Ole Alberts - September 30, 2011Nels ‘Ole’ Alberts, 94, of Aurora, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Dr. F. Cole Fowler will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or East Park Villa. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Nels Oliver Alberts, son of Clarence Oliver and Grace A. (Wells) Alberts, was born at Saronville on Jan. 20, 1917.
Ole grew up on a farm southwest of Sutton and attended country school. He graduated from Sutton High School in 1934. After graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and built damns and worked forestry in Nebraska and South Dakota. In 1935, Ole returned to Saronville and farmed and worked as telegrapher for the Burlington Railroad.
Ole married Edith N. Miller on July 24, 1937. In 1945, Ole quit his work with Burlington Railroad and Ole and Edith moved to a farm south of Aurora, where they resided until 1964. In 1966, grandson Tony joined Ole and Edith after the death of his mother, Bonnie. Tony resided with them until his graduation from Harvard High School and service in the Navy.
Edith died Aug. 6, 1996.
On August 16, 1997, Ole married Vivian Miller. They resided on the farm until moving to Aurora.
Ole was confirmed in the Saronville Methodist Church in 1933. He had served on the Saronville School Board and had been a member of the Aurora Lions Club. Ole was an avid fisherman and was a member of a bowling team for 15 years. Ole, Edith, children, and extended family traveled extensively across the United States. Ole was interested in current and national events and was a lifelong, devout Democrat. He was never at a loss for words and never met a stranger. His door was always open to everyone and like the good “Swede” he was he always had a cup of coffee to offer. Whenever anyone was struggling or in trouble, he was the go-to-guy. He was always there with a helping hand. His laughter, love, and devotion will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his second wife, Vivian of Aurora; children, Bill (Linda) Alberts of Aurora, Patty Jo Alberts of Overland Park, Kan., Tony (Janice) Alberts of Cabool, Mo.; step-children, Janie (Bernard) Murphy of Broken Bow, Allen (Kay) Miller of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Brian (Shirl) Miller of Severn, Md. and Kevin (Jolene) Miller of Frederick, Md.; brother, Robert ‘Pete’ Alberts of Saronville; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild; 13 step-grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith; son, Gary Alberts; a baby sister; grandson, Will Oliver Alberts and two infant granddaughters; brothers, Byron and Lee Alberts and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Alberts.