Sunshine Rose Reed Van Holsbeke
November 29, 2017

Sunshine Rose Reed Van Holsbeke

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Darling--Mouser Funeral Home
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Friday, December 1, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Recitation of the Holy Rosary
Darling--Mouser Funeral Home in the East Chapel
945 Palm Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78520
Friday, December 1, 2017
7:00 p.m.
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Funeral Mass
St. Luke's Catholic Church
2800 Rockwell Drive
Brownsville, TX  78521
Saturday, December 2, 2017
1:00 p.m.
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Buena Vista Burial Park
5 McDavitt Boulevard
Brownsville, TX  78521
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Mrs. Sunshine R. Reed Van Holsbeke, 91, of Brownsville, our beloved Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Great-Great-Grandmother passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2017, in the comfort of her home in Brownsville, Texas.

Sunshine was born in 1926 into the “Pioneer” Reed Family the only daughter and sister to six brothers of Capt. Wallace L. Reed and Ada Egly Reed. She was a native and lifetime resident of Brownsville.

Sunshine was a devoted Catholic, housewife, great cook, spirited, and well known throughout Brownsville and loved by many. She did not drive but she drove the phone. She was a devoted wife and mother. Sunshine was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by her family and friends but by all those fortunate to have known her.

Sunshine met and later married 2nd Lt. Leon Van Holsbeke while he was stationed at Ft. Brown, Brownsville, TX. They were married for 69 years. During this time, Sunshine and Leon, who was a career military officer and member of the U.S. Equestrian jumping tea, traveled with her family throughout Europe until he retired in 1962.

Sunshine was preceded in death by: her husband Leon; a son Mark; her parents, Wallace and Ada Reed; and 5 of her brothers, Wallace, Harold, Albert (WWII-POW), Forrest (WWII-Okinawa), and Howard Reed.

Sunshine is proudly survived by her brother, Roy E. Reed and his wife, JoAnne Glenn-Reed.

Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of her are her children: Ann Lee (Jim) Ralston, Leon (Kitty) Van Holsbeke Jr., and Melissa Van Holsbeke; 8 grandchildren: Jennifer (Mitchell) Sommer, Leon (Lisa) Van Holsbeke III, Reggie E. Van Holsbeke, Devin A. Van Holsbeke, Sunshine Tutt, Raven Johsnon, Marcus and Kathy Van Holsbeke and their mother, Lupita Van Holsbeke; 3 great-grandchildren: Amanda (Anthony) Stambaugh, Sidney Sommer, and Madison Van Holsbeke; and two great-great-grandchildren: Luke and Reed Stambaugh. Sunshine will also be missed by her sister-in-law, Cecilia "Sis" Reed along with her numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. and continue through 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 01, 2017, in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home with the recitation of the Holy Rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Darling-Mouser. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 2800 Rockwell Ave., Brownsville. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.


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  1. Juan & Veronica Richer
    Orlando, FL

    We were so sad to hear of your mothers passing. Sunshine was the BEST and so much fun to be around!!! She and my mother are in heaven having a great time as they were friends since kindergarten.
    Juan & Veronica Richer

  2. Janice Marsalis
    Brownsville, TX

    My condolences to the Reed and Van Holsbeke families. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of dear Sunshine. Some Bible scriptures that have helped me during times of loss include Isaiah 26:19 and Psalm 37:28,29 which states in part: "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up". And the Bible also says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will forever reside upon it". Therefore the Bible promises that we may be reunited with our loved ones lost in death by means of an earthly resurrection. This is further confirmed by John 5:28,29 which says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus we have a genuine hope of everlasting life in a world without wickedness or suffering. I hope that these scriptures will be of some comfort to you.

  3. Theresa Mink
    Austin, TX

    Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your mother. She was special in so many ways. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  4. Randy & Cheryl Reed
    Houston, TX

    We loved Tia Sunshine!! Such a sweet and happy lady! We miss her already! She is free of pain and suffering. We pray for the Reed-Van Holsbeke family in their (our) moment of grief. But .... our faith and trust in Jesus gives those of us who call Jesus Lord the assurance that we will meet again in Heaven. And what a celebration that will be!

  5. Edward Matthews
    Brownsville, TX

    She was a beautuful soul and represented the nature of the Brownsville spirit. Sunshine returns to Sunshine, light returns to light. Well done good and faithful servant.

  6. Joe Lavios
    Brownsville, TX

    May Sunshine rest in peace! She was a childhood friend of the Lavios family and beloved by them all. I got to know Sunshine the years I worked at El Centro on 4-corners. Sunshine was an awesome lady, loved, feared, and respected. Condolences to the family she left behind.

  7. Anna C. Recio
    Brownsvill, TX

    I'll miss Sunshine so much. She was so kind, considerate and loving to me. We would joke about so many different thing.

  8. Zifa "Solly" Esparza
    San Antonio, TX

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. A heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May her soul Rest In Peace.

  9. Irma Moreno Bolaina
    , TX

  10. Arlene Stelzer
    South Padre Island, TX

    Dear Melissa,
    I'm sorry for your loss. Sunshine is at peace now, no longer in pain & with a clear memory of you & your love. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

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