Allen "Mubba" Lee Alberter

January 27, 1957August 30, 2018
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Allen “Mubba” Lee Alberter, 61, of Belleville (formerly of Millstadt) born January 27, 1957 in Belleville passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Nicknamed “Mubba” at the West End Tavern in Millstadt at a very early age, meaning “fat German baby”, as we were told, he lived above the tavern with his family. He attended St. James Grade School where his love for sports began. He graduated from Althoff High School in 1975, where he excelled as a 3 sport athlete, shining in football, baseball, and his favorite, basketball. He played football for one year at SEMO, then transferred to North Central College to play baseball where he enjoyed his time behind the plate. Mubba played American Legion baseball for 3 years where he led his team to a state championship in 1975 after his senior year. He was inducted into the Belleville American Legion Hall of Fame in 2013. He also played with the Millstadt VFW Mon-Clair League for 9 years.

Mubba cherished his Monday night golf and cards league that he played in with his closest friends for 35 years. For many years he was dedicated to his Calcutta and college basketball pool that he loved putting together with his closest friend and brother, Bing. He was very successful at his pools, leagues, horserace handicapping, and fantasy sports. Mubba was the kind of person that took pride in being the best he could be at all the things he enjoyed and the things that were important to him.

Mubba retired this year from Belleville West, having taught Special Education for 24 years. In his early career, he taught at Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral, and MCS.

Mubba dedicated his life to education and coaching, as his passion was to help kids grow, learn, and mature. He valued his time coaching whether it was for his own boys or his many teams. His players (and students) had great respect for Mr. Alberter, as he thrived on making ALL his players and students feel important. Countless times his former students and players have reached out to him after many years to thank him and let him know what a large, powerful, and positive influence he had on their lives.

Mubba climbed the mountain of unique and busy lifestyle, after losing his own father at a very young age. He persevered to get a college degree, move into a small trailer with a very modest salary, to retiring after over 35 years in education. He raised 3 successful young men, and took care of his wife Jane, for more than 34 years. Mubba and Jane met at “B” Street Bar in Belleville on Mubba’s 27th birthday. They instantly made a connection and dated for only seven months before they became engaged over a fish sandwich and a beer at the West End Tavern. He absolutely adored Jane and cared more about her well-being than anything. They wanted a loving, close family together and succeeded in every way.

Mubba is preceded in death by his mother Aurelia “Really”, nee Mueth, father Richie, father and mother-in-law, Dick and Betty Safarian, brother, Dennis “Bing” Alberter, and brother-in-law, Dennis, “Doc” Marlen.

Surviving is his wife Jane, nee Safarian, his 3 sons and daughter in law, Eric, Ryan, and AJ (Abby), his sister Nancy Marlen, brother, Gary Alberter, his brother-in-law Mike Safarian , many loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and countless number of cousins and friends who will cherish Mubba’s memory forever.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will be held privately in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois.


Allen "Mubba" Lee Alberter

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Brian Murphy

September 6, 2018

Jane and Family,

My deepest condolences to you and the family.
I enjoyed the Friday nights when I was little, after games and hanging out at the tavern with the family.
We will keep you and the family in our prayers.

Dana Koch

September 5, 2018

Al was my buddy. We worked side by side for 16 years. Al and I shared many special moments while working the Individualized Education Incentive. You were a good man, Al. May God bless and keep you “buddy”. My heart is sad.

Dan Giedeman

September 5, 2018

Mr. Alberter was a teacher and basketball coach of mine at Blessed Sacrament. I will always have fond memories of him and remember him always being kind and caring.

(In case the story is not widely known, I will mention that Mr. Alberter attained legendary status at Blessed Sacrament when one day, during the middle of teaching, he noticed some kids trying to steal bikes from the bike racks. He ran out of the classroom, jumped down a flight of stairs, and chased down the would-be thieves. It was like something out of an action movie and it was something that none of us who were in his classroom that day will ever forget.)

I send my prayers and thoughts to his family and friends.

Ken Jones

September 5, 2018

I was very fortunate to have spent two years working as a classroom aide in Al's Civics class. Al and l quickly became very good friends. Those few years in his classroom were some of my best years in education. Al and I talked about retiring together. We used to always joke about sitting outside the school in lawn chairs drinking coffee on the first day, and waving at all the teachers as they walked in the building. I am going to miss you my old friend. Enjoy your Eternal rest. I will see you again on the other side!!!

WALTER Bergman

September 4, 2018

Jane & family, Sorry for your lost,

Cynthia Vaughn

September 3, 2018

Mubba and I shared a teaching position at Blessed Sacrament in the 1981-82 school year. I always thought that our students liked him better because he was cool -- because of course he was! My most sincere sympathy to his family!

Jim Louvier

September 1, 2018

Gonna miss you Mubba Rest In Peace brother

Alison Buettner

August 31, 2018

I was an aide for Al at Belleville West and while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter he would always tell me to take it easy and take care of myself. He would try to send me to the teacher's lounge to eat lunch even though I was supposed to be in his room! He always reminded me of my Dad with his mannerisms and the way he taught his classes; he always made me feel comfortable. I am currently a teacher at a different high school and have taken some of his styles of teaching with me. Al will most certainly be missed.