OBITUARY

Ora Nell Petrash

July 23, 1930April 20, 2021
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Ora Nell grew up as the youngest of five children and was the last surviving child of Emma and Edward Boessling. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfons, and sisters: Irene and Esther and brothers: Edwin and Louis. Growing up she was lovingly called “Sister” by her family. She is survived by her daughter: Barbara Windish, sons: Chris (Shari) and Paul (Cindy) and grandchildren: Amanda & Ethan, Hayley & Taylor and Kirk & Margeaux.

Ora Nell was a loving wife and caregiver to her husband until his death in 2016. The family appreciates and is full of gratitude for her dedication and love towards her family. She stayed very busy taking care of others. She loved cooking, canning produce from Dad’s garden, baking and decorating cakes, and caring for her cats and the wild neighborhood birds. She also learned to craft beautiful necklaces and rosaries, stained glass and took a class on calligraphy. All of these talents she shared with others, making cakes for special occasions, especially for her grandchildren’s birthdays, friends and church functions. We believe her talents were immeasurable. She faithfully attended daily Mass at St. Ambrose Catholic Church and, for many years, served as the president of the church’s Golden Youth club. Her children continue to learn about Mom through her poetry and journals. In her journals she shares her experiences as nurse, teacher, taxi driver and playmate for her children. Mom and Dad thoroughly enjoyed traveling together especially to experience Branson, Missouri and to Lake Charles for the gambling. Even though Mom never flew on an airplane we consider her to be well traveled putting many miles on one of the Buicks she and dad owned. Many family trips were made with the kids riding in the backseat in one of those cars.

She thanked God every day for Alfons whom she considered a great husband and father and her three exceptional children. Ora Nell wrote, “Death, for me, is not an enemy”. She would ask her family, who have gone before her to keep a place for her. From her poem entitled “We Never Walk Alone” she proclaims her faith and love of God. What more can we ask of our Saviour than to know He is ever at our side? If we pray in His name for our needs, He will be our companion and guide.

The family believes she has earned her eternal rest. We are all thankful to have known her as a loving wife and mom as well as a faithful friend to those whom she met. Her children consider our time of service to mom during her time of need these past five years as a blessed privilege.

The family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to mom’s wonderful neighbors who were dear friends who offered love and support, and to the many church friends and clergy of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Sr. Charlene, faithful caregiver Marina S., and the dedicated staff at Grace Care Center/Brighton.

A Visitation will be held at Pat H. Foley & Company Funeral Home, 1200 W. 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018 on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 5:00PM - 8:00PM with a Rosary at 7:00PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Road, Houston, TX 77092 on April 30, 2021 at 10:00AM. Followed by a Committal Service at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079 on April 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ora Nell’s name.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

Memories

Ora Nell Petrash

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Josie Farek

April 28, 2021

Ora Nell was so much help at Golden Youth. She and Alfons were always there helping as needed. One day she won a door prize which was a plant I donated. She asked me a few months later how big that plant would grow, I didn’t know what plant she was talking about so I went to her house to look at it. It was a papaya plant I grew from papaya seeds! It was about to touch the roof of the house! It produced fruit and she gave me some of her papayas. It was a beauty and it was featured in the Leader. She and Alfons had Green Thumbs! We also enjoyed their pecans so much. I am so glad to have known her all these years and we will sure miss her at Golden Youth. May the Lord receive her soul into His Loving Arms. 🙏♥️🙏

James Montalbano

April 27, 2021

Barbara, Chris and Paul,

I am sorry for the loss of your mother, but we all know that she is in a better place now and yes, her work here is complete. My memories include many carpools from St. Ambrose with Paul and I. Going to Astros games, sitting the outfield with Paul and Chris and eating the big bag of popcorn that your mom would sneak in her purse.

I also remember how close our parents always were and being dropped off at your house so Barbara could 'babysit' us as our parents went to Bill Mraz or some SPJST dance. I'm sure that all four of them are doing the polka again in heaven today.

Lastly, I'm grateful that mom had her friend nearby during her last days. I always snicker that mom passed the same day that the Astros won the World Series, knowing that mom only went to the Astros game with your mom even when she wasn't a baseball fan.

RIP

Anita Munoz

April 27, 2021

I remember meeting her at the Golden Youth meeting and she was very nice and a great leader when we worked the lemonade booth at the St. Ambrose bazaars.
I offer my condolences to her children, grandchildren and family members, she will be greatly missed.
God bless you all,
Anita Munoz

Bernadette Petrash Stade

April 26, 2021

When Ora Nell became one of our family, she and Alfons came home for the week end many times. Her Mother-in-law didn't speak English, and Ora Nell kept talking to her teaching her the english language until Mom could understand and was able to carry on a conversation with all the family. Ora Nell had the patience and desire to be able to have a great relationship with her mother-in-law. May her soul rest in peace.

Jenny Johnson

April 22, 2021

Sending love and prayers to all of you. I have such fond memories of Aunt Ora Nell from my childhood - such a beautiful soul.

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