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Albert J. Sparber Memorial Fund

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Raised by 30 people in 2 months
Created June 18, 2019

Have you ever experienced something so horrific that there are no words to describe – a moment so surreal that your entire world is shattered and forever changed? Never in their worst nightmares did the Sparber family expect to go through the tragedy they experienced on June 13th – finding their beloved husband and father dead in their home.

Backstory

The morning of the 13th started like any other. Al was a web designer and programmer, a night-owl who typically worked long, late hours developing new products for his company. Because he worked from home, it wasn’t unusual for him to sleep until mid-morning. With allergy season in full swing, this week had been especially challenging for Al to sleep through the night. That morning, his wife Carol, quietly got ready for work so she wouldn’t wake him.

Around 3:00p.m. Carol arrived home from work to find Al asleep on the couch. She thought this was odd so she went to check on him only to find his body cool and unresponsive. Her call to 9-1-1 fueled an adrenaline surge. She tried everything she could to resuscitate him and bring him back to life, but Al was gone. One by one the children came home to shockingly find their loving father deceased on the couch in their home.

 “There is nothing in the world that can describe the instant pain and heartbreak that entered my body the second I heard my father had passed. The 50-minute commute home was an entire blur and all I  remember is walking in the door and seeing my mom in tears.” - Melanie, Al’s youngest daughter

Carol and Al both worked hard to support their family. However, Al's business was the primary source of income in their home. With his sudden passing it means that the cash flow to pay bills and make the mortgage payment has stopped . Unfortunately, Al and Carol had not yet put a plan in place that would support the family's needs if either of them were to pass suddenly. Al's motto was that he would “work until the day he died” but unfortunately that day came unexpectedly and all too soon. The anguish and turmoil the Sparber family is experiencing with the unexpected loss of their husband and father is more than anyone can imagine.

“Never in my life did I think I would have to go through such turmoil so young. Nothing has ever prepared me for the loss of a parent. The void I feel in my heart feels like it will never be filled again. I’ve lost my wisest friend and the one person who could understand what I was feeling with just one look.” - Melanie


How you can help
Please help us in supporting the Sparber family with life's expenses as they journey down this hard and unfamiliar path ahead. Not only are they grieving the loss of a loved one, but the financial weight of their situation is more than they can handle at this time.  Gifts can also be made out to Carol Sparber and sent to 2268 Middleton Rd. Hudson, Ohio 44236

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Hello loved one and friends, I would like to greet you with a short note of thanks from Carol herself:

There are not enough words to express my gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues over the past few weeks. I am truly blessed! Thank you for your support during our time of need.
Love, Carol

It has been an unbelievably difficult 7 weeks since the passing of Al. Very slowly the shock and trauma of the situation are wearing off and the sad reality of life forever without their husband and father is beginning to sink in.

Carol now has the full weight of their home and financial expenses on her shoulders. I know she has spent many days, in the midst of her shock, taking care of the legal responsibilities that come with the passing of a spouse. I believe she has done a tremendous job of walking forward in the midst of her grief. Unfortunately, she has been faced with many unexpected costs the past few weeks as well as the full weight of their financial obligations.

Carol has a new and raw understanding of the phrase “When it rains it pours”. Unfortunately during the last two months Carol has faced the death of a spouse, 3 fridge repairs, 2 flat tires, a broken garage door, and a broken pool cover. I would not have believed it unless I had seen it first hand. Speaking with the funeral director some weeks back he told me that “you would not believe the stories we hear when people pass about the crazy things that happen.” There are many terms for the idea that when one tragic thing happens other tragic things sometimes follow.

Here are a few found on google from other nations:
In Hebrew, the phrase is “Bad things come in packages”.
In Swedish, German, Spanish, French and a bunch of others, “misfortune seldom comes alone”.
In Latin, “troubles are followed by troubles” and “the abyss attracts the abyss”.
In Polish, “misfortunes walk in pairs”.
In Japanese, “when crying, stung by a bee”.
In Chinese, “good fortune never comes in two; bad luck never comes alone”.
In Russian, “when troubles come, leave the gate open”.

It is somewhat comforting to know that Carol is not alone and that these tragic events come in multiples for others as well. However, this does not resolve the financial challenges in front of her. Please consider sharing and spreading the word regarding the GoFundMe with your colleagues and friends!

With gratitude and love,
Rashel
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Remembering Al with some photos!
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Thank you for all of the kind words, prayers, and generous donations! Here are a few pictures from the Celebration of Life and burial ceremony held last weekend! Carol, Al’s wife, shared some sweet memories and special moments with us and gave us a glimpse into the beautiful relationship the two of them had! Thank you for sharing Carol!
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Yesterday we remembered and celebrated the life of Albert J. Sparber. It was a beautiful sunny day filled with family, friends, and fellowship. There was sorrow and sadness mixed with joy and laughter. Here is the obituary in memory of Al.

Albert John Sparber, age 66 of Hudson, Ohio, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Albert was the beloved husband of Carol (Feldman) Sparber; devoted father of Brian Sparber (Shirley), Jessica Gumucio (Oscar), Marc Sparber (Melissa), Ryan Sparber, and Melanie Sparber; loving brother of Linda (Sparber) Spitzer and brother-in-law to Don Spitzer; son-in-law to Charles and Marjorie Feldman; brother-in-law to Linda (Feldman) McCain (Stephen), Thomas Feldman (Rashel), and Charles William Feldman (Sarah). He will be fondly remembered by his four grandchildren, Gabriel, Lucia, Olivia, and Oscar and by his nephews Chris, Craig, and David.

Al was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Prior to serving his country in the U.S. Army, he proudly played baseball at Marquette University and then for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team. He always had an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoyed being his own boss. Al started his career in the food industry by working with his uncle who inspired his love for fine food, imported cheeses and chocolate truffles. He designed and operated one of the first full-service gourmet supermarkets in Arizona. In spite of Al’s love for good food, he finally found his niche as co-founder of a software and web-development company he named Project VII. He authored several books on software development as well as a young adult trilogy entwining mythology and angels and dedicated to all those who wonder “what if?”

Al was both a master and a jack-of-all-trades. He was smart, witty, sarcastic, and unwavering in his character. He was an excellent cook who loved animals and who enjoyed spending time at home with his family. He was a devoted New York Yankees, New York Giants, and Cleveland Indians fan who preferred watching the game from the comfort of his own home. Al was also an avid reader and sci-fi fan. Although he loved Star Wars and Star Trek, his favorite past time was enjoying an evening cup of coffee while watching sappy Hallmark movies.

Visitation will be held Friday 5 to 8 PM at Redmon Funeral Home, where a Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 11 AM. He will be laid to rest at Markillie Cemetery in Hudson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Albert J. Sparber Memorial Fund at gofundme.com
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