Janie Messina

Janie Virginia Messina passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Baytown, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at St. Michael’s Chapel, 2402 S. College Ave. in Bryan, Texas, with Rosary at 7:30. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 13 at St. Michael’s Chapel with interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Funeral services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan, Texas.

Janie was born in Marquez, Texas on April 24, 1934 to James and Frankie Copeland. She graduated from Hearne High School. On July 30, 1950, she married the love of her life, Anthony Messina. In 1990 Janie and Anthony moved to Baytown, Texas, and lived there ever since. Janie and Anthony started, owned, and operated Tony’s Lock & Key business in Baytown. Tony’s Lock & Key is now owned by their son, Joseph.

Janie is preceded in death by her parents, James and Frankie Copeland; husband, Anthony Messina; and two sons, John Messina and Charles Messina.

She is survived by her sister, Edna Mallering of San Antonio; four sons, Frank Messina and wife Robin, James Messina and wife Vicki, Tony Messina and wife Amy, Joseph Messina and wife Cathy; grandchildren,  Patrick Messina, Tiffany Messina, Shawna Messina, Katrina Messina, Paul Messina, Elizabeth Messina, Stephanie Messina, Tanya Paul; great grandchildren, Amber Armstrong, Kaylee Messina, Shelby Brunette, Chloe Brunette, Corbin Messina, Madeline Paul, Layton Paul.


  1. I understand that there are no words and assurance that can help you overcome the grief you have but i hope that our presence will provide you some comfort in tough times, we are always by your side. Keep up your faith in God for he has taken away your happiness from you, he will provide reasons to smile again. Only time shall unveils his plans. Till then, keep up your strenght and valor and wait with a smile. The one who has already gone would have wanted you to smile forever. Godbless you!

    From Locson Family we are extending our condoloences to Messina Family.

  2. Aunt Jane had a true love of life and family. For Family, was always first and foremost in her mind and this was reflected in how she lived her life. She would put the needs of others before her own. She had little prejudice and little fear. She chose to be optimistic and find the best in others, even if they did her wrong. Patience and understanding was her mantra, coupled with a strong spirituality and faith in God. Aunt Jane loved to laugh and I remember those times – and they will remain a vivid memory for me to chirish. Yes, Aunt Jane loved to talk – and talk she did – with the freshness, joy, and honesty of life. She loved all her children and cherished the unique qualities of each and every one of them. As she said, I’ve been blessed by my boys and blessed to have Anthony as my husband.

  3. I loved Janie like she was my mother, and of course she always treated me like a daughter. I will never forget how she took up for me when I was just a little girl and one of the neighborhood kids picked on me. I will miss her beautiful smile and I know she will be with her husband and two children John and Charles. I know we will all be together again on the other side of the Jordan, so I will once again see my Charles and all the other ones that have passed on before us. My consdolences go out to the Messina family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all and rest in peace Janie, you are now in the palms of Gods hands.

  4. When I think of Aunt Jane, the first thing that comes to mind is that smile. What a kind, caring woman she was, with a hug for eveyone one. She lived her life for Uncle Anthony and her boys. Whenever I spoke with her she always mentioned them or the grandchildren. She was proud of them all. Although I’m going to miss that voice saying “Girl, thank you for calling, call me again sometime”, I know she is at peace with her loved ones on the other side.
    Love and Prayers,

  5. I will never forget you meemaw . When I was young you showed me what I was missing in life . I learned what true love between a mother and her children was suppose to be like. I always looked up to you and considered you my rock . As I have grown and raised my children and now have grandchildren of my own I will never forgot the values of life I learned from you and pawpaw. You were one of the most kind hearted people and you will be missed.

  6. Joe, I am saddened that your mom has passed away. I have very fond memories of spending Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter with John, you, and your family at your grandparents in Hearn. Your mother was always so sweet, and would make me feel so welcome. Your father and your grandparents were also so special. I loved them all. Your family will be in my prayers.

  7. I will always remember when I visited as a little girl with my family, at Aunt Jane and Uncle Anthony’s House. Here would come Aunt Jane with that lovely heartwarming big smile, as she would say to me, “Come over here honey and give me a hug”. Usually followed by cooking me up something in the kitchen like french toast. Truly the Best Aunt you could hope for. I will miss you Janie, what a loving and kind soul you were. Your Spirit is free now and you can be with your True Love Anthony and family that passed in peace now. God Bless Your Family and My Condolences and Prayers to Joe and Frank Anthony Family & Friends! She will be Missed but not Forgotten! What God Gave Us was Truly A Wonderful Person with a Beautiful Kind Heart!

    Love & Blessings,

    Mary Fran

  8. Our condolences on the loss of your mother. We had the priviledge of being with her and the family on many occasions and enjoyed her company as she was a beautiful and pleasant lady.
    She will be sorely missed, God Bless.

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