Sarah A. Alber
Sarah A. Alber, 85, rural Wayland, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at her residence.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Forest Home Cemetery Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Richard Iles, will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
She was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant. She was the daughter of John Dale and Neva Lucy (nee Iles) Nihart. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and attended Iowa Wesleyan College. On July 23, 1976, she married James Delbert “Jim” Alber.
She worked as a patient’s aide at the Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute. She later worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown. For most of her working career, she was a correctional officer for the Department of Corrections at both the Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant facilities.
She was a member of the Washington United Methodist Church. During her tenure in the Dept. of Corrections, she served as the Chief Steward for the AFSCME union. She enjoyed horse riding and had been a jockey on some of the horses her father raised. She also enjoyed flea markets, hunting, and watching NASCAR races. She was a former member of the Women of the Moose of Mt. Pleasant, and the first female member of the Wapello Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
She is survived by her husband; seven children, Stephanie Rich, William Hoover, Henry Hoover and Tanya Martin, all of Mt. Pleasant, Neva Hoover (Tracy) Wilson of Burlington, Sandy Hoover of Wayland and Sonya (Perry) Libe of Washington; five step-children, Gary Alber of Lomax, Ill., Michelle (Chris) Witte of Burlington, Julie Alber of Louisiana, Delbert (Kim) Alber of Gulfport, Ill. and Lance (Brandie) Alber of Burlington; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a step-brother, John Nihart.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; a son, Andy Hoover; two brothers, Robert and Richard Nihart; and a sister, Pauline Jeffries.