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ALBERT H. STEPHENSEN (published on June 13, 2009)

ALBERT H. STEPHENSEN Albert H. Stephensen, age 95, of Winnipeg, passed away Monday, June 8, 2009 at his sons residence in Columbus, Ohio. He was born June 29, 1913 in Winnipeg to Sigurdur (Sam) and Kristjana Stephensen. Albert studied music from an early age and in his early teens, he began piano studies with Eva Clare. He earned degrees in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) and the Royal School of Music in , England (L.A.B.). After completing high school in St. James, he studied piano in Philadelphia. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He then earned a degree in organ performance at the University of Manitoba. Albert had many interests, including mathematics, business and politics. For a few years, he helped some friends by serving as treasurer of a local construction company. However, his main interest was music, and before and after the war, he taught piano to hundreds of students, eventually retiring after 50 years of teaching. In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his dear, talented sister, Helen Abbott; and his good friend, brother-in-law, and camping buddy Fred Melsted. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Kristin Stephensen; son and daughter-in-law: Dr. Sigurdur (Sig), a neurosurgeon, and Mary Stephensen; grandchildren: Sam and Kristin Stephensen, all of Columbus. He is also survived by his devoted brother-in-law and life-long friend, Al Abbott, who was unwavering in his love and support of Gulbert , and his niece, Lisa Abbott (his little blue eyes ), both of Tacoma, Washington; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Melsted and niece, Linda Melsted of Winnipeg, both of whom always provided undying love and support, helping Albert in so many ways over the years. No one could ask for a better sister-in-law and niece. He was also blessed by the friendship and prayers of Ed and Betty Held, his daughter-in-law's parents. During his last days, Albert lived with his son's family under the loving care of his daughter-in-law, Mary, and his grandchildren. Albert achieved many things during his life, but most importantly, he was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, brother-in-law, uncle, and grandfather. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m.,on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg with viewing one half hour prior to the service. Committal service will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Albert's wish was to establish a music scholarship at the University of Manitoba. For further information, or to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please contact Darry O'Neil at CIBC, 1120 Grant Ave., Winnipeg, R3M 2A6. 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474 Ample parking Behind Funeral Home Condolences:

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