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Major Albert J. Paiste, U.S. Army (Ret.)
May 15, 1930 - April 28, 2019

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Visitation - Monday, May 27, 2019, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Funeral Service - Monday, May 27, 2019, 11:00 AM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Graveside Service - Friday, September 13, 2019, 9:00 AM at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington
Military Honors - Friday, September 13, 2019, 9:00 AM at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Cemetery - Arlington National Cemetery - George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22211 - 1-877-907-8585 - Map
Family Florist - Schmidt’s Florist - 700 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-745-6234 - Map
Donation - Doylestown Health Foundation - 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 - Map

Albert J. Paiste, Major, U.S. Army (Retired) 1930-2019
Major Albert J. Paiste of Fountainville, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 28, 2019. He was 88.
Born in Philadelphia on May 15, 1930, Al was the youngest of six sons born to Francis and Hermina Paiste. Leaving high school early, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1946 at age 16, graduated from Officer Candidate School several years later, and advanced to the rank of Major in the Army Signal Corps, retiring in 1966. During his military service, Al served in Newfoundland, France, Vietnam and Germany as well as various stateside assignments. While on active duty, Al received his General Educational Degree and then began taking college-level courses remotely through the University of Maryland.
After concluding his military service, Al attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1968. He then returned to Pennsylvania to begin a second career. Al initially participated in Bucks County politics but soon entered the Civil Service, again advancing quickly in grade. He retired from the Civil Service in 1992.
Albert married Evelyn Oedemann, daughter of John and Gertrude Oedemann, in Philadelphia in September 1953. He is survived by Evelyn, son Robert Craig with Meredith Wilson, son Jeffrey Paiste and wife Beth, and daughter Barbara Bischoff and husband Stephen, as well as five grand-children (Jonathan, Thomas, Logan, Beau and Jackson).
Al was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, and political discussion. He was a committed Master Mason who believed he should leave the world a better place than he found it.
Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Monday, May 27, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. and funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Major Paiste will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on September 13, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. If you are planning on attending, please be to the cemetery by 8:15 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Doylestown Health Foundation, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

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