The family went ahead of Albert on family vacations but he always spent the end of it with them, she said. And he always spent holidays with his family.
"He was home for lunch much of the time and then went back to work," Barbara said. "We always had dinner as a family; that was a given. "
However, no one was allowed to discuss religion, politics or food, she said.
"At dessert, Dad would supervise a dictionary game," Barbara said. "Dad would choose a random word in the dictionary. It was then up for spelling and discussion."
But Albert wasn't all work and no play. He took occasional fishing trips with his sons-in-law and friends. Before leaving, they fortified themselves with Stefanich's chicken, she said.
He and his wife, Marie (above, left), would "accidentally" wait up when their daughters were out on dates because of a Scrabble game that continued for hours. Albert also enjoyed both ping pong and gin rummy and was very competitive with both.
"He wore a fresh flower in his lapel in the summertime from the garden," Barbara said. "And he would give it to the first smiling lady customer he saw on his way to the office."
She said he took Marie to Europe and New York on buying trips for the store. Albert also contracted with a New York business to buy quite a bit of his womenswear, Barbara said.