Louis C. Christensen, 71, born Nov. 12, 1943 in Lakewood, Ohio, died April 14. Christensen entered the Navy in 1963. After serving 10 years, he served 16 more with the Navy reserves. He was quality control engineer for both Hartford, Kemper and Baker Packer Insurance. He was active for many years as a volunteer at Eliot Elementary School, worked with model trains both at Northwest Mall and at Zube Park. Christensen is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon; children Marilyn Christensen, Sheril Sheppard and Scott Christensen, and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to: Houston Area Live Steamers, PO BOX 215, Hockley, Texas 77447.
Cheryl “Sheri” Anne Cochran, 59, born June 26, 1955 in Cambridge, Mass., died April 16. Cochran graduated from Scarborough High School in 1973 and attended Sam Houston State University where she met her husband Chester. After returning to Houston, she attended and graduated from the University of Houston. She was employed at LD Systems. Cochran is survived by her husband Chester, brother Rick Black, and sister Andrea Black. Memorial contributions may be made to a local “No Kill” animal shelter.
Linda Lou Douglas, 64, born Nov. 3, 1950, died April 14.
Marguerite Holloway Fleming, 79, born Jan. 10, 1936, died April 17.
Leslie Clinton Gau, 94, born Jan. 4, 1921 in La Grange, Texas, died April 14, at Brookdale The Heights. At age 21, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served in World War II. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1945 after having attained the rank of Master Sergeant. For his service, Gau received the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, American Theater Campaign Medal and EAME (European-African-Middle Eastern) Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1949 from the University of Houston and started his career working for a gas pipeline company. He was a longtime member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church. Gau is survived by his children Gerald, Deborah, Kenneth, and Donald, and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Bill Hardwick Memorial golf tournament at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church.
Miles Edward Laha, 56, died April 3. He is preceded in death by parents Elaine and Carter Laha, longtime residents of Oak Forest. He is survived by wife, Lisa Laha, brothers Ron Laha, Lynn Laha and wife Trish.
Martha Ellen Mozingo, 85, born May 17, 1929 in Russellville, Ark., died April 12. Mozingo is survived by children Douglas Mozingo, Cheryl Parker, and Deborah Maddox, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Charles Young “Pete” Ratliff, 56, born Jan. 17, 1959 in Beaumont, died March 27, after fatally choking. He had battled brain and throat cancer for several years. He was born to Carolyn Huntley Ratliff and the late Charles “Buddy” Ratliff. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ratliff, and children Brandi Ratliff and William Ratliff, sister Cindy Sorum, brothers Mike and Chris Ratliff. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pauline D. Reiser, 94, born Aug. 14, 1920, died April 14.
Sheri Avery Webster, 43, born March 17, 1972, died April 13. Webster was owner of a Myofascial therapy business. In this specialized field, she was able to provide healing comfort as well as physical therapy. She is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Andrew, parents Kay and Lee Avery, sister Rhonda McLeod, grandfather Marvin Stringer, and grandmother Genelle Avery. Memorial contributions may be made to Twyla’s Friends Canine Rescue (twyla.org).