Maureen Elizabeth Issel passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Gulf Health Care Center surrounded by her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Issel; her mother, Mary Ellen Hempel; her beloved aunt, Louise Anderson, and many other aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Perry and husband, Jesse; her son, Bill Issel; and her loving grandchildren, Lindsey Perry and Kyle Perry of Clear Lake. She is also survived by her cousin, Helen Bloomfield and husband, Max and many other cousins.
She was born on June 25, 1927 and was 86 years old.
Mrs. Issel was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church and graduated from Dominican High School in 1945. She retired from American National Insurance Company after many years of service. She was a member of the Lay Carmelite Community for 32 years and a founder of the Third Order of Carmel here on the island. She was also a Lay member of the Marian Movement of Priests, and loved and participated in the Catholic Charismatic Movement. She was an expert on Marian Apparitions and a prayer warrior.
Maureen loved the Beach Boys and dancing and singing to their music. She spent many joyful hours shopping with her daughter and granddaughter. She attended all of Lindsey’s and Kyle’s school activities and especially loved going to their baseball and softball games. When they were pitching or batting, she would start praying. She enjoyed her overseas trips and traveling. She referred to John Wayne as her boyfriend and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
Visitation will be held from 10 until 11:00 am, Saturday, January 18th, at Sacred Heart Church. A rosary will be recited at 11:00 am, led by Deacon John Pistone, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:30 am by Father John Taosan, OFM. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be members of the family.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Gulf Health Care Center for their loving care of Maureen and her family at this time of grief.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P O Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929, or to Carmelite Monastery, P O Box 2747, Cody, WY 82414-2747.