Alfonse Raska was born in Muldoon, Texas on May 20, 1932 to Joseph and Hattie Raska– He was the 9th of 11 Children. He is survived by his younger brother, Bennie Raska. He was married to Dorothy Breaux Raska for 61 years. They loved and cared for each other. They met on a dance floor, and last year they were still leading the Wedding March at their Great Niece’s wedding. He is survived by “Dot”, her brother and sisters: Tommy Breaux, Geraldine Grieger, Sue Ann Craig. His five children: Melinda Raska Keeney and her husband Jon, Nathan Raska, Laurie Raska Joyce and her husband Patrick, Daren Raska and his wife Hollie Gray Raska, Karen Raska Jean and her husband Michael. Also survived by 10 Grandchildren: Travis Marino, Lindsey Raska, Lacey Raska, Tyler Marino, Austin Joyce, Travis Jean, Katelyn Joyce, Morgan Marino Gazzier and her husband Blake , Paige Raska and Hayden Raska as well as 2 Great Grandchildren: Grayson and Hazel.
“Al” Raska knew how to grow things. He grew a family strong in faith, love, and laughter. He grew a garden to share with his family, neighbors, and friends. He grew wonderful friendships over dominoes, cards, and on vacations. He traveled from a cotton farm to the big city of Houston at 18. After 37 years, he retired from the company at which he worked. He then traveled to Europe and all over the United States. Al was a great storyteller. Everyone knew that he always had a good joke to tell. Sometimes he surprised you and you didn’t know it was a joke until the very end because he started with “I read in the paper…” He read the paper every day. After 88 years on earth there are a lot of people, from the air conditioning repairman to the nieces and nephews that have a good story they could tell about Al. He will be remembered by many but especially by his immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting donations to Hope Village, a Community for Special Needs Adults, in Friendswood, Texas. Checks can be mailed to Hope Village, 15403 Hope Village Road, Friendswood, Texas 77546.
A private ceremony will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland where he was an active parishioner for 56 years.
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