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September 10, 1948 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Albert Karseboom passed away in the early morning of January 9, 2024. He was surrounded by his wife and family members in Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ.
Al was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 10, 1948. He and his sister Carol were raised by their parents, Anna and Albert Karseboom, in the neighborhood of Kensington near Prospect Park. He remained in Brooklyn until the age of 40, when he moved to Bogota, NJ but remained a proud Brooklynite throughout his life and represented the Borough of Kings well.
As a young man, Albert served in the United States Navy, spending his time in service aboard a nuclear submarine. Shortly after returning to civilian life he earned his Master's Plumbing License in the State of New York and soon opened his own plumbing and mechanical company with a shop in Manhattan. The list of buildings that Al and the many men he employed were a part of building, rebuilding, or repurposing is too long to be included here. Any drive through Manhattan with Al however, was highlighted by him pointing out the building or buildings on any given block or avenue that he had worked on, the system he had designed and installed there, and the funny stories that happened on that job. Anyone who worked with Al knew that he was a brilliant mechanic with the intelligence, mechanical ability, and experience to resolve any problem that arose on a job site. He was well respected and took great pride in the quality of his work and that of his men. He eventually moved his shop to Hoboken, NJ. He continued to complete projects in NYC, all of the three major airports, and up and down the NJ Turnpike. After closing down his own shop, Al remained in the field, consulting, estimating, and overseeing projects, and offering his experience and problem solving ability for years to come.
Al had an unmatched passion for music and was involved for years with The United in Group Harmony Association, which seeks to promote and preserve Doo-Wop music, a genre near and dear to Al's Brooklyn heart, as well as other genres. Some of his dearest friends were musicians and others in the industry, as well as fellow record collectors. Al's musical spirit will live on through his extensive collection, his jukebox, and the countless CDs he made for loved ones.
He loved and collected all genres of music and had many other interests as well. He loved the many cats that he found or adopted and his dogs, Brownie, Lady, and Koda. Shooting skeet, designing and building computers, building anything really, all kept Al busy. Cooking however, became a passion. Whatever Al became interested in, he would take a deep dive, learn everything about it, and master it. His cooking was a fine example. He was in his comfort zone when preparing elaborate, from scratch meals for his many friends, family, and guests.
Al will be missed by his many dear friends, nephews, nieces and other family members, and loved ones who knew they could count on him to fix what needed to be fixed, build what needed to be built, cook whatever they were craving, or just to make them laugh.
Al was preceded in death by his daughter Jill Karseboom. His spirit remains with his sister Carol and her husband Tommy Baltrus, wife Kathy Karseboom, son Joshua and his wife Fiona Monllor, and grandchildren Makayla, Carter, and Jackson Monllor.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to consider a donation to the Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, or The Associated Humane Society/Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, which helps cats, dogs, and exotics that have nowhere to go.