Matthews - Albert E. Lawvere was born on a beautiful day, November 17, 1944, and passed away peacefully on April 26, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Albert graduated from Jefferson Township High School, Upland, in 1962, where he was Vice President of his senior class. While in school, he participated in elementary basketball, high school track, FFA, and the senior play cast. While still in high school, he participated in Golden Gloves in Muncie.
He continued his education at Indiana University, Bloomington, graduating in 1966. During the summer of 1967, he worked on his masters at the University of Chicago and later some courses in Kokomo. In the summer of 1969, he returned to Bloomington to earn a Masters of Teaching Arts Degree in Math.
Albert's teaching career began in Gas City teaching Social Studies for 6th Grade. Then, for over 30 years, he taught Math at McCulloch Junior High, Marion Community Schools, retiring in 2000. During that time, leadership in the Marion Teachers' Association was significant.
Hobbies and interests included membership in a Model A Club (he owned a beautiful red 1929 Model A Ford), membership in a German Club, membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Muncie, and playing cards with friends.
In 1967, Albert married Gabriele Bott Baugher, celebrating 54 years this April. Their greatest joy, besides family, was travel, celebrating nature, including the study of birds (example: Sandhill Cranes in Jasper County) and visiting parks and nature preserves.
Florida was enjoyable, but a very celebrated trip was to Alaska, where they observed grizzly bears and swans. (While in Alaska, they hit a moose!) Also, Lake Louise in Canada became a return destination that resonated as a spiritual high for them. Trips to Germany were also treasured by both of them.
Since the Lawveres lived on the Mississinewa River, that was a close-by nature study. One memorable trip was down the river on their pontoon. A Matthews friend spotted them on the river, "It's the Lawveres! Wouldn't you know it?!" Upon retirement, he continued working on building and remodeling houses.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, Francis W. and Delight (Moorman) Lawvere; in-laws, Anna and Carl Baugher; nephew, Nevin Lawvere; sister-in-law, Madeline Bott; brother-in-law, Max Baugher; special cousin, Mike Williams; and special uncle, Ted Lawvere.
Albert will be greatly missed by his wife: Gabi, Matthews; sons: Nicolas Lawvere, Matthews; Liell (Kimberly) Lawvere, Matthews; brothers: Francis W. Lawvere, Jr. (Fatima), Buffalo, New York; Jon (Karen) Lawvere, Matthews; a sister: LaRea (Jim) Slater, Matthews; brothers-in-law, Larry (Karan) Baugher, Redkey; and Jerry Baugher, Muncie.
Also, his grandchildren will greatly miss their grandfather and their growing up years on the same farm: Jacklyn (Payton); Josef; Kyle; Nicole; Andrew; Emily, Rebecca, and Alex.
Nieces and nephews include: Robin Lawvere; LaRonda Lawvere; John Lawvere; Danilo (Lori) Lawvere; Silvana (Adrian) Lawvere de Moreno; Philip R. Lawvere; Marco Constant Fenaroli, Greece; Nadine Koestler, Germany; Chris (Cathy) Baugher; Jennifer Baugher; Tina (Tony) Coston. Great nieces and nephews: Luca, Noel, and Lena Koestler, Kasey Walton, Diego Moreno, Edoardo, Jamila and Odilla Lawvere; and great-great niece, Rilynn Walton.
A special mention goes to his "mentor for life," brother Bill Lawvere, and a special family friend, Rick Haynes. A special thanks goes to Brenda Worrick, Home Healthcare Nurse, and Heart-to-Heart Hospice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 259 N. Main St., Upland, where a visitation will be held from 4-7 pm, Thursday, April 29, 2021 and an hour prior to the service on Friday. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 am, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the funeral home with Wes Rediger, Neil Williams, and Philip Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Matthews Cemetery, Matthews.
Albert will be missed by his family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Audubon Society.
"I hated hearing about the passing of Mr.Lawvere. I had him for 8th grade math at McCullough and at first he terrified me. I struggled with math and he absolutely hated to let me go to my Resource room teacher for help or at least that is how I saw it. About 7 years ago I ran into him since he is a fellow Democrat and I was in the Women's Dam club at the time and I worked up the nerve to tell him who I was and how nervous he made me feel. He took a few minutes before answering. He told me that he hated when students struggled and he only wanted to be the one to help. He took his job seriously. Then he told some.funny stories and I was in shock at first because I had never heard him laugh let alone seen him smile. The way he spoke about teaching you could see the passion. My condolences to his family and friends. "
"So sorry for your loss."
"I remember him coming in to pick up his granddaughters from kindergarten. I was in over my head as a substitute with the kindergarten class. He had arrived early and helped me with the class. I was so grateful for the extra hand. My mother a first grade teacher at Matthews talked about him and Gabi when she had their boys in her class."
"Sorry for your loss!"