Bernard Alblinger

Bernard Alblinger

IVESDALE – Bernard J. "Olie" Alblinger, 87, of Ivesdale died at 2:58 a.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2011) at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ivesdale. The Rev. Tom Royer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ivesdale.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, at the church with a prayer service at 1:30 p.m.

Bernard was born April 9, 1923, in Ivesdale, a son of Augustine and Josephine Huber Alblinger. He married Catherine Lois Auth on Sept. 13, 1944, in Effingham. She died Feb. 3, 2005.

Surviving are one son, Kevin Alblinger of Ivesdale; two daughters, Charlene (John) Pope of Bement and Marilee (Jim) Hixson of Ivesdale; grandchildren, Geoffrey Hixson and Jaime Hixson, both of Colorado, Tom Alblinger of Bement, Jennifer Winne of Washington, Ill., Jed Pope of California, Aaron Alblinger of Ivesdale, Tyler Alblinger of Champaign; great-grandchildren, Bryce Hixson, Avery Hixson, Jack Winne, Bernie Winne and Peyton Alblinger; and one sister, Leona Johnson of Aurora.

One son, Robert Alblinger, and three brothers preceded him in death.

Olie served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 in the European Theater. He was the owner and operator of Alblinger Brothers Hardware, Ivesdale, for over 60 years and retired from the Ivesdale Bank.

He was the first fire chief of the Fire Protection District in Ivesdale. In 1953, he was elected to the Ivesdale Village Board and in 1963 he became the Mayor of Ivesdale and kept that position for 48 years. Olie was very instrumental in the organization of the streetscape in Ivesdale.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ivesdale, the American Legion, the Lions Club and was a 4th degree K of C. He loved the Chicago Cubs and Shangri La Wiffle Ball.

Memorials should be directed to the Ivesdale EMTs.

Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is handling arrangements.

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maryjo366 wrote on February 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm
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So sorry to hear about your dad. I enjoyed some good times at your house many many years ago.
Mary Jo Lavenhagen
Montrose, Colorado

Alice Karcher Kam wrote on January 31, 2011 at 12:01 am

Charlene, Marilee and Kevin, let me begin by saying I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You may or may not remember me, however I stayed at your home for about one year 59 years ago and helped your mother with you, as you were yet small children, and while attending St. Joseph Catholic School. A few years ago while visiting my sister Margaret in Champaign we came to Ivesdale and visited your father at the hardware store. He seemed to remember us even after so many years had passed. This was at the time your mother was very ill so didn't have a chance to see her. Our visit with your father was extremely cordial and I'm so glad we took the time to visit him. I've been in southern California for almost 45 years and have three grown children and six grandchildren of my own and know how precious family is. May God be with you all to ease your suffering in the loss of one special man, your father, who is now with Him and at peace.

suzyjohnsonaurora wrote on January 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I am the daughter of Uncle bernie's sister Leona. I have fond memories of going on the water skis when my 6 siblings and Mom and Dad{Chris Johnson} went to visit. Tho we had not be there recently, I do remember going to the hardware store and being able to get soda out of the machine. Bernie's Mom;my Grandma Alblinger used to have little 7up bottles at the house when we would visit. My Mom wishes she could come down for the funneral but probably will not. If the family sees this, please give my Mom a call to talk. She felt something was wrong when she did not hear from her brother at Christmas. God speed to Bernie and have fun with Aunt Lois! I bet they are having lots of fun with Aunt Sarah and Grandpa and Grandma Alblinger. Sue Johnson Klimacek

Sharyn DuPuy wrote on January 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

My children and I were very sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. He was a wonderful man and a great friend to us. We enjoyed our times together and especially the time spent together at the Lake.
Our prayers go out to you at this time.

Sharyn DuPuy
Heather DuPuy Rose
Naj DuPuy Citrowske
Samia DuPuy Woodward
JJ DuPuy

lschwa592 wrote on January 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Sorry to hear of Olies passing. We have known him ever since moving to town in 1977. We will surely miss seeing him around town.

lschwa592 wrote on January 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Sorry to hear of Olies passing. Have know Olie since 1974 and will surely miss seeing him around town.