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Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Mildred A. Schneider Kallus

November 17, 1934April 23, 2019
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Mildred A. Kallus, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, after a lengthy illness. She was born on November 17, 1934, in Weimar, Texas to Reinhardt and Adela Schneider, and graduated from Weimar High School in 1952. Mildred lived in Houston, Texas, with her husband of almost 63 years, Anton P. Kallus, Jr.

Mildred was a long time active member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, active in the Altar Society and the K.J.Z.T. In past years, she and Anton enjoyed traveling across the United States on bus tours. She enjoyed monthly birthday and holiday get-togethers with her husband and their three children and their families.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Helen Zimmermann, and her brother-in-law, Franklin Zimmermann. She is survived by her beloved husband, Anton, two sisters, Virginia Kroboth and husband Johnie, of Houston, Texas, and Agnes Laake and husband Paul, of Columbus, Texas. Mildred is also survived by her son David Kallus and wife Brenda, her daughter Brenda Montemayor, her daughter Joyce Johnson and husband Mike, and seven grandchildren, James A. Montemayor, Mark Montemayor, Emily Johnson, Kristin Johnson, Shelly Kallus, Ty Smith, Kyle Smith and wife Jessica, and two great-grandchildren Noah and Abel Smith, all of Houston, Texas.

Family and friends gathered during a visitation from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors in Houston, Texas, where the Rosary was recited at 3:00 p.m. by Deacon Dan O'Dowd. The Funeral Mass was 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29th in the sanctuary of St. Jerome Catholic Church, also in Houston, with Reverend Monsignor Dan Scheel as celebrant. Following a reception at the church, graveside services and interment followed at 2:00 p.m. in La Grange City Cemetery, 898 Travis Street in La Grange, Texas.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • James A. Montemayor
  • Mark C. Montemayor
  • Michael Laake
  • Mike Johnson
  • Ty Smith
  • Kyle Smith

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • Rosary Service Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Graveside Committal Service Monday, April 29, 2019

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Mike Johnson

April 28, 2019

Remembering Ma Kallus

Thanks to all of you here today for Mildred A. Kallus. Just being here today shows the outpouring of love for a dear sister, aunt, cousin, friend, friend of a friend, mother, wife, and yes, even mother in law! I can not recall a single time Mildred ever had a single criticism of me and Lord knows there should have been many times – maybe I just didn’t hear it!

She was always a caring lady, smiling and as many in the family may recall saying ‘that’s fine.’ Seems pretty simple and some may say not very positive but I believe that just displayed her humble and kind approach to life. By definition – and I looked it up – the word fine in this informal usage means ‘in a satisfactory or pleasing manner, very well.’ And an expanded definition equates this word fine to others including excellent, first-class, great, exceptional, admirable, quality, magnificent, beautiful, wonderful . . . Whew! I think y’all get the picture and saw this in Mildred.

Mildred was very dedicated in all that she did. I didn’t personally get to enjoy time with her and many of you here today until her midlife years but I saw many examples not taken for granted. She and Anton raised three fine children that have grown to carry on a great example of her positive traits. She was as I’ve heard termed by sources I won’t reveal the ‘buffer’ in many situations. She wanted things prim and proper, kept things very neat – if we don’t need it, throw it out! Of course, we even enjoyed garage sales with the whole family for many years! Mildred and Anton were committed to the church. They enjoyed being involved with different activities there and always looked forward to the Fall festivals.

In her last years Mildred was not remembering things so well but the beauty of it all was the fact of what she was remembering. She knew her family. She would always want to know if she had been invited when going to one of the family get togethers and what to wear – that dear prim and proper still there. She was thinking Christmas was always coming soon . . . how wonderful to be thinking of the birth of dear Jesus and all those loved ones sharing in celebration! And on this past Good Friday, a day where she was with her closest loved ones at her house to spend time, beautify, and make things more prim and proper.

Our Greatest Gift is celebrated on Easter and this year God decided it was time to add another sweet angel to be welcomed in Heaven. Although we are saddened here on Earth by our loss, some of the greatest joys of life are achieved by great pain. I’m sure Mildred felt pains along the way of life. She, too, experienced losses of loved ones along the way. She, too, endured pain of childbirth but enjoyed the miracle of new lives with her children. I heard said that Mildred even picked cotton until the day before she got married! In all, Mildred dedicated her life in doing the best she could with a joyous heart and by golly I know she did a great job!

So as Mil, Mildred, Mom, Ma, Grandma, Great-grandma, Sister, Aunt, friend or however you remember her, ‘that’s fine,’ and thank you for forever remembering her and be glad that by grace she is safe in God’s Hands.

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