Al Vonder Haar, age 90, of south of Greenville, passed away 12:25 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Montgomery Nursing & Rehabilitation.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 10, 2020 at the St.Lawrence Catholic Church with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with Knights of Columbus service Sunday evening.
For those who desire memorials in Al’s memory may be made to the St. Lawrence Cemetery, St. Lawrence Religious Education, to the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation, or to Masses.
Alphonse, the son of August and Rose (Thole) Vonder Haar, was born February 17, 1929 in St. Rose, Illinois. Al grew up on the family farm east of St. Rose and attended the St. Rose Grade School then remained at home to help his parents on the farm. At the age of 21, he started working at Highland Box Company while still working on the family farm.
Al and Patricia Elizabeth Schrage were united in marriage on April 12, 1955 at the St. Rose Catholic Church and started their life together on a dairy farm near Marydale, Illinois. They enjoyed 64 years together. In 1960 the young family moved to a cattle and grain farm south of Greenville, where they farmed until their retirement in 1994 when sons Mike and Kevin continued the farming operation. Al and Pat moved to their new home, built by the Vonder Haar family, on the Dudleyville Road. Daily trips were made to the farm to help when needed.
Al was a 4thdegree member of the Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight of the Greenville K of C and past manager of St. Lawrence Cemetery. He served as Mills Township Assessor, past member of the SWAB board and the FMHA board and was a member of the Bond County Farm Bureau.
Surviving are their 7 children: Allen Vonder Haar and wife Jo, Michael Vonder Haar and wife Myrna, Dianne Seabaugh and husband Ron, Victoria Wheelock and husband Bryan, Karen Tebbe and husband Don, Richard Vonder Haar, and Kevin Vonder Haar and wife Carla.
Loving grandfather of 18: Kurt Vonder Haar, Brad (Krystle) Vonder Haar, Whitney (Steve) Hake, Phillip (Nicole) Vonder Haar, Matt (Kassidy) Vonder Haar, Jeremy Vonder Haar, Aaron (Nicole) Seabaugh, Veronica (Jim) Heafner, Brigham Wheelock, Kate Wheelock (Holt Baker), Paige (John) Kalmer, Alex Tebbe, Derrick (Amanee) Vonder Haar, Devon Vonder Haar, Jordan Vonder Haar, Mason Vonder Haar, Noah Vonder Haar, and Caleb Vonder Haar. 4 step grandchildren: Rachel (James) Armistead, Rebecca (Kevin) Stoecklin, Jon Jr. (Dawn) Rinderer, and Sarah (Danny) Beard. He was also the loving great-grandfather of 13 great grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
Al was one of 12 children. Surviving are Edward Vonder Haar and wife JoAnn of St. Rose, Charles Vonder Haar and wife Lorraine of Carlyle.
Preceded in death by his wife, Pat of 64 years on January 14, 2020, siblings: Vincent Vonder Haar, Veronica Beckman, Leona Maue, Bertha Fuller, Bernard Vonder Haar, Mary Lou Vonder Haar, Jeanne Meyer, Francis Vonder Haar, and August Vonder Haar.