Al was born in 1919 to immigrant parents, and German and Alsation were his first languages. He grew up in his family’s bakery business where he continued to work until he was 30, when he began his career in sales. He entered industrial real estate In his late 50’s, and worked for Daum brokerage firm in LA, which he loved, and turned all his previous experiences into a highly successful career for the remaining 10 years of his work life. He was very proud of his service during WW11 as an Army Air Force intelligence officer, working on the secret project, P.O. Box 1142.
Al was a lifelong learner, both inside and outside of the classroom. He took classes to increase his vocabulary, studied Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking”; took golf lessons, French lessons, and computer classes. He was an avid reader, and used the computer and a special reading machine so he could continue to read while dealing with the effects of macular degeneration.
Al's family was most important to him. He also loved his house and garden, and derived much pleasure from it. Nothing was too much for our Dad when it came to doing something for his family, and he always sent you home with extra food, and flowers from his garden. His Catholic faith was an important part of his life, and he often spoke of the nuns who taught him lessons, and of Campion, the Jesuit high school he attended. Al embodied midwestern values, but embraced the possibilities that California represented.
Retirement allowed Al and Jeanne to travel extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, seeing new places, and visiting family and friends. After settling in San Marcos in the 80’s Al joined Kiwanis, was president for a term and received his 30 year pin. Kiwanis gave his life additional significance as did volunteering to drive older adults when he himself was in his early eighties.
Al died just before his 100th birthday, and will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity and enthusiasm.
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