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ALBERT R. MUENZER family man, musician, teacher and World War II veteran lived life to the fullest until he died October 24th at the age of 86. His contagious smile and sense of humor endeared him to friends, colleagues, students and anyone he met.Born in Chicago in 1924, Al traveled through life with music in his heart and a violin in his hands. His motto was "Have fiddle, will travel." Greatly sought after for his musicality, he played stage shows and orchestral concerts across the U. S. and abroad. He was a musician's musician whose resume speaks for his talent: GI Symphony in Paris, France, concertmaster and featured soloist with Wayne King's big band, member of the NBC Staff Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera orchestras, American Pops Orchestra, the Texas Chamber Orchestra and the J.S. Bach Society. He shared his musical knowledge when teaching at Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston. Al was also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Shrine.Al is survived by Kappy (Pence) Muenzer, beloved wife of 46 years, his sons Lloyd (Sharon) and Dean, daughter Lisa Kneller (Jim); brother Edgar Muenzer (Nancy), sister Louise Bruyn (Severyn), half-sister Carol Ponder, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and an extended family of many friends.A memorial celebration of Al's life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13th at The Chapel at A.D. Bruce Religion Center, University of Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes gifts to Citizens for Animal Protection, 11925 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77079 or at cap4pets.org; Moores School of Music, University of Houston, 120 School of Music Bldg., Houston, 77204.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 7, 2010
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