The World of Grandpa Don


The Family of
Anne Marie Plefka Albano

Anne Marie was our second child, but the first to leave the nest.
She married Dominick Albano III


Journey on this page to ...
The Dom & Anne Marie Albano Family
Dominick & Sarah
& "Bella"
  Anthony   Marc   Joseph

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My Life Story
  My Adoption Story 

An American Family
Anne Marie's roots:
Dominick's roots        
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Anne Marie Albano & Family
Christmas 2005

Anne Marie Plefka is the daughter of Donald J Plefka and Anne M Lawler. Her father's ancestry is very complicated and is found on various parts of the "Family" page. Her mother's ancestry can be found at Harry Lawler & Anne  Montrym. Anne Marie's "Pedigree" Chart is here as a starting point.

Dominick Albano is the son of Dominick Albano and Rose Radosa. Their family tree, as far as we know it, is at Albano Tree..


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December, 2001
Valparaiso U 

The Honeymoon
Dominick Joseph Albano IV
Anne Marie & Dom's first child
Our first grandchild

Sarah and Dominick

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An American Family
Dominick's roots
Sarah's Roots     Flag of Hungary      
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Open heart surgery at 7 mo, a St. Rita HS graduate, and a graduate from Valparaiso U. - Basketball and baseball were favorite sports. He still finds time to play baseball and referee basketball games. Dominick is now a corporate financial analyst at Comcast Corp. Sarah is the daughter of Zoltan Nagy and Penny Smith. The family ancestry is found at Nagy Ancestors. After a temporary job in the business world, Sarah has entered a career teaching troubled children. She says,"They need me"

The couple began married life near Detroit but late in 2004 a job transfer brought them to Chicago-land. They lived with Grandpa Don until purchasing a home in Monee, Illinois.

In October of 2008, Sarah joined the Catholic Church and Dominick and Grandpa Don were her sponsors. They are now a single faith family.

On November 14, 2008 Sarah gave birth to Isabella Ann at 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Our first great-grandchild. These pictures celebrate the day of her birth.

Dominick, Sarah and Isabelle Ann The Proud Parents       
  Isabella Ann "Bella"
Isabella Ann Albano
Just Arrived 
Isabella Ann with hair  
  Grandpa & Grandma Nagy
Zoltan & Penny 
Grandma & Grandpa Nagy     
Grandma Albano  Grandma Albano
Anne Marie 
Grandpa Albano
Grandpa Albano   

  GreatGrandpa & Bella
Great Grandpa with Bella - 2010

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Anthony Albano
Anne Marie & Dom's second child
Our second grandchild

Pictured here with Joelle Zarzana.Anthony & Joelle They are engaged ... watch for Fall of 2012 for a wedding.

In October of 2011 Anthony took a job with Southern Wine and Spirits. This is their published policy regarding employees:

"Our people are our most fundamental resource. Diversity in thoughts and actions are welcome. Individual differences are respected. We recognize that employee contributions through teamwork and empowerment are critical to the success of the Company. Our goal is to provide a positive environment for our employees that encourages creativity, recognizes innovation and rewards results."

It sounds like a great place to work and with this position Anthony seems well ensconced in the Napa Vally of California. 

In 2010 and 2011 Anthony had been employed by iTrak, a training system for batters and Anthony in the Giants lockerroomworking with the The SF Giants in California. He has worked with the major league players as well as their farm teams. It was during this period that he met Joelle Zarzana. They are pictured in July of 2011 ar the left. At this point in their lives it is safe to say that they are a couple.

From 2007 until 2009 Anthony played professional baseball in the Frontier League serving on the roster of three clubs, the Windy City ThunderBolts, the River City Rascals, and the Midwest Sliders. He has a career batting average of .268 with 14 home runs and 101 RBI. In 2008 Anthony hit .258 with eight home runs and 52 RBI. He also finished third in the league with 29 doubles.

In the fall of 2006 he had the position of assistant coach at Robert Morris College to assist in their 2006 fall and 2007 Spring seasons.

In 2006 Anthony graduated from Florida Atlantic University. Anthony Graduated from Bro. Rice High School where he excelled on the Baseball team. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins but chose to accept a Baseball scholarship to Evansville  University in Indiana. After two years there, he received his release and transferred to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. In 04-05 he was put on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury. He has played Summer baseball with various teams including two seasons with the Quincy Gems.  

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Mark gets an award
Robert Morris Awards

Congratulations Marc. You find yourself in a distinguished group of people.

 Marc Behind the Plate
Marc with the Southern Illinois Miners
Marc Albano
Anne Marie & Dom's third child
Our third grandchild

In 2011, Marc is employed by a firm that manages contracts for over the road shipping. His job is to approve payments between the shippers and the truckers and his title is Transportation Audit Analyst.

If a job needs doing, Marc is doing it. He loves basketball but baseball is his sport. Marc Graduated from Brother Rice High School in 2002. He was a member of the Varsity Baseball team.

He attended Moraine Valley Community College in 03 & 04 getting his associates degree while enjoying baseball as his sport. 

In 2005 he was recruited by several major colleges and selected Robert Morris College to continue his studies under a generous scholarship.  He attended classes at the Orland Park campus as he continued to play baseball. 

After graduating Marc continued playing and coaching baseball wherever he could while submitting job applications in a very competitive market. In October of 2008 he landed a position as a management trainee at Menards. But that wasn't his cup of tea and he left after about a year.

In 2010 Marc went with the Southern Illinois Miners, and followed in Anthony's footsteps as a minor league player in the Frontier League. Later he was cut as a player but stayed on, employed as their bullpen catcher, traveling with the team and loving it.

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Joe Albano
Anne Marie & Dom's fourth child
Our fifth grandchild


Joe Albano

In March of 2011 Joe went to work for Taylors' Candy .  He has become "The Candy Man" serving customer in the South East section of Chicago. He took to it like a fish to water or more like a child to candy and he loves the job. It is a family owned company and he has been welcomed as one of the family.

Joe graduated from Robert Morris University of Illinois with honors in the spring of 2010, having earned his bachelor's degree. He had a part time job in shoe sales as he continues to play baseball with the Crestwood Panthers who play in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League. Both Anthony and Marc have also played with this team as well as participating as coaches.   

Joe was a stand-out catcher for the Brother Rice Crusaders and graduated from High school in 2006.


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Introduction to the family
  Dan & Karen Plefka
  * Anne Marie and Dominick Albano
  Tom Plefka

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