Todd Hagen informed us that “It is with great sadness that we announced today that our beloved leader, friend and founder Al Monti, has passed away. Al died at his home on July 3, 2007 at 5:00 P.M. with his daughters Marlene and Betty and close friends Joe and Cindy Geremia at his side. He was 90 years old and had been in failing health for quite sometime.
Al Monti founded the Arizona Accordion Club on July 27, 1996 with just a handful of interested people and built the club into a strong and thriving group of accordion music lovers that many have sought to emulate. Through his leadership and friendship many accordion professionals have come to visit Phoenix and the Arizona Accordion Club and bring great joy, entertainment and pleasure to all.
Al remained president until June 11, 2007, aware that his health was failing and being president of the club was getting to be just too much work for him, Al relinquished his title as President, so that leadership of his beloved club could be transferred to Todd Hagen.”
At the time Mr. Hagen said “I am honored to have been asked by Al to take his place as President of the Arizona Accordion Club. I feel confident that the club can continue to thrive because we have the support of a wonderful Board of Directors. Without their help, it would be a difficult task to carry on.”
Services for Al are as follows:
The location for the viewing, funeral and burial are at one location:
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1562 E. Baseline Road
Located between Stapley and Gilbert Road on the North side of Baseline. Baseline Road is just south of US 60.
Viewing will be: This Monday, July 9th from 2-8 P.M.
Funeral and burial will be: Tuesday July 10th at 10:00 A.M.
The family suggests that you dress comfortably due to the current temperatures. If you wish to make any contributions to Al Monti, you may do so to either of the following;
Arizona Accordion Club
631 West Rosemonte Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(All contributions will go to The Jean Monte Scholarship Fund)