Bersin; brother, Greg Bersin; and sister, Shanna Anderson.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Angela, Llena, Connie, and Sophie for their tender care of our mother. Also, a special thanks to mom's nurse, Kathy, from Harbor Hospice and to the staff at Bonne Vie, Port Arthur. Finally, a very special thanks to our Godsend, JoAnn Francis.
A gathering of Mrs. Moore's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 25, 2019, at Broussard's, followed by her interment at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Alfred Laing Baker , husband of Lana Oliver

75, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away, Monday, October 14, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
Al is survived by his wife Lana of 43 years, two sons Jeff Baker and his wife Tiff of Tulsa, Troy Baker and his wife Jen of College Station Texas and his daughter Dana Baker of Lumberton, Texas. Grandchildren Dustin (Miranda)Baker, Kaitlan (Brandon) Daniels, Jill (Christopher) Waldrep, Lacey Atkins, Hollie Atkins, Lexi (Sean), Kenzie Baker, Kole Baker, Avery Baker, Tyler Baker and Brianna Reyes. Great grandchildren Emerson, Watson, Winston, Drake and Melina. His brother Johnny Wayne (Mary)Baker and sisters Shirley Anders, Elaine (Arlen) Alexander and Nadine (Doug) Houston
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marguerite Baker, and his daughter Candy Atkins in 2017.
First and foremost, Al had a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. His next love is his wife Lana of over 43 years, he adored his children, his grandchildren and especially the new great grandchildren. One always knows in life that a child is the best judge of character and every child was drawn to Al like a magnet. He was simply adored by his grandchildren, nieces and nephews and all the great nieces and nephews.
Outside of his family his love for golf, LSU football and travel would be at the top on his list of interest. After retirement he had the privilege of traveling to Europe on three separate occasions with numerous other trips throughout the country. His love for adventure and experiencing new things was endless. His joy was contagious to watch, he simply loved life!
One of his former co-workers said this week on learning of his passing “Al Baker is the only man I have ever known who had no enemies everyone loved him.” Al had a stellar work career that spanned 50 years. He worked in the oil/gas industry in Beaumont, Texas, Mineral Wells, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma until his retirement in 2016.
As much as Al has been loved on this earth and will be missed by every member of his family and those who were fortunate enough to call him a friend, he would want all of you reading this to know he is now and for all eternity truly living his best life.
Viewing and visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October15th at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel. The funeral will be Wednesday October 16th at 11:00 AM at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday October 18th at Hardin Memorial Park 490 Cemetery Road in Silsbee Texas.
Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, 918-291-3500.

Audrey Marie Carlsen, mother of Linda Carlsen

got her wings on October 26, 2019 at the age of 92.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Kay Chapman of Leander, Texas, her two sons, David Carlsen of Groves, Mark Charles Carlsen of Seabrook, Texas, her granddaughter, Melissa Thompson Wilson, her six great grandchildren, Justin Wilson, Blake Wilson, Joshua Gillett, Isabelle Gillett, Ashlynn Fontenot and Brelynn Fontenot.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles E. Carlsen, her two granddaughters, Michelle Fontenot and Chrissie Carlsen Gillett. She was a native of Port Arthur. She attended Bishop Byrne and went on to Port Arthur College. Her first job was at Gulf Marine Department. She married Charles E. Carlsen on April 23, 1949. They had three children, Linda, David and Mark. She was a member of many clubs including Womens Propeller Club. She enjoyed modeling clothes and always found a love for line dancing. She will be truly missed by her friends and family.
Visitation will be on Monday, October 28, 2019 from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM with a rosary to be prayed at 6:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Service to honor Audrey’s life will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Maxine Bishop Baldridge Quick, mother of Allen Baldridge

passed away at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. at the age of 87. Maxine was born in Port Arthur, TX on October 29, 1931, to Effie and Violas Bishop. She lived all her growing up years in Port Arthur, Texas. She married Robert Powers Baldridge in 1948, and they had two sons Robert Allen and Raymond Lee. In 1965 she married William Eugene Quick and they had one son Ronald Gene Quick.
She has spent nearly the last fifty years living in Vidor, TX. where she was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church. As a Widow for the last 20 years, Maxine enjoyed her Red Hats group the Rhinestone Red Hatters, lunch once a month with the “Lunch Bunch”, bingo at the community center, attending Pine Forest Baptist Church, and the arrival of ten great grandchildren. She was quite active until the summer of 2018 when she moved to Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor.
She is survived by her three sons: Robert Allen Baldridge (Wanda) of Hideaway, TX; Raymond Lee Baldridge of Beaumont, TX; and Ronald Gene Quick (Karen) of Midway, TX, as well as step-children William Eugene “Buddy” Quick, Michael Quick and Ruth Whiteside (Gary) of Horn Lake, MS. She is also survived by her four grandchildren: Ryan Alan Baldridge (Stacey) of San Marcos, TX: Amanda Quick-Allison of Vidor, TX; Kamrie Quick of Burbank, CA; and Kyle Quick (Allison) of Vidor, TX, as well as ten great grandchildren.
Maxine donated her body to UT Medical Houston School in Houston with a cremation to follow. There will be a celebration of life announced at a later date.

Michael Reiney, Class of 1966

Fred Schneider wrote: When I report the loss of a classmate, it is usually after considerable research for proof and obituary etc. This time it is different.
I received a heads up message from Classmate Dale McElroy regarding info of a classmate via his sister, who is friends with the classmates sister.
So : The Thomas Jefferson Class of 1966 is saddened to learn of the passing of our classmate and friend Michael Reiney. Michael was out riding his 10 speed bicycle and was killed by a teenage motorist, on June 10, 2019. He died at the scene. I have searched all over Oregon for an obituary, without success. Please remember Michael and his family in your prayers

Verna Gail Bertrand, Class of 1966

72, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born October 7, 1947 in Abbeville, Louisiana to Clarence Bertrand and Agnes Picard Bertrand. Verna was a lifelong area resident and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. A visitation for family and friends will be at 12:00 noon, Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with a rosary service to begin at 1:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Deacon Willie Posey officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Verna was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Judy Cappen and brother, Clarence “J.R.” Bertrand, Jr. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Burnham and fiance’ Kirk Veillon of Nederland and Amy Page of Port Arthur, brother, Harold Bertrand of New Iberia, LA and three grandchildren, Corbin Stepan, Casen Burnham, and Carter Page.

Mickey Schwartzenburg, husband of Debra Jones

June 15, 1947 - July 14, 2019. Join us for a lite luncheon to celebrate together and share our best memories and moments. Venue: The Lodge @ Del Webb, The Woodlands, TX 77382, Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2:00pm - 5:00pm


Augusta “Gussie” Fallin, mother of Marlene Fallin

100, of Austin, Texas passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 at The Heritage at Hunter’s Chase. She was born February 15, 1919 in DeRidder, Louisiana to Sevella Daniels Jackson. When she was young they moved to Port Arthur where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. In 1945 she married Marl Holmes Fallin. Gussie was very involved in her daughter’s activities as Bluebird Leader and PTA, serving as President. She was a member of the United Methodist Temple and the Cullen Hamilton Sunday School Class. Gussie retired from Sears Department Store and then spent many years as a devoted volunteer at The Methodist Temple, Museum of the Gulf Coast and The United Board of Missions. She was beloved by all of her family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Phil Chamberlin of the United Methodist Temple officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Gussie was preceded in death by her husband, Marl Holmes Fallin, brother, R.C. Jackson and sister, Eva Fallin. She is survived by her daughter, Marlene Santos and husband Ken of Austin, TX; two grandchildren, Ian Rick and wife Amanda, and Sarah Rick, great granddaughter, Autumn, and numerous nieces and nephews.