|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1915|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 2012|
Albert Brouwer passed from this life, at the venerable age of 96 at Our House Assisted Care in Portage.
Albert was born in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. His parents were Arie and Willemina Brouwer, and he was the oldest boy of their ten children. He married the girl up the block, Aafje Scharff, on March 25, 1943, in the midst of World War II. The following year, during the German occupation of his country, their son, Nico Arie was born. In 1946 came the birth of twin sons, Bert and Onno. A daughter, Wilma, was born in 1954. Wanting more opportunities for his children, passage to America via steamship was booked and he brought the entire clan to Madison, in May of 1957. Two years later, an old Victorian house in Poynette was purchased and it became the family's homestead in the new world. From youthful baggage handler at KLM in Holland to a skillful six color offset pressman in the U.S.A., Albert did all with a quiet and uncomplaining nature. His motto was "There is nothing better than work". Hobbies were just those things that tided you over until Monday rolled around again. He helped his children with their home improvement/fix it projects where he could, but having two self-proclaimed "left hands" made his efforts often more comical than helpful.
Albert enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, refereeing soccer games, feeding the birds, chasing around a golf ball, watching Jeopardy and The Price Is Right, playing Klaverjas, doing crossword puzzles, and completing the daily CryptoQuote cryptogram, which, amazingly, he could solve within the hour. ĎAmazingly' because he knew very little English when he disembarked at New York City's Pier 66 in 1957. He also appreciated a long walk on a sunny day and being home with his family. He was a man of simple wants and needs who was lucky enough to have had a long and healthy life.
Surviving Albert is his wife of 69 years, Aafje, who still lives in the family home; 3 sons, 2 daughters. Other survivors include a sister, four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended kin in the United States, Canada, and Holland. Several couples round out those who will miss Albert, his mischievous wit, and his little happy dances.
Burial will be private. Memorials can be made in his honor to a charity or worthy cause of your choice.
Created by: Peggy (Fry) Dahler
Record added: Mar 23, 2012
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