Albert Edward Sparks

Glennie, Michigan
October 9, 1919 - May 14, 2019


Albert's family will welcome friends, family and neighbors from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739


A memorial celebration of Albert's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Obituary Notice

May 14, 2019, Albert Edward Sparks, 99, of Glennie, MI, went peacefully to heaven to meet his wife of 76 years, Verena Mae (Bainbridge) Sparks.

Visitation will be held 10:00AM to 1:00PM on Friday, May 17 at Buresh Funeral Home located at 121 S Washington St. in Hale, MI (989-728-2571). The funeral will be held immediately following at 1:00PM. Following the service we will meet at Eagle Point Plaza East Door (989-728-2811) at 415 East Main, Hale, MI for lunch and fellowship.

Albert (Swede) was born in Mesick, MI October 9, 1919. Albert married Verena August 2, 1941. Albert joined the Navy in 1941. He was assigned to a Liberty ship in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during WWII. After the war, Albert and Verena moved to Flint where General Motors employed him until his retirement in 1974.

Albert and Verena spent their retirement in Glennie, MI. Albert was a charter member and officer of the Glennie Lions Club. Both served in the Curtis Township Citizens Watch for 17 years. He and Verena loved to fish, camp, hunt, snowmobile and ride their four-wheeler. Their travels took them to nearly every state, as well as Canada. He harvested nearly one deer a year, and maintained a large garden.

Albert was a near perfect husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, as everyone who knew him will attest. He was always first to volunteer. Albert is survived by his brother, Walter Sparks, and three sons, Gary (Jan), Keith (Sandy), and Roy (Vicki) Sparks, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hillman Lions Club of Hillman, Michigan. Online condolences may be offered at


Hillman Lions Club


Sorry for your loss, we enjoyed spending many hours together with Al and Verena, they are together again.
— Tom & Ann Burton
Much love to my dad and uncles on the loss of their father. For all those grieving, take solace in the legacy he left with his great sons, a greater set of fine men cannot be found. My sons lost a great buddy. We will be holding a memorial service on Memorial Day weekend in Grandpa's honor.
— Anna Sparks
My condolences to the family.
My parent's Marion aka Shorty and Joan Bainbridge talked very highly of Uncle Swede and Aunt Verena.
Prayers for the family and friends that were close to Uncle Swede.
He's where he wants to be with his loving wife and other family that past before him.
RIP Uncle Swede
— Robin Bainbridge Juengel
Your loss is felt among us. When I would visit my mom and dad, Frank and Mary Berch, they took me to meet and visit Swede and Verena. They were both so welcoming and down to earth, we immediately hit it off and friendship began. They all had fun getting together. Bless your family.
— Margaret (Maggie) Berch

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