As published in White Bear Press- October 21, 2020
Anna Mae Albertson (Wroblewski)
Passed away peacefully March 29, 2020
Services to be held at St. Maryâs of the Lake Catholic Church, 4741 Bald Eagle Ave,
White Bear Lake with Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday, October 24 th, 2020,
12:00pm. Burial Service immediately following Mass at 1:10pm, in St. Maryâs
Cemetery, Stillwater Street (1 block east of Otter Lake Road), White Bear Lake.
Those unable to attend Mass due to COVID-19 can view a live stream at
www.stmarys-wbl.org. Scroll down to âPrevious Masses & amp; Funerals.â
Anna Mae Albertson
Age 94 of White Bear Lake, MN
Beloved Wife, Mother & Grandmother
Anna Mae passed away peacefully on March 29, 2020. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Leo; son James, sister Joan Svoboda and brother John Wroblewski. Anna Mae will be forever missed by her children Patricia (Stephen) Schuster and Steven Albertson; and grandchildren Matthew, Luke & Michael Schuster and Andrew, Peter & Hanna Albertson, daughter-in-law Ann Albertson, and many friends. She will be remembered for her deep love of family, compassion and devotion. Notification of Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life at St. Maryâs of the Lake Catholic Church in White Bear Lake will be announced at a later date. Memorials to donorâs choice, in honor of Anna Mae.
Anna Mae Albertson was born in Minot, North Dakota December 23, 1925. Her father, John Wroblewski was a farmer, and mother, Anna Mae (Bushaw) a baker. Anna Maeâs siblings include John, Joan and an adopted sister Evelyn. During the depression years, the Wroblewskiâs left the farm and moved to Grand Forks, ND. Anna Maeâs mother worked as a cook and baker at the downtown Five & Dime. This wonderful skill was passed on to her daughter, Anna Mae, who became well known for baking delicious cookies.
While attending catholic schools, Anna Mae developed her love of music. She was frequently called on to perform as a vocalist for special events, church services, and weddings. Anna Mae sang in the church chorus much of her life. Her appreciation and enjoyment of music became her primary entertainment as her vision slowly declined.
Anna Mae meet Leo Albertson following high school. At the time, she worked as a secretary for the Tobiason Potato Company in Grand Forks. Married in 1949, Leo and Anna Mae had 3 children, Steven, Patty and James. The Albertsonâs moved to St. Paul, MN when Leo accepted a job as an engineer with Brown and Bigelow. Anna Maeâs life changed dramatically when Leo was stricken with polio. Her loving care and support helped nurse Leoâs recovery. Happily married 63 years, Anna Mae was tireless when it came to standing by those dear to her. Her immense emotional strength, perseverance and devotion remained powerful qualities to the end.
Throughout her life she worked as a secretary in agricultural settings, for an optometrist and her favorite, for Taymark â Andersonâs Giant Party Store. At Taymark for over 20 years, she was Supervisor for the Custom Print Department. Her dedication, patience, ability to manage others and solve problems while remaining calm was notable.
Anna Maeâs greatest joy was her family and time spent together. Fondest memories are of summers at the lake cabin. She seemed happiest creating endless meals, cookies and treats. The entire family grew up there, spanning 50 years. Her motto âup early, work till noon, then play.â How she loved sharing those lazy summer days, getting to know everything she could about the current happenings in everyoneâs life. She cared, listened and often had thoughtful tips.
Leading a life rich with family and friends, Anna Maeâs door was always open, inviting conversation, sharing stories and offering condolences. She remained an inspiration to her last hours; always dignified, never a complaint, putting others before herself, and expressing her love and appreciation.