Anna Mae Albertson, 89, was called home on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Anna Mae was born in Windfield, Kansas on March 24, 1924 to Bill and Elizabeth Swartz. She was baptized Sept. 24, 1944, had her first communion Oct. 1, 1944 and was confirmed April 21, 1945. She graduated from Red Rock High School in Perry, Okla. at the age of 17 in 1941. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco, Calif. and worked in a bacon factory before becoming a riveter in a military aircraft facility.
Anna Mae met the love of her life, Leo Henry Albertson, during Thanksgiving in 1945 while he was at home on leave from the Navy. Less than four months later on Feb. 17, 1946 they married in Klamath Falls. Once married Leo and Anna Mae moved to Hazelton, Idaho to homestead.
They returned to Lakeview in 1953 where they started Albertson Tractor, their family business. Leo and Anna Mae had 11 children: Hank, Teresa, Paul, Bill, John, Marissa, Donna, baby Steven, Mark, baby Michael and Greg.
Anna Mae was a devout Catholic and a Servile Sister of Mary. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother of 83 grandchildren. Anna Mae’s loves in life were her Lord, her husband Leo, her devoted children and grandchildren. She appreciated what God put into her world, from the simplest of colors in a tree to the magnificent sunsets. She said to see an eagle made her feel closer to God. Her family and faith were her life.
Anna Mae was preceded in death by her mother Elizabeth Swartz; and sisters Beth Haskins and Francis Hanks.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leo Albertson.
A rosary will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., followed by an all night vigil for family and friends to spend some private time with Anna Mae.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lakeview. Graveside services will immediately follow at the Westside Cemetery. A potluck reception will be held at the Westside Grange Hall. The Albertson family will provide the meat and drinks.
In lieu of flowers, Anna Mae requested that any donations be made to the Westside Cemetery or a charitable organization of the donor’s choice.