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Laura Capobianco Albert, 90, of Stamford, died Monday morning at Stamford Hospital. She was the wife of the late Gerard P. Albert for more than 60 years. She led a life characterized by her devotion to family and love of literature and the arts.
Born in New York City the oldest of four children, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Luigi and Elisa Capobianco. She was born at home, delivered by her father and grandfather, who were both physicians. She graduated from Hunter College High School and attended Hunter College and St. John's and Columbia universities. Later in life she attended the University of Connecticut and Norwalk Community College.
During World War II she worked for the War Department in Washington, D.C., and New York City. She married in 1949 and moved to Stamford. She volunteered for more than 30 years for the ARI Auxiliary, now known as Always Reaching for Independence, an organization devoted to aiding those with disabilities. For many years she helped organize ARI's annual fund-raising fashion show and managed the ARI Thrift Shop in downtown Stamford. Her service culminated with a seat on the ARI Board of Directors.
She leaves four children: son Claude and his wife Nancy of Haddam, CT.; son Richard and his wife Anne of South Windsor, CT.; daughter Elise Sehulster and her husband Jerry of Stamford; and son John of Stamford. She lived with John, to whom she was especially devoted, until her death. She was predeceased by her daughter Marlaine in 1973.
She leaves a brother, Lucian Capobianco of Kennebunk, ME; seven grandchildren: Meredith Detwiller and her husband Christopher of Sharon, MA.; Michael Albert of Carpinteria, CA., and his fiancée Emiliana Patlan; Christopher Albert of East Hartford, CT., and his fiancée Sarah Judice; Joseph Albert of South Windsor, CT; Lauren Albert of Boston; and Alexandra and Annaliese Sehulster, both of Stamford, CT; and a great-grandson, Benjamin Detwiller of Sharon, MA. She also leaves nine nieces and nephews and several grand-nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Elio and Louis Capobianco, both of Highland, N.Y.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, August 9th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT, at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 10th. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Darien.
Memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Special Olympics, 2666 State Street, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517-2232. http://www.soct.org/
To leave an online condolence please visit www.leopgallagherstamford .com
Published in StamfordAdvocate from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2012