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ACKERMAN, ALBERT J. a kind man who could dispense wisdom and hold his own at the card table well into his ninth decade, died Tuesday, Dec. 19 of a heart attack. He was 90. Born Aug. 4, 1927 in Detroit to parents, Albert Aloysius and Sadie B. Ackerman, Al grew up to become a wise and calming force to those who knew him. A family man who liked to fish, Al graduated from Alpena High School in 1945 and went on to marry Mary Patricia Case in 1949. Pat was a kind woman working to support her 1-year-old son after his father died in a car accident. Al adopted that little boy and raised him as his own along with eight more children they had during their nearly 52-year Catholic union. While Pat held down the fort at home, Al worked at Chrysler for 27 years. Al and Pat raised their family in Fraser and moved to Macomb Township after their nest emptied. They were together until Pat's death in 2001. The life of a widower didn't quite suit Al, so it was fortunate that he found love again. He married Barbara Grytzelius on his birthday in 2003 and his extended family grew again. In addition to his wife, Barbara, and her children and great grand children, Al is survived by his children Mary Lou(Jerry)Pool, Albert(Christy)Ackerman II, Lois(Nicholas) Romano, Lori Cangemi, Lynn(Don)Sheff, David(Shelley)Ackerman, and Paul (Mary Ann)Ackerman, Floyd Jr.(Diane)Grytzelius, Caroline Ward, Anne Marie(Michael)Roberts & Bryant(Michelle)Grytzelius. Al is also survived by more than 53 grandchildren and great grandchildren combined - each with a Lotto-worthy birth date. In addition to his first wife, Pat, Al was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Catherine Weidemann and Alicia Perry, and his son's, Michael and Mark. For decades, the dinner table at 17806 Winsome was where Al would regularly give extended family the business. But it was also a welcome place to pull up a chair, eat cookies, play some cards, celebrate the good times and get sound advice about how to cope with life's rough seas. Today things are complicated by technology with many caught up in a self-involved, virtual world, but Al's legacy remains his family and real-life connections. Al taught his family that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose and he showed them how to do both with grace. He weathered many difficult storms of his own and bravely fought for more time with his family after a recent heart attack left him hospitalized. A second heart attack ultimately led Al to the card table in the sky where he's likely already several hands into a marathon session with the relatives who were saving him a seat and hoping to win some quarters back. Al's family is thankful for all the times he enthusiastically gave them "the business," his decision to have a big, Catholic family and his ability to stay cool under pressure and love his people despite their issues. Long after his passing, Al will continue to inspire those who loved him to navigate life's unpredictable waters like the brave captain that he was. Visitation Friday 3-9pm with 7:00pm Rosary. Funeral Saturday 11:00am at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Donations are welcome to the American Heart Association. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" @ WujekCalcaterra.com