Anna Eleanor Kuehnel

Anna E. Kuehnel, age 88, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2017, surrounded as always by her family and friends. Anna was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Helmut Kuehnel.


Born in New York City to Peter and Concetta Massaro, Ann was raised in the Bronx where at age 10 she met her husband. Ann & Helmut married in 1952 and moved to Virginia and then eventually to Houston as part of NASA.  A resident of Seabrook since 1963 Ann was active in her community, volunteering with the Seabrook Sharks swim team, Cub Scout den mother, Seabrook Parks Board, Seabrook Garden Club and Republican Women’s Club to name a few, but her greatest accomplishment and joy was her family.  Her dinner table and party skills were legendary and enjoyed by all who knew her.  Whether a 50 plus year friendship or new acquaintance, everyone was welcome at her home. Known as Mom K to so many, she was like a 2nd mother to all of her son’s friends, extended family and anyone in need.  Ann loved boating, gambling, penning poems for special occasions, fashion and jewelry, especially turquoise.


As a member of St. Paul Catholic church since 1964, Ann’s trust in God and the promise of life ever after was unyielding. Ann lived life on her terms. Never a victim and always in charge. Her faith, iron will, love of family, and sense of humor sustained her in life through good times and bad, unwavering until her moment of passing.


She is survived by her beloved sister Rose Staiano, her three sons Eric and wife Roxanne, Carl and wife Gretchen, Kris and wife Vicky, grandchildren Katherine and husband Jaysen, Hunter, Amanda, Alexis, great grandson Jack Cooper, and numerous nieces and nephews. A special note of deep gratitude to Brianna Moore RN, Abdi Rasekh MD and the late Ali Massumi MD.


In lieu of flowers or donations we ask that you take a friend out for dinner and drinks, or even better, take out someone who’s in need of a friend and show them some love. In the end, that’s what she was all about.

A Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 pm, Vigil/Rosary at 7pm, Friday, May 5 at the Crowder Funeral Home in Webster.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am Saturday, May 6 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Nassau Bay.


  1. Annie was a wonderful person who welcomed me into her home from the first time I met her. She was such a loving wife and mother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her! Heaven just got another angel, but we miss her! RIP dear one!

    Sharry Cooper
  2. So sorry for your loss. Annie will truly be missed by all her knew her.

    Mary Kerber
  3. Annie will be in my heart always. She and Helmut were cherished friends and I loved them dearly. They are together now and maybe that makes this a tiny bit easier to accept. I was blessed and lucky to have known them and their wonderful family. Rest in peace, Annie. My love and prayers are with your family.

    Linda Braccio
  4. “Mrs. Q” had an extraordinary gift. She had the ability to make you feel like the most special person in the world, and she did it effortlessly. I was a grown man before I had realized “what a beautiful gift to give a crazy confused kid but to make them feel good about themselves”. It was awesome. I carried that with me my whole life. Thank you Mrs. Q…….
    Captain Elton “Ranger” Porter III

    Ranger Porter
  5. Unfortunately we didn’t know Annie as much as we’d like to, but we can attest to the fact that she and Helmet raised three fine sons. To Carl, Kris and Eric and their families, we extend our condolences and love. You are a beautiful testimony to a life well lived. We know how much you loved and cared for her….you have our love and prayers. Patsy and Gene Dornak

    Gene and Patsy Dornak
  6. To the Kuehnel family, Anna’s extended family, and to her sister Rose we wish to express our condolences. We are so sorry for your loss; your loss is our loss.
    It was an honor and pleasure having Annie for a friend. Throughout the years we had many joyful times together and those times will not be forgotten. Annie will be missed. In the Name of Jesus Rest in Peace Anna.

    Peter & Gloria Braccio
  7. Dear Eric and family,

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies at this time of such loss in your family. Our thoughts have been with you and your family since we heard the news of Ann’s passing. The world would be a better place if we all had a bit of her spirit and humor.
    Love from The Dodds Family

    Margaret Dodds
  8. Annie was an angel on Earth. I’m so lucky that Annie and my mother had a 30+ year friendship because Annie was a constant in my life. We are so blessed to have such an amazing woman in our lives.

    To our second family, I’m so sorry. God knows how many lives Annie touched in her lifetime and all those people will remember her fondly. I hope and pray you are comforted by God’s love and the love of those who adored Annie, as we adore all of you. God bless and keep you, always. I love you all.

    Tina Xoxoxo

    Christina Turco-Franklin
  9. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Nicky and Niki Morgan

    Alfreda Morgan
  10. Dear Eric, Carl, and Kris,

    Oh, the fun we had growing up in Wildwood – and the coolest place to be was at your house! Your precious mother seemed to thrive on having a house and yard full of kids, and she made us all feel so at home. Though it’s always too soon to have to say goodbye, I’m so happy you all had your mom in your lives this long – especially so she could know and love your spouses and children. My thoughts are with you all.

    Paula Brunson Brimhall

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