In Memory

Albert Altobello

Albert Altobello

Dear Classmates,

It is with deep regret I must inform you that Al Altobello passed away today after being in hospice care for a short period. I was informed by Steve Farress who has kept in contact with Al and many others since

If anyone has more information regarding Al's final arrange-ments please notify our group. Al was residing in the winter months in Florida.


Gary Cronk

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12/10/21 10:32 AM #1    

Patricia Ann Adams (Justicia-Linde)

Whenever we were seated alphabetically, Al would be right behind me.   Two of our parents worked together at Delco, and our pictures would appear together in the family news section of the Delco paper.  I will always remember Al for his kindness  and great smile.  Rest in peace, Al.  You will be missed.  Pat (Adams) Justicia-Linde

12/15/21 07:54 PM #2    

Patricia Ann Adams (Justicia-Linde)


On December 9, 2021, at age 72, following a 3-month journey marked by courage and good humor, Al peacefully passed away, probably, we suspect, to prevent having to watch the Browns miss another Superbowl. Predeceased by his parents, Albert A. and Flora Picciotti Altobello. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sally (Schneider); devoted and beloved children, Monica (Tom) Middeker, Mark, Jay (Jenette Mistretta) and Jill (Stephen Henry); cherished grandchildren, Jessica Tanney, Karin Middeker, Sydney and Ethan Altobello, and ChrisAnne, Trevor, AllyLou and Caila Ross, and sister, Marie Laveck; loving nieces, nephews, and friends, and a heck of a lot of stuff his wife and children have no idea what to do with.
Al met the love of his life, Sally, who was fooled into thinking he was a charming individual with decorum. Funny! But in marrying her, he became the luckiest man in the world. And what's not to love about a man who loved his children and grandchildren almost as much as he loved the Yankees, Notre Dame football, a cold Yuengling, and music? Al had a song for everything.
Born in Rochester, NY, he was an outstanding athlete in baseball, soccer (All-County), and wrestling. He received his B.S. in Psychology and History from the University of Rochester, and his M.S. in Education from SUNY Brockport. After a 25-year career at Xerox, he became a 7th/8th grade social studies teacher and baseball coach. He loved teaching his students who made him laugh every day-which tells you something about his sense of humor.
To know Al was to know his smile, quick wit, twinkle in his eye, sense of humor, and love of life. It was to know the life of the party, to know you'll drink a beer with him, listen to great music, and laugh. To know him was to know his athleticism as he played softball and basketball well into his 60's and golf into his 70's. To know him is to know he liked four letter words as much as he loved his sports, beer, music and grandchildren.
We will celebrate Al's life at Hidden Lakes Golf Club on January 8 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wear your shorts, your favorite tee shirt (unless it's a Red Sox shirt) and your dancing shoes. We will have an "Al style" celebration.
In lieu of flowers, Al asked that you raise a glass in his memory and to do an unexpected act of kindness for someone in need. Due to his love for children, Al requests any donations be sent to St. Jude's Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105), or due to the exemplary compassion he received from Halifax Hospice (3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129,) they would benefit from your donations.

Published by Legacy on Dec. 15, 2021.

12/16/21 06:20 AM #3    

M F Hannan

Classmates:  It is with a heavy heart that I bid Al adieu.  I remember him as everyone else does - a great guy.  Paul Miner and I were 2nd cousins to Al through marriage; it was an awesome moment when Al and I realized we shared relatives.  May his soul be at the right hand of God.  

12/17/21 10:33 AM #4    

Gary Brandt (1965)

So long Al, I know that you are sitting with Mike Frasco and Bob Mindy Groh and Coach Graf now, talking and laughing about the years of baseball at JMHS and with us at 40&1 summer leagues. You were a great friend and teammate over the years. I remember your parents from the Newbury St. house and our buddies in the neighborhood.  On behalf of our great teams, especially the '65 undefeated baseball Championship team, and our good teammates Jim Sandy, Andy Caruso, Steve Guinan, Dennis Arena, Norm Whyte, Danny Farrell, Tommy Cybetal, Bob Krystan, Bo Bertino, Jim Brinkley, Joel Stevens & Dick Gammel, please know that we loved playing the game with you, enjoyed your humor and perpetual smile.  Teammates for this life and the next one.  much love and joy in being your friend.  Gary Brandt, '65

12/17/21 10:36 AM #5    

Merrill Herrick (Teacher)


Al was one of those people whom you could not possibly dislike. He had the attributes that I admire in a person. He was the DJ at one of our Class of 57 reunions and did an excellent job. His smile and humor will be missed, but hopefully his legacy will live on in his children, Whoever wrote the obit certainly displayed some of his humor! 




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