Auto glass industry legend Karl K. Alberti, died Sunday, July 28, 2019 in ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence in Ohio at the age of 98.
After Alberti graduated from Libbey High School in 1938 he and his grandfather, Max Benkow, founded the Findlay Glass Company in Findlay, Ohio. Their company focused on installing replacement glass. Alberti joined Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company (LOF) in 1953 after he sold his interests in Findlay Glass Company. Alberti spent 25 years holding a variety of management positions at LOF. During his career he also served as a technical adviser to Harmon Glass, a replacement auto glass business.
“Karl’s a great individual—and was a tremendous marketing guy—and had an office in my building, so we worked together a lot,” said David Rohlfing, an executive, consultant and advisor in the retail automotive aftermarket industry, in a previous interview with AGRRTM magazine.
He has won several awards throughout his auto glass career and is also a self-published author. His book A history of the auto glass industry: or some things you didn’t know until now was published in 1996.
According to Reeb Funeral Home, which is handling the final arrangements, Alberti proudly served in the European Theatre during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the Ordinance Division of the United States Army Air Corps. Alberti also served as a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve during the Korean War. During his time in the war he became very fond of France, which is where he met Mademoiselle Raymonde Chopin, who later became his wife in 1947. They returned to the U.S. and were married for 72 years.
A memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. and will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Alberti is survived by his wife of 72 years, Raymonde, daughters Chantal Oblander, Michelle Lepiarz and son, Steve (Mary Beth) Alberti, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, John Robert Alberti, sister, Suzanne Meyer, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, his family is asking for donations to be made to the King of Glory Lutheran Church.
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