Albert Pinter Jr.
Albert Pinter, Jr. died peacefully on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Artman Lutheran Home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his church family and friends. Albert was born to Albert Pinter, Sr. and Ida R. Pinter (nee McCullen) on October 2, 1932 in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Upper Darby High School and Southern Technical Institute and received a B.A. from Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University) and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Albert served in the U.S. Army from 1954 – 1957 and worked for the Department of Labor until his retirement in 1992.
Al married the love of his life, Norma Bartel, in 1974 in Hillsboro, Kansas. Al and Norma lived for many happy years in Oreland, Pa. until her death in 2001. Al cared for Norma during her end of life illness and then moved into Gwynedd Estates where he lived a very full and active life. Al enjoyed gathering with his friends for lunch, going to the Philadelphia Orchestra, traveling, reading and learning. He spent every Sunday morning worshipping and in fellowship with his church family at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield (Flourtown.)
Al gave thanks for all the blessings in his life by serving others, particularly the less fortunate and marginalized. He tutored children at risk weekly for eighteen years, spent two years with Norma in Belle Glade, Florida as a missionary to Haitian refugees, and cared passionately about providing prison ministry to the inmates at Graterford State Correctional Institution. Al was very active at his beloved church, serving many years as an ordained Deacon and faithful member of the Mission Committee. Well into his 80’s, Al continued to deliver food to Whosoever Gospel Mission and Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry, volunteer at Norristown State Hospital and Graterford Prison, and serve as a Hospice Volunteer for the Acts Retirement-Life Communities and at Artman.
Al lived a quiet life of service to others grounded in his love of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. “Just as you did it to the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 40b.) Al is survived by all of us, his God-given family. Thank you to everyone who loved him and is blessed by him.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield (1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown) @ 11:00 am. on Saturday, November 9. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity or religious organization.
I only knew Al for a short time but the history of his life helped me know a very kind man, I especially remembered his smile,
Al and Norma were special friends to me when I moved to Philadelphia in July of 1997. We spent many times together; I will remember as long as live.
Al, who I met through his dear wife Norma (my professor at Bucks County Community College, was the kindest gentleman who I had the privilege of calling my friend. He will always be an “adopted” member of our family. He will be terribly missed by everyone in our family, but he will remain in our hearts always. He was truly one of God’s special people