FORT WORTH -- Joseph Ainsworth, 69, a retired spectograph operator and chemist, died Nov. 17, 2003.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rita Catholic Church. Rosary: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole; the family will be present from 5 p.m. Burial: Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Rita Catholic Church Renovation Fund, 5550 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth, 76112 or Eastside Ministries, helping the needy in east Fort Worth, 5929 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth 76112.
Joe was born Sept. 28, 1934, to Sarah Bird Ainsworth and L.M. Ainsworth in Fort Worth. He graduated from Laneri High School in 1952. He graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio with a B.S. in chemistry. He moved to Medellin, Colombia, to work in metals. There, he met Joan Wightman, and they married March 14, 1964. They, along with their two sons, Alan and Michael, moved to Houston, back to Colombia (Medellin, Bogota, Baranquilla) until settling back in Fort Worth in 1972. He worked for the American Brass Foundry and Texas Steel for the last 15 years, until he retired from there this last year. He was a freelance writer with articles in the Dallas Times Herald, Metals, The Cattleman, and others.
A hard-working man who appreciated other hard-working people, Joe enjoyed his family, gardening, cooking, tinkering, telling and listening to jokes, reading, and thinking. He took pride in being a 50-year amateur radio operator and member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Joan, provided ministry to the elderly and those in need especially at Shady Grove Nursing Home.
He and his family would like to thank all of his caregivers throughout his life and especially the wonderful people of Harris Methodist 6th and 7th floor, the Moncrief Center, Advantage Home Health, Community Hospice of Texas, Dr. Virginia Stark-Vance, and especially Dr. Yvonne Post and her staff.
Survivors: Wife of 39 years, Joan Ainsworth; sons, Alan Ainsworth and wife, Lee Harrison, Michael Ainsworth; sister, Marcia Stefan and husband, Joe Stefan and family; sisters-in-law, Gwenda Wightman and family, Patricia Wortleboer and family and cousins; also many friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and his two cats.
Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home, 702 Eighth Ave., (817) 336-0345
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Date: November 18, 2003
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