June 23, 2024

Carmen Schultz’ Branch


By Carmen L. (Castillo) Schultz – June 19, 2013

Josephine Agnes Krajenka was born Feb. 22, 1882 and died July 15, 1959. She married Guy Andrew Lyons( born Nov.5, 1876 in Plymouth Mi.) on April 25,1903 in Detroit Michigan. She was strict Catholics. Guys family were all Lutheran. Grandpa drove grandma to church every Sunday morning and then went home to make his 3 P breakfast (potatoes, pancakes and pork chops) After service we would usually drive Grandma back to the cottage and grandpa would have the breakfast already on the table for us. Guy died June 25, 1946 in an automobile accident just outside of Fenton. They said a possible heart attack and his car hit a tree. That is when my grandma sold our treasured lake house at Runyan Lake and came to live with us. They had two children Frank Harold Lyon (b) Feb 22, 1904 and Frances Mary Lyon (Krajenka). Josie (as my grandfather called her) also raised two grandsons Howard (Franks son) and Noel (Frances son) plus as a general rule had the rest of the Castillo grandchildren with her for summer vacation three months out of the year. She was one fantastic person and one outstanding grandmother.

Frances Mary Lyon (Krajenka) (b) May 14, 1908 married (1)Noel Mitchell Francis Sr. (b) 1990 on the Passamaquoddy (meaning People of the Dawn) Indian Reservation near E Port Maine. Noel died March 25-65. 1 son Noel M. Francis Jr.(b)July 2, 1927 (2)Francis married Ralph Maria Castillo (Ralph was born March 8, 1901 in Caracas, Venezuela, South America) Ralph had son Luis by previous marriage. Louis lived in the U.S until in his late teens he got into trouble and was deported to Caracas, Venezuela, S.A. Carmen received a letter from him after her engagement photo was published about 1953, congratulating her and stating that he was married and had three little girls. Rumor had it that he died before 1970. Ralph had 2 children with Frances, Carmen Luisa Castillo (b) April 22, 1935 in Detroit, Mi. and Ralph Guy Castillo (b) Jan 1, 1937 in Detroit, Mi. Our father, Ralph Maria died Sept. 30, 1973 and our mother, Frances died Dec. 16, 1978. Ralph and Frances are buried in Fenton, Michigan next to Guy and Josephine Lyon at St. Johns Catholic Church. My eldest brother Noel is also buried there.

Carmen Luisa Castillo married George Duane Schultz (b) Dec. 22, 1931 in Brownsville, Texas on Aug. 12, 1954 at Sacred Heart Church. They have 7 children. Carmen and Duane were childhood friends and continued their friendship to adulthood. Duane joined the Navy at 17 serving honorably. Carmen (14 yrs. old) moved down to Brownsville, TX. with her family. The two continued their friendship via mail. When Duane’s enlistment was over instead of going back home to Detroit, he came to Brownsville, to ask Carmen’s father for her hand in marriage. Ralph said that they could get married but first she would have to graduate from Brownsville High School and Duane would need to go back home and prepare himself to be a husband i.e. get a job, transportation etc. In the following year Duane drove back down to Brownsville in his shiny new beauty of a Desoto (his first car that he had washed and waxed every week) to collect his bride. He brought along the only sibling, his younger sister Diane to be part of the wedding party. The wedding party consisted of Duane’s sister Diane, Carmen’s brothers younger (by 22 months) Ralph and Noel, his wife Wilma, their children flower girl Lynn, and Ring bearer Michael, best friend Shirley Chassion, Charles House, June and George Bushard. The wedding was beautiful though there had been a terrible storm the night before. The reception was a barbeque at the bride’s home. Carmen and her father had raised a calf, Samson for the main course. Unfortunately Carmen had gotten attached to “her pet” and decided Samson WAS NOT to be the main course. Samson was sold (or so she was told) to pay for the beef that was roasted over a pit. The honeymoon was a cross country trip from Brownsville to their new residence in Detroit, Michigan. Unfortunately one of the groom’s men painted Duane’s Desoto with WHITE ENAMAL PAINT (that sat in the bright, hot sun baking most of the day). They didn’t find out about this until they stopped at the corner gas station to have the “JUST MARRIED” removed. The service men would not do it for fear of damaging the beautiful finish so Duane took off his suit coat, rolled up his sleeves and for close to three hours gently used rubbing compound to take the paint off his beautiful car with the servicemen all smiling each time they passed the car and the SLEEPING BRIDE. It was a good thing Duane had put so much wax on the Desoto as that, plus loving care was all that saved its’ finish. It was also a good thing that groomsman Mr. House wasn’t anywhere near Duane at that time or for many years after…Even now talk to him about it and he boils over.

Son #1 David Duane (b) June 16, 1955 in Detroit, Mi. married Deborah Lynn Handzlik (born Buffalo, NY on Mar 3, 1956) in Brownsville, Texas on April 21, 1979. Previous to that he served honorably in the United States Air Force. David is retired but owned several companies and continues to keep involved in various activities. Dave tries to give the impression of being a tough guy but actually has a heart of gold. He monthly helps his father financially and has not only gotten his mother two cars BUT HER FIRST A NEW CADILLAC no less. They have taken their parents on numerous cruises. Deb was a registered nurse and is the one everyone goes to for advice and care. Her humor is outstanding, and it’s amazing how much she accomplishes not only for her own family but for anyone needing help. They have 5 children…Danielle Anne (b) March 3, 1982 (born on her mother’s birthday) in Buffalo, N.Y. Danielle married Edward Sikes at Tuscany Villa in Katy, TX. On January 21, 2012.. Eddie was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on August 16, 1984. They so enjoy one another and one of their favorite amusements is going to the rifle range and competing against one another. Eddie wants to be sure Danielle can protect herself. She was given a gun as one of the many gifts he’s given her. She works as an Instrument Supervisor at Synery Health. They have a lovely home just a few miles from Dave and Deb as does Desiree and Dallas. Desiree Lee was born Aug. 9, 1984 in Houston TX. She graduated from Baylor University with a Degree in Business. She has her own home just a few blocks away from her parents and works at URS. Her supervisor has said she is one of the most intelligent, talented people they have in the company. God seems to have taken the outstanding traits of both her parents and wrapped them all up in a package called Desiree. Dallas Ryan was born Oct. 9, 1987 in Houston, TX. One of his first gifts at the hospital for him from his grandmother Carmen (G.G-ma C) was a baseball bat and mitt with balloons. Dallas has his own home and is the Crew Chief and shop manager. He is an avid drag racer as is his father; traveling around the country winning numerous awards and trophies. He is an outstanding young man always has time to help his grandparents whether it is fixing computers, planting beautiful rose bushes or bringing over a floral arrangement for a grieving grandmother and then sitting and spending time with her until she feels better or burying a beloved pet for a tearful grandfather who had his dog for 17 yrs. Justin Keith (b) April 8, 1990 in Dallas, TX. He married Melissa Kathlene Regalado, December 24th, 1991, and was born in Pomona, Ca. They were married September 17th, 2011, near Dallas, TX. Their precious red headed, little son, :)Micah Isaac was born December 28th 2012, in Tucson Az. He is the first grandchild for Dave and Deb and definitely the apple of their eyes… Justin is in the United States Air Force and is now stationed in Arizona. Hope Britney Nichole Schultz was born July 23, 1998, and while her adoption was finalized in 2007, she’s lived with her parents since she was a few weeks old. She is a beautiful young lady currently a freshman in high school. Hope has so many attributes but my personal favorite (speaking as a proud grandmother) is her beautifully expressive eyes. She just wins you over with those eyes of hers and her sweet personality.

Son #2 Douglas Bernard (b) Aug. 12, 1956 in Detroit, Mi. He married Deborah Lynn Chandler on Aug. 28, 1982 in Houston, TX. Deb was born Apr. 12, 1955 in Lawrence, Kansas. Deborah is known as “the Hostess with the Mostest” and for awhile owned and ran a lovely wedding hall. Her good taste is noted throughout Katy as is her generosity. Their children are two girls…Rachael Nicole (b) April 22, 1984 in Houston, TX. and Lauren Elizabeth (b) March 19, 1987 in Houston, TX. When Rachael was born Douglas called his Mom (Carmen) and told her he had a birthday present for her as his first born was born on Carmen’s birthday. Lauren was married to Samuel Edwin Gobin (b) Oct. 13, 1986 in Temple, TX. and they have two sons, Isaac Douglas (b) Feb. 12, 2007 in Houston, TX. and Seth Edwin (b) Feb. 18, 2011 born in Katy, TX. Isaac is as smart as they come and a real wise guy…very funny. Seth is a real cutie pie. Like their aunt and uncles, these two have different personalities. Lauren is a stay at home mom. They reside in Katy, TX. in the same home that Lauren and Rachael were raised. Rachael lives in her townhome in Houston, TX. Douglas and Deb originally bought Carmen the lovely town house in Houston but after several years decided it would be nice having her closer in the Katy area. They bought her an absolutely gorgeous patio home and gave her the money to completely furnish it . The townhouse is the same that Doug’s daughter Rachael now owns. Rachael recently became engaged to Todd Spivey who lives in Katy, TX. And is a trainer in Katy. They are planning a possible romantic destination wedding in Costa Rica for sometime in April of 2014.

Son #3 Daniel James (b) May 6, 1958 in Detroit, Mi. m. Deborah A. Flores in Brownsville, TX. Aug. 11, 1980. Deb. was born Dec. 4, 1961 in Brownsville, TX. She looked absolutely gorgeous coming down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown and everything in candlelight. Talk about radiant! There was a hurricane the day before and all electricity was out which allowed for a romantic candlelight church service, all in Spanish as the original priest “got out of town because of the bad weather” It also allowed for togetherness as everyone (most of the wedding party and people from out of town coming to join in the celebration) had moved into Ralphs home… All the other homes were flooded but Ralph’s house was built on stilts. The mass amount of food that Carmen had prepared for the reception was now used to feed everyone as they endured the bad weather, BUT HAD FUN DOING SO! We are a family who if given lemons WILL MAKE LEMONAIDE. It will also be an experience long remembered and talked about. Not many weddings during hurricane recovery. They have two children, a boy, David Cory (b) Sept. 9, 1981 in Brownsville, TX. He was the first grandchild born to the Schultz clan. Most of the family was waiting his arrival (some in the overflowing waiting room and the remainder in cars out in the hospital parking lot.) Dan spent a good deal of his time racing around the waiting room in a wheel chair he “borrowed” from the hall way trying to act cool so his nervousness wouldn’t show… Going into the delivery room Deb had decided on the name David “Allen” (for the hurricane that hit down during their wedding) but after many hours in delivery…the little baby boy came out with the name David “Cory”. Next came their little girl, Tanya Nichole who was born Jan. 28, 1987, in Pasadena, TX. She was and is an absolute princess and adored by all. They live in Katy, TX. Tanya lives in Austin with her husband David Carl Clausen who was born in Oregon. They were married in Dripping Springs, TX. They met when both attended the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, (both are certified chefs). Dan works for Whataburger as Area Manager supervising between 6-8 stores Deb works for United Recovery Systems in Houston, TX. She says she’s pretty much Jack of all Trades there, but I know that her boss says that she is an extremely hard worker and gets her work done twice as fast as any other employee…She is very active, walking 3 miles every day and is into scrapbooking, crocheting and gardening. Both she and Dan make the most fantastic Christmas gifts. They enjoy one another’s company and both are extremely talented. David Cory is in real estate and he is also bartender. Tanya is learning crocheting from her mom and is a professional baker but right now is working for Whataburger . Eventually she and her husband David want to move to Katy to be near her parents and possibly work together as chefs.

Daughter #4 Dolores LaRee (b) Aug. 11, 1959 in Detroit, MI m. Michael Thomas Lochbaum on Feb. 14, (1982) in Houston, TX. Mike was born Mar. 31, 1958 in Buffalo, NY. Both lived in Buffalo thru their teenage years, moved to Houston in the late 1970s, but did not meet in Texas until 1981.They have three children: Kristina Theresa (b) Sept 16, 1982 in Houston, TX. , Michael Thomas (b) Aug. 1, 1984 in Pasadena, TX, and Stefanie LaRee (b)Mar. 3, 1986 in Pasadena, TX. LaRee runs the Payment Processing Department at United Recovery Systems. She and Mike divorced after 18 years, but remain very good friends. LaRee lives in Katy, TX in a beautiful home where she and her sister Terry share a common back yard. Terry and Steve first bought their home, and 2 years later suggested that LaRee have one built on a lot directly behind them. They removed the backyard fence, and now have access to each other for sharing morning coffee etc. LaRee, Kristina, Michael, and Stefanie all live in Katy along with the majority of the extended Schultz family. The Lochbaums are extremely close to each other and to their extended families both in Katy and in Buffalo. Kristina graduated from Faith West in 2001, and went onto Virginia College in Austin. During her college years she roomed in San Marcos with her cousin, Rachael. She is now an Ultrasound Technician, and owns her own home in Katy. Brother Mike went to Texas State University. He was married on May 29th 2011 to Lindsay Ann Vogel b September 16th 1986 in Webster, TX. Lindsay was instantly received and adored by the entire family. Mike and Lindsay had an intimate destination wedding in Playa Del Carmen Mexico, and then celebrated back in Texas with extended loved ones after their honeymoon. They have their own home in Katy. Mike works at Christian Brothers Automotive as a Franchise Performance Consultant, and Lindsay enjoys an office position in Katy and is studying to be a nurse. Stefanie received her Psychology degree at the University of Houston in 2009. She worked at URS for several years, and was also a dance instructor. Stefanie is a natural with children and spent a season as a professional Nanny. She is currently in pursuit a career where she can make better use of her degree. Stefanie has had the pleasure of living with her best friends; her sister, Kristina, and her cousin Melissa for several years. LaRee is very active in her church Parkway Fellowship and teaches a bible study at her home every Sunday. Many of the members are also relatives. Hers is usually the first class closed out because of her teaching and popularity.

Son 5 Donald Rafael (b) April 26, 1963 in San Marcos, TX. Don Rafael was named after his maternal grandfather. The name Don was a title given to Rafael. Don married Maria Elena Garcia in Brownsville, TX. On April 30, 1983 Mari was born in Brownsville, TX. Jan 25, 1960. Shortly thereafter he joined the United States Army serving honorably. They have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Marco Antonio Garcia was born April 29, 1982 in Brownsville, TX. was step son to Don though he raised Marco from infancy as his own. Marco is now serving time at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, TX. He is going to Christian College Seminar studying to be involved serving God. Christopher Wayne (b) May 5, 1987 in Clarksville, Tn., Stacey Marie (b) Oct. 20, 1988 in Lake Jackson, TX. And Monica Lynn (b) Sept. 1, 1990 in Houston, TX. Chris m Lindsay Megan Buxton and have a little girl Mackenzie Elizabeth born April 17th 2011 in Katy TX. They now live in California. Stacey married her best friend Kenneth Mark Drewery born March 16th 1983 He changed his last name to Schultz to bless Stacey, her father Don and Marks Mother whose maiden name was also Schultz. Mark and Stacey have a son named Brayson Alexander Schultz born November 7th 2010 in Katy TX. Monica and Joseph Warren Beaver Born August 28th 1981 have a house full of girls…three! There is Chloe Kylynn Stafford Born December 15th 2009 in Katy TX, Kinley Taylor Beaver born September 19th 2005 in Everett Washington and baby Brooklyn Teagen Beaver born February 22, 2013. Joseph works for Hallaburton and Monica is a full time Mom. They recently bought a home in Spring TX. about 30 miles from Katy. Don and Mari divorced several years ago and Don was very involved in raising the children. He taught both daughters and daughter in law how to make pizzas from scratch and other meals as well. He adored them and his grandchildren. He graduated from college courses he was taking with honors and it blessed his heart. He was so thankful to Doug for giving him this chance. Don died Feb. 12, 2013 at 49. Cancer took him from us just short of his 50th birthday. The entire family celebrated his 50th birthday to honor him with a family dinner at LaRee’s . The table was decorated with 50’s decorated plates, napkins, sequin 50’s etc. sprinkled all over the table. Later we all went out back in a huge circle and sent off masses of huge balloons with messages on them for him. He will be remembered by all his family and friends with love and fondness. His “happy songs” Don’t throw stones at your mother and It ain’t a gona rain no mo, will be carried on through his children and grandchildren as they remember a Papa that adored them.

6 Daughter: Deborah Theresa (b) Aug. 21, 1964 in San Marcos, Tx. Married 1. Emmett Broussard. They had one son Shawn Robert Broussard (b) Sept. 12, 1983 shortly after meeting in 1989 (3 weeks before becoming engaged…talk about love at first sight). Terry married Steve Allen Boneau,{ (b) Oct. 13, 1954/Port Arthur TX.} on June 3, 1989. Steve immediately became the best father that we could ask for Shawn to have. Terry has worked at URS for the last 30 years. She started as a receptionist, worked her way up and is now the Chief Administrative Officer. Terry married He is the Facility Manager at URS. Steve has one son Kristopher Wayne Boneau (b) Aug. 26, 1977. Kris married 1. Jamie Latiolais. They had one son, Chase Hunter (b) Oct. 27, 1998. 2. Married Erisa Hartman on April 26, 2003. Erisa works at a credit union processing mortgages in Neederland, TX. And is quite the photographer.. They have one son Reese Alan born Aug. 4, 2005 and are now expecting a little girl, Mya in June. Kris was the youngest person to become Sergeant for the Port Arthur police department and now in addition to being a police officer owns a dog kennel where he trains dogs for police work as well as boards and trains dogs for local residents. Sandra Aileen Bradley was born in Austin Aug. 17, 1881 Shawn and Sandra met in San Marcos when they both were going to college. On Oct. 28, 2006 they were married. They have two boys Jude Michael Feb. 11, 2010 born in Houston, TX. and Beck Gregg Allen born July 23, 2012 at Texas Children’s Hospital. Sandra is a full time mom. Shawn work at URS in Houston, TX. They live and own the home that Shawn was raised in, (Katy, TX.). They love gardening and Sandra is quite accomplished as a seamstress. They are very involved in their Church youth group. Terry and Steve own a beautiful two story home in Katy with a huge swimming pool that they generously share with friends and family. Her sister LaRee happens to be her backyard neighbor, so much so they have torn down the fence. Terry and Steve have the pool and LaRee has the yard. How cool is that? Everyone should have their sister live in their backyard.

Terry is active in Parkway Fellowship Church and has the children from our small group bible study (usually about 10 to 12 children of various ages) at her home when we have bible studies lead by LaRee at her home. The children call her house “The Sweet House” as they know there will always be treats for them there. Terry is the Pied Piper of all children that know her as she adores children and they her. They are perfect grandparents to Jude, Beck, Chase, Gavin, Reese and finally there will be a granddaughter in June..Little Miss. Mya Boneau. They also have a vacation home at Sam Rayburn Lake, just outside of Port Arthur which is close to fishing and hunting which the men in the family enjoy. Terry enjoys “vegging out” reading or playing with her beautiful grandchildren while all the hunting, fishing activity is going on. Smart girl!

7 Daughter: My name is Diana Louise Ard ( Schwedgler/Schultz) and I was born to Carmen Luisa and George Duane Schultz in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on March 7, 1967. (1) m. Robert Joseph Schwegler, April 2nd 1983 in a home ceremony in Brownsville, TX. The minister kept falling asleep. Bob was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Oct. 15, 1960. We have two girls Bobbi Jean (b) Oct. 27, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio and Melissa LaRee (named after my sister, LaRee) (b)Feb. 16, 1987 in Houston, Texas. (2) m. Wynston Troy Ard in a lovely garden ceremony in a gazebo in David (my eldest brothers) home on 9/7/1996 with all families involved. The weather was perfect, and the atmosphere filled with joy. Troy was born in Silsbee TX on 1/25/73 to name his parents WT & Judy Ard. We love being grandparents to Bobbi’s two precious boys Zayne Raddin Schwegler b 2/12/2009, in Katy TX. Roman Ezekiel Schwegler on 4/3/2010 in Katy TX, who we consider “our boys” . We have a residential home in Katy TX. and a summer home by Sam Rayburn lake in Broaddus. Our girls graduated from Encourager Christian Academy and Faith West Christian Academy and both attended college in the Houston area. Bobbi has her own home here in Katy and is the best mother I have ever met, and Melissa shares a home also in Katy with her cousins Stef and Kristina Lochbaum she also owns a photo booth company that is just starting to become successful. Troy and I are joint owners of our business Absolutely Perfect Pictures in Katy, TX. and loving our work shows in the end results of PERFECT PICTURES. We love our life and the fact that we are always in touch with immediate and extended family all living in the Katy area. Thanks to the generosity of our family we are living the high life. We are so thankful to still have our Mom and Dad around to guide us in life. Praise the Lord for what our family has grown into. We could not be prouder. Having so many of our family going to Parkway Fellowship Church helps and I do believe the pastors think THE SCHULTZS’ ARE TAKING OVER HA.
So many of the dates were gotten by Monica Krajenka (her father Ed and grandfather Frank) who lives in Warren Michigan and also from Richard Wenzel (Anna Krajenka was his great grandmother) also living in Michigan. Thank you for your help. In fact Richards father is buried in the same cemetery as grandma Josephine and none of us knew that until a reunion we had several years ago. Carmen Schultz…beloved granddaughter to Josephine Lyon Krajenka is blessed to have updated to current relations.