Albert Joseph Mintzer M.D.
1931 - 2021
BORN
1931
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Iles Funeral Home - Dunn's Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
Albert Joseph Mintzer, MD

West Des Moines - Our very beloved Albert Joseph Mintzer, M.D., age 89, passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him on January 24th, 2021. Born December 2,1931, he was the son of European immigrants, a graduate of North High School, and went on to earn his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Iowa. It was there where he met and married the love of his life, Evelyn Sirota Mintzer, and on June 9th, 2020, they celebrated 63 years together.

Dr. Mintzer completed his internship program in Fresno, California, and his OB-GYN residency in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After serving in the Air Force in Kincheloe, Michigan, as Deputy Hospital Commander, Chief of Professional Services and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Albert and his growing family returned to Des Moines, Iowa, where he established a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology. While in private practice, he served as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Iowa Lutheran Hospital for over ten years. He retired from his clinical practice at age of 73, and served as a clinical instructor at the Gynecology Clinic at Broadlawns Hospital working with medical students until age 85. A member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Albert also served as board president for the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center in Des Moines, IA, where he arranged for the family residency program at Lutheran Hospital to provide care and call services. Always looking to advance his profession through advocacy and innovation, he desegregated the maternity ward while serving in the Air Force and was the first OB-GYN in the Des Moines community to promote natural childbirth, husband coached childbirth and allow fathers into the delivery room, even during Cesarean sections. Of all his achievements, bringing fathers into the birth experience was his most personally gratifying. An avid reader, Albert enjoyed time with his family and friends, duplicate bridge, golf, and classical music and opera.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, their daughter Miriam Mintzer and her children Benjamin and Daniel (Hannah Herzog) Singer; Michael Mintzer (Alla Zaprudsky) and their children Gabriel, Clara and Maizy; Dana Mintzer Leman and her children Talia and Zander; and Joel Mintzer (Heidi Schneider) and their children Asher and Isaac. He was preceded in death by his parents Meyer and Belle Mintzer, and his siblings David Mintzer and Denise Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held on January 27th, 2021, at noon, via live-stream on his obituary page found at the funeral home website, www.IlesCares.com. The service will be attended by family only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Albert and Evelyn Mintzer Family Medical Scholarship Fund through the University Iowa Foundation (www.ForIowa.org) providing tuition support to deserving medical students.

He loved us well and exemplified the values we strive to carry forward. He will be greatly missed, forever loved.





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Published by the Des Moines Register from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2021.
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Valin family
March 20, 2021
Dr Alan and Mrs Jackie Cadkin
February 16, 2021
Al Mintzer was a lovely man--as delightful as he was accomplished. Our sincere condolences to Evie and family.
Alan & Jackie Cadkin
Friend
February 16, 2021
Dr Mintzer was my OB-Gyn for many years. He delivered our three children. I loved him for his caring ways as a doctor and person. He was the best! Judith Van Cleave
Judith Van Cleave
Friend
February 1, 2021
Dr. Mintzer saved my son's life in 1980 when I was pregnant with him. He never charged me for his services and I also never received a bill from the hospital, he somehow took care of all if it. He also made it possible for my sister and brother-in-law to adopt their son in the mid 70's. He was a great doctor and great mentor for Dr. Ewers who I started seeing after having my son. Both amazing people.
Doreen
February 1, 2021
Dr. Mintzer was the greatest person and greatest Dr. He will be missed
Karen Koufer Moser
January 28, 2021
Dear One... thank you for being my doctor... patience, kindness & thoroughly enjoyed his patients. RIP My sympathies to his dear family.
Judy Sprague
Judy Sprague
Acquaintance
January 28, 2021
This wonderful man was my Dr. from the age of 16! In the years to come he delivered my children. He always made extra time to find out how my mom and sisters were doing. We all went to him! He always had time to make sure I was well not only physically but mentally too! Dr. Mintzer and Deena were like family to all of the Justice girls! We loved him so much! Even when he told me I had to name my one and only girl Albert! We laughed so hard and the nurse said, better change that to Alberta!! My heart hurts like I lost my other father! R.I.P. dear man!
Sioux Justice-Newberg
Friend
January 27, 2021
The halls of North High are diminished with Albert's passing. Prayers and thoughts to his family and friends. Albert's 1949 North High class page:
http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1949(2019.70).html

Claradell Gergely Shedd
Class of June, 1953
Claradell G Shedd
Classmate
January 27, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Mintzer. He was my OB doctor in 1988, and he helped Dr Don Nord deliver me in 1969. May your cherished memories lift you up, in the next while, and beyond.... thank you for all you have done, Dr M.
Linnea
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
One of the finest men to walk the earth. He did so much for me and my family. I will never forget him and his kindness.

Jackie Brannon (Gay)
Friend
January 26, 2021
Dr. Mintzer delivered 2 of my three babies. He was the best doctor I have ever been to. Loved him!
Lori Seley
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
What a tribute to a wonderful physician! I wouldn't be surprised if half of us in the DSM metro have his name on our birth certificates as I know he provided excellent care to my own Mother in her deliveries. Dr. Mintzer is an example to all as a life well-lived.
Kelsey M.
Friend
January 26, 2021
Evie so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs.
Chris Garland
Friend
January 26, 2021
Evie I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs..Chris Garland
Chris Garland
Friend
January 26, 2021
Dr. Mintzer cared for me and birthed my three children in the 1970s. He was a wonderful person and I am grateful he was my doctor. When my sister had to have a hysterectomy in her 20s, he cried when he gave her the news. So caring!
Sue W.
Friend
January 26, 2021
Dr Mintzer was the epitome of a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Aways kind,honest, and caring. I am honored to have shared time with him at the bridge table.
Mary David
Friend
January 26, 2021
Wow! Such a great person to know. God Bless.
Mrs.Butts
Coworker
January 26, 2021
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