Mr. Alfredo C. Garcia, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend entered into the glory of his eternal life on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at his daughter's residence in San Benito, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.
Alfredo was a native and lifetime resident of Brownsville.
Alfredo was weeks away from his high school graduation when Uncle Sam came calling and drafted him into service during World War II. Alfredo left, enlisted in the Army and proudly served his country during WWII. He was stationed in Central Europe (Germany) and he and his fellow servicemen helped liberate some of the prisoners at Auschwitz, earning them the name "Liberators." After his honorable discharge, Alfredo was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Victory Medal.
In 2001, some 50 years later, Alfredo proudly "walked the walk" and received his high school diploma.
Upon his return home, Alfredo joined the U.S. Postal Service. He was a dedicated employee for 32 years. During his tenure with the Postal Service he belonged to the NALC and even served as its president.
Alfredo was a devout Catholic and a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish, where he served as a volunteer in various organizations including the Food Pantry and as a Eucharistic Minister. Alfredo belonged to Senior Friends at Valley Regional Hospital.
Alfredo was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all those fortunate to have known him.
Alfredo was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Rosa Garcia; a granddaughter, Cynthia Lopez; his parents, Julian and Esther Garcia; two sisters, Eulogia "Locha" Abrego and Angelica G. Garza, and three brothers, Gilberto, Julian, and Roberto Garcia.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of him are his children, Margarita (Ireneo) Garcia-Guevara, Alfredo (Ernestina) Garcia, Rosalinda (Alfredo) Muñoz, Olga (Salvador) Gonzales, Miguel (Lupe) Garcia, and Ricardo (Patricia) Garcia.
Alfredo will also be missed by his grandchildren, Raul Lopez, Roberto A. Lopez, Alfredo Garcia III, Mary Ann Garcia, Yvonne Garcia-Hurley, Christina Garcia, Alfredo Muñoz, Dr. Cynthia Melissa Muñoz PhD, David Muñoz, Michelle Gonzales, Salvador Gonzales Jr., and Marissa Rose Garcia; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Guadalupe (Lucy) Garcia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and continue through 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Road, Brownsville.
Committal services will follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Family members are honored to be serving as Alfredo's pallbearers.
You may view the obituary, sign the guest book, and send your condolences online to the Garcia family at www.darlingmouser.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Feb. 13, 2013