Dr. Coyle Eugene DeMoss - October 30, 2023
Coyle DeMoss, D.P.M
On October 30th, 2023, Coyle passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Texoma Medical Center. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at TMC for the exemplary care and concern that was given to him during this time.
Coyle was a family man first and foremost. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his family. Coyle is survived by his loving and treasured wife of 60 years, Marianne Hudson DeMoss. Their adventures took them far and wide through trials, travails, and many successes buoyed by a deep, enduring love and commitment that they shared and nurtured. He is also survived by his daughter, Dana DeMoss Collie, son-in-law, Morris Watson Collie, son Derek Patton DeMoss, daughter-in-law Gillian DeMoss and his beloved grandchildren Patton Reid Collie, Alexandrea Moutray Collie, Victoria Claire Collie and Madeline Crist. The extended family includes Coyle’s sister, Cleta DeMoss Bieger, brother-in-law James Bieger, nephew Adam Bieger and wife Jessica, children Ethan and Emma, nephew Cullen Bieger and his daughter Lily as well as many cousins and friends that he calls family (you know who you are).
Coyle was a humanitarian at heart. During his long and colorful life, he wore many uniforms of service including that of a firefighter, marine, private pilot, podiatrist, and civic leader. He was the first podiatrist in the Grayson County area and the first podiatrist on staff at Memorial/Texoma Medical Center, Madonna Hospital, and Katy Hospital all in Denison Texas. For 41 years, from 1974 until his retirement in 2015, Coyle served the Denison-Sherman area providing foot care to patients in his office as well as in retirement centers, hospitals, and through house-calls to those who were home-bound.
He had a huge heart for his patients and was known to provide care, free of charge, when his patients had fallen into hard times. He was a masterful storyteller, exchanging life exploits with his patients who, in turn, often became his friends. When asked what made him laugh, he confessed it is when he can tell his own jokes (which many a patient heard while he was treating them)….he called this the “Cardinal Sin of a Comic”. And everyone knew he was a comic at heart and loved to have a good time.
As a civil servant, Coyle was on the board of directors for the Campfire Girls and the Rod and Gun Club. He was also a 25+ year member of the Denison Lions Club and he and Marianne hosted Lions Club International campers in their home for three summers. He was a long-term member of the Rotary Club, a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge, Sherman Chapter #62 RAM Scottish Rights and Hella Shriner International, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
Coyle was a maverick, always blazing a trail. Whether the trail led to the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland Ohio (1969-1974) where he became a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine or motivated him to start a malpractice insurance group (Southwest Professional Indemnity Company) with a group of podiatrist friends to confront unreasonable malpractice insurance premiums, he was always searching for a better way and a better life. He did his best to ensure that his family, friends, and patients' lives were better for his presence and efforts.
He was a seeker who sought understanding, knowledge, experience, life, love, and ways to serve others. He was a doctor, humanitarian, pilot, scuba diver, golfer, explorer, friend, spouse of 60 years, and a father.
After he received his private pilot’s license, he flew Angel flights taking cancer patients for treatment at various treatment centers around the country. He was always on the lookout for ways that he could serve people.
Please join us in honoring Coyle’s final Angel Flight (this time as a beloved passenger instead of the pilot) as we celebrate his life on December 17th, 2023, at 2pm at the Katy Depot Event Center located at 101 E. Main St. Denison Texas.
Memorials may be made in his name to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
Dr. David Korfin - June 9, 2023
Dr. David H. Korfin, DPM, died on June 9, 2023. He was born on October 21, 1956, in Elizabeth, NJ to parents Alvin and Lee Korfin. When he was 10, the family moved to Allentown, PA. David graduated from William Allen High School in 1974 and then from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978.
After graduating from Pitt, he attended the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in 1982. He moved to Houston that year and enrolled in and completed a 2-year surgical residency at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Korfin was a Board Certified foot and ankle surgeon specializing in reconstructive procedures. Among his many professional affiliations, he was a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and was Board certified in Wound Care by the American Academy of Wound Management. He was past president and current member of the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society and was a member of both the Texas and American Podiatric Medical Associations. He maintained a private practice in Sugar Land and was affiliated with St. Luke’s Health-Sugarland Hospital, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, River Oaks Surgical Center, and Texas Sports Medicine Institute.
Dr. Korfin followed in his father’s footsteps and was an avid golfer. He was also a huge Houston Astros fan.
He is pre-deceased by his father Alvin Korfin. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Korfin, and daughter Katherine, daughter Alison Korfin and grandchildren Ethan, Emma, and Ellie, mother Lee Korfin, sister Beverly (Andrea) Korfin, brother Steven (Liz) Korfin, niece Lisa (Andrew) Yanowitz and great niece Riley, niece Ali (Corey) Black and nephew Zach (Sarah) Korfin.
Dr. Ronald Bruscia - May 17, 2023
Dr. Ronald J. Bruscia was born on April 23, 1947 in Buffalo, New York to Ronald Sr. and Frances Wozniak Bruscia.
He served his country in the US. Army Reserves and received an Honorable Discharge in July of 1970.
On May 29, 1992, he married Kathleen Jane Burke in Worcester, Massachusetts. They are longtime residents of Katy, Texas. He had over three decades in practice caring for patients in Katy and the greater Houston area. Dr. Bruscia attended the Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, Dr. Bruscia completed an intensive foot and ankle surgical training through the Harris County Podiatric Residency Program in Houston, Texas. He held a board certification through the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry and was a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
He was a former board member at the Katy YMCA and served as a director for the annual YMCA Turkey Dash race for several years. He was a longtime member of the Grace Fellowship Church. He participated in numerous charity Golf events in the greater Houston area and was a member of many professional organizations.
He was a diehard Astros fan and an avid car enthusiast. He loved attending the baseball games with family and friends. You might had seen him often at a local car show with a coffee cup in hand. He enjoyed swimming and the beach. Over the years, he completed 18 marathons and triathlons including the Boston Marathon. He liked inline skating and participated in races all over the country.
Dr. Ronald J. Bruscia passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023 in Houston, at the age of 75 years.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Bruscia; children, Ronald Bruscia, III of Austin, Rosann Sear of Austin, Ethan Bruscia (Tracy), Austin Bruscia of Katy, Grace Bruscia of Katy and Hannah Bruscia of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Giada Sear of Austin, Alana Bruscia of Katy and another grandchild due in the spring; sister, Janice Morris of Katy; nephews, Kris Morris of Houston and Jon Morris of Austin; as well as numerous relatives in the Buffalo, New York area.
His parents, Ronald James Bruscia and Frances Wozniak, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at the Grace Fellowship Church, in Katy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Everyday Opportunity Building at Our Journey, 5242 E. 3rd St. Katy, Texas 77493 in Ron’s memory.
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Dr. Thomas F. Eckert - September 28, 2022
Services for Dr. Thomas Felton Eckert, 78, of Tyler, Texas were held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at one o’clock at Marvin United Methodist Church with Dr. Doug Baker and Reverend Gerry Giles officiating.
Dr. Eckert passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at Hospice of East Texas with his family by his bedside. He was born in Lubbock, Texas on February 19, 1944, to Floren Dayton and Eloise Lancaster Eckert.
Dr. Eckert practiced podiatry in Tyler for 47 years. He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church; a graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois; a graduate of Southern Methodist University where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Fraternity; a graduate of Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine; a Fellow in the American College of Foot Orthopedics and Medicine; Diplomate in the American Board of Podiatric Medicine; Fellow in the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine; 50 year member Texas and American Podiatric Medical Associations; Past President of South Tyler Rotary Club; The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; Bethesda Health Clinic, Chief of Podiatry; Christus Trinity Mother Frances, Chief of Podiatry; served as a high school and collegiate football referee for 37 years through his affiliation with the Tyler Chapter Texas Association of Sports & Officials.
Tom loved well, with his family and close friends being the lucky recipients of this love. But he also shared a passion for the Chicago Cubs, SMU Mustangs and his second home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where he sometimes felt most at peace. So much about Tom will be missed, especially his sweet smile and that special twinkle in his eye he saved for his dearest Mary Ann and family.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Dayton and Eloise Eckert. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Mary Ann; sons, Jeff Eckert (Kimberly) of Dallas and Scott Eckert (Elicia) of Tyler; brother, Pete Eckert (Judy) of Garland; grandchildren, Kiley, Lexie, Dayton, Harley, Sam, Sara, and Ella Eckert; nephew, Randy Eckert; nieces, Holly Eckert, Helen Eckert Roberson, Lindsay Eckert Lewis, and Lauren Eckert.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Black, George Newberry, Dr. Larry Faulkner, Mike McNally, Kevin De Ornellas, Jack Thurmon, Dr. Billy Westbrook, Dr. Tom McCloskey, Dr. David Andreone, Dr. Robert Freeman, and Dr. Carl Solomon.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, 3531 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75701 (https://alzalliance.org); Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701(www.hospiceofeasttexas.org); or Marvin UMC, 300 West Erwin, Tyler, TX 75702.
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Dr. Samuel "Mendo" Mendicino - July 29, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino on Sunday, July 24, 2022. He is survived by his children Hannah Mendicino and Sammy Mendicino, his parents Margaret and Sam Mendicino and his brothers John Mendicino and Robert “Bobby” Mendicino. He was a hero to many in the Podiatric profession, especially those who he taught and mentored as both Residency Director and President of the Greater Texas Education Foundation. His passing is a huge loss for our program and the Podiatric community at large. Many people will write their own tributes to Dr. Mendicino and his many accomplishments, but it is his contributions to our program for which all of us owe such a deep gratitude.
After graduating from Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mendicino set his sights on the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency (now the HCA Houston Healthcare, West Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency) in Houston, TX, which, at the time, was one of only a handful of two-year surgical residencies in the country. Here he developed his skills as a surgeon, often working on cases using new reconstructive techniques. Sam served as Chief Resident in his final year and forged many long-lasting relationships with his fellow residents and attendings. After graduating from Harris County in 1985, Dr. Mendicino started his career back in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opening up a private practice. It was not long before he began a life-long pursuit of giving back to the Podiatric profession and its future practitioners, starting first as a member of the Clinical Teaching Staff at The Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh and later a member of the Surgical Residency Training Committee, among other positions. It is this legacy as a teacher and mentor (he liked to call himself a ‘seed planter’) that will live on in the hearts and minds of the many podiatrists — or as he would correctly say “foot and ankle specialists” — he has taught through his career. When he became the director of the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in 1995, it was sponsored by Westbury Hospital with its residents working out of a single patient room. He promptly moved the program, first to Bellaire Hospital and finally to our current home at HCA Houston Healthcare, West (formerly West Houston Medical Center). Over his 25 years term as Residency Director, he worked tirelessly to make the Harris County program one of the top residencies in the country including a focus on increasing residents’ salaries and developing a learning center for the residents with state-of-the-art equipment, including Fluoroscopy, arthroscopy towers and cadaver limbs for each resident at West and our sister program at Kingwood. Much of this was possible, also under Sam’s leadership, by the formation of the Greater Texas Education Foundation to support residency growth and education. Many who have gone on to leadership roles as residency directors, board members and presidents of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, have been taught and mentored by Dr. Mendicino. He did this by example as he himself has been in all of these positions. His energies never seemed to dim when it came to giving back to the profession both locally and nationally, starting with President of the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society, Board member and then President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, board member then President of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery, Chairman of the Scientific Meeting for the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons among many of his titles. Not only did he serve, but his leadership helped shape changes to policies to improve the profession.
The news of Dr. Mendicino’s passing has shocked his colleagues at the hospital and their tributes and condolences continue to pour into the offices at GTEF and his former clinic. When Dr. Mendicino joined the staff at West Houston Medical Center, he was an instant friend to all, sharing his special brand of wit and humor with colleagues in the doctors’ dining room. Sam served on numerous committees in the hospital including being elected for back-to-back terms as Chairman of the Surgery Department. Under his leadership, he helped establish the delineation of privileges for podiatry at West Houston Hospital and it was also his strong reputation with the medical staff that helped podiatrists obtain H&P privileges.
The true number of the lives Sam Mendicino has influenced through his leadership within the Podiatric profession is impossible to calculate. Certainly the 150+ residents who have come through our program at West owe a huge debt of gratitude to him for the enormous contributions he made to our program, and we continue to benefit from the legacy he has left behind. Indeed, those individuals around the country who can confidently say, “I knew Mendo”, will continue to proudly share that legacy with those they might have the opportunity to teach and mentor, thus solidifying his legacy for future generations. Continuing, as he would say, to “plant the seeds” for Podiatry.
Sam’s wishes were to be cremated, and his ashes be distributed in Western Pennsylvania by the direction of his children. Services for this will be private with his family.
The Greater Texas Education Foundation will be planning an “An Honor of Life” reception for those he was involved with locally and within the State of Texas. In addition, a reception will be held for friends and colleagues honoring Sam at the Annual ACFAS meeting in February of 2023.
In lieu of flowers, we will be setting up a Podiatric Scholarship fund in Sam’s name through the Greater Texas Education Foundation. For donation link and additional information, please visit www.gtef.org.
In Memoriam – Dr. Max S. Ribald - June 8, 2022
1948 – 2022
Max S. Ribald of Dallas Texas, passed away on May 27th, 2022 at the age of 74. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, his devoted friends, and all the wonderful individuals who knew and loved him. Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website. https://www.northdallasfuneralhome.com/obituary/max-s-ribald/