Alvin H. "Abbie" Albers, 94, of Germantown, Ill., born March 28, 1920, in Germantown, Ill., died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Breese, Ill.
Mr. Albers worked at Scott Air Force Base as a warehousman. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown and Germantown American Legion Post 325. He had been the oldest living member of the Germantown American Legion. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, receiving two Purple Hearts. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Elizabeth, nee Robke, Albers; by a daughter, Diane Kohrmann; two sisters: Dorothy Haukap and Cecilia Duing; one brother, August Albers; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Emelia (George) Heimann, Raymond (Ann) Spihlmann, Leo (Lucille) Spihlmann, Bernard (Marie) Spihlmann, Richard Spihlmann, Marie (Norbert) Albers and Clarence Spihlmann; and his step-sisters and brothers-in-law, Alvin (Maryann) Thoele, Walter (Ella Mae) Thoele, Edward Thoele and Cornelius Kniepmann.
Surviving are his wife, Henrietta Spihlmann, whom he married Oct. 7, 1947, in Germantown; three children: Doris (Clarence) Middendorff of New Baden, Ill., Michael "Mick" (Geralyn) Albers of Germantown, Ill., and Leonard "Leo" (Vicki) Albers of Winton, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Erwin "Tubby" (Lorene "Blondie") Albers of Aviston, Ill.; one son-in-law, Joseph W. Kohrmann of Germantown; two sisters-in-law, Rosie Spihlmann of Damiansville, Ill., and Dorothy (the late Jim) Wieman of Maryville, Ill.; and three step-sisters-in-law, Bernice Kniepmann of Breese, Ill., Mary Ann (Arnie) Heimann of Germantown, Ill., and Jane Thoele of Germantown, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be given to the St. Boniface Cemetery Fund or to Shriner's Hospital for Children. Internet visitors may register online at www.KalmerMemorilaServices.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, and from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown, Ill., with Rev. James Buerster officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
KALMER MEMORIAL SERVICES, Lebanon, Ill.
Kalmer Memorial Services
8638 US Hwy 50 Lebanon, IL 62254
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 1, 2014