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’ Wiffleball.
Memorials should be directed to the Ivesdale EMTs.
Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is handling arrangements.