Louisa Oussoren Albers


February 6, 2013


Louisa Oussoren Albers, age 88, of Port Huron Township died February 6, 2013 in her home after a long illness with her family at her side. She was born in the Netherlands to Willem and Louisa Oussoren. Louisa came to the United States at age 13 and entered Port Huron Schools speaking very little English. She graduated with honors three years later. During WWII she joined the U.S. Navy and advanced rapidly to Aviation Store Keeper First Class. While serving at the Naval Air Station in Olathe, Kansas, she met her future husband, Aaron Milo Albers. He had just returned from 42 months as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese. Their relationship began when she issued him a new Navy Pea Coat and he asked her out for coffee. At the time of her discharge in 1946 she had been selected for Chief Petty Officer. Louisa was proud of her military service and honored to have participated in the recent, local Memorial Day Parade.
Louisa and Aaron “Al” were married August 3, 1946 in Port Huron. For the next 13 years they traveled to many places while he continued his naval career. Their eight children were born at various duty stations. After her husband retired from the Navy they settled in Port Huron Township where they owned and operated the Handy Market for many years. She was preceded in death by Al in 1989.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed serving as a Junior Great Books leader for many years. Louisa was a long time member of the Port Huron League of Women Voters. She was often engaged in local politics and issues and frequently wrote letters to the editor. For over fifty years she was a member of the Port Huron – Sarnia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Louisa was a passionate champion of human rights, environmental causes, women’s issues, and Peace Movement activities. Her extensive reading included a deep interest in math, history, foreign affairs, science, education, health, and nutrition. Until her recent illness she continued to pursue her life-long hobbies of knitting, crocheting, and creating her own designs.
As a mother of eight, grandmother of twenty-four, and great-grandmother of ten, she stayed amazingly close to her family. She kept in touch by frequently calling her loved ones. Louisa kept three clocks in her kitchen, one on Eastern time, one on Australian time, and one on Hawaiian time so she could call various places at the appropriated times. She also loved the reaction people would have when they would see her three clocks.
She will be remembered for her love of family, love of learning, passion for social justice, and her great sense of humor. She is survived by Sandra Engelhardt Ret. USN of Virginia, Ellen (Dr. Roy E.) Rogers of Lakeport, Carolyn (Keith) Crossley of Australia, William (Michelle) Albers of Port Huron, Sylvia Durecka of Fort Gratiot, Steven Albers of Port Huron, Aaron Bruce (Deborah) Albers of Hawaii, Howard Albers of Hawaii, a sister, Winifred Conger of Florida, 24 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and Sue Albers.
A memorial service will take place at 2 PM on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 in the Smith Family Funeral Home – North, 1525 Hancock Street. Friends may visit with the family beginning at 12 noon on March 3rd. Memorials may be made at the discretion of the donor, or to her family.


Donor's Choice or to her family


Woodland Cemetery
3800 Lapeer Road
Port Huron, MI 48060 (map/driving directions)


In-state at 12:00PM, Service at 2:00PM at Smith Family Funeral Home - North on Sunday March 03, 2013 (map/driving directions)