OBITUARY

Dr. Brian Joseph Wisnoski

May 3, 1980June 9, 2021
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Brian Joseph Wisnoski, 41, of Houston, TX, passed away on June 9, 2021. He was born May 3, 1980 in Houston, TX to Mark and Deborah Wisnoski. He attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Seton Catholic Junior High and St. Pius X High School where he graduated as valedictorian in 1998.

Brian attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002 with degrees in electrical engineering and the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors program. Upon graduation, Brian joined Teach for America and taught middle school math and science for 2 years in an underserved area of Houston Independent School District. He entered medical school in 2005 at Baylor College of Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Medicine. He continued at Baylor for his training in combined internal medicine and pediatrics, where he earned the Continuity Clinic Resident of the Year award upon graduation from residency. He stayed on as faculty with Baylor dividing his time between hospital, clinic, and teaching duties over the years. His patients praised his compassion and bedside manner. He worked at Harris Health’s Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center where he trained medical residents and advocated for his patient population. He also taught and mentored Baylor medical school students. His passion for teaching was evident earning him the Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching and Evaluation and the 2021 MLK Faculty of the Year award voted on by the medical residents.

As much as he loved his work, he loved his family most. Brian married his high school sweetheart, Jackie, in 2003 in Houston, TX. She was the love of his life, and he was hers. It was rare you would see one without the other; they were best friends and shared a beautiful romance that only grew over the years. In 2007 they welcomed their son Evan and in 2010 their daughter Brooke. Brian was an incredible husband and father, and his family was his pride and joy. His family considered him the perfect son and brother, and he continually filled their hearts with pride in all aspects of life. He set a wonderful example for his sister and so many others to follow.

He enjoyed time outdoors, whether it was playing with the kids in the backyard, going for a jog or bike ride, or taking trips to the country to fish and look at the stars. He enjoyed traveling immensely and had the good fortune to see many beautiful places across the world with his family. Skiing in the mountains always topped his list. He was always ready to get together with family or friends, go out for dinner, play games, and just laugh. And what a beautiful, contagious laugh he had.

Brian was an avid athlete, but his love for baseball surpassed all other sports. One of his greatest joys was coaching and watching his children play ball. He coached Evan for eight seasons at Oaks Dads Club, the same place he had grown up playing ball. He also loved cheering on the Houston Astros and attended many games over the years including 2017 and 2019 World Series games.

In 2010, Brian was diagnosed with cancer. He endured 11 years of countless treatments and surgeries to fight the disease, always carrying a positive attitude and never complaining. He was a pillar of strength and grace through it all, and his strong faith sustained him.

All achievements aside, Brian was an exceptional person. His kindness was evident in everything he did. He never met a stranger, had immeasurable patience, and an inner joy that radiated from him. He lived simply, loved deeply, and lived life to the fullest.

Brian is survived by his loving wife Jackie, son Evan (14) and daughter Brooke (11); his parents Mark & Deborah Wisnoski of Houston, TX; sister Megan Denton and husband Jayson, niece Addison and nephew Parker of Waco, TX; grandfather Harold Wisnoski of Navasota, TX; grandmother Dolores Baranowski of Houston, TX; in-laws Donald & Mildred Grahmann of Houston, TX; sister-in-law Jessica Grahmann of Houston, TX; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding Brian in death were his maternal grandfather Alvin Baranowski and paternal grandmother Janie Wisnoski.

Visitation will be on Monday, June 14, 2021 from 5-8 pm with a Rosary Vigil at 6:30pm at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10am at St. Ambrose Catholic Church and his interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.

Donations in his honor may be made to the following which played an important part in his life: Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Ambrose Catholic Community, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community, St. Pius X High School or any charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Judy Reed-Wells

June 25, 2021

Blessings and prayers of peace to all who were touched by Dr. Wisnoski. He had been closely monitoring my drastically spiking liver levels and working with my other specialists to adjust my meds, lifestyle and constant blood work and consultations to analyze and detect what was going on. His caring and intense demeanor kept me calm. It was evident that something was extremely wrong with me. He encouraged me to never miss blood work appointments so that he could be current on what was happening to me in addition to the extreme weight loss, bleeding gums, nose and everywhere else along with at least ten other unusual symptoms. Dr. Wisnoski saved my life in 2015 when he called two days before Christmas vacation to let me know that my morning bloodwork showed that I was on the verge of liver failure. He said that he had just scheduled my emergency appointment at Ben Taub and they would be waiting for me. I asked if I would die if I didn’t go now because I wanted to prepare myself and family. He responded, “Judy🤔I will not be able to go on vacation knowing that you are so I’ll without letting you know.” “ I trust that you will use your best judgement like you always have because this is critical.” I prayed, prepared and drove to Ben Taub the next morning. I let them know that I was Wisnoski’s patient. They immediately began testing me and my body shut down had already begun. To make a long story short, two to three weeks of teams working and testing around the clock while consulting with my other docs and adjusting meds concluded that I had a rare genetic autoimmune hepatitis condition that when you google will give the readers further specifics. Watching the Christmas Zoo lights thankful that I followed Wisnoski’s intense but caring directions have allowed me to enjoy several more Holidays. He was battling his own health issues for years while saving my life over and over again for years. I was blessed to be touched by an ANGEL😇

Jan Marek

June 24, 2021

There just aren’t words to express my sympathy for you and your family. I’ve been praying for Brian so long and am heartbroken for you. Mothers don’t ever want to part with their children for any reason. Please feel free to call and vent or remember if you have the need.
Love Jan

St. Pius X High School SPX

June 24, 2021

Brian Wisnoski '98

We were saddened to learn of the death of Brian Wisnoski '98, husband of Jackie Grahmann Wisnoski '97, son of Mark Wisnoski '74 and Debbie Baranowski Wisnoski '75, brother of Megan Wisnoski Denton '12, brother-in-law of Jessica Grahmann '02, nephew of Ken Wisnoski '72, Andy Wisnoski '77, Theresa Darbonne Baranowski '79, Tiger Baranowski '81, Teri Baranowski Brogdon Orlando '82, David Wisnoski '82, and Elizabeth Fazio Wisnoski '82, cousin of Joshua Brogdon '03, Tim Brogdon '05, Jennifer Brogdon Orlando Capellen '07, +Kevin Jozwiak '07, Alex Wisnoski '07 and Matthew Wisnoski '10.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 14, 2021, from 5-8 pm, with a beginning Rosary at 6:30 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 10 am. All services will take place at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Rd., Houston, TX 77092.

The rite of committal to follow at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007.

Please keep the Wisnoski family in your prayers during this time.

Sr. Donna Pollard

June 24, 2021

My heart aches for all of you - what an amazing human being Brian is and what an example for all of us of God’s love.
Our sisters have been praying for Brian and for all of you these eleven years and will continue to do so.
Please know that we are always here for all of you and I am just a phone call away.

With much love and prayer,
Donna

Jennifer Lopez

June 24, 2021

Please accept our deepest condolences. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to let us know. We would love to help in any way we can. Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you and your entire family. ❤️🙏🏼

Charles Coon

June 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear and thoughts and prayers to you and your family! We had such a great time when Brian coached our son and he will be truly and sadly missed.



Angela Platsas

June 24, 2021

Words cannot express how devastated your entire family must feel. I wanted to let you know our STH family is ready to start meal trains when needed. We have already began sending prayers.

Please let me know how we can help!! We do not care what the need is!! Meals, Go fund me page, prayers…..anything!!

I am truly so sorry for your loss. I can say your entire family has been very strong through Brian’s journey. My daughter Lexi is a pre med student & Brian always gave her great advice. My son Dimitris who is a junior at STH had a wonderful time with Brian as his coach at ODC.

Again, however we can help!!
Angela

Alejandro Bonilla

June 24, 2021

. . . My heart goes out to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers will be with everyone during this difficult time.

melanie carranza

June 24, 2021

Diego, Rob and I have been holding your family close in thoughts and prayers this week. I am so very sorry for your loss. It’s been a blessing to have Brian in so many memories with Diego and baseball and St. Ambrose... all the way through Jr High with Evan and the family.
Keeping all of you in our prayers,
Melanie, Diego and Rob Carranza

Stephanie Sullivan

June 24, 2021

Thank you for including us in the update on Brian and news of his death! He was a splendid mentor to James and all of the boys from baseball. Our hearts are saddened at his passing.

He was such a good man. God bless you all!

The Sullivans