Lena Margaret Gullo Muchaw
December 10, 1929 – February 7, 2019
Lena Margaret Gullo Muchaw, 89, devoted wife, loving mother, adoring grandmother and great grandmother, and devout Christian peacefully entered eternal rest in the arms of Jesus Christ surrounded by her loving family on February 7, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
She was born on December 10, 1929 in Houston to Jennie and Dominic Gullo. Along with her six siblings, she was raised in a loving, close and faithful Italian family. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy.
Lena met the love of her life and her husband of 63 years, Donald Bernard Muchaw, at St. Anne Catholic Church. Together they raised seven beautiful children and lived a humble but abundant life with God as the center of their family. They enjoyed years of summer vacations to Troy, NY, traveling throughout the US, and several trips to Europe with her siblings. The most cherished times of all were the many family gatherings. Family celebrations were everything to her. Lena was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, where she was an active member of the choir for over 35 years. Singing was one of her many joys in life. She would often volunteer her time to sing at retirement homes, and especially enjoyed the Christmas concerts she would produce for the residents. She was also a life-long member of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
A faithful friend, Lena was a competitive card player, especially bridge, where she was a member of several women’s bridge groups for over 55 years.
Lena lived by example. Her eternal optimism, infectious smile, witty sense of humor and generous heart brought joy and peace to all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Donald Bernard Muchaw, her brothers Frank and August Gullo, her sisters Sadie Clay and Christine Campbell and oldest son Michael Terry Muchaw. She is survived by her sister Catherine Manis and brother Anthony Gullo, Sr., daughter Ginger Stephens (James), son Douglas Muchaw (Donna), daughter Crystal Muchaw, daughter Holly Troegel (Paul), daughter Heather Reid (Jimmy), son Ben Muchaw (Carrie), 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes Academy (www.st.agnes.org).
The family will receive guests for viewing and visitation at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home on Sunday, February 10, 2019, from 3 to 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019 at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church (10503 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77042). A reception immediately following the Mass will be held at Forest Park Westheimer (12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77042). Graveside Services will be at 1:30 p.m. at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.
- Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019
- Reception Monday, February 11, 2019
- Commital Service Monday, February 11, 2019
Lena Margaret Gullo Muchaw
Roseanne Gullo Wardell
February 12, 2019
Whenever I think of Aunt Lena I will always think of her giant infectious smile, laughter and humor. She always had great stories to tell; especially when she brought home Gramdma Gullo’s famous stuffed artichokes and told me how she would hide in the garage to eat them so she didn’t have to share with her kids because they were so good.
The laughter that filled the Gullo house as all the brothers and sisters were so close and someone was always sharing a laugh or the love they all had growing up and throughout their entire lives together. She not only talked the talk she walked it with that big smile of hers.
I know when she arrived in heaven they had one heck of a good party welcoming her home. I know one day we will all be together throughout eternity and this is only part of our journey to our eternal resting place.
Her presence always made me laugh and she always made me filled loved with the most wonderful humorous outlook on life no matter what life was throwing our way.
Will miss her but know she was one of our Lords greatest bright souls he gave us on earth and now in heaven.
My heartfelt sorrow goes out to my cousins; her kiddos and grandkids and great grandkids knowing her presence will be missed. But her spirit of love remains with all that knew and loved her.
Love to all and my prayers are with y’all always.
February 10, 2019
My favorite memories of your mother was at her birthday parties or when she visited us at your home during Bunco, wedding and baby showers for her grandkids. Her laughter and smile was contagious and will be etched in my memory forever. Thank you for sharing your precious mom with all your friends. She was truly loved by all. You remind me so much of her. You have her positive spirit through ups and down regardless! God Bless your entire family Ginger. Everyone who meets ya’ll loves you unconditionally including me and my son Taylor. He has always been so grateful to you and James for what you did for him helping him get his first job. We love ya’ll. God Bless you Forever!💕❤️😘🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
February 10, 2019
One of my fondest memories of Nana was when she was at Jerry’s high school graduation party with my Grandma Pat, and Grandma-In-law, Alice. They all sat at a table playing cards with many of our Aunts that day. As Jerry introduced his friend who also graduated with him, Nana started a collection of money for him, with his hat! It was a joy to see all the Matriarchs of my families together at the same time. The image is ingrained in my memory forever!
February 9, 2019
How blessed I have been by Lena Muchaw. She welcomed me into her family 31 years ago after moving from Oklahoma and becoming instant best friends with Ginger. Every get together, wedding, birthday, holiday was filled with love and laughter and when I was able to stop by, I always left with a joyful heart because of hers. The times I was able to spend with her in recent years as her neighbor, she lifted me up even after a quick visit. I loved this precious woman. She will be missed—she was an angel on Earth and now—truly one of God’s chosen ones.
February 9, 2019
I am Lena’s niece, my dad was Frank Gullo, Lena’s brother. The memory I have is WHENEVER I would see her she would say oh Carolyn it’s so GREAT to see u. I always felt that she spoke it JUST TO ME, and I was one of her favorite nieces 😄even though I know she was over joyed to see ALL of her nieces, nephews, friends, family, etc.
Carolyn Gullo Minor