ALBRECHT, Clara (Claire)
Clara (Claire) Marie Neuhauser Albrecht, 88, passed away in Fort Myers, Florida, on August 25, 2011, at the home of Elizabeth and Alfred S. Flesh -- her daughter and son-in-law. She was born at the Neuhauser Family Home on Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, on July 20, 1923. She had been under hospice care since January 11, 2011. While Claire always claimed New England as her home, she had the opportunity to live in Fieldale, Virginia, for three years back in the 1930s. Her father Reinhard Neuhauser, also of Farmington, was asked by his employer to move south for a job. Reinhard and Martha, Claire's mother, moved to Virginia and the friends all of them made there as a family continued to last a lifetime -- so heartwarming. When Claire graduated from Hartford's prime secretarial school back in the early 1940s, she was pleased to accept a job with a renowned ophthalmologist in Hartford. But shortly thereafter, she met Werner B. Albrecht, the man she would be happily married to for 53 years until his death on May 2, 1998. He proposed to her on Valentines' Day, 1944, and they were married on November 18, 1944, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, with the Dr. Rev. Harold King presiding. Dr. King also baptized and confirmed their two children, Robert and Elizabeth. After marrying Werner, the Albrecht's built a house across the street from her parents' home in Farmington, with the land provided to them from her parents. They lived in that home from the year they were married until they moved to Sarasota, Florida, in late 1980. However, in 1987, they decided to move to Fort Myers, Florida, so Werner could have a boat in his back yard canal -- they were both so happy. It must be said Mrs. Albrecht was affectionately known as "Claire" to so many friends, family members, and children at Winding Trails Camp during her beginning years of a "working mother", but then fully enjoyed working with Farmington's Tax Assessor's office until her retirement in 1979. Claire was the younger daughter of Reinhard and Martha Neuhauser, preceded in death by them as well as her husband, Werner B. Albrecht in 1998, and her sister, Elizabeth Neuhauser Iwanicki, formerly of Meriden, who died in 2003. Claire was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, of Farmington, and for about the past ten years, attended Iona-Hope Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Florida, where she truly felt "at home" with Dr. Rev. John Adler. She also was active in the United Church of Christ/ Congregational churches in Sarasota and Fort Myers, Florida. Claire leaves her son, Robert R. Albrecht, and daughter-in-law, Donna, of Plainville; as well as the aforementioned Elizabeth and Alfred S. Flesh of Fort Myers, Florida. Claire's faithful companion, her dog, C.K., was with her from three months after Werner died until C.K. went to the "Rainbow Bridge" on August 14, 2011. C.K.'s cremains will be with Claire forever. She also has her sister's (Elizabeth) son, a nephew, Arthur A. Iwanicki, Jr., in Waldorf, Maryland, as well as his family. There are also many other Neuhauser relatives in the northeast that she dearly loved and were so kind to her over her 88 years -- this includes Noreen, Walter, Donna, Herb, Bonna, Linda, and their families.
A memorial service will be held on September 8, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In the final days of her life, Claire told Elizabeth and Alfred, "Prayer is the world's greatest wireless communication." God Bless Her! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, Connecticut, 06032, Iona-Hope Episcopal Church, 9650 Gladiolus Dr., Fort Myers, Florida 33908 or to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.