Betty Maxfield, age 80, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, December 14, 2017. She was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Joseph and Elizabeth (Burcher) Maestri on September 30, 1937. Betty was a loving and kind-hearted person who enjoyed caring for her family and others. She pursued this passion and obtained her RN degree; a career in which she dedicated 50 years to. She is preceded in death by both parents, step father Glenn Bice, husband Robert C. Maxfield, brothers Buddy and Dick and 3 sons. Left to cherish her memory is son Robert Maxfield II; daughter Rene Maxfield; grandson R.C. Maxfield; 4 siblings Jodie, Jeannie, Kay and John along with numerous extended family and friends.
Jose Antonio Cortez, died expectantly at the young age of 25 on Thursday, December 14, 2017. He was born in Dallas, Texas to Jose Luz Cortez and Sofia Salas on September 10, 1992. Jose attended and graduated from Irving High, class of 2011. He was a country boy at heart who enjoyed having fun and spending time with his family and friends. Above anything, Jose loved, looked forward to and enjoyed the time spent with his new bride, Jackie and 2 beautiful daughters. Left to carry on his memory is wife Jackie Cortez; daughters Janee Romero and Jaslynn Cortez; parents Jose and Sofia; brothers Eivan and Rudy Cortez; sister Claudia Cortez along with numerous extended family and friends. A funeral service will be held 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., in Irving, with interment at Oak Grove Memorial immediately following. The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, Monday, December 18, 2017.
John Hamberger, age 93, passed away in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. He was born in Dallas, Texas on October 19, 1924 to William Edward and Marian (Miner) Hamberger. John attended University Park Elementary and graduated from Sunset High School in 1942, where he was an all-state tackle for the 1941 Bison team. He earned a football scholarship to University of Texas where he played his freshman year. John joined the U.S. Navy serving the next four years during World War II. After serving in the Navy John attended Southern Methodist University where he played football for the Mustangs earning a 1947 SWC championship 9-0-2 season, Cotton Bowl #3 SMU 13 - #4 Penn State 13, 1948 SWC championship 9-1-1 season, Cotton Bowl #10 SMU 21 - #9 Oregon St. 13, all SWC tackle, and 1948 Chicago Tribune All-American. John was then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1948 with a $500 signing bonus, before he was “sold” to the Pittsburgh Steelers. John began his teaching career in public education where he was a football coach at Henderson High School in Henderson, TX; head coach and athletic director at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, TX; football coach at Grand Prairie High School; and football and baseball coach at Irving High School. John went into public school administration at MacArthur High School in Irving and then ended his administrative career as Principal of Travis Junior High School for 17 years before retiring in 1986. In retirement, John enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and staying in touch with former players, students, and friends from his 38 years in education. He was a member of the SMU Mustang Club and a proud supporter of Mustang football and basketball. Left to cherish John’s memory are his wife of 69 years Sarah Hamberger; son Steve Hamberger; daughter Karen Schneider and husband Marvis; granddaughters Rachel Evans and husband Jason, Sara Slesinger and husband Michael; great grandsons William and Joseph Evans and Max Slesinger; and his buddy Mattie Belle. A committal with Military Honors will be held 11AM on Monday, January 22, 2017 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Operation Kindness with the SPCA www.donateforkindness.org.
Daniel Lee, age 57, died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Robert “Bob” Edwin and Sheila (Best) Lee on February 17, 1960. Daniel has been a resident of Irving for the last 26 years, and owned Texas Green Solutions for 10 years. He was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. Left to cherish his memory are his parents; wife of 26 years, Nancy Lee; 4 sons Chris (Lan), Alex, Nick and Joey Lee; grandson Beckham Lee; sister Jennifer (Tony) Rasmussen; 2 brothers Tom (Barbara) and Andy Lee along with numerous extended family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate Daniels’ life will be 2:00 pm, Friday, December 29, 2017 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 N. O'Connor Blvd. in Irving.
Jack Dunne, age 83, died on Friday, December 8, 2017. Jack was born on November 9, 1934 in Elmira, New York to Harold Dunne and Effie (Mitchell) Dunne. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. Jack served in the United States Airforce in the late 1950’s. He was a part of the Schola Choir at St. Mary’s Church in Elmira, and involved in Barbershop singing. Jack is preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers & sisters. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 wonderful years, Helen Dunne; children: John Dunne and wife, Fatimah, Eileen Farnsworth and husband, Mark, Theresa Robinson and husband, Craig, and Michelle Dunne; grandchildren Nicole, Emily, Cameron, and Natalie Farnsworth, Seth, Claire, and Patrick Robinson, and A’ishah Dunne.