Thomas S. Letinich, born Nov. 3, 1926, in New Orleans, LA, passed away March 3, 2009 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital with his loving wife by his side after a long battle with kidney and heart disease. He lived and worked in Galveston most all of his life. He retired from the Phone Co. after 38 years of service. Thomas left high school to join the Navy during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines where he was a mechanic repairing PT boats. He later went back to school and received his GED. He mostly enjoyed repairing things out of the garage for other people, spending time at the deer lease, attending his social functions, and volunteering with the Golden Division of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and at the College of the Mainland Theater collecting tickets.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Angenetta; his wife, Antoinette Ruttiger Letinich; and his sister, Lucille Letinich Seymour.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Letinich; son, Carl Letinich and wife, Cathy; grandson, Matthew; daughter, Cindy Letinich Garza, and husband, John; grandson, Jared; granddaughter, Kate; stepsons, Dale Brown and wife, Trish; and Daniel Brown; step granddaughters, Tiffany Schmitt and Kari Brown; two step great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thomas’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 5th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston with a rosary to conclude the evening at 6:30 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, March 6th, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque with Father Chacko Puthumayil as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.
Thomas’s family wishes to extend special thanks to the care given to him by DaVita Mainland Dialysis Center and to the I.C.U. nurses at Clear Lake Regional Hospital and especially to Dr. Ahuja for his many years of care.