Obituary of Beatrice Rosa Lejsal
Beatrice Rosa Lejsal passed away peacefully on the night of Wednesday, June 7th, 2023 at the age of 96. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles R. Beyer and Rosalie (Ripper) Beyer; husband of 57 years, John Lejsal Sr; brother, Edgar Beyer Sr; and sister, Dorothy Cartwright. Left to cherish Beatrice’s memory are her son, John Lejsal Jr and wife Gwen; daughters, Charline O’Donnell and husband David, Shirley Hunter and husband William; eight grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of many other family and friends.
As a teenager, Beatrice moved to Houston and honed her cooking and sewing skills in the cafeteria of the Rice Hotel. When her son, John, started school she began working for Pearland ISD in the cafeteria of Brookside elementary school, now known as Lawhon elementary, preparing meals for students back when meals were cooked from scratch in the cafeteria! Her other expert talents were as a seamstress and quilter. She created numerous dance recital costumes, prom dresses, wedding gowns, and baby garments. Quilts were lovingly made for each of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Beatrice was an avid vegetable gardener on her half-acre plot and her dill pickles are delicious memories for her family and friends. These talents led her to becoming a 4-H leader, teaching many young girls, including her two daughters, sewing, cooking, baking, and canning. Her membership of many years in the Brazoria County Home Demonstration club, and later the Pearland homemakers, earned her the special honor and recognition of being a Brazoria County Fair judge.
Beatrice has been a faithful parishioner of St. Helen Church since 1958. She taught CCE, cleaned the altar and Church, and was the creator of a festival fundraiser for the mission church. As the church grew, she continued altar cleaning and worked with food prep and serving on the barbecue line at every Church bazar. Beatrice also cooked for the priests and served in the funeral meal ministry. She joined Catholic daughters of the Americas, court St. Helen #2330, spending twenty years as a member. Her devotion to the Rosary and the fellowship of its members drew her to the Rosary makers group. The Rosaries are lovingly donated to missions and St Helen Children and adult members. Her baking prowess was displayed at all CDA Bake sales where she baked dozens of kolaches and pies of all flavors. A loving title was bestowed on her by a fellow CDA member as her “kolache mama”. Beatrice will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Beatrice’s family wishes to thank the many nurses and care givers of Amada senior Care, and Village Home Health and Hospice for their tender and loving care of their mom, grandma, and “momo”.
In Lieu of flowers, donations to St. Helen Church, or a charity of your choice, are appreciated.
A Visitation for Beatrice will be held at Clayton Funeral home (5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581) on Monday, June 12th, from 6 to 8 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 6 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held the following day, Tuesday, June 13th, at St. Helen Catholic Church, beginning at 10 am.
In Loving Memory
1926 - 2023
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