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.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Sunday September 16th, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Special Instructions: Rosary will be held at 5 PM.Text me the address
Quantico National Cemetery
Monday September 17th, 2018
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 22172
Special Instructions: Interment will follow after the serviceText me the address
St. Patrick Catholic Church
Monday September 17th, 2018
9149 Elys Ford Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Joe and I will always remember a great trip out east the first year we were married. We were driving an older car so Joe brought his toolbox along. At one point the toolbox came out of the car (this was a gathering of Eftinks, after all) and Uncle Al told Joe his tools were way too clean and new. Those too-shiny tools came up a couple more times that trip - always with that big smile, of course. Aunt Judy, Angie, Ronnie and Greg - our heartfelt condolences and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Annette Walaszek on Sep 15 2018 11:49:23 AM
Sorry for loss loved one. 2 Corinthians1.3.4.Comfort you.
Submitted by Freddy on Sep 15 2018 09:12:14 AM
Heaven most certainly gained an angel, I hope the ride up there wasn't to bumpy:) thank you for giving me the opportunity to take care of you my dear sweet man.. We made some great memories and formed a bond that'll never be broke. I will always remember that smile, it would light up the room. Take it easy up there, your hunny will be just fine..
Love, Crystal xoox
Submitted by Crystal Carratura on Sep 14 2018 06:05:54 PM
I have wonderful memories of Al. Judy and I worked closely on the Newcomers and Old Friends Fashion Shows, which required many phone calls and visits to their home. I was always greeted with a friendly smile and a "Hello Kathy" which always brightened my day. Judy was seldom home when I called, so Al and I got to chat. I have very happy memories of a wonderful man.
Submitted by Kathy Marcus on Sep 14 2018 10:10:08 AM
Dearest Godfather, words cannot express how sad it was to hear of your passing. We just were talking about you last week and mentioned we needed to take another trip up your way and take more than a day to visit the Smithsonian. Always enjoyed you taking me on my birthday to the roof of the planetarium and telling me I had to be quiet til we got up on the roof. Can’t forget going home after babysitting for Angela and Ronnie and wearing one of your shoes home since I had been sound asleep. and grabbed the wrong one or the time you had to take the door off the hinges since I was in such a dead sleep and you couldn’t wake me up. Glad to serve as a junior bridesmaid in your wedding although I don’t remember much of it.
Aunt Judy, Angela, Ronnie and Gregory if you need anything don’t hesitate to call. We love you all and are praying for you during this difficult time.
Submitted by Lois and Dave Thompson on Sep 13 2018 06:14:50 PM
Sending prayers and condolences. Hopefully I was the favorite sister. Ha ha sorry I haven’t been able to see you lately but always enjoyed your visits. Will see you soon in a much better place.
Submitted by Marcella Buehler and Jerry Buehler on Sep 13 2018 05:53:02 PM
So sorry for your Loss , Uncle Al was a great guy, dont think there was ever a time when i seen him that i didnt rub his head . loved that flat top and he wore it well. Aunt Judy , Angela, Ronnie,and Greg you are in my prayers . God Bless . Ed Buehler
Submitted by Ed Buehler on Sep 13 2018 12:06:57 PM
So sorry for your loss, Uncle Al was a great guy, and a great story teller, like Dad I am glad we got to spend time with him in July. Aunt Judy, Angie, Ronnie, and Greg you are in my prayers.
Your niece and cousin, Theresa Eftink
Submitted by Theresa Eftink on Sep 13 2018 11:11:45 AM
Will be unable to attend.I am thankful for the visit with him in July. Will keep him in my prayers always.
Anyway I can help, please let me know
His loving Brother, Andrew Eftink
Submitted by Andrew J Eftink on Sep 13 2018 10:56:24 AM
Judy, it was sad to hear of Al's passing. Wish we hadn't lived so far apart that we couldn't see each other more often. It was so nice of him to meet us in Wash. D.C. and Annapolis naval base many years ago. Hope you get along okay. You have my sympathy, and my brother Jim and other first cousins here in Cape Girardeau, Sister Jane Kiefer and Emma Gaines also send their sympathies. Pat Eftink, Cape Girardeau, MO.
Submitted by Patricia M Eftink on Sep 12 2018 09:13:53 PM
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