Albert La Barbera (1930 - 2013)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Albert La Barbera, son of Samuel and Josephine La Barbera, born March 20, 1930, in Cuba, N.Y., died Saturday (Jan. 19, 2013).
Albert was a graduate of Cuba Central School, St. Bonaventure University, and he received his master's degree from Indiana University. He received a regular U.S. Army commission in 1952, earned through the ROTC program.
On July 18, 1953, he married Nancy Ann Whelan at St. Leo's Church in Ridgway, Pa. In the Army for 24 years, he served in the various Field Artillery and Finance Corps positions in the United States, Germany, Turkey and Vietnam. He completed his active duty as a Colonel and director of centralized pay operations at Fort Benjamin Harrison, a post he held from 1974 until his retirement in 1976.
His military awards include two Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with four Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Civic Honor Medal Unit Citation.
In August 2002, he was named a Distinguished Member of the Finance Regiment. In March 2006, he was inducted into the St. Bonaventure University ROTC Hall of Fame.
Actively engaged in a variety of community service projects since his retirement, he was president of the Lawrence Indiana Exchange Club from 1993-94 and was named Lawrence Exchangite of the Year 2005.
Albert was predeceased by Nancy, his wife for 54 years; his parents; and his brother, Patrick.
He is survived by sons, Stephen (Leigh) and Jack (Tonya); his daughters, Kay (Joseph) Alexander, and Jean (Robert) Di Domenico; his brothers, Joseph and Samuel (Jean); a sister, Mary Stoute; 13 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
He was a loving father, grandfather and friend.
Visitation was held at Flanner and Buchanan-Lawrence, 5215 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Celebration was held on Friday (Jan. 25, 2013) from Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, Ind. Entombment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38101-0187. Family and friends are welcome to sign the online guestbook for Albert at
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 26, 2013
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