Adrian E. Albrethsen Obituary

Adrian E.   Albrethsen
Adrian E. Albrethsen

June 20, 1929 - June 8, 2018
Born in Carey, Idaho
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey


Adrian Edysel “Ed” Albrethsen, age 88, of Bridgewater, NJ died on June 8, 2018 at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ surrounded by his family.

Ed was born on June 20, 1929 in Carey, ID to the late Norman and Dolly Brown Albrethsen. He was raised in Carey, ID and left after completing high school to pursue an education at the University of Idaho, where he earned both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Metallurgy. After graduating from college in the ROTC program, Ed went on to be a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict earning the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After being Honorably Discharged from the Air Force, Ed went on to receive his Ph.D. in Metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While studying at M.I.T., he met his wife, Joan and they married in 1961,
Ed worked at Battel in Hanford, Washington and then moved to work at the research labs for America Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) in South Plainfield, NJ for 20 years. He then went on to work for and retire from Nord Resources, Jackson, NJ.

Ed enjoyed driving his family out to Idaho to visit his parents and other family members, giving his three sons the farm life experience of feeding the calves and lambs, riding horses and fishing on the lakes he grew up on. He also loved to travel with his wife and family to historic places up and down the east coast including Boston, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Kitty Hawk and the Everglades. Ed enjoyed gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

Ed was the beloved husband of 57 years of Joan Phelan Albrethsen, loving and devoted father of Tom (Pam) Albrethsen of Vermilion, OH, Eric (Denise) Albrethsen of Monroe Twp, NJ and Carl (Maureen) Albrethsen of Ashburn, VA, proud grandfather of 9 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, brother of the late Hannah Ralls.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 14 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville, NJ, where a prayer service will be held on Friday, June 15th at 9am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 500 US-22, Bridgewater, NJ. Graveside services with military honors will immediately follow at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in memory of Ed be made to his grandson’s school, The Eden Autism Foundation, Development Office, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 (




Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Thursday, June 14, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church
500 Route 22 East
Bridgewater, NJ US 08807
Friday, June 15, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Bernard Cemetery
551 State Route 28
Bridgewater, NJ US 08807
Friday, June 15, 2018


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