East Millinocket-It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear parents, Ronald R. Albert, 88, who died on January 31, 2023, and Kathleen A. Albert, 83, who passed away three days later, on February 3, 2023, following their courageous, year-long battles with cancer.
Dad was born on July 21, 1934, the son of Kail and Frances Albert and the youngest of five. A devoted Catholic, he played basketball at St. Martin’s in Millinocket and was a lifelong parishioner at St. Peter’s Parish in East Millinocket. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, beginning in 1956. Dad loved all sports, especially watching the Schenck Wolverines basketball teams and the Red Sox, and playing golf. He retired from Great Northern Paper in 1994.
When he returned to Millinocket after his Army service, he met the love of his life, our mom, Kathleen, who tested him with a trial by fire on Christmas Eve 1961 when she introduced him to her parents and ten siblings on their first date. The rest is history: they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 27, 2022.
Mom was born on March 16, 1939, the daughter of Andrew and Leona Morin and the youngest of eleven. For thirty years, she owned and operated her hair salon with pride and commitment. Her deep and abiding Catholic faith sustained her and guided her in all aspects of her life, with a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She served on the parish council, as Eucharistic Minister and lector, and was an active member and officer of the Daughters of Isabella. She was creative and artistic, with a flair for quilting, decorating and fashion and a talent for teaching children important life lessons.
Most of all, our parents were kind, beautiful souls, the glue that held the family together—children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews. All were welcome, embraced and accepted as their own. Theirs was a house of happy children, Mom lovingly entertaining them, Dad at the sink with a strict regimen for washing dishes. Through all the sadness this week, there’s a sense of comfort knowing that they passed together. We accept that this was part of God’s plan, bringing tears of sadness but also tears of love and respect for their marriage, family and lives well-lived.
They are survived by children, Diane Khiel and husband, Jerry; Kenneth Albert and fiancé, Michele Aliberti; Allison Hincks and special former son-in-law, Tom; Barbara Haase and husband, Roland, and family; grandchildren, Holly Khiel and husband, Phelan Gallagher; Amy Khiel and partner, Ryan Arsenault; Aarin Callaway and husband, Blake; Susan York and husband, Will; Miranda Bentley and husband, Ryan; Andrea and Abigail Hincks; great-grandchildren, RJ, Nial, Avery and Freddie; Ronald’s brother, Kenneth Albert; Kathleen’s siblings, Priscilla Collinsworth, Donald Morin and wife, Betty; Esther Willette and husband, Frank; and Roger Morin; her sisters-in-law, Lorraine Morin and Beverly Morin; and several nieces and nephews.
Ronald was predeceased by his siblings Vivian Robinson and husband, Kenneth; Winona Newell and husband, Ray; Ernest Albert and wife, Patricia; and sister-in-law, Frances Albert.
Kathleen was predeceased by her siblings Fred Morin and wife, Virginia; Joseph Morin and wife, Eunice; Francis Morin and wife, Ruth; George Morin and wife, Germaine; Louis Morin; Clarence Morin; sister-in-law Mary Morin, and brothers-in-law Cliff Collinsworth and Hugh Morris.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 5-8 PM Wednesday, February 8 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket. A Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald and Kathleen will be celebrated 11 AM Thursday, February 9 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket. A joint committal service will be held at the East Millinocket Cemetery in the springtime.
Gifts in memory of the Alberts to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket, ME 04430 would honor them. Services will be livestreamed and may be viewed, and messages of condolence expressed, at Ronald and Kathleen’s Book of Memories at www.lamsonfh.com.