John Landreth Albert

October 31, 1918August 18, 2011

John Landreth Albert, 92, of Jensen Beach, Florida passed away quietly at home on August 18, 2011 with his wife Betty and daughter Susan by his side.

He was born at home (due to the legendary flu epidemic) on October 31, 1918 in the small village of LaSalle, New York, which would eventually become part of the city of Niagara Falls. John was the first of two sons born to Marion Landreth Albert and Victor Andrew Albert. His younger brother, 2nd Lt. Richard Andrew Albert, died at age 22 in a plane crash over England during World War II.

Following his childhood in Niagara Falls, John attended Middlebury College in Vermont and eventually graduated with a degree in art from Pratt Institute in New York. There was a break in his education during the war while he served his country servicing the radar equipment on B-29 bombers; he also had the honor of escorting returning soldiers home from the war on a liberty ship.

It was while attending Pratt that he met the love of his life over breakfast one Sunday morning in a drugstore in Brooklyn. Denise Elisabeth Sutter (Betty) was a young Swiss woman who had recently graduated from Smith College and moved to New York to work and live with her sister, Andrée Sutter, one of John’s classmates. He was “instantly smitten and she was co-smitten” and they married on September 14, 1947. Betty was the light of his life and his devotion to her was an inspiration to all who knew them.

After the birth of their first child, Richard Sutter (’48), the young family moved to Philadelphia and two daughters, Susan Denise (’50) and Linda Jennifer (’53), soon followed. John went to work for Philco, designing radio and television cabinets until a job offer with Revere as a product designer led them to Rome, New York where another daughter, Christine Elisabeth (’55), joined the clan.

Rome was home for the next fifty years. He and Betty bought an old farmhouse in the country and spent four decades nurturing it, giving their children the gift of growing up with plenty of room to roam. He loved crossword puzzles (which he continued to do until the last weeks of his life), music, sports of all kinds and especially golf (both as a player since his teens, and to watch on TV). John was naturally curious, with a dictionary and encyclopedias always close at hand. His love of words also manifested in a sharp sense of humor that usually came in the form of a pun. Many hours were spent on the Albert porch, volleying puns and talking politics with friends and family.

John retired from Revere in 1981, Betty retired from teaching and they did some long overdue traveling – a “second honeymoon” to Hawaii, visiting Betty’s mother in Paris, family in Switzerland and stopping along the way in London, Florence, Venice and more. Mostly they enjoyed each other’s company, shared in their children’s lives, and spent time with their beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They moved to Florida in 2003 and lived around the corner from their son Rick and daughter-in-law Terri for the next seven years. In 2010 they moved in with daughter Susan and her husband, Carl. They have found great comfort in being close to their children in Florida.

John Albert lives on in his children – in their humor, music, art, love of words, and mostly in the example that he gave them of how to be a loving partner. His spirit stays with us in the light of his Betty’s blue eyes.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Albert (Jensen Beach, FL); son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Terri Albert (St. Petersburg, FL); daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Carl Eilenberg (Jensen Beach, FL); daughter and son-in-law, Linda Madin and Tom Olney (Golden, CO); daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Chris Gage (Austin, TX); daughter-of-the-heart, Carole Eilenberg (Jensen Beach, FL); grandchildren, Memphis, Carly, Jason, Amy, Chris, Laura, Lizzie, Abby, Troupe, Sam and Casey, their loving spouses and sixteen darling great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Marion Albert; his brother, Richard A. Albert; his father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lily Sutter; his sister-in-law, Andrée Sutter; his son-in-law, Everett (Skip) H. Madin, Jr.; and his great-grandson, Everett Wyeth Madin.

Contribution may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34957.

Service will be on Friday, September 2, 2011 at 2:00PM at Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL.


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 2, 2011

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September 1, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of great need. You are all so lucky to have had him in your lives. A friend of Chris and Christine, Judy Page
Pierre, SD

Maggie Macnab

August 26, 2011

Dear Albert family, it was such a pleasure to meet all of you early on in my teen years at your wonderful home in Rome, attend Christine's wedding there, and then see John again in Austin. He left a legacy of creativity, humor and kindness that shows in all of his children. John was wonderful and had a long and wonderful life. He lives on in each of you.

Andrea Romero

August 25, 2011

Dear Christine,
Busy let me know of your Father's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I keep you all in my prayers and send my love.

Vikki Childs

August 23, 2011

Dear Susan and family -
I am so sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Albert. I remember those visits to Rome, NY, many years ago and the great times spent at the Albert farmhouse. He was a delightful man, with a wonderful, loving family. I know he will be missed. I am so happy he and Mrs. Albert were able to be close to Susan and Carl this last year. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family, especially to my dear friend, Susan. So sorry for your great loss. No more suffering now.

Roselle Lynch

August 21, 2011

Susan and family,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead! I am sure your dad is soaring with the angels!

Anita Jimenez

August 21, 2011

Rick, Susan, Linda and Chris,
Your father's greatness is evidenced in the witty, creative, compassionate and adventurous children he had a hand in producing, and in his deep and enduring love for your mother.
My thoughts are with you, Betty and all the family,

August 20, 2011

Although we never knew your father we want to convey our condolences.Busy told us of his passing.
Pete & Lillian Mc Carroll

Busy McCarroll

August 20, 2011

My heart and prayers are with you Christine, Susan, Linda, Rick, Betty and the entire Albert family during this difficult time. It's such a great loss. From the stories I've heard, John led a wonderful life surrounded by the love of his family. I'm grateful that I got to meet John the few times I did in Santa Fe and then in Austin. He's an easy man to recall and he left a beautiful family behind to continue this wonderful and too short journey, called life. 92 years! How wonderful to have lived that long. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. with love, Busy

Carole Eilenberg

August 20, 2011

I never, ever saw a more amazing Team Nightengale than Betty and Susan caring for their Husband/Father - incredible devotion, readily anticipating his every need and following through with such grace and love. John was a very lucky and fortunate man who was a joy to know through good days and bad, he never once lost his sense of humor and could be counted on for at least a laugh a day - He and Betty created one of THE most loving families I know and am pround to be a part of.
GOD FEED JOHN, that was a pun in his honor, for god's sake, he hasn't eaten in days !!

August 20, 2011

I am sending my deepest sympathies to Betty, Susan, Linda, Christine, Rick, and all their families. My spirit is with you during this emotional time. With much love. Deborah Ellison Trowbridge