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Father Leo William Alberg


1961 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Father  Leo William Alberg Obituary
December 3, 1961 - April 20, 2017 Father Leo William Alberg went to be with his Lord on April 20, at the age of 55. For the past 25 years he has served the Archdiocese in Los Angeles working in 7 different parishes. His parishioners remember him as a caring presence that extended beyond the altar and into their daily lives. Father Leo's last parish was Incarnation Parish in Glendale, CA. He would post on Facebook on Sunday mornings that "The church is open and, all are welcome". Father Leo was born December 3, 1961 in Montebello, CA, to Lyle and Denise Alberg. He went to St. Benedict's School, for a short time, because in the fall of 1968, the family moved to Independence, MO. There he attended St. Mary's Grade School, from 1st grade thru 8th grade and then continued at St. Mary's High School until February 1978 of his sophomore year, when the family moved to Arcadia, CA. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1980. After high school he moved with the family to Hemet, CA, and attended Mt. San Jacinto Junior College and graduated with his Associates in Arts degree. In 1984 he was accepted at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 and a Master's in Divinity in 1990. Father Leo was ordained a priest on June 8, 1991. His most recent parish work had been at Incarnation Parish since 2014 (Associate Pastor), prior to that he served at Immaculate Conception Church (Pastor), Monrovia, Maria Regina Parish (Pastor), Gardena, St. Raphael (Associate Pastor), Goleta, St. John Fisher (Associate Pastor), Rancho Palos Verdes, and St. Robert Bellarmine Church (Associate Pastor), Burbank. Two of his greatest honors were to be on the alter and help serve at the Mass presided by Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles, in 1987, and to take his mother to meet the Pope John Paul II, in Rome, in October, 26, 2000. Father Leo loved to travel, and he especially enjoyed Ireland. His other favorite place was Oxnard and the beach. He was always looking for his next adventure. He was preceded in death by his father Lyle William Alberg. He is survived by his mother, Denise Alberg, brothers, Michael Alberg (Sharon), Jeremiah Alberg (Yumi), Reed Alberg (Kim), and sisters, Maryalice Alberg Owings (Eric) and Julia Alberg Burbank (Tom). He was also Uncle Leo or Tio Leo to 14 nephews and nieces, William Chandler, Andrea Slay, Patrick Alberg, Jay Alberg, Chris Alberg, Ryan Alberg, Kelsey Alberg, Kyle Alberg, Joseph Mook, Kate Cruz, John Mook, Carolyn Mook, Hannah Alberg, and Yuriko Alberg. The children knew they could count on Uncle Leo to give them the noisiest toy in the store for Christmas and $2 bills for their birthdays. Father Leo's vigil will be Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 pm at Incarnation Church, 121 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA, and his funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, at 555 West Temple St., Los Angeles, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Los Angeles Challenge at 501 Deep Valley Dr., Suite 202, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 or to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the Benefit of the Priest Retirement Fund c/o Archdiocese Catholic Center, 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 10 to May 14, 2017
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