Frankie

September 13, 1940 ~ February 22, 2022

Born in: Chama, Colorado
Resided in: Torrance, California

Frankie Milton Albert, a longtime California resident of Torrance and Colorado native passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by the love of his family at 81 years on February 22, 2022.

Frankie was born into the loving hands of his parents Bessie (Lobato) Albert and Sam Albert Sr. on September 13, 1940 in Chama, Colorado. San Luis County is where he grew up with his beloved brothers, sisters and cousins: Loretta Albert, Yvonne (Albert) Montoya, Sam Albert, Conrad Albert, Raymond Albert, Al Albert, Ken Albert, Henry Lobato and Nick Lobato. Frankie was very close and fond of his Grandpa Emilio who showed him nothing but unconditional love. He would spend summers bonding with his grandpa helping him herd sheep in the mountains. He always helped Frankie in anyway he could.

At a young age, Frankie set off west to the Sunshine State of California to seek new job opportunities and begin his life landing in Redondo Beach where he met his beautiful wife Virginia (Gutierrez) Albert, daughter to Dolores DeAnda and Francisco Gutierrez. He instantly became part of the Redondo family gaining their trust and respect and together Frankie and Virginia had one beautiful daughter Loretta (Albert) Killion raising her in their peaceful West Torrance residence. She was named in honor of her Aunt Loretta who had passed away at a young age.

Loretta had three beautiful children with her husband John Killion. Frankie’s first grandson was Mark Killion who he called his “Mijo/Mijito”. Marissa Killion was his first granddaughter who he was very close with and called her his ‘button” an endearing nickname she always remembers. Kara Killion was the Christmas baby of the family and he always called her his “gypsy” because of her beautiful eyes. He loved his grandchildren so much and would light up once he saw them. When Frankie retired he took Virginia, Mark and Marissa on a memorable road trip to Mount Rushmore in his motor home which opened their eyes to the love of travel and an eternal life gift from their grandpa.

Frankie was an incredibly loyal, dedicated and innovative employee who worked at The Hi-Shear Aerospace Corporation in Torrance for 45+ years where he provided for his family. He woke up everyday bright and early always showing up an hour early to work. Through the many years of ups and downs of the work life he always stayed committed to providing for his family and positive even when his health had declined. He beat prostate cancer in the 90’s and continued to monitor his many health issues but always stayed focused on providing the best life for his family.

One of the proudest moments for Frankie was getting promoted to lead tooling foreman and getting the opportunity to personally meet the president of the Hi-Shear Company when the president was faced with a tooling issue that only Frankie could help solve. His creativity and innovative skills saved the company and he was always proud to be able to make some sort of difference and be a humble mentor to his coworkers who loved him like a father figure. His honorary work son was Freddie Vinzon who always kept in touch with him through the years after he retired from Hi-Shear.

At an early age Frankie became very spiritual through the Catholic Church serving as an alter boy when he was young and continuing his spiritual journey through many years of attendance and volunteer work at Saint James Catholic Church with his wife. Up until his passing he remained a volunteer Eucharistic minister whenever they needed his help and participated in daily mass at Saint James Catholic Church. Prayer was his way to stay calm and peaceful throughout life and on any given day you could find him parked in his truck at the beach by Veterans Park taking in a beautiful sunset with his favorite McDonalds coffee and rosary.

Frankie enjoyed watching and playing sports especially basketball in high school and other side hobbies such as karate during his work years. He enjoyed watching baseball and basketball games at home and sometimes caught a football game. The Rockies, Dodgers, Lakers and Broncos were some of his favorite teams.

He had a passion for working on all different types of cars and loved collecting classic ones throughout the years. He was always remembered for his 55 Chevy, The GTO, The Lincoln Continental and many Volkswagens. When his heart was set on a beautiful car he worked extra hard to get it and always had one “nice” car put away to take to church on Sunday, nicknamed “El Dominquero”. He went to mechanical school to run his own auto mechanic business from home and is remembered for working and converting Volkswagen Beetles into Dune Buggies/Baja Bugs with his brother in law Danny Gutierrez and cousins. He would share his passions with his cousins and go on Dune Buggy rides and motor home camping trips to the desert and ride when he was able to.

Although Frankie was a man of few words he always showed his love through actions, beautiful words and always prayer. Frankie would sing and play on his guitar beautiful songs to his family. He called his brothers and his closest sister Bonnie almost everyday on the telephone sharing wonderful stories and simply just catching up on life. He always wrote sweet birthday cards with words of faith and prayer. His humor and one liners were always on comical point and he always had a way to create a joke to make light of something sad. He was a very serious man but had the sweetest and sensitive heart deep down inside that was enormous.

One of the things Frankie made sure to always do whenever he visited family either at home with his cousins or in Colorado was to set aside some time even if it was very short to get to know every single niece and nephew by just talking to them and letting them know he loved and cared to get to know them. His heart always stayed in Colorado and when he would return he was in his element.

If there was one word to describe Frankie that word would be Family because his family meant everything to him always and forever. He is entered into eternal rest joined by his beloved parents, his sister Loretta and his brother Conrad.

♥- Mark Killion

 

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Viewing: March 11, 2022 4:00 pm - March 11, 2022 6:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-792-7575
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Rosary Service: March 11, 2022 5:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-792-7575
LAFuneral.com

Service: March 12, 2022 2:00 pm - March 12, 2022 5:00 pm

St. James Catholic Church
415 Vincent
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-372-5228

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  1. candle 1Prayers and love to all of Frankie’s family and friends. He leads us to a special place in heaven.

  2. My, Big Brother, rest in peace. I will miss you so much. I have so many wonderful memories of you. You were such an amazing Brother, Cousin, and person. I will never forget you. You meant the world to me. Love you eternally, Abby

  3. candle 7My dear Uncle Frankie, your love and prayers were always felt and thank you for all the memories we had together. I will miss those phone calls, your voice and how much love I felt from you afar. You truly were so special and missed by many. Sending so much love and comfort to our family and wish we could be together to celebrate a beautiful human Uncle Frankie was.

  4. candle 4Rest in peace Frankie. I met you and your family at the family reunion in 2018 you shared your wonderful life with me. May God bless and keep you.

  5. candle 4May God bless Frankie with His grace, peace and light. My love and prayers for Frankie and all the family.

  6. Dear Killion Family,
    I’m so very sorry about your beloved grandfather. He was the best! Peace be with you.

  7. Virginia and family

    Very sorry for your loss. Frankie was a good man and good volunteer at St. James. Also appreciated your efforts, Virginia, to teach Spanish to a group of (mostly) elderly, mostly slow-learners.

  8. candle 4Hello Dear, A big part of my heart 💜 has been taken by you my dear brother, take good care of it because what was left is floating in tears, nothing will ever fill the emptiness I feel right now, save me a spot as I try and follow in the footsteps you left behind for the rest of us to follow, love 💕 you forever, goodbye Dear, your sister (Bonnie) Yvonne

  9. candle 2Rest In Peace Frankie! You were always so sweet to me and my family! Always asking How my parents were doing. Will miss you until we meet again.

  10. Virginia, Lori and Family
    I am so so sorry for your loss. Frankie was a good person. He always laughed and made jokes. I loved how he told me after all these years he had just recently found out my real name. “Maria” He said who is “Maria”. That always made me laugh. I always appreciated how both of you always made it a point to attend our parties. I was so sad to hear of his passing. You are in our thoughts and I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Be Strong! Love you all!

  11. I did not know my primo well but I knew him as a little girl after he and Virginia married. I was visiting my Grandma Keta in Chama, CO. Frankie and Virginia were newlyweds I believe? . I remember watching their every move and wanting to be just like them. I saw them several times after that but for short periods of time. The last time I saw Frankie in 2014 , he showed me, my mama and us his swimming pool. It was his pride and joy. I loved him from the my earliest memories and my last. He was one kind man to me and someone to look up to.

  12. candle 1Dad, it’s been one month since God called you home to relieve you of the pain and suffering you having on earth. It broke my heart to have you leave me but as we had talked about before so many times that you were ready and I did give you my blessings in your wishes but when you really left that morning my heart broke to a million pieces and all I could do was honor your wishes and be grateful that God had Mercy on you and took you peacefully in your home with the family surrounding you with all the love we had in our hearts for your heavenly assent into heaven.
    Your presence is in your home still. Your chair, your clothes and shoes and both your cars are still a reminder of you and how much you are missed by myself, momma, John, Markie, Marissa and Kara. You left a wonderful legacy of what a father, grandfather, husband, brother and friend should be in this life. You are now my Guardian Angel along with Grandma Lola! I know I’m in safe hands until my day when we meet up again❤ I love you forever Dad
    Love, Lori

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