Barbara Ann Paulissen - 79, passed away on March 20, 2011. She was born on October 14, 1931 in Port Arthur, Texas. The daughter of Alfred Augustine Moreau, Jr. and Margaret Ellen (Deloney) Moreau, Barbara was raised in Port Arthur, Texas.
Barbara Ann Paulissen
Grand View Funeral Home
She graduated from Bishop Byrne High School in 1949, where she was valedictorian. She attended Lamar College, where she met the love of her life, George T. Paulissen, who was her car pool driver. They married in a nuptial mass at St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur on September 1, 1951.
She was a consummate musician and mastered the piano and organ. She ultimately received her degree in Sacred Music and Keyboard in 1983 from Loyola University in New Orleans. She was an accomplished church organist at St. Mary's Church in La Porte, Texas. She and husband George resided in their beloved Bay House in Morgan's Point where she enjoyed the constant bay breeze.
Barbara's passion was being a mother and grandmother. There was nothing she loved more than having all of her family gather together at the Bay House.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 55 years, George; sister, Alice Moreau; brother, Alfred Moreau, III and her grandson, Jonathan Gleasman. Surviving family members include: sons, David Paulissen and wife Dana of Dickinson, Texas; Mark Paulissen and wife Denise, of Cypress, Texas; Chris Paulissen and wife Sally of League City, Texas; Tim Paulissen and wife Ann also of League City, Texas; daughters, Rebecca Fuller and husband Dave of La Porte, Texas and Lisa Martinez and husband Hugo of Houston, Texas; brother Michael Moreau, wife Cheryl and their children; sister Madeline (Kay) Guidry, husband Michael and their children.
Barbara's grandchildren include Karl, Daniel, Stacey, Zachary, Matthew, Michael, Jeffrey, Christian, Antonio and Nicholas and great granddaughter, Alexandra.
Barbara will be missed by her many friends and family members. She will also be remembered for her musical talents that filled churches and communities where she lived.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 24, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. at Grand View Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 816 Park Dr., La Porte, TX 77571, with a Rite of Committal to follow at Grand View Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are grandsons Matthew and Michael Paulissen, Christian and Jeffrey Gleasman, Karl Paulissen, Antonio Martinez and nephew Jeff Moreau. Honorary pallbearers are: Zachary Paulissen, Nicholas Martinez and Daniel Tillman.
Flowers are welcomed, or contributions can be made to www.nami.org or a charity of your choice.