Elaine Stidhem

Elaine Stidhem died Sunday February 16, 2020 in La Porte, Texas. She was born September 28, 1935 in Galveston, Texas to Marcello D. and Ethel M. Galeno Lester.

Elaine worked for the Galveston County Tax Office and Appraisal District since 1979 and retired on October 31, 2001. She was a member of the Grand Opera House in Galveston for 40 years; Elaine loved to travel and visit Art Museums.

Preceded in death by her husband Luther D. Stidhem, who was killed on the USCG Cutter Blackthorn, January 28, 1980; father and mother; step-father Howard C. Lester; sisters; Estrella Galeno and Evohn Kay and brother Pete Galeno.

Survivors include her daughter, Debra Lynn Santiago and husband Chris; two grandchildren; Chandra Stevenson and husband Robert, and Trevor Santiago and great-grandson Wyatt Stevenson; and sister Ellen Martin and husband Jack and nephew Garrett Martin.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, Texas.  Funeral Service will be at 10:30am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Funeral Home with Rev. John Fisher                          officiating.  Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.


  1. You will be missed. Our prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time.

    Cory & Rania stidhem
  2. Her beauty, strength and grace live on in you both, Debra and Chandra. Our hearts are with your family.

    Mason and Kim
  3. Debra , Chandra and family’s,
    So sorry for your lost. Elaine has joined Luther, my mother,Grandmother, Gramps and
    all her friends and family that passed over the rainbow to their new journeys.
    We sure will miss Elaine’s visit and talks.
    Love and Hugs,
    Kathleen Eisenhauer and Edward Pena

    Kathleen Eisenhauer and Edward Pena
  4. You had such a zest for life and a smile and a laugh to make everyone feel good. I will miss our phone calls and you my friend. You blessed my life. Now rest with Luther in heaven above

    Raymond Burke

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