Josephine Janette Brown
Josephine Janette Brown
  • December 5, 1931 - December 25, 2016
  • Houston, Texas

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Josephine Janette (Knippa) Brown, 85, of Houston, Texas, celebrated Christmas with her heavenly Father on Sunday, December 25, 2016. She was born in Vernon, Texas on December 5, 1931 to Gus and Clara Knippa. She was baptized on December 27, 1931. She and her family, including four brothers and three sisters, moved to Houston, Texas where she was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Klein in April 1945. As a teenager she attended Sam Houston High School, became active in the Walther League and became a member of Trinity Lutheran Downtown.

Upon graduation Josephine worked for various companies in administrative and secretarial positions before moving to Austin, Texas to work for the University of Texas Bureau of Business Research. Here she met her future husband, John R. Brown, Jr., and they were married July 7, 1962 at St. Paul Lutheran in Austin, Texas. During their marriage they were blessed to raise three daughters.

In addition to being a great homemaker and raising their three daughters, Josephine was an active member in her church homes. She served as the President of the Ladies Circle at Trinity Lutheran Downtown where she also taught Sunday School. Later, she served on the Board of Youth at St. Mark Lutheran, where her daughters participated, and actively participated in outreach programs to the unchurched. For over twenty years, she was a faithful member of a weekly Bible study where she eagerly and joyfully learned about her Savior. Her love for music also continued as she was an active member of the church choir for several years. Josephine's love for family was evident in her daily life. It was surpassed only by her love for her Savior. Her mission in life was to ensure her daughters and others knew Christ as their personal Savior. A legacy of hers was her joyfully sharing pocket crosses with all she met in order for them to have an opportunity to know Christ.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Clara (Moerbe) Knippa; brothers George, Ed, Ted, and Robert; sisters Beatrice Tschatschula, Agnes Linebrink, and Lillian Bach. She is survived by her husband, John; daughters Sheila Brown Morales and husband Art, Lynne Brown Meers and her husband Brent, Claire Brown Spivey and husband Randal; grandchildren Alicia, Ross, and Melissa Morales and Lane and Mason Spivey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered to share memories at a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29th at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston.

Funeral services were led by The Reverend Timothy Duerr, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 30th in the sanctuary of St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1515 Hillendahl also in Houston.

Following a reception at the church, graveside services and interment concluded at 3:00 p.m. at Giddings City Cemetery on West Austin Street in Giddings, Texas.

The family requested that persons wishing to remember Josephine consider giving memorials in her name to the St. Mark Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1515 Hillendahl, Houston, TX 77055, (713) 468-2623, or to a favorite charity which is dear to you.