Albert J. Dalpiaz (1922 - 2009)

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Albert J. Dalpiaz, 87, of Dover died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in the Hennis Care Centre at Dover.
Born Jan. 4, 1922, in Dennison, O., he was a son of the late Jerry and Lucy Bartolis Dalpiaz. His brother, John Dalpiaz, and a sister, Pauline White, also preceded him in death.
Albert was vice president of Tusco Service Inc. of Dover for 13 years, retiring in 1972. He graduated from Uhrichsville High School in 1940 and attended Kent State University, Commercial Trades Institute at Birmingham, Ala., and Coyne Electrical School at Chicago, Ill.
Albert served with the Air Force for three years during World War II and was discharged as a sergeant. A member of the 837th Bomb Squadron, 487th Bombardment Group, he served in England for 18 months and earned six Battle Stars.
Albert's Bomb Group flew 185 missions, including one over France on D-Day and another during the Battle of the Bulge. As part of the engineering section, Albert repaired damaged aircraft and test flew them with pilots.
He was a member of the Dover VFW, Elks Club, and longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He enjoyed painting and was an avid gardener who took special pride in his homegrown garlic and tomatoes. Albert also enjoyed sharing tales of his service in World War II. He took particular delight in speaking with pride of his four grandchildren, Anthony, Gabriel, Matthew and Michael.
Albert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Irene Sikora Dalpiaz, whom he married on Aug. 2, 1948. He is also survived by two sons, Larry Dalpiaz of Dallas, Texas, and Kevin (Nancy) Dalpiaz of North Royalton, O.; daughter, Elaine (David) Les Strang of Arlington, Va.; two brothers, Louis (Helen) Dalpiaz of Dover and Archie Dalpiaz of Dennison; and his four grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Dover with Fr. William Arnold officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia where the New Philadelphia VFW will conduct military graveside services. Friends can call in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Homes at Dover on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with Christian Wake services starting at 7:45 p.m. Those wishing to express their fondest memories of Albert may do so by visiting the online obituaries link on the funeral home's Web site.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Tuscarawas County at 201 W. 3rd St., Dover, O. 44622.
Toland-Herzig
(330) 343-6132
www.tolandherzig.com
Published in The Times Reporter on Jan. 28, 2009