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John Albero, 89, Stamford Refrigeration Technician

STAMFORD, Conn. – John J. Albero of Stamford died June 23 at Stamford Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 89.

Born Oct. 19, 1922, in Rockville Center, N.Y., he was the son of Philomena Molisse and Aniello Albero. He attended Stamford public schools and served in the U.S. Army. A member of the 45th Calvary Reconnaissance Troop, he served during World War II and received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead.

Prior to serving in the Army, Albero worked for Yale and Towne. After his discharge in 1945, he attended refrigeration school in White Plains, N.Y. Albero then started working as a field refrigeration technician at Pickwick Ice Cream until his retirement.

An avid pinochle player, Albero loved the New York Yankees and New York Giants. He also enjoyed horse racing. He attended countless baseball, football, hockey and softball games and dance recitals that his grandchildren participated in.

Albero was predeceased by his wife, Viola P. Albero. He is survived by a son, John A. (Pamela) Albero, of Stamford; two daughters, Cheryl (Frank) Poltrack, of Stamford and Debi (Richard) Albee, of Plainville, Mass.; three brothers, Anthony Albero and Thomas Albero, both of Darien, and Frank (Marie) Albero, of Norwalk; a sister, Madeline (Joseph) Roman, of Darien; and five grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 2, at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, at St. John's Church in Darien. Burial will be private.

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