Dennis R. Albertson

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Dennis R. "Denny" Albertson, 74, of Long Grove, Iowa, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Long Grove.

A memorial has been established to the Dennis Albertson Memorial Fund for the benefit of the North Scott Education Foundation.

Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge, Iowa, assisted the family with arrangements.

Denny was born March 21, 1939, in Twin Valley, the son of Norman and Evelyn (Opsahl) Albertson. In December 1964, he married Susan Stratton. He then married Cathy Jo "CJ" Balsar on July 27, 1986, at Eldridge United Methodist Church in Eldridge.

Denny graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in education. He taught at schools in Northwood, Iowa, and West Branch, Iowa, and then worked at the University of Iowa Lab School. While there, he received his master's degree in education and was sought out to become an administrator in the newly forming North Scott School District in Eldridge. One of his proudest accomplishments was his idea of naming the new elementary schools after astronauts, and in 1967 became the first principal for John Glenn Elementary School in Donahue, Iowa, and Virgil Grissom Elementary School in Princeton, Iowa. He served as a principal in the North Scott School district at Grissom and Neil Armstrong Elementary Schools for 33 years, retiring in 2000. Following his retirement, he served one year as an interim principal for John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Davenport, Iowa. During his retirement, he continued to mentor to kids and adults and was a student teacher supervisor for Western Illinois University.

Denny was community service oriented and was a current school board member of North Scott School District. Denny belonged to Eldridge United Methodist Church where he served on many committees. He was a former member of the School Administrators of Iowa, Princeton Lions Club and was active with the local Boy Scouts. Denny enjoyed politics, public speaking, fishing, camping, being with his morning coffee guys and his Wednesday Retired Principals Group. Denny was well known for emceeing many local events.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, CJ Albertson of Long Grove, Iowa; two sons, John (Lora) Albertson and their children, Ben and Jack of Prospect Park, N.J., and Larry Albertson of the Maquoketa (Iowa) area; his siblings, Dean (Sherry) Albertson of Rochester, Myrna (Mike) Baucom of Green Bay, Wis., and Myron (Donal) Albertson of Albuquerque, N.M.; and his mother-in-law, Shirley Lucas to whom he affectionately opened his heart and home to share in Long Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son in infancy, Matthew; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Albertson.

Condolences may be made to Denny's family by viewing his obituary at mcginnis-chambers.com.


Published in The Post-Bulletin on Sept. 25, 2013
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