GARCIA, Albert B.|
Albert B. Garcia, 93, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 16, 1921, in San Marcos, Texas, to Manuel and Cirila Garcia.
As a World War II veteran, Albert served in the U.S. Army with tours in Europe and the Asiatic Pacific theaters. After the war Albert returned home and married Lupe Candelas of Austin on December 28, 1947. They were happily married for 40 years until her death on December 24, 1988, four days before their 41st wedding anniversary.
Albert is survived by his four children, Carmen Miller and husband Bill, Mario Garcia and wife Christina, Margie Kincer, Martha Van Voorhis and husband Pat, his grandchildren Adam, Aaron, Lyndsey, Eric, Karla, Alexandria, Veronica, Vanessa, and Victoria. He is also survived by his sister, Lupe Huck , his great grandchildren, Angelica, Anthony, Catherine, Alyssa, Andrew, Micaella, and Archer, an extended family of brothers and sisters by marriage, and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, Albert was preceded in death by his brothers Manuel, Anthony, Walter, and Joseph.
Albert devoted his life to his entire family whom he cherished and always kept in his daily prayers. He was the shining example of a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. In 1952, he became a dedicated member of the St. Mary Cathedral parish in downtown Austin where he served as Sacristan for over twenty years and later as Sacristan Emeritus. His dedication to service at the Cathedral included active leadership in the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Senior Adult Ministry, and Holy Name Society. In recognition for his years of service he received the Diocesan Lumen Gentium Award and was also recognized as a special guest by Bishop Vasquez at the Rededication of the Bells Ceremony.
Special appreciation for the staff at Park Bend Health Center in Austin for the care and support they gave to Albert during his last years there.
A visitation will be held from six to eight o'clock on Sunday evening, May 11th with recitation of the Rosary starting at seven o'clock at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78752.
The funeral service will be held at ten o'clock on Monday morning, May 12th at St. Mary Cathedral, 203 East 10th St, Austin, Texas, 78701, with interment to follow at Assumption Cemetery.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 10 to May 13, 2014