Max Charles Petri, Jr.
Max Charles Petri, Jr., age 78, returned to the Lord on Thursday March 27, 2014 with his family at his side. A native San Antonian, Max was born on April 10, 1935 to Max Sr and May (Bilodeau) Petri. He attended St. Henry's Elementary School and later graduated from Central Catholic H.S., class of '53 and then went onto earn his Marketing degree from St. Mary's University, class of '57 at which time he was also commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. That same year he married his H.S. sweetheart and new elementary school teacher
, Marjorie Necker on June 22nd. Max proudly served his country for over 11 years including two tours of duty in Vietnam. He came back with many interesting stories about his experiences while there. He attained the rank of Major in Feb 1968. He earned many military awards including 3 Bronze Stars
, 2 Army Commendation Medals and the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals. His last tour of duty was at Ft. Richardson (Anchorage), Alaska where his sixth child was born. Here is where he began his love of the Boy Scout Organization leading his own boys and many others for over 20 years. After 2 ½ years in Alaska he returned to San Antonio and civilian life. His Civil Service years as a Construction Inspector were spent at Ft. Sam Houston and Kelly AFB from which he retired in 1998. He enjoyed fishing, boating, water and snow skiing, golfing, gardening and tackling many do-it-yourself projects. He loved creating fun for himself, family and friends and was especially proud of his home renovations which he designed himself particularly his game room. During his tenure as Cub Master of Pack 445, he was awarded the St. George Medal by the Catholic Committee on Scouting. As an Assistant Scout Master of Troop 445, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow of Alamo Area Council. A highlight of his scouting years was the horseback trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was a devout member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where he was among the first group selected to be Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. He continued this ministry for 35 years. He was active in the Holy Name Society, where he was designated the Blessed Sacrament Outstanding Holy Name Member in 2007. He also coached in the CYO Baseball Program and helped to build the parish baseball field. Additionally he was active in the Knights of Columbus, ACTS and the VSP. Max was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Maxine Rosen and husband Norm, brother-in-law Jimmy Tips and sister-in-law Linda Necker. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 57 years, Margie Petri; their children: Annette Scott (Sam), Ken Petri (Donna), Brian Petri, Danny Petri (Ruby), Andy Petri (Anna-Laura) and Claire Abad (Robert); grandchildren: Amanda Patrick (DJ), Heather Litman (James), Jennifer LaBorde, Kimberly and Ashley Scott; Michael and Morgan Petri; Jacob and Corey Petri; Gregory and Avelina Petri; Madeline, AJ and Krystal Petri; Jordan and Madison Abad; great-grandchildren: Mark, Chris, Jalen, Katie, Rylan and Leo. He also leaves behind his brother Martin Petri (Donna) and sister Martha Brown (Tom), sister-in-law's Rosemary Tips and Dottie Knodell (Tom) and brother-in-law John Necker and finally many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all the people who helped to care for Max during his long illness: Dr's David Talley, Robert Yerrington and Edwin Whitney; all the nurses, caregivers and therapists from Abiding Home Health (especially Amy) and Grace Hospice (especially Jenine and Marivel); Spiritual Support from Fr.'s John O'Donoghue and Michael O'Gorman, Deacon's JD Jorgensen and Frank Martinez. Max's fun-filled outlook on life and friendly nature will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 3rd at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church beginning at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA
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Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Max's memory to one of the following charitable organizations: Boy Scout Troop 445, Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society, San Antonio Family Association. All donations can be sent to the Blessed Sacrament Rectory, 600 Oblate Dr., S.A. TX 78216.
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