Hazel Chireno

Hazel Chireno, 94 of Bryan, went home to The Lord.  She was born in Nacogdoches as the youngest child of Frank and Matilda (Tilda) Molandes. She grew up in a country setting and the Baptist Church where she accepted Christ at an early age.  After graduating high school she married Tommy Chireno and became a homemaker. She only began working outside the home when Tommy passed away suddenly at the age of 43.  After retiring from years of working in retail she moved to Bryan to be near her family.

Hazel was a talented seamstress with a passion for making beautiful handmade quilts.   She was an excellent cook, lovingly preparing delicious meals, pies, and cakes for her family.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers, three sisters, her son-in­law and a step-granddaughter.

Survivors include her sister, Nellie Chireno of Nacogdoches; two daughters and their husbands, Grace Calbert-Vrooman and Chuck, and Martha and James Stracener. The lights of her life were the ones who called her Granny.  They include grandson, Tommy Stracener and his wife Tracy, along with their children Emma and Beth; and granddaughter, Amberly Stracener-Garvin and her husband Marcus along with their children Samantha and Adalyn.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S. College Ave in Bryan, TX at 2:00 pm on Thursday March 30, 2017 with Gary Roe officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Following the service there will be a private family graveside at the College Station City Cemetery.

She is also survived by step-grandchildren Bob Calbert and Marlis of Missouri City,TX,  Rick Calbert and Terri of Richmond, David Calbert and Kim of Stafford, Jason Vrooman and Bethany of College Station, Tracy Vrooman-Tenero and Joe of Katy, and step-great grandchildren. Also by numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.  We love you Mom, Granny, Aunt Hazel.  Rest well, and as long as there are memories, in our hearts you will always be.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th St. Bryan, TX 77803.


  1. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful woman’s family. I love her & will miss her until I see her again some day in Heaven. Aunt Hazel had a gentle sweet precious spirit, always so loving & caring. Prayers for peace & comfort for all of her family.

  2. Rest in Peace Aunt Hazel. I will never forget all the good times we have had with you. I am still using some of her favorite recipes and will cherish the cookbook she gave me years ago. I remember all the clothes she sewed for me and still have the stuffed lamb she made for me. May God comfort your family and give them Peace. Robert & Nell Bell

  3. So sorry to hear about your mother. Prayers and condolences to you and your family. She was a sweet lady.

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