Wanda L. Alber

February 1, 1926August 26, 2012

WANDA L. ALBER, 86, in Andover, MA of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease on August 26th with her loving family by her side. Wife of the late Carl Alber, she was born in Brooklyn NY in 1926 to Dorothy and Frank Lisiecki and was raised in Port Washington NY. She and Carl moved to East Setauket where they raised their 4 children and spent their happiest years. They retired to Cape Cod in the late 80’s, but in their hearts, Old Post Road was always home. She loved gardening, reading, antiques and exploring historic houses up and down the east coast. Wanda will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Predeceased by her beloved sister, Marcia Gaines, she is survived by her brother, Rev. Paul V. Gallagher of Richmond, VA, her children Susan Carlson of Newington, CT, Serena Watson and her husband Conrad of Barnstable, MA, Lisa Wasson and her husband Jack of Newburyport MA and Peter and his wife Mary of New York, NY, her niece and nephews, Andrea, Mark, Jeff and Noel Gaines, grandchildren Jack, Kate, Brian, Kevin, Liz, Sarah, Jay, Patrick and Grace, and great grandchild, Wes. Visiting hours will be held at O.B. Davis Funeral Home in Port Jefferson Station on Thursday August 30th from 7-9pm. Mass will be held at St. James RC Church in Setauket on Friday August 31st at 9:30am. Burial will be with her beloved Carl in Oak Grove Cemetery, Stony Brook, NY. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Wanda’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 30, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 31, 2012
  • Interment Friday, August 31, 2012

Wanda L. Alber

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September 26, 2013

So happy you were in my life. Rest in peace, dear Wanda. I love you and think of you often.

Steve Boland

September 5, 2012

There was something eternally youthful about Wanda. She loved young people. She was comfortable among us and made us all feel comfortable and always welcome in her home. She understood us, tolerated our youthful idealism, forgave us for our ignorance. She knew what it was like to be young & foolish. I loved her smile. It lit up the room. I loved her little laugh that said "I'm amused". Great memories of some of the best times of our young lives! Thanks Wanda, Mrs. Alber. Say hi to Carl for me.

josette audoire

September 3, 2012

Dear Serena, I met your mom 3 times: the first time was in 1969! She was a sweet lady.

B.A. Bernatzky (Washem)

August 30, 2012

I do so love, and always will treasure, dear Wanda. Wanda was intelligent, witty, loving and giving, caring and devoted, creative and talented, classy and direct; all wonderful qualities. Dignity and grace personified. My memories of Wanda and Carl mean a great deal to me, and I am thankful to have been a part of their lives, even if only for a little while. May she rest in peace beside her beloved Carl.

Barbara Mills Russell

August 29, 2012

Wanda was one of a kind. I can't ever remember not knowing her. She loved all the important things in life: family, friends, faith, nature, good food and a funny story. When her neighbors were considering whether they wanted a preschool to open in the neighborhood, Wanda bravely wrote to the local paper that she welcomed the school and hoped that she would always live within the sound of children playing. That's the Wanda that I will always fondly remember.

Deirdre & Michael Stevens

August 29, 2012

We will all remember Wanda as a classy, intelligent, beautiful woman. We looked forward to her Long Island visits and the many conversations we shared around our dining table. And those wonderful descriptive notes Wanda. I treasure them and am grateful for our friendship and the influence she had on all of us. She will be missed.

jack hyde

August 28, 2012

Mrs Alber i bow my head and thank god for knowing you with all your love and respect you were a gift i will always remember i love you and your beautiful family thankyou love jack hyde

Beth Pranzo

August 28, 2012

Wanda was one of the great influences on my family. I treasure great memories of her kindness and delightful stories. Thanks for a wonderful friendship. Now may the angels lead you in to Paradise.
Beth Pranzo, Port Jefferson NY

Rob & Katie Alber

August 28, 2012

We are extending our deepest sympathy to all of you. Wanda was a wonderful intelligent woman. I always enjoyed our phone calls. She will be deeply missed.

The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home

August 27, 2012

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.