Dana Suzanne (Douglas) Albrecht

May 03, 1974 ‒ May 26, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Dana Suzanne (Douglas) Albrecht, 46, of Delaware passed away early Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020 at her sister’s residence surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with Melanoma.

She was born May 3, 1974 in Wheeling, West Virginia to John Clark Douglas and Dorothy Ann (Mottle) Douglas and later graduated from Shadyside High School in 1992. She then received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education from Ohio University. On October 11, 2003, she married the love of her life Heath Albrecht. Together they shared 17 years of marriage.

Following her love of children, Dana served as a preschool teacher at La Petite Academy of Powell. She enjoyed scrapbooking, crafting and purchasing school supplies. A very social woman, Dana also enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, Heath; cherished daughters, Anna and Natalie; her mother, Dorothy Ann Douglas of Jacobsburg, OH; sisters, Tracy (Bruce Fee) Douglas of Akron and Jill (Greg) Morris of Hilliard; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and Emily Morris, Nathan, Spencer and Luke Roberts, Kate Douglas, Nick Fee, and Crew Albrecht; father-in-law, Charles (Marie) Albrecht of Orchard, NY; sister-in-law, Amy (Michael) Roberts of West Seneca, NY; brother-in-law, Mark (Lisa) Albrecht of Sarasota, FL; the Tribe, cousins and many friends who were family; her canine companions, Woody and Pacer.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 2 – 9 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where services celebrating Dana’s life will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00 am with Pastor Phil Amburgey officiating. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family is encouraging guests to wear masks and be mindful of social distancing requirements.

Contributions in Dana’s memory may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275 or https://melanoma.org/

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Albrecht family.

To share a fond memory of Dana or to offer a condolence to her family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am deeply sorry for your loss. My name is Sally Bobek. I knew Dana initially as a friend to my son,Nathan, when they were in high school together. During Dana’s junior and senior year in high school and all through college she came into my kindergarten classroom and volunteered to help with the students. She was a wonderful, caring person and loved the children. She was invaluable to me and I don’t know what I would have done without her. I knew in my heart she would be an extremely excellent, very special teacher. We had a lovely relationship and kept in touch over the years.

    I was devastated to learn that she had cancer. She was truly a warrior and I was heartbroken to hear that she had passed. Dana will be missed tremendously but I know she is in a better place and she is not suffering anymore. Prayers to Heath, Anna, Natalie and all her family members. God Bless Dana and all of you. 🙏♥️

    • She was an amazing person and I learned a lot from her. She always be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as well.

  • I am so so sorry of your loss of Dana. May the Lord give you all comfort. My sincere deepest condolences

  • My friend, my craft maker, my Tribe mate, my Dana! My heart is broken but I know you are smiling down on us all saying get your butt out of that chair and make a craft for me! I will miss you each day! It’s not good bye my friend it’s until we see each other again!

  • My heart is saddens to here such a beautiful person has passed ..Dana always had a smile on her face and a kind word to share with anyone..I remember fond memories of being in band with her and also in school..I pray that this might give her family some comfort in knowing she always was happy and joyful and had one of the sweetest loving hearts ..God defiantly gained and angel ..
    U will be missed but not forgotten.
    Laura Glatz Ramsay..❤

  • Dana our friend! No words can describe the void you are leaving! I have enjoyed our friendship, the gift of your beautiful girls that you have let Frank, Porter and I be apart of! The love you gave Porter and the always making her feel wanted, valued and like your own is the greatest gift! We will miss you but you will always be with us!

  • I graduated from high school with Dana. We worked together at the Dairy Queen and started our college journey together at Ohio University Eastern. Dana had the purest heart, the most genuine personality, the best laugh, and the biggest smile. She was a beautiful person in every aspect of her life and every quality she possessed. Her love of life, her husband, her daughters, and her family were evident. We stayed in touch on social media, and her words of support and encouragement when I lost my dad were a gift to me. We enjoyed comparing our middle-school daughters’ attitudes, taking comfort that we weren’t coping alone, and laughing about their silliness. I will miss hearing about her favorite weekend of the year when she scrapbooked, crafted, and enjoyed being with the people she loved. I will miss her obsession with Disney. I will miss her classroom ideas and recipes that she always shared. I will miss Dana. My prayers and my heart go out to each of you.
    Love, Sherry

  • My sincerest condolences in the loss of Dana.
    I used to work with Dottie. Dana was the baby of the Douglas household back then.
    I can’t imagine loosing a child Dottie. May you all find comfort knowing she is at peace with the Lord! May the Lord wrap his arms around your entire family during this difficult time. Prayers for healing and strength.

  • More than neighbors, more than friends, we’ve always felt like family by your love and warmth. Our hearts go out to each of you as we share in your grief of losing Dana. Sending our love and prayers.

  • Dana you will always be remembered as my Mickey Mouse disney friend. I will greatly miss you smile and caring ways. We had a lot of laughs during lunch at La Petite. God has received a great angel. Love you.

  • We are SO sorry to hear this. She always had a smile on her face. I pray for strength for your family. John & Melanie Haswell 🙏🙏🙏💗💗💗

  • My sister did not have children of her own, but as the owner of the Shadyside DQ, she had a lot of “DQ Kids’. Dana was among her favorites. I know there were a lot of people in Heaven greeting Dana and my sister was among them. Knowing Dana, I am sure she made amazing memories with her family-the kind that last a lifetime. I hope you are all surrounded by these and take comfort in them. I am so sorry. Sending much love and many prayers to her beloved family.
    Tracey Morgan Conforti the Morgan family
    Rest in Peace Dana. Your family will take care of things here

  • I have known Dana almost since the girls were born as I have had both Natalie and Anna in gymnastics throughout the years. I was devastated to hear the news. What a vibrant, kind, caring and just wonderfully dynamic person.
    Prayers for Heath and the girls and extended family.

    God speed Dana! It was an honor to know you and to be blessed by you!

    Chet and Carmen Snouffer and
    Staff at The Jungle Gym

  • We are heartbroken to hear of Dana’s passing. What a fighter & inspiration she was to others. Always a smile on her face & an uplifting word or joke to bring a smile to yours. Dana, prayers that you’re at peace & no doubt you’ve brought your same energy & joy to heaven with you. You’ll certainly be greatly missed. The world has lost a true angel ❤️

  • Dana was such a lovely person. I had the pleasure of working with her at Joyland preschool years ago. She was always smiling, loved her kids, and introduced me to scrapbooking!
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. She accepted me as a friend because of her friendship with my sister Carol. I eagerly awaited our scrapbook weekends and prayed to be snowed in so we could stay longer. She will stay in my memories with the biggest smile. I loved her laugh! Blessings to all of her family!

  • Sending love and prayers to Dana’s family and friends. Dana holds a special place in my heart and she will be missed dearly. I have so many memories of my childhood best friend. I was blessed to have her in my life.

  • My heart is broken. I met Dana at Joyland preschool and we had so much fun every day. Often, I would sneak down to her room for long talks and her secret stash of chocolates. She was my daughter Katie’s kindergarten teacher and I was Anna’s infant room teacher. I will never forget you and your beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers to Heath, Anna , Natalie, her mother and sisters.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. She was so young and had so much life yet to live.
    Many years ago, I lost my sister. Several people shared the following poem, and I found it comforting. I hope it comforts all of you too.

    The Rose Beyond The Wall – A. L. Frink

    Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
    Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
    Watered and fed by the morning dew,
    Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.

    As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
    Slowly rising to loftier height,
    It came to a crevice in the wall
    Through which there shone a beam of light.

    Onward it crept with added strength
    With never a thought of fear or pride,
    It followed the light through the crevice’s length
    And unfolded itself on the other side.

    The light, the dew, the broadening view
    Were found the same as they were before,
    And it lost itself in beauties new,
    Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.

    Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
    And make our courage faint and fall?
    Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
    The rose still grows beyond the wall,

    Scattering fragrance far and wide
    Just as it did in days of yore,
    Just as it did on the other side,
    Just as it will forever-more.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. She was often at our house in the summer after band practice. She was a very sweet girl, and I’m sure heaven has gained an angel.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to the family. Heath know we are thinking of you and the girls.

  • Our deepest sympathies. Heath, you Anna and Natalie will be in our prayers. We can only try to find some solace knowing that Dana is no longer suffering and in a much better place. Our thoughts and prayers to ALL the family.

  • I was deeply saddened to hear about Dana’s passing. Certain people in your life leave a lasting imprint and Dana was one of them for me. She was my band buddy in high school. I was older than her so I took her under my wing. We got along so well and had so much fun together. I loved her smile, laugh, and sweet personality. She was so much fun to be around.
    I had my heart transplant last year and Dana reached out to me. She sent me a card of encouragement and we reconnected. It meant the world to me. We shared some of our struggles with our health issues and also talked about our girls and how much they meant to us.
    I will be praying for peace, strength, and comfort for her husband, girls, and family. I know Dana would want to still be here for her beloved family, but also know she lived her life loving them and making them and everyone she was around feel special
    Sweet Dana, I will miss you but you will not be forgotten! Until we meet again sweetie!

  • Oh Heath, I just don’t know what to say. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dana was such an inspiration to me when it came to teaching. I had both Anna and Natalie in my class when i worked at La Petite and enjoyed working with Dana. I learned a lot from her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • I met Dana when I moved to Columbus area 20 years ago. She took me under her wing and we became very fast friends. She then introduced me to “the group” and this is where I met my husband Rick. We spent everyday together, spent a lot of our big moments of life together. She is my person, the one who understood me with out me saying. She could finish my thoughts. I have way too many funny stories to share. I’m sure she would not be happy with me, if I shared.

    D, I will always remember our trips shopping, scrapbook weekends, and just being together. Sharing our lives ups and downs. You are an incredible person who will always be in my heart and with me. You will always be “my person”. I will miss you more than words can ever say. Rest my beautiful BF and fly high!!!

    Until we meet again!


  • I have so many memories with Dana and will always remember her laugh and smile. My prayers are with her sweet family and all of her friends who loved her like a sister! I’m so happy to of been a small part of her life. Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

  • Dana was a loving person I met Dana working at Lapetite Acamdy she was I don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to explain who Dana was to me she was my friend, co worker, listener, problem solver,I can go on and on about this beautiful woman they call Dana .Heaven received the real MVP when she got called home .Dana I will miss you and always remember me Go Blue tears are rolling down my face as am typing because who can I say Go Blue to now without getting a slap in the face love you my sister.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls Heath.

  • I was Dana’s co-teacher for 7 years. We worked well together and became very good friends…family. She was with me at some of the lowest points of my life and the highest. Ahe and I would sing and dance our troubles away no matter the situation. She is the impitimy of love. You look up the word love, Dana’s picture should be next to it. She did not judge no matter the situation. She would offer advice, truth, but love was always the center of whatever she did. To love, is to keep her memory alive and allow her to live in each and every life she touched. Dana, until we dance and sing again, I love and cherish you and the memories we made along the way of our friendship.

  • I met Dana while teaching dance & gymnastics at Joyland. We immediately bonded and I will never forget all the great times we had! Prayers and hugs go out to Heath, Anna, Natalie, her mom & sisters. I will definitely miss your smile, and bright spirit!

  • Dana D.!

    I first met Dana in middle school on Leona Ave. We also graduated together from Shadyside HS in 1992.

    The memory I will always hold close was her infectious smile. It was undeniable. So bright and so full joy! When she smiled, you could not help but smile too. Accompany that smile with her wonderful personality and her giving soul; you have the makings of a great teacher, and an even better friend!

    Over the last few years, I had reached out to give some words of encouragement, but somehow I think it helped me more than her.

    Dana you will never be forgotten! You meant a great deal to a great many of people!

    Thank you! Rest In Peace!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Both of my children were in her class. Dana was so loving and supportive to me and my family. Much love and continued prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

    Heather Wendt
    Emily and Joseph Flauto

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. Dana and my son, Chuck, went to Homecoming their freshman year of HS. She was a sweetheart. She will be missed.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. She was always making the world a better place with her smile and kind spirit. She taught our son-way back in the Joyland days- and also became my scrapbook mentor at many a weekend getaway. Her light will be missed-
    Our thoughts and prayers for strength and peace go out to all who loved her.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Heath- I am so sorry you had to go through this with your family. From what you had told us over the years she was a great wife, mom, and great friend! You can now take heed in knowing she is not suffering anymore and she cannot feel the pain anymore. She will be always with you and your family in spirit. Take note that your work family will be here for you and girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you move forward with your lives. 💕

  • When someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure. So sorry for your loss.

  • God Bless all of you as you mourn the devastating loss of Dana. Even though her life ended way too soon, I know she left many beautiful memories for you to treasure. Take Care. Love, Carol

  • I am truly sorry to hear about Dana. I graduated high school with her. She was always a very sweet and energetic person. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  • I’m so sorry that your family has to go through this. I’ve struggled to find the words for a few days, but there really aren’t any words to describe how much our hearts are broken. The only peace I have in all of this is knowing that she is no longer suffering or in any pain. I’d like to think that she is dancing in Heaven, looking down on everyone with her contagious smile.

    We are here for whatever you need!

  • Oh Dottie, I am so sorry to hear about your Dana. Such a sweetheart. Prayers for you and all your family.

  • Oh Dottie, I am truly sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. Prayers for you and all your family.

  • Sending so much love and prayers and peace for everyone during this time. Dana made such an amazing impact on our daughters life as her teacher and always brought so much love and joy everywhere she went. You will be greatly missed.

  • I am so sorry to hear the world lost Miss Dana. She was my son’s kindergarten teacher at Joyland back in 2002-03. David loved Miss Dana. He grew and learned so many things in her class. Miss Dana was always teasing David about how he loved to stuff the rubber playground mulch into his pants pockets and bring it home. On David’s high school graduation poster, I have a picture of Miss Dana and David at kindergarten graduation. David is now a UC graduate and studying for his CPA exam. Thanks to Miss Dana for putting him on a great path to success.

  • Heath and family,

    So deeply sorry for your terrible loss. Words fail us at such times. May you take some comfort in knowing that you’re in the thoughts and prayers of so many friends. I hope that the sorrow you’re feeling will soon be replaced by many fond and cherished memories.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. It is hard to let go of someone who is so loved. Dana was my college roommate for two years at Ohio University. We shared an apartment our junior year and also a huge room in the attic of a house on N. Congress Street our senior year. I have so many fond memories of our time at OU. Dana introduced me to my husband and it is because of her that I ended up settling in the Ohio Valley, in St. Clairsville. She settled in another area of the state with her husband and family and I didn’t get to keep in touch with her in the second half of our adult lives, but I kept in touch through the gift of technology and through facebook. I loved seeing all of her excitement with her two girls and her husband, and her wonderful sisters.
    I will miss Dana, and I wish for prayers and continued love to you and your family near and far.

  • I am truly sorry to hear of your loss! I worked with Dana at LPA years ago, and had Anna in my class. Dana was always delightful, a great teacher with amazing ideas, and great person to laugh with at lunch! I wish your family nothing but peace.