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Rev. Al Nondorf service Wednesday

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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 beloved friends.

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 days.

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. Als 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 Schererville.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.


 Posted 4/30/2012