Albert Benjamin Muto waited patiently for almost 14 years to be reunited in Heaven with the love of his life, Alberta, and his wait is finally over. On Easter Sunday, Albert was joyously welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior in Heaven and greeted by so many loved family members and friends who went on before him.
Patiently awaiting his arrival in Heaven were his wife, Alberta, his parents, James and Louise Muto, his sister, Evelyn and her husband Jimmy Costello, his brother, Joe Muto and his wife Josephine and his son in law, Stan Lambert.
Albert is survived by his daughter, Nieta Lambert Howard and her husband, Dennis Howard of Fairmont, his son, Ben Muto and his wife, Patti Muto of Jackson, MI, Granddaughter, Erin Lambert Oldaker Dorsey (Dinkle) and her husband, Bobby Dorsey of Shinnston, WV,
Granddaughter, Lindsay Muto Brookhouse and her husband Jesse Brookhouse of Brighton, MI,
Grandson, James Muto and his wife, Chelsea Muto of Ypsilanti, MI, and Grandson Andrew
Muto. Albert has 5 Great-Grandchildren: Braeden Oldaker, Kyla Oldaker (Little Dinkle), Juliette Brookhouse, Joseph Brookhouse, and Jameson Brookhouse.
Being a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were Albert’s most wonderful
achievements. He loved being surrounded by family and having a house filled with laughter, chatter, and cheers for WVU football and basketball. You would often see him sitting quietly in his chair just taking it all in, soaking up every moment, savoring the most precious thing we have, which is time. He was an avid guitarist and while he could, would pull out his guitar and play songs from ‘the good ole’ days’. A couple of his favorites were Some Enchanted Evening and Strangers in the Night, which he would play and sing while stealing glances at his beautiful wife. While he would play, we would often sing along and request more and more songs and he would patiently entertain us. He loved pickin’ and grinnin’ with his son-in-law, Stan and later with his grandson, James. His family was the most important thing to him, even above the Mountaineers. He was a loyal Mountaineer fan and enjoyed coaching from his recliner in the living room. Any time you saw Albert, he was most likely wearing WVU apparel with great pride.
Along with being a proud Mountaineer, he was a proud Italian and loved talking about his
Italian roots and heritage. His mother’s authentic Italian recipes were lovingly passed down to his wife, Alberta, who then lovingly passed them down to the rest of us. Although we’ve all tried, we’ve never been able to accurately recreate the wonderful meatballs they seemed to make so effortlessly. He also loved his 8oz of wine a day and always looked forward to JJ’s homemade wine. Albert and Alberta were the epitome of a Godly marriage, and they taught their family how to become husbands and wives of integrity. Through their actions, they passed on valuable lessons and unforgettable memories which have shaped us all and have made our family strong, loving, and supportive. Even though Albert was quiet-natured, he spoke with tenderness and kindness and always had a genuinely happy greeting for anyone who crossed his path. Albert was also quite a jokester and provided much entertainment by ‘throwing his voice’ whenever asked. He loved lying on the floor playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would always walk down to the Dairy Creme Corner in the summer to treat us all. Albert provided an idyllic life for his wife and children and was the most wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. His was a life well-lived. He was a man well-loved and gave us all so many wonderful memories that will be cherished forever. Albert proudly served his county by joining the Army during WWII and was a proud WWII Veteran. He was stationed in the Philippines and bravely guarded Japanese captives. He would always tell us how grateful the prisoners were because they were treated with respect and were well taken care of. Albert took great pride in his service to his country. Once home from his tour of duty, Albert began working for Westinghouse in Fairmont. He was assigned to the glass plant and drove a forklift. Not only did he have a job he loved, but it was also where he met the most beautiful woman in the world, as he would proudly say. Albert worked there for 20 years and then happily retired and spent his time puttering around in his garden, tinkering with tools in the basement, and conquering the daily crossword puzzles from the paper.
It seems impossible to accurately convey all the wonderful qualities of someone in one article. To know Albert was to love him and he was truly loved and respected by so many. To say he’ll be greatly missed is an understatement. He touched the lives of everyone he met and left an indelible mark on all of us.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the nurses and aide from Amedisys and his caregiver, Kim.
The Muto Family has entrusted the arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. Friends will be received on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9-10 a.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Dennis Howard presiding. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens with full military honors conducted by the Marion County Veterans Council. Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.