Alvin Albert Franta, 94, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2018. He was born on November 22, 1923 to Rudolph G. Franta and Hermina Marek Franta. Alvin was raised in Crosby and graduated from Crosby High School in 1941. He served in the US Army as a Sargeant and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1947 he married the love of his life, Steazie Kovalcik, and together they raised a family. Alvin retired from the ExxonMobil Refinery as a Planner after 35 years service. He was a longtime and faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crosby where he was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a Lector and an Usher. Alvin was a longstanding member of the American Legion, R.V.O.S. and SPJST. Alvin and his wife, Steazie loved dancing and took great pride in leading Czech and Polish wedding marches in the surrounding areas. He enjoyed his yardwork, gardening and barbequing for his family. He cherished his family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Alvin touched the lives of many people with his kind and fun-loving heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his devoted wife of 56 years, Steazie M. Franta; parents, Rudolph and Hermina Franta; sisters, Doris Warzon and Irene Franta; and brother, Robert Franta.
Alvin is survived by his daughters, Linda Twardowski and husband Leonard, Shirley Buell and husband Carl, and Annette Bielamowicz and husband Raymond; son, Randy Franta and wife Judy; grandchildren and their spouses, Eric and Rachel Twardowski, Kristen and Neal Carlson, Brandon and Rachael Buell, Phillip Buell, Justin and Mary Kay Bielamowicz, Darren and Natalie Bielamowicz, Laura Bielamowicz Ostermann, Jared and Amanda Bielamowicz, Ryan and Krista Franta, and Amanda Franta and Matt Fenoglio; greatgrandchildren, Wade, Kate, Elyse, Elena, Kaitlyn, Hannah Claire, Corbin, Brooke, Haley, Jay, Jack, James, Mary Blake, Olivia, Dylan, Alex, Claire, Emma, Sofia, Haygen, Cope, and Adalyn; and a host of extended family and friends.
Serving as Pallbearers will be: Ryan Franta, Darren Bielamowicz, Brandon Buell, Eric Twardowski, Justin Bielamowicz, Jared Bielamowicz, Phillip Buell, and Neal Carlson.
A Visitation with a Rosary will begin at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 915 Runneburg Road, Crosby, Texas 77532. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Services have been entrusted to Sterling-White Funeral Home 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd. Highlands, Texas 77562. To send the family condolences please visit www.sterlingwhite.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alvin’s memory to Sacred Heart Catholic School, 907 Runneburg Rd, Crosby, TX 77532, www.sacredheartschoolcrosby.org, 281-328-6561.
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff at St. James House and Dr. Chris Hays for the care and comfort given to Alvin.