obit: Alfred J. Minks - mom Holub
Alfred J. Minks, 68, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Sealy on Oct. 27, 1940 to Innocene and Elizabeth “Alice” Holub Minks. He attended schools in Wallis, Bernard Prairie and East Bernard while living on the family farm three miles north of East Bernard. He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, the KJT and the CCA.
Mr. Minks worked as a machinist at Schlumberger for 24 years until his retirement in 1992. He loved to hunt and fish and work around the yard. He was an avid sports fan of the Cowboys, Texans, Astro, and Rockets as well as all of the East Bernard High School teams. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
He tried to attend the many activities they were involved with until the disease he was fighting would not allow him to do so.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shirley Morris Minks, whom he married on July 20, 1963 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard; two daughters, Kathleen Smith and husband Greg and Elizabeth Stelzel and husband Philip; two granddaughters, Sharon Smith and Lyndsay Stelzel; and one grandson, Blake Stelzel, all of East Bernard.
He is also survived by his father, I. C. Minks of Wharton; two brothers, Charles Ray Minks and wife Agnes and Larry Minks and wife Carolyn of East Bernard; one sister, Joyce Hudgins and husband Bill of Hungerford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother.
The wake service was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Thursday, March t5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Don Ruppert at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Friday March 6, 2009 at 10 a.m. Entombment followed in the Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum.
Serving as pallbearers were Clay Hudgins, Neil Hudgins, David Minks, Jimmie Mikes, Kenneth Schatz and Stanley Sarman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Cross Parish Development Fund, East Bernard, TX. or to Houston Hospice.
Funeral services were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.
East Bernard Express, March 12, 2009
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis