Jessie G. Kirkendall, 90, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Oceanview Transitional Care Center in Texas City.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30, Friday, March 20th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Jessie’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 19th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A vigil service will be held at 6:00 pm, led by Father Niall Nolan, and a rosary will conclude the evening at 6:45 pm.
Jessie was born January 12, 1919, in Galveston, Texas. She was a graduate of Ball High School and worked at the County Clerk’s Office for over 33 years, serving the last 8 years of her employment as the Galveston County Clerk. Jessie was a member of Sacred Heart Church, where she was very active in the Hearts of Gold program, receiving the Unsung Hero Award from the Galveston Daily News for her efforts.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, William O. and Esther Greb; her husband, John Lawrence Kirkendall, Sr.; and great granddaughter, Maleah Gonzalez.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Marullo; son, Larry Kirkendall and wife, Deborah; brother, William Oscar Greb, II, and wife, Mary; grandchildren: Lawrence Marullo and wife, Darlene; Mary Ann Kostecki and husband, Brian; Jennifer Michelle Gonzalez and husband, Mike; and Christopher Ryan Kirkendall; eight great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The family wishes to thank Hospice Care Team, Inc., Oceanview Transitional Care Center, Raymond Warren, Mrs. Hermarae Messina, and Mrs. Anne Beverling for their compassion and expert care.
In lieu of flowers, Jessie requested that memorials be made to Sacred Heart Church, O’Connell High School, or Hospice Care Team, Inc.