Rev. Al Nondorf passed away on April 27, 2012 surrounded by his family. He
was a resident of Indiana and former resident of El Paso, Texas.
Fr. Al is survived by Jean (the late Bob) Dermody, Jim (Bea) Nondorf,
Barbara (the late Bob) Sturm, Margaret (the late Rich) Laird, Anita (the
late Joseph) Gross, Bill (Carolyn) Nondorf, Patricia (John) Gallas, Robert
(Jacque) Nondorf, Tim (Karan) Nondorf and many nieces, nephews, cousins and
He was preceded in death by his parents Aloysius and Wilda Nondorf, sisters
Marilu (Ferd) Ratajack and Kathy Nondorf.
Special thanks go to his niece and nephew, Vicky and Monte Dalton, Eddie
Strugas and to St. Anthony's Hospice for taking care of him during his final
Fr. Al joined the Army in July 1946 upon completion of high school.
Following basic training he served with the Army of Occupation until the end
of his term of service in July 1948.
He entered the seminary and was ordained a Catholic priest on May 25, 1957.
He served as a parochial vicar in Gary Diocese until 1967 when he
volunteered to serve as an Army Chaplain.
He was parachutist-qualified and over the years served in the 82nd Airborne
Division, the 3rd Armored Division/56th Artillery Brigade, and the 11th ADA
Brigade at Fort Bliss.
During Fr. Al’s time in the Army he began his mission to serve his country
and to minister to soldiers as an officer in Vietnam where he was wounded
and awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, the Purple Heart Medal,
and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. His other awards and
decorations include three additional Bonze Star Medals, the Meritorious
Service Medal and five Army Commendation Medals.
After Vietnam Fr. Al continued to serve as Chaplain through several tours of
duty in Germany and completed his career with the Army after the First Gulf
War when he retired from the Army in December 1992.
After his retirement from the military, Fr. Al served as a priest for the
Diocese of El Paso and as the Chaplain for Loretto Academy in El Paso,
Texas, until his second retirement in 2009. Fr. Al stressed that our love
for each other should be our prayer to God.
The Vigil will be held Tuesday, May 1, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic
Church, 1 Wilhelm St., Schererville, Ind., from 1:30 to 8 p.m.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be at St. Michael the Archangel Church in
Schererville, Wednesday, at 10 a.m.
He will be laid to rest at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville
beside his sister Kathy and his parents.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home in
In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.