Eddie Alex Bartsch Jr., 95, born Nov. 3, 1921 in Houston, died Oct. 20, while watching his beloved Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He served various congregations as President, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and handyman. After World War II, where he served in the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Specialist, he resumed his education and graduated from Rice Institute with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1947. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana. He retired in 2002 at age 81. Bartsch is survived by his adopted children including Joel Alex Bartsch, David Paul Bartsch, and his grandchildren.
Robert Keith Belunek, 61, born Feb. 15, 1956 in Houston, died Oct. 24. He grew up in the Heights and loved to tell stories of his childhood. He worked on cars as a young kid and passed this skill down to his daughter Tammy. He was a 3rd generation construction man. Belunek is survived by his daughters Tammy Rider, Vanessa Esquivel, brother Glen Belunek, and five grandchildren.
John Elmer Bishop Jr., 60, born March 18, 1957, died Oct. 26.
Paula V. Cabrera, 83, born Nov. 19, 1933, died Oct. 27.
Georgia Carole (Starke) Davis, 75, born March 19, 1942, died Oct. 27.
Henry Francis Irvington, 89, born Sept. 8, 1928, died Oct. 25.
Francis “John” Rubeiro, 75, born Jan. 25, 1942 in Carver, Mass., died Oct. 18. Rubeiro graduated from St. Emma Military Academy in Powhatan, Va. in 1960. He qualified as a rifleman due to his marksmanship. He was a certified Master Scuba diver. He was employed more than 30 years as an EMT driver in New York, and later in Environmental Remediation and Construction. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth, daughters Maria, Patricia, and Michelle, son Michael, sister Mary, 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.