Theodore Henry "Ted" Albenesius Jr.

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Theodore Henry "Ted" Albenesius, Jr. CHARLESTON - Mr. Theodore Henry "Ted" Albenesius, Jr., widower of Mary Elizabeth Erickson Albenesius, died peacefully at the age of 92 on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at home surrounded by the love of his family. The relatives and friends of Theodore Henry Albenesius, Jr., are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM Friday, January 3, 2014, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 5:00 PM and the family will receive friends until 7:30 PM at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Hwy. Born March 29, 1921, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Theodore Henry Albenesius, Sr. and Marguerite Barrett Albenesius. Mr. Albenesius graduated from Bishop England High School and attended St. Gregory Seminary before serving in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, he moved back to Charleston and married Mary Elizabeth Erickson. Mr. Albenesius was an astute businessman and began his career as an accountant for McKnight and Frampton CPA firm. He also worked for a number of years for Hewitt Oil Company, serving as vice president before moving to Atlanta and working as a vice president for the Hess Corporation. In 1967, Ted brought his family back to their beloved city of Charleston, where he founded Cel Oil Products, working there until his retirement in 1985. He was very generous with his time, volunteering as an advisor and mentor for new business owners and later serving as the president of the SC Organization of Retired Executives. He served on many corporate and community boards throughout his career and retirement, such as President of the SC and National Oil Jobbers Association, President of the Propeller Club, Chairman of the Charleston County Hospital Board, and a member of MUSC Foundation. Mr. Albenesius was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Church, where he also served on the church council. Mr. Albenesius loved his family and enjoyed cooking his famous macaroni for family gatherings. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and sharing stories with them. He is survived by his 6 children: Theodore Henry Albenesius III (Karen), Joan Marie Gerken (Gerry), Beth Mullen (Bill), Trisha Strong (Carl), Rick Albenesius (Mary), Michael Albenesius (Sandie); a brother, Edward L Albenesius (Lucy) of Aiken; and his 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, who will remember his loving and caring heart: Barrett and Grace Albenesius, Michael, Robert and Patrick Gerken, Katie Gerken Reilly, Caroline Mullen Flowers, Maggie and Will Mullen, Todd, Cooper, and Sarah Strong, Ian, Andrew, Ellen, and Alex Albenesius, Robert Algard; Erick, Kristin, and Emily Albenesius and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife "Betty" of 59 years, his sister, Patricia, and a son, Stephen Thomas Albenesius. The family wants to extend their gratitude to Rose, Pilar, Lois, Kim and Tami for their wonderful care for the past 2 years. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church. 5 St. Teresa Dr. Charleston, SC 29407. Arrangements by James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation. 766-1365 Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston
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James A McAlister Funeral Home
1620 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407
843 766-1365
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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Jan. 1, 2014
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