Obituary for HETSCHEL

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday May 13, 2010

Al Hetschel, resident of Albuquerque since 1958 (with a few exceptions thanks to Uncle Sam) died May 12, 2010. Al was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 7, 1928 to Albert E. and Wilma Hetschel. He went on to be an Eagle Scout with two Palms. Al joined the United States Air Force in 1946. In 1952, while stationed in New York, he met Sara Thomas. Al needed special permission to date Sara as she was a 1st Lt. in the Air Force Nurse Corp. They married in 1953. They welcomed Jeff into their family in 1958. Al was then stationed in Alaska and then Sacramento, California. Al retired from the Air Force in 1967 and took up full time residence in the NE Heights. Al would later say he loved every day in the Air Force. He worked for the US Postal Service from 1973 to 1990. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a proud member the Loco Patrol of the Shrine. After Sara's passing on November 12, 2004, he lived at the Woodmark in Uptown Albuquerque where he made many friends including one Ms. Virgie Pace whom brought much joy into Al's life. Al's best friend was Mr. Maurice Bryd who he had lunch with at a Furrs restaurant weekly for nearly 31 years. Chaplain Jeff Hetschel will conduct services at Woodmark Assistant Living, 7201 Prospect Pl. NE on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Al is survived by the Hetschel family of California: Jeff, Debbie, (Mission Viejo) Dan (Portland), Nicole (a nurse in Los Angeles, like her Grandma) and Alyssa (sophomore at Azusa Pacific University). Instead of flowers, Al requests donations made to Shriners Children's Hospital or a charity of your choice. Interment under the blue New Mexican sky at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Al at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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