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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Albert Ellis Szkody

October 2, 1947August 8, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of Albert Ellis Szkody announces his passing on Thursday August 8, 2019 at the age of 71. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 28 years Dianna, his step- children, Dee Szkody husband Gene and Den Moore and wife Kimberly. He will also be fondly remembered by his 4 grandchildren Garrett, Ryan, Morgan and Katelin, his great grandchildren Karsyn, Brooklyn and Ryder. He will also be missed by his brothers Edward Szkody wife Sharman, Bruce Szkody wife Roxanne and Gene Szkody and wife Dee. He is predeceased by his father Edward Szkody, his mother Joanne Szkody and his sister Katie Wilkinson Al was born in Detroit Michigan. He moved to Houston at an early age. He graduated from Lamar High School and attended the University of Houston. He spent 4 years in the Navy serving on a mine sweeper during the Vietnam war. His passion was buying and selling cars. He was in the car business for 42 years and recently retired. Al started to travel in his retirement which was his second passion. He and Dianna were vacationing in Ruidoso, New Mexico right before he passed away A funeral service in memory of Al will be held on Monday August 19th at 10:30 a.m. (visitation is Sunday evening from 5 to 8) at the Heights Funeral Home 1317 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008 with best friend Steve Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at the Houston National Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038.

  • FAMILY

  • Dianna Szkody, Wife
  • Dee Szkody and her husband Gene, Step-Daughter
  • Den Moore and his wife Kimberly, Step-Son
  • Edward Szkody and his wife Sharman, Brother
  • Bruce Szkody and his wife Roxanne, Brother
  • Gene Szkody and his wife Dee, Brother
  • Joanne Szkody, Mother (deceased)
  • Edward Szkody, Father (deceased)
  • Katie Wilkinson, Sister (deceased)

Services

18 August

Visitation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd
Houston, Texas 77008

19 August

Funeral Service

10:30 am

Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd
Houston, Texas 77008

19 August

Committal Service

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 77038

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Edward Szkody

August 17, 2019

What do you say about someone you've known every moment of your life.? We were sitting at a blackjack table in Vegas and he had a big gaudy Mercedes ring on and a girl sitting next to me asked if he was the Mercedes dealer on TV all of the time. I told her yes he was Captain Al and owned the Mercedes store. She loved it. We were flying on SW to an auction and Al gave a business card to a stewardess to give to the pilot. He had written "Give this gentleman a beer on me" Herb Kelleher. The pilot laughed and sent us 2 beers. That was Al or Captain Al as we called him while gambling. Al will always be remembered as my big brother.

Sandra hlavacek

August 17, 2019

Bill and I were so sorry to hear of Albert's death. We enjoyed our visit last year with Al and Diana at our beach house and I wish we had had more visits! He was a great person and a wonderful cousin.

Kathy Williams Bryson

August 15, 2019

Forgive me for another memory but I couldn’t edit my first. My big cousin was forever adored when his snotty would-be hipster-aspiring cousin (uh, geeks can never achieve hippie-hood and I was a Lord of the Rings-lovin’ geek) received his retired naval apparel. I proudly wore the multiple pairs of naval pants for decades plus in New Mexico and Colorado until pregnancies wreaked havoc with my physique. I wish I’d saved them for my daughters. That beautiful picture of him above reminded me of that gleeful day at G’ma and G’pa’s when he conveyed that highly coveted retired gear - except I was the blissed out one. I married a Naval Vietnam era draftee who never saw any action beyond the edge of a Bethesda golf course (yeah, draft a researcher, USA, and you get “rainbows and unicorns”.) Albert (could never call him the diminutive “Al,” a reluctance arising from my junior status) was the real thing. My David flinches when people thank him for his service - Albert deserved those expressions of gratitude from children that my guy gets.
I met Diana once - I saw the adoration he held for her. I’m so happy that he had that family experience that we all struggle to experience. And I inherited enough of the Williams’ mystical Philicrucian (Christian Sufis - G’pa’s familial religious identity) mentality that I believe he is alive in this quantum universe. He and Edward would/will appreciate my “Szczepanski”-surnamed grandson as our genes seem to flower in Polish soil (as our Meitzen provincial origin in Silesia is on border of Poland and Germany).
I wish I was more mobile and could extend my gratitude for his “leadership” of a pack of 22 (right?) cousins, skewed 2/3 male. He had G’ma’s special adoration and knew how to get her oriented to behaving “grandmotherly/maternal” - not her natural inclination. I’ve been so preoccupied with sustaining Bryson family bonds as they scatter and reproduce that I forget how remarkable my cousin cohort is. Albert was exemplary. Thank you.

Shirley Cox

August 15, 2019

DiAnna, I remember the light in your eyes and the smile on your face whenever you first described this new man in your life. I knew right then and there, this was going to be your "forever". I also remember watching Al's face, as he watched you walk down the aisle at your wedding. He was beaming. I was honored to be a part of that ceremony 28 years ago and I'm even more honored and blessed to have known him. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and yours. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. God bless you and yours, now and always.

Kathy Williams Bryson

August 12, 2019

The eldest male grandchild (as I was the eldest female grandchild) of one of the kindest namesake grandfathers imaginable (remember the “badges” G’pa would make for us from the shop’s Coca Cola metal caps cork liners, wielding his penknife?) and one of the most interesting (and tall) grandmothers ever (Socialist, who’d have guessed as G’ma covertly indoctrinated us!?!). An independent spirit who helped (as did his brother) with my homework subjects when I asked, allowed me to participate in pickup sports games with the boys in the empty lot by the ditch (I guess “bayou” is the upscale term since West U is now an even wealthier zip code than River Oaks) and was kind and fun. I hope he had an exciting and satisfying life. He deserved the best.
If anyone doesn’t have the award winning and extraordinarily well researched University of Illinois (Chicago) PhD thesis about our Meitzen family (Grandma’s family), contact me. We’re descended from remarkable forefathers and mothers - Albert would have recognized himself in this independent, risk taking, and brave family.

Dan Murawski

August 10, 2019

My memories are many. Bowling on Pepsi team at bowling alley. Also visiting at Hoosier Lake in Indiana. Bringing the kids down and staying on Galveston island. Lastly visiting with Al,Dianna,Ed, Gene and Katie before she passed. Enjoyed taking a Texas trip with Al &Dianna. All good memories. Will miss him.

RONALD SZKODY

August 9, 2019

I am his cousin from Ohio (formerly from Detroit, MI), the son of Julian Szkody. Although I have not seen him since the late 1960s, I remember him and his brother Eddie when they visited their Grandmother. We went bowling and cruising along Lake St Clair and played street hockey in Grandma's basement. Good memories of old times.
~ Ron Szkody

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