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Aug. 3, 1922 – June 10, 2014

A memorial service for Bessie M. Albert, an active churchwoman who died June 10 in her Buffalo home, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Bethel AME Church, 1525 Michigan Ave. She was 91.

Born in Norfolk, Va., the former Bessie M. Cheek moved with her family to Buffalo prior to her first birthday. Mrs. Albert, the third of 14 children, graduated from South Park High School in 1940. She was employed as a line worker at Sylvania until it closed, and later as a transistor inspector at General Electric until its closing in the late 1960s.

After retirement, she became active in Naomi Chapter 10 Prince Hall Order of Eastern Star, Golden Circle, Daughters of Isis, Heroines of Jericho and the Cyrenes.

An active member of Bethel AME Church since the 1940s, she served as an usher on Ladies’ Usher Board 2 until she was 90. She was a charter member of the Arden Newburgh Block Club, and also participated in league bowling, line dancing and monthly birthday parties at Schiller Park Senior Citizens Center.

Mrs. Albert donated her body to the University at Buffalo’s Anatomical Gift Program.

Survivors include three sons, Arlington S. Jr., Justine and Frederick Franklin Sr.; a daughter, Kathleen Franklin-Adams; two brothers, Harvey and Clarence Cheek; two sisters, Frances Sawyer and Donna Jones; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.