Aloysius J. Eftink



Aloysius J. Eftink, 83, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at VCU Medical Center.

Al served in the U.S. Army after WWII, helping to keep the peace in Berlin, Germany. After working in a planetarium in St. Louis, he was one of the first to work at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum when it opened in Washington, DC in 1976. Al worked in the planetarium there for several years, and developed special effects for the shows. He was a talented engineer, and the majority of his career was spent working for GE Aerospace, which eventually became Lockheed Martin. His hobbies included working on cars, tinkering on anything that was broken, and astronomy.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Eftink; children Ronald Eftink, Gregory Eftink and Angela Shields; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings Marcella Buehler, Andrew Eftink and Anthony Eftink; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with visitation to follow until 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 17 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project or the American Cancer Society.