Erich Reinhard Albus

May 5, 1925February 19, 2021

Erich Reinhard Albus, 95, of Highland Springs, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Erich was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Maria Luise Albus; brother, Rolf Albus; sister, Erika Albus; and son, Karl Ludwig Albus.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Christel Pusina Albus; granddaughter, Katie Vandjelovic (Nathan); great-grandchildren, Luke, Seth, Jude, and Lily Vandjelovic; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Erich was a machinist at Intaroda, Richmond and after retirement, he worked at Hohner Inc. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to everyone he met and he will be greatly missed.

Erich was a native of Oberndorf, Germany. He was a co-founder of the German-American Sports Club, Richmond, which was established in 1960. Erich was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz Medal striving to uphold the German customs and traditions in the United States. He played soccer for many years, was a talented musician, and played music on the accordion at various nursing homes and in the community, especially for veterans.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23231, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Washington Memorial Park.


28 February


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Nelsen Funeral Home - Laburnum Chapel

4650 South Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23231

28 February

Funeral Service

12:00 pm

Nelsen Funeral Home - Laburnum Chapel

4650 South Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23231


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The team at the German Information Center at the German Embassy in Washington

February 25, 2021

We remain forever grateful to Erich Rheinhard Albus for his long-time commitment to promote and preserve German heritage in the United States as an active member of the German-American community. For his dedication and service he was honored in 1989 with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany [Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande ].

With him we lost a dedicated friend of the German-American friendship. To his family and loved ones we convey our sincere condolences.

Nurtured by his inspiration and contributions, his work will continue through educational and social programs for future generations.

With deepest sympathy,
The Team of the German Information Center at the German Embassy

Caroline Reinecker

February 23, 2021

Deepest Sympathies to all of you. Erich was such a joy to see every year when we came to Richmond for the Oktoberfest. When our mother was alive they would have long conversation over glass or two of wine.
All of us at Reineckers Bakery will miss him.

Caroline, Rick, Christina, Frank, Bernie, Dawn, Dave, Candis and Heidi.


February 23, 2021

Lieber Erich, wie koennen wir dir je danken fuer deine wunderschoene Musik.
Mit Liedern wie "Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit" hast du unsere Heimat immer wieder in unser Herz zurueck gerufen. Wir werden dich nie vergessen du lieber Freund und Musiker. Ich hoffe du spielst im Himmel weiter.
Dein echtes Deutsches Maedchen Helga und Jim.

norman roscher

February 23, 2021

I only met Mr. Albus once, at the Walmart on 9 mile rd, about a year or two ago. I was softly humming a Beatles tune while browsing in one of the aisles and he came up to me smiling and said..."its so nice to hear someone singing." We had a bit of a conversation and he told me a little about himself and that he played the accordion. He was such a sweet man. He made a lasting impression, and I thought to myself..." I want to be more like this guy." RIP Erich.

Richard T Chance

February 23, 2021

We pray for Christel and family for your loss. Erich was a true gentleman and will be missed by all that knew him. We very much enjoyed Erich's friendship his leadership in the DSC that he was one of the founders. We all will miss his wonderful music. RIP brother Erich.

Matthias Overath

February 23, 2021

It was an honor meeting Erich on many occasions during my 5 years in the US. I'll always remember him. Love and peace, Matthias

Astrid Hicks

February 22, 2021

To Christel and Family,
I share your pain in our loss of Erich. What a wonderful friend and example he was, and we (members of the German Speaking Damenklub) were all truly blessed to have him in our hearts and lives. He got never tired entertaining us at the Oktoberfest, Christmas, Veterans' Hospital, and our homes. May God help us all as we adjust to being without him. We shall never forget him.
Astrid Hicks
President, German Speaking Damenklub

Gisela Stargardt

February 22, 2021

Good Bye Erich, I will miss you very much!
We had some good times together, playing the Accordion for over 30 years without ever practicing.
I will always think of you.
With fond memories,