Albert Edward Ihlenfeldt
December 21, 1926 – December 31, 2012
Albert Edward Ihlenfeldt, 86, of East Stroudsburg, formally of Seattle, Washington; passed away late Monday evening December 31, 2012 at the White Stone Health Care Center in Stroudsburg.
Born in Seattle, Washington; on December 21, 1926, he was a son to the late Albert and Alice Boland Ihlenfeldt. Albert graduated from Bothell High School, Bothell, WA; and Seattle University, Seattle, WA; where he earned a business degree in Accounting. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge Albert worked as an accountant and retired in 1991 as an accountant with Flow Industries of Seattle, WA; He moved to East Stroudsburg in 2000 to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. He loved the game of golf and was an active player until he was 85.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents was sisters, Kathryn Scott and Ruth Sayer and brothers, Norman Ihlenfeldt and James Ihlenfeldt.
Surviving is his daughter Susan Kenny, her husband Stephen and granddaughter Katie of Calabash, NC; and Kristin Kenny of Caldwell NJ; stepsons, Kirt Sherman and his wife Kathy of Portland, OR; John Sherman of Snohomish, WA; and Jason Huguenin and his wife Jennifer of Lynnwood, WA; brothers, Eugene Ihlenfeldt of Enumclaw, WA; and Donald Ihlenfeldt of Steamboat Springs, CO; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial services will be held on Friday January 4, 2013 at 1:00P.M. at the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg with Monsignor. Thomas McLaughlin officiating . Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
A gathering for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on January 4, 2013 from 12:30 P.M. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions can be donated to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Washington Street East Stroudsburg, where online condolences can be made at www.lantermanallenfh.com.
- Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
- Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013
Albert Edward Ihlenfeldt
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June 23, 2013
When I think of Al, it is him hitting golf balls. He would drag us up to the elementary school and have John and myself try and catch the balls. The problem was that the field was hard pot holed dirt covered in rocks. the balls would bounce off our chests if we were lucky. I didnt have glasses then and was blind as a bat, I would be running all over trying to dodge the golf balls. Al would be up on the hill yelling for us to stand our ground. I have always thought of golf as a contact sport, since then.
He will be missed.
April 25, 2013
Al married my mom, Shirley, when I was 2 and they were married until I was 10. I never called Al "dad" except when I talked about him to other people. But he was definitely my dad. I now have my own kids and so much of what I know about fatherhood I learned from Al. He taught me to throw and catch, to shoot a baskeball, and eventually, to play golf. And as much as sports have been a central part of my life, what I learned most from Al is how to really love people. He was good to me. He had no real reason to be, but he was. He treated me like his own. After the divorce he still had me over to his place on weekends and we played a lot of golf. In so many of the entries I've read, he's described as soft spoken and tender. That's definitely the man I knew. But he knew how to play and have a good time too. I'm deeply blessed to have had him in my life. His influence on me will be passed down for generations.
February 3, 2013
I, too, always loved it when Al came up to visit with our Mom in Massachusetts. I feel like I really got to know him over the recent years, especially with him and Susan on the East coast. Al had such a great energy-calm, compassionate and yet he was also so full of life and vigor. And always in great shape!! All you Ihlenfledt men seem to hold that trait! My heart goes out to all of our family and you will be missed so much Uncle Al!!
February 3, 2013
I did not get to know Uncle Al as well as most of you did (being one of the east coast Sayers clan), but I wanted to recount something that Al said at my mom's funeral a few years ago. We were talking with Don and Gene about how no one was expecting Ruth to go before her older brothers and Al said, “It was just like your mom to cut the line”. I think of that quite often and it always brings a smile to my face.
February 1, 2013
I have such fond memories of getting together with the entire Ihlenfeldt clan at Grandma's house when we were young. I loved just listening to the grown ups chat and laugh and enjoy each other's company. What great role models! Uncle Al would be there with my cousins and we all had such a great time together. The last time Al was out he spent the day at my Dad's house while we had a get together. It was chaos, noise and kids everywhere. He and Dad treated themselves to a drink and chatted all night. It was great. I will miss you Uncle Al.
January 31, 2013
Although Al was the smallest of the five boys, he had a very large sense of humor. When you saw that shy but mischievous smile appear with a twinkle in his eyes, you knew something very funny was about to be said.
January 31, 2013
My brother, Al, was one of the "big kids" and I was one of the "little kids." He was second from the oldest and I was second from the youngest in a family of seven kids. Our difference in age meant that we never palled around together as youngsters, but through the years we shared a love for golf and for music. He was soft spoken and gentle and easy to be around. I will miss him.
January 30, 2013
It was always so nice to see Uncle Al when he came to visit my mom in the Berkshires. Patrick and I always enjoyed his easy way and relaxed demeanor. He and my mom would have long talks and spend the entire visit reminiscing about their childhoods. They laughed a lot together.
Anyone who had Uncle Al in their life was very, very lucky. He will be missed.
January 30, 2013
I remember Uncle Al from when I was a little girl living with Grandma Ihlenfeldt in the 1960's after my mom died and my dad was living in Hawaii. Uncle Al and Aunt Mary Jane would rescue Grandma once a month by taking this rambunctious pre-schooler off her hands and bring me to their house to hang out for the day. I remember Kirt's insect collection and the boys walkie talkies. One time the walkie talkies connected with a pilot flying nearby and the pilot scared us telling us we were breaking the law. When we ran to Uncle Al he just calmly said, "Maybe you shouldn't do that"....without a reprimand or getting upset. He was always smiling and laughing at my antics, but he was also there to perform surgery when I got a huge splinter in my hand trying to keep up with the big kids. He was a calming presence with a great sense of humor...always.... He will be missed.
January 29, 2013
January 29, 2013
My remembrances of Al in his youth â€“ He was easy going, never upset. I remember when he graduated from high school, World War 2 was still going on, and Al took a job working at night at local shipyard. He was a member of a crew that cleaned up the ships just prior to delivery. He liked his job and told me the people he worked with really liked him. I asked him why that was, and he said he was the only one in his crew who could work in really tight spaces without getting claustrophobic. So they could rely on him to clean up those areas.
All of the Ihlenfeldt boys except me (Gene), were into golf. I found guns to be much more accurate, so I took up hunting instead of golf.
January 9, 2013
Al was a great gentlemen and neighbor, he will be missed by not only his family but his friends and neighbors Audrey Mannix
January 7, 2013
Eulogy from Katie Kenny-I'd like to take the chance to thank everyone who has come to show their love to my grandfather Albert, as well as his family and friends. If there is one thing my grandpa represented was his everlasting love for his family, enough love that he was willing to move across the country to be closer to us. I can validate this fact from a seventh grade report about Albie where he recited his biggest accomplishment throughout life was being able to be a part of his family without interfering. My grandpa was a very patient and unhurried individual, but every Sunday night he would arrive at our house not a minute early or a minute late to sit down for a usual eventful Kenny dinner. A typical dinner would consist of me getting yelled at for picking on Cissy or making her laugh too much that I wasn't allowed to look at her, reminiscing about the latest softball game and depicting the outcomes play by play, or arguments about how it was a requirement I finish eating two bites of my broccoli. And poor-easy grandpa would just sit back and tolerant the never ending dinner drama.
Albie was the best type of grandpa that he spoiled me by allowing me to get my way with almost everything. I remember at a young age, I would always want to play board games with him but never allowed him to read the instructions, which usually resulted with me making up my own rules to the game and winning. His ever-famous quote of "Well now, I'm not too sure about that" would be the reply but he still let me always be the winner. Grandpa managed to make it to every single one of my softball games, regardless if it was an hour or two away, and he would always be ready in the stands to save Cissy from foul balls.
A reading from Corinthians 4:16-18 says:
"So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal."
It comforts me to know my grandpa is in a better place and that his memories will forever live on in all of us. One day I will strive to be half the grandparent he was and hope that my grandchildren will share the same dry humor that we had.
A quote from one of his favorite movies, School of Rock, "Now raise your goblet of rock. It's a toast to those who rock!" and so today in celebration I'll raise my Smirnoff martini up with olives, because Grandpa, you rock.
January 6, 2013
January 6, 2013
Eulogy from Kristin Kenny-
Many of you call this great man Albert or Al. But I affectionately know him as “Albie.” A nickname made up by Cyndi, one of Suzie's best childhood friends. I have called him that ever since I can remember. He did not like that nickname much, but did not seem to mind that I called him that. But I was ONE of the few that was allowed to call him “Albie” so I felt very special.
Albie is not my grandfather by blood. But I think of him as one. I met him when I was pretty young maybe around 4 or 5 years old. From the start he was very welcoming, kind, and caring towards me. He lived far away so I did not get to see him often. But I remember going to visit him in Washington and how much fun I had while I was there. I always looked forward to when he would come and visit us in New York and then when we moved to Pennsylvania.
When I was in college he decided to move to Pennsylvania to be closer to us. I remember helping him move in and how excited I was to have him just a few miles away. He would come over for dinner on Sundays, always have a big smile on his face and give me a big hug happy to see me. He took interest in what was going on in my life and would listen to me go on and on! Albie was there support me when I graduated College and when I received an award for work. He would keep me company at my sister's softball games. We went to the West End Fair and he walked around for hours and looked at all the different booths with me. He even let me buy him a hot dog! That was a big deal because he never let me pay for anything. Albie also vacationed with us in Hilton Head, South Carolina and the Dominican Republic. We had lots of great times but those are just a few.
In closing, Albie, I miss you A LOT. These past couple of months have not been easy for you. I am grateful that you are not in pain or discomfort anymore. I know that you will always be with us and make sure that we are ok like you always have. I am so thankful to have had you in my life. How lucky am I that God gave me an extra grandparent?!?!
January 6, 2013
Eulogy from Susan Kenny-
Thank you all for coming. I know my dad would be very pleased.
My dad has a very long and rewarding life. He had a successful career as an accountant from which he retired in 1991. He had two marriages and managed to stay friends with both his ex-wives. And he had many many good friends.
But the best part of his life for me was in the year 2000 when he moved out to East Stroudsburg to live near me and my family. In the years following he became very involved with our family and its activities. He came to dinner just about every Sunday. We played golf (weather permitting) at least one a week and he and I would often go out to lunch on the never ending search for the best hamburger in the Poconos.
He also made many friends in East Stroudsburg by becoming active in the property owners associations at Stonesthrow. He enjoyed the many Stonesthrow parties and could always be counted on to escort several single ladies to the gathering.
He was a member of the Monroe County Bar Association golf league for many years and was well respected by the other members. He also enjoyed playing golf on his own once or twice a week over at Terra Greens Golf Course.
My father was a kind and generous man. I wish we could have more years together but I will alwasy cherish the ones we did have.
January 3, 2013
A.E. Ihlenfeldt. To me he was Albie. But his mail always came addressed to A.E. Ihlenfeldt.
Albie had a huge heart that he wrapped around me when I was a teenager and I needed a place to live. He welcomed me (and my pets!) into his home with Susan and he provided a safe place for me to grow up.
I feel very lucky to have known Albie and to have been close with him. RIP, Albie.
With love from your second daughter,