Albertine Almer

Albertine Almer, 82, of Tioga, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at her residence in Tioga.

Albertine Lorraine (Trones) Almer was born June 17, 1931, to Albert and True Edna (Thorne) Trones. She spent her early childhood growing up in Tuttle and then moved to Black River Falls, Wis. Later, Albertine returned to Tuttle and worked as a cook along with her mom, Edna, for the Daniel Almer family. Here, she met her lifelong love, Merle Marvin Almer. They married March 17, 1947, in Steele. They were married for 66 wonderful years and were blessed with six beautiful children.

Albertine enjoyed golfing, going to 4 Bears Casino, daily drives to the farm, cooking during spring planting and harvest. She was an excellent cook. Her specialties were fried chicken and homemade bread. She also enjoyed gardening and growing spring flowers. She loved playing cards and Yahtzee with her family. One of her favorite activities was having her grandchildren spend the night when they were young. Merle’s T-shirts were always the children’s pajamas when they stayed. She could play any musical instrument by ear and her favorite was the harmonica.

Albertine was the secretary for Almer’s Construction when they began their business in the early ’70s.

Albertine is survived by: her life partner of 66 years, Merle Marvin Almer; daughters, Linda (John) Moe, White Earth, Ramona (Smiley) Barmoen, Tioga; and sons, Marvin (Jo Kranig), White Earth and Steven Almer, Tioga; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Richard (Rosalie) Trones, Williston, and Robert (Judy) Trones, Epping.

Albertine was preceded in death by: her parents; two children, Dianne Kaye and Merle A. “Boomer” Almer Jr.; two sisters, Peggy Shirley and Irene Beck; three brothers, Howard, Sam and her twin brother Albert “Bud” Trones; one grandson, Christopher Kranig; and two great-grandsons, Hayden Almer and Tarin Westby.

Two very special people Albertine thought of as family are Diana Thompson and Angela Holte. Albertine and Merle also had a special bond with their godchild, Kim (Trones) Jackson.

Funeral services will be today, Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Tioga. Pastor Sandy Anderson will officiate and interment will be held at United Cemetery in Tioga.

Visitation will be today, Saturday, one hour prior to the service in the church.

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Fulkerson Funeral Home of Tioga is handling arrangements.