“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The Lord gave rest to Albert Joseph Mock on April 14, 2020. Albert was born on November 14, 1921 in Plantersville, Texas the third of eight children to German parents, George Mock and Eva (Bachmeyer) Mockand reared during the days of the Great Depression. Ironically, he passed during the days of a Great Pandemic, though his death was unrelated.
Albert graduated from Montgomery High School in 1940 and proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in Europe and the Pacific working in the motor pool, repairing engines and equipment. Albert could fix anything from a tank to a toaster. His ability to speak German assisted a physician delivering a baby during the war.
He retired from Mosher Steel after 40+ years of welding service and many of the buildings and bridges throughout Houston reflect his work. After retirement Mosher retained him to consult and monitor a large girder project for Mexico.
Albert will be best remembered for his strong spirituality and generosity to those less fortunate. He was a charter member of St. Jerome Catholic Church and volunteered in multiple capacities and being known best working in the Pantry distributing food to the needy. He rarely missed a day opening the Adoration Chapel at 5 AM, beginning his day with prayer and Mass. Even after his days of driving were over, faithful parishioners transported him to Mass to partake in rosaries and Holy Communion. The St. Jerome family, led by the Most Reverend Monsignor Dan Scheel saw that he received the sacraments. Additionally, he was member of the Knights of Columbus for 73 years.
Albert possessed a green thumb and produced fruits and vegetables for years but his true passion was tending to his pecan trees. Meticulous notes were kept of their care and an ever-present war on squirrels existed to protect his pecan crop. Each year his crop was taken to The Farmers Market on Airline to be cracked and he showered many recipients with the fruit of his growth.
Albert was preceded in death by brothers, Leo Mock (Mary), Valentine Mock, Manuel Mock (Louise) and sister, Nora McCoy (Cecil). He is survived by brother, Ralph Mock (Margaret) and sisters Louella Blankenship and Madelin Godfrey (Chico), also wife to Valentine, Mary.
He was blessed with two loving wives. His wife, Georgia Mae Morrissey Mock, passed in 1969 after 17 years of marriage. He married Elsie Indellicati Mock, his surviving spouse, in 1973 and together they merged two families. Albert is survived by his children and step-children: Jane Towler, Catherine Helton (Robert), Joe Mock, Mary Johnston (Dwight), Margaret Bache (Steve), John Indellicati (Cheryl), Joe Indellicati, Karen Rittinger (Erwin). He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and was most recently preceded in death by his grandson Mark Helton. A total of 23 great grandchildren adorned his life.
Because of restrictions from the Covid 19 virus, a private service will be held on Monday, April 20th, with burial in Forest Park Lawndale. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in the future to honor a life led under the guidance of our Lord. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the St. Jerome Catholic School in Houston or a charity of your choice.
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