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 John Walter Albers

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John Walter Albers

  • Birth 12 Aug 1910 Maria Stein, Mercer County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Oct 2006 Saint Henry, Mercer County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Montezuma, Mercer County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot New Section
  • Memorial ID 16266608

John, 96, Celina, died at the Gardens at St. Henry.

He was a son to Henry and Mary (Roetgerman) Albers. He grew up with his brothers, Alfred, Ed, and Herbert on the family farm in St. John, Maria Stein, along with his sisters Ida, Bertha, Marcella, and Joanne. On Apr 18, 1936, in St. Rose, he married Regina Rose Bergman Albers, who survivies.

Surviving are a son, Dr. Thomas (Carmela), Kent; a sister, JoAnne Peay, Columbus; son-in-law Ralph Rethman, Versailles; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by daughters Marleise Albers Rethman and Rosemary Albers; a granddaughter Ann Marie ; brothers Herbert, Alfred and Ed; sisters Ida Schaaf, Marcella Burris and Bertha Wright.

John was an avid card player and was always up for a game of Uker. During the sixties or seventies he and his son-in-law Ralph owned some local car washes. He spent almost his entire life farming and always kept abreast of the current crop and commodities prices. He had dairy cattle for many years then switched to sheep. He mowed his own lawn on a riding mower well into his ninety's, just like his older sister Ida.

John was the kind of guy you would ask how he was doing and he would respond by saying "Can't complain, of course, that wouldn't do me no good anyhow!" He was a hand holder and held Regina's hand whenever they were walking or listening to music-- for example at the many festivals and polka dances they attended. People were known to call them "cute." A native speaker of Low German, or Plattduetsche, he and Regina would break into spirited conversations in their childhood language whenever they didn't want other people to hear them arguing.

John had a funny little laugh and a crooked smile. His sense of humor was quiet and he would do little things like find all of the kittens born in his barn so his grandchildren could see them or wait to feed the barn cats until he could take along a cat loving "helper."

He was an avid connoisseur of church related chicken fries, fish fries, and other town and county festivals. He was also a multiple winner of various local festival "cake wheels."

He isn't around to tell you the secret to his longevity but he would probably say luck, genetics, never smoking, rarely drinking, and often praying.

He attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Montezuma, Ohio. Both he and Regina believed heavily in God and would not miss church for anything but extreme circumstances. They knew the church schedules for the surrounding ten miles worth of churches by heart.

Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe with Fr. James Dugal, officiating.


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  • Maintained by: A. Chronicler
  • Originally Created by: Mike Dearbaugh
  • Added: 21 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16266608
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Walter Albers (12 Aug 1910–20 Oct 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16266608, citing Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery, Montezuma, Mercer County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by A. Chronicler (contributor 47477136) .