Category: Family of the Month


Family of the Month – May 2020

Dan and Patty Murphy Dan remains extremely active within Council 8157 almost two decades after he served as our Grand Knight (2002-04). He has been our director of community activities for years and made sure that remained a high priority even while many aspects of council and parish life were restricted in recent months. Soon […]

Larry Balagna, Tom Greco

Family of the Month – March 2020

Larry and Sheila Balagna The Balagnas celebrated their 47th anniversary in late January. Larry and Sheila met at bowling alley in Farmington, Ill., where they were on competing teams. Sheila said it was love at first strike for her but it took him a little while to come around. They came to our area in […]

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Family of the Month – January 2020

Keith and Mary Archer When you next help at a council event in Holy Spirit’s gymnasium, you’ll be near the spot where the Archers met. That happened at a parish singles activity, playing volleyball. Keith grew up in Oklahoma City and headed south for the Dallas area in his mid-20s. He has been a product […]

Jorge Barragan

Family of the Month – December 2019

Jorge and Eva Barragan The Barragans celebrated their 16th anniversary in November and are a fixture in that middle pew in Holy Spirit’s sanctuary in one of the front rows. They have five children: Galiliea 14, Jimena 12, Jorge Jr. 8, Lucia 6 and Mariana 1. You’ve also probably seen some of the older children […]


Family of the Month – October 2019

Tom Greco and Helen Beggane Tom and Helen were married on April 19, 1975 in Omaha, Neb., and have been Holy Spirit parishioners since 1982. “It’s been our spiritual home and a haven for both of us,” Tom said. They previously were active at St. John’s parish in Omaha on the campus of Creighton University, […]


Family of the Month – September 2019

Steve and Denise Zehnder The Zehnders certainly aren’t unique among council families for having four grandchildren, but theirs arrived all at once. When Steve refers to “the quads,” he isn’t talking about his legs. Rylin, Sydney, Harper and Mason are now 7 years old. In the early going, daughter Amber and husband George Shawver (who […]


Family of the Month – August 2019

Allen and Linda Reitmeier The Reitmeiers are a kinetic couple seemingly always involved in an activity related to their strong faith life. They grew up in small Minnesota towns that fed into Albany High, where Allen won multiple wrestling championships. They were married in 1969 and came to north Texas in 1983. Business took them […]


Family of the Month – July 2019

Russell and Patricia Gully Russell joined the Knights and our council in March 1987, a few months after the newlyweds moved to DeSoto. They met in Austin, where Russell was attending the University of Texas. Russell served as our Grand Knight 1994-96 and since then has for many years been 8157’s Advocate – and even […]