Albert M. Andersen
June 3, 1919 – March 6, 2013
Albert M. Andersen, 93, of Fairfield Sunrise, formerly of Cedar Crest of Pompton Plains and for many years in West Orange, passed on to his well-earned mansion in Heaven on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:45 AM. Truly a Soldier for Christ his entire life, he was divinely guided through a long successful business career, transformed him into a dedicated Army Staff Sergeant during World War II winning accolades from his superiors and the respect of those serving under him, created a loving family with his beloved wife for sixty-nine years, Ruth, but most important enhanced his desire to make God the center of his family’s life through his remarkable dedication to Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church, West Orange.
In 1937, at the age of eighteen, he became an office boy for Chesesborough-Ponds Cosmetics (now Unilever) but that was interrupted in January, 1942 when he enlisted in the Army. Once his many abilities became known to his superiors, he was entrusted with many responsibilities but the most unusual was his interviewing of potential Norwegians (he was fluid in Norwegian) to assist in the protection of Norway against the Nazi invasion. After the war, he returned to his office boy position and during the many years to come, he earned the titles of, among others, Controller and retired as Assistant to the President, all with no college degree.
Surviving is his beloved wife, Ruth Frieda (Roland), his devoted children, Karen Timmons, Robert (Diane) and Jill Geiger (John); his loving grandchildren, Kierston Van Soest (Justin), Kari Timmons, Stephanie D’Souza (Raj), Stacie Andersen, Jake and Jeff Geiger and his most cherished great grandchildren, Oliver and Phoebe Van Soest.
His family will begin receiving family and friends at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., on Saturday, March 9, at 1 pm and the visitation will conclude with the funeral service at 4 pm. Interment will follow on Monday at Pleasantdale Cemetery, West Orange. Please omit flowers but donations in his memory to Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, 194 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936 would be greatly appreciated.
Albert M. Andersen
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March 14, 2013
Al Andersen was a true gentleman. It was my pleasure to have had a business relationship with him for over 30 years. Even though it was a long distance business relation, Al always made it feel personal. Al Andersen's word was his bond.
March 11, 2013
To Ruth and the Andersen Family, Received word yesterday of Al's passing. Our prayers are with you. Al chaired the Pastoral Nominating Committee when I was called to Pleasantdale Church in 1972. He always had a great interest in youth ministry, music, finances and above all, a desire that the church have a strong Christ-centered witness; in my 12 years there he was a vital part of the work of the church. "We sorrow not, as others who have no hope." Our love in Christ, Charles & Alice Jessen
March 11, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Andersen were always so gracious to me as a welcome guest in their house, as a long time beau of his daughter Karen. I have only the best memories of all of our associations.
Thanks for the great collection of photos.
March 10, 2013
I remember "Mr. Andersen" while growing up in West Orange with his children. He was a man of great faith in God & church. As a dedicated member of the Pleasantdale Presbyterian church, I don't recall him ever not attending a service or not assisting in any way he could. Mr. Andersen was without doubt a devoted husband remaining in his love & devotion for his wife all these years. He stayed steadfast in his beliefs & values as a father raising his 3 children. It is a sad time to see this man "move on" but also a time to celebrate & remember all that his life stood for. Blessings!
March 9, 2013
Throw all your burden on God and he will sustain you and your family.