Marianne Albert

Marianne Albert

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 8 Jan 2008 (aged 82)
Burial Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Plot Sec 74 Lot 531 Gr 4
Memorial ID 23970505 · View Source
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Marianne, the daughter of German immigrants, was born in 1926. She lived in Highland Park, Michigan, where she began some lifelong friendships. She fondly remembered taking the trolley car with friends to see the 5 cent movies. At the age of 12, she was proud to have won the regional spelling bee in Metro Detroit. Inspired by her father’s love of music, she began her violin studies at age 10. A Detroit Symphony Orchestra Musician was traveling door to door during the depression, from whom she purchased her prized violin, which would be later graciously passed on to her Granddaughter, Mary. She eagerly attended Sunday afternoon concerts at Orchestra Hall with her father. Vocally, she was proudest of her many years in the Rackham Symphony Chorus, which sang with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was the secretary for Joseph Maddy, the founder of National Music Camp, now known famously as Interlochen. Music was her way of expressing her deepest feelings and faith.

After graduating early from Highland Park High School, she worked as an executive secretary at several companies including Nabisco and Sheller Globe. At age 17, Marianne was introduced to Roy Albert, and it was love at first sight. They saved all of their treasured love letters, exchanged while Roy was fighting in World War II. She faithfully waited at home, even when he was missing in action, and feared dead. After his return home, they were reunited and married on February 16, 1946. Some of her favorite memories of their early years in Ann Arbor were attending U of M football games, ushering at Hill Auditorium, playing with the Ann Arbor Symphony, and singing with Choral Union. She and Roy were also houseparents for a group of nursing students.

One of the reasons that Marianne treasured her children and grandchildren was because it was many years before she was able to have her own. She had the distinction of delivering the first baby in the Detroit area using the Lamaze method and she was very involved with the Childbirth Without Pain Education Association. Joanne was fondly nick-named (Jody). In adulthood, she became mom’s best friend. Peter remembers joyfully running and literally climbing up her â€" she called him her “(Petey-Sweety). Paul was a surprise blessing at the age of forty-three. He kept her company when the other kids left home and went to college. She was also blessed with 7 grandchildren, who kept her young well into her 80’s.

Her faith was tested but not broken through several personal tragedies among them the early deaths of her beloved father, and then her brother. She was a faithful Catholic, saying her daily prayers and attending daily mass. She praised God as a long-time member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs choir. Her decades-long charitable giving to Right to Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Care, and Covenant House reflected both her faith and her love of children.

Most importantly, the 62 years she treasured together with Roy reflected the greatest joy of her life. Their quiet, understated devotion to each other flourished by example in the lives of those they touched from day to day.

Beloved wife of Roy Albert, AIA. Dear mother of Joanne Walle (James), Peter (Mary Jo) and Paul. Grandmother of Patrick, Michael, Mary, Peter, Theresa, Anna and Steven.

Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (btwn 13-14 Mile) Friday 2-8pm. Rosary 7pm


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