|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1914|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 2001|
Published Ozaukee Press – 05 Jul 2001
Clarence O. Albinger lived to work instead of working to retire, his daughter Janet Durante said.
Over the course of his life, Mr. Albinger spent thousands of hours with a wench in hand working on cars at Albinger Automotive.
He worked there full-time until last summer, when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. But even after that, he would do custodial work at the garage whenever he could, Mrs. Durante said.
Mr. Albinger died Wednesday, June 27, at his 145 N. Dries St., Saukville home. He was 87.
He was born Feb. 9, 1914, on the family farm in the Town of Saukville to Henry and Margaret Meyer Albinger.
He served in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II and was stationed in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.
Two days after he returned home from the army, he went to work at his twin brother Paul’s auto dealership in Saukville.
Mr. Albinger fixed cars of every kind throughout his life. Despite the leaps in technology, most cars are the same, he said. “They’ve still got four wheels and an engine. Brakes are still the same,” he said in a Sept. 23, 1999, Ozaukee Press article.
While he left the complicated electronic repairs “all that fan dangled stuff,” as he called it – to younger mechanics, Mr. Albinger was ready to “pull a wrench” for the repairs he knew like the back of his hand.
Fixing things was a way of life for him, his daughter said. “I once had a dryer that was on the fritz and he said he would take a look at it,” Mrs. Durante said. “He took a soda can and made a bushing out of it and that dryer worked for many more years.” “That’s how he did things around the house.”
Retirement was not an option for Mr. Albinger, his daughter said.
“He never thought of himself getting old,” she said.
Mr. Albinger was so dedicated to his work, he would spend 14 hours or more a day on the job, Mrs. Durante said. Sometimes, he wouldn’t come home until 9:30 p.m. except for brief stops for lunch and dinner.
Mr. Albinger married Marie Schaeffer at St. Michael’s Church in St. Michaels, June 22, 1946.
In recent years, the couple enjoyed traveling. They bought a camper and took trips our West and along the banks of the Mississippi River. They also enjoyed weekend trips to Oshkosh, their daughter said.
Mr. Albinger was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville, Catholic Knights and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
He was also a member of the American Legion Landt-Thiel Past 470 and the Waubeka Veterans of foreign Wars Flag Day Post.
He is survived by his wife Marie of Saukville, daughter Janet (Rick) Durante of Cecil, sons Gilbert of Port Washington and Donald (Holly Roge) of New Berlin and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Albinger is also survived by his sister, Doris (Ray) Thelen of Plymouth, brother, Lawrence (Marian) of the Town of Saukville and sister-in-law Terry Albinger of Saukville.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother Paul and daughter-in-law Terry Albinger.
Father Karl Acker officiated. A Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville.
Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saukville.
Henry W Albinger (1877 - 1970)
Margaret Mayer Albinger (1878 - 1975)
Marie F. Schaeffer Albinger (1918 - 2007)*
Lawrence C Albinger (1911 - 2007)*
Paul Albinger (1914 - 1996)*
Clarence O. Albinger (1914 - 2001)
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