John W. Albers

 

 John William Albers, Sr. of Greenville, New York passed away on

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Albany Medical Center. He was

born October 31, 1940 to Lucia (Hirsch) and William Albers in

Queens, N.Y.  When John was 3 years old his parents moved from Queens to

settle in Potter Hollow, N.Y. His father started a small farm where

John learned the many chores of farming. At a young age his

grandfather from Germany, who had been a shipbuilder, gave him

a hammer and saw, and began tutoring him in woodcraft. He

attended Middleburgh Central School where his talent was

recognized by his shop teacher who labeled him “the best student

he ever had”. In his senior year his family home burned down and

he singlehandedly built a new house for his mother. After graduating

from school he went to work as a carpenter and shortly after

started his own business. He had the ability to interpret the most

complicated blueprints and house designs and bring them to life.

John’s unmatched old-world-craftsmanship and creativity was

always evident in his work. Not only could he build stunning

houses but beautiful, creative furniture, cabinetry, as well as

magnificent chess sets and tables. He was the Michelangelo of

wood.

John made decades-long lasting friends. Their loyalty and

support was cherished his entire life, and was a great comfort and

support to him in his later years. Their visits and many

discussions were an integral part of his life, providing great joy.

He married his high school sweetheart, Brigitte Olbert, in 1960

and they were blessed with two sons, John Albers II and Jeff Albers.

Both John and Jeff were blessed with their father’s talent and

carry on the unique “John Albers Gift” of craftsmanship learned

from their father.

 

John was predeceased by his parents, his sister Diana Endsley

his granddaughter, Jasmine Albers, and grandson, Logan Albers.

John is survived by Brigitte, his loving wife of 62 years, his two

sons, John (Judy) Albers and Jeff (Linda) Albers, granddaughter,

Jenna Albers, grandson Austin Albers, as well as his sister-in-law

Irmgard Wogan.

Private graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 2nd.

Arrangements were made by A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home.