Ernest L. Albanese, Sr.

September 30, 1909 - December 8, 2006

09/30/1909 - 12/08/2006

Past Services

Visitation
Friday December 08, 2006
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Cemetery
Saturday December 09, 2006
10:30 am
Union Cemetery
211 Maple Ave.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-685-1260 Da | Directions
Service
Saturday December 09, 2006
10:30 am
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 W. Main St.
St.Clairsville, OH 43950
740 695-0475 | Directions
Visitation
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions

Ernest L. Albanese, Sr., 97, of Lloydsville, Ohio, died Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at Wheeling Hospital of a hemorrhagic stroke, suffered on Sunday.
He was born September 30, 1909 in Scottsdale, PA., the son of the late Rev. Gaetano and Emilia Albanese. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Garnet Albanese, a brother, Robert and two sisters, Dr. Naomi Albanese and Mrs. Ruth Fornataro.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Hazel Virginia Albanese, a son, Ernest and his wife Maryann Albanese of Barnesville, Ohio, a daughter, Cynthia and her husband Frank Peroni of St. Clairsville, Ohio, a granddaughter, Capt. Shannon and her husband Capt. Peter Stambersky, currently serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Afganistan, a grandson, Robert Blaney of San Francisco and two sisters, Mrs. Esther Hayden and Mrs. Nell Harris.
Ernest was a member of the East Richland Friends Church.
Ernest was a forceful leader in Belmont County educational circles in a career spanning over 70 years and ending with his retirement from the Belmont County Educational Services Center Board at the age of 95. He attended Muskingum College where he was a member of the varsity football and basketball squads. Upon his graduation from Muskingum, he began his career as a teacher and coach in Lafferty in 1931. As a coach, he compiled a record of 360 wins, 123 losses and 5 ties in 12 seasons. His baseball, basketball and football teams won 13 county championships 4 sectional championships, and 8 county league championships. Among these teams were 5 undefeated six-man football squads. Professionally, he rose to the position of school principal and administrator before World II.
During the war he served in the Phillipines, New Guinea and other areas of the South Pacific while an officer in the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, becoming a Lieutenant Commander in the post-war Reserves. He resumed his academic career in 1946, eventually becoming the first Superintendent of Schools at Union Local and the Champion of that consolidation. "Retiring" in 1970, he went on to serve as director of Unified Purchasing, Belmont County Schools and a member of various other local boards, including Chairman, Belmont County Board of Education, from 1973 o 1976.
Ernest had a long record of community involvement and civic activities as well as professional memberships and involvement in numerous organizations. These included, to name just a few; American Legion Post #558, American Red Cross Board of Directors, Belmont County Children’s Services Board, Ohio alley Athletic Officials Association, Belmont County Planning Commission, Free and Accepted Masons #298, Moose Loyal Order #1462, Sphinx Club Muskingum College, Ohio Education Association, Buckeye Association of Retired School Adminstrators, Ohio School Board Association, Rotary Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars #5356 and the State Teacher Retirement System of Ohio.
The Ohio Senate unnamiosuly passed a resolution in September of 1976 honoring him for his service to Country and Community Community.
Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-9 pm Friday at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Cremotory, 204 West Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio, where funeral funral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Jerry Wenger officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville

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Denny & Mary Margaret Hudson
7 years ago

Dear Hazel and family, Since we are unable to attend the services for Ernie, Denny and I wanted to send our sympathy to your family. I personally worked across the hall in the Court House with Ernie and he was a delight to work near. He was always ready to share his knowledge about projects. Ernie was very humble about his accompolishments. He was the first person who helped me get OSU tickets for the football game. We would laugh when his back was bothering him and he would hang from the doorway to “stretch his back” We will always remember him with admirable thoughts. You were blessed to have such a good husband, father and leader.

Maryjo Dunn Phillips
7 years ago

Dear Mrs. Albanese – So sorry to hear the news the Lafferty High School’s favorite principal and dear friend has passed away. He lived a very good life and was a big influence on a class back in 1951 that thought he was the greatest. He always cared about us and we cared about him. You have my deepest sympathy. Maryjo Dunn Phillips

Richard Piper
7 years ago

Farewell to the chief!

I attended grade school at Lafferty and later attended USNR meetings with him. Up close as a resident in “old Lafferty”, Mr. Albanese was just as many of you saw him from day to day. I always thought he treated me very kindly.And I am sure he put in a good word for me!

Jake Kidd
7 years ago

Mr. Albanese was a great man, educator, coach, husband, father, and friend. I remember how he always treated every student with respect. He will be missed, but his work on Earth is now completed.

John Zanotelli
7 years ago

Mr. Albanese was a outstanding Person, Principal, and Coach. Sorry I could not be there in person, but I was there in spirit.

God Bless.

Mario John Zanotelli

Class of 1953

Ken & Linda Burrough
7 years ago

Mrs. Albanese, We were unable to pay our respects at the funeral home, but we send our sympathy to you and your family. Mr. Albanese was a dear friend to my parents and myself for many years. He will be greatly missed by many.

Sincerest sympathy, Linda Calovini Burrough

John Dunn
7 years ago

To the family of Ernie Albanese: I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it to pay my condolences in person as I am out of town. Mr. Albanese was my football coach for three years. He was a great coach and a great teacher. I am fortunate to have known him. He will be missed by so many.