Born on Dec. 30, 1915
VICTORIA - Edith Browne, 97, of Victoria passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013. She was born on December 30, 1915 in Dilworth, Texas to the late Richard A. Walshak and Melanie Maurin Walshak. Edith attended school in Dilworth thru the 7th Grade and graduated from Gonzales High School. Edith attended Robert B. Green School of Nursing and graduated in September of 1940. She proudly served her country in the Army Nurse Corps from 1941 to 1946, serving in Egypt for 3 years during WWII. Edith was awarded the AD, European, and AT Ribbon and Victory Medal. After her honorable discharge she returned to school and received her BS degree in Public Health Nursing. She worked for the VA Hospital in Houston. She married John Browne in September, 1957. She has resided in Lake Jackson, Houston and retired to Wimberly, TX. After her husband's death, Edith moved into a retirement home in San Antonio. At the time of her death, Edith was residing at Homewood Independent Living for the past 15 years.
She is survived by her sisters, Murlene Enke, Pat Bianchi (Vincent) of Victoria; brother, Douglas Walshak; sister in laws, Lorraine Walshak and Jeanne Booth, both of Gonzales; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she considered her children and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, David Walshak, Richard Alton Walshak, Lawrence Walshak and sister, Mildred Wilson.
The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 6 to 7 pm at Colonial Funeral Home with a Rosary starting at 7 pm officiated by Deacon Steve Borowicz. The Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 10 am at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father George Henninger officiating. A Flag Folding presentation will be provided by the Victoria Veterans Council after the Mass. The Graveside will be held 3pm at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Gonzales, TX.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Brian Bianchi, Gerard Bianchi, Stephen Bianchi, Mike Walshak, Mark Walshak, David Walshak and Dickie Walshak. Honorary Pallbearers are Ade, Mike and Maurice Tracy, of Lake Jackson; nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
A special thanks to her extended of caregivers, Anita Bowerman, Kathy Rountree, Norma Ousley, Sylvia Fryer, Virginia Ramirez, Diana Rodriguez and Vangie Villerreal and to her doctors, Dr. Rakesh Kathpalia and Dr. Juan Llombart.
Memorial donations may made to the Diocese of Victoria attention to Seminarian Fund, Hospice of South Texas or donors choice.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com