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Alfred J. Wahlers passes away at age 82

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Alfred J. Wahlers, age 82 of Dune Acres, Indiana, passed away on August 23, 2019 at the University of Chicago. He lived in Dune Acres, IN, for 46 years.

He was born on March 16, 1937, in Buer, Germany, to Hans and Clara Wahlers, both of whom preceded him in death.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Brunhilde Wahlers of Dune Acres; his sons: Mark Wahlers of Michigan City IN; Christopher (Traci) Wahlers of Atlantic Highlands, NJ; grandson Matthew, and many extended family and friends and his loyal pet Brandi.

He was preceded in death by his brother John, of Muncie, IN.

The family immigrated to the United States in 1953 for a better life. His parents owned the Miller Bakery Cafe, in Miller, IN. Al proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years. He attended Indiana University Northwest to learn the English language. Al established his successful plumbing contracting business in 1976, later working with Paul Shinn, a building contractor. He was a member of the junior Chamber of Commerce. He also belonged to the Indiana Licensed Professional Contractors Association. He belonged to St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he was a member of the choir.

During his early career, he had a contract to flood the ravine at Chellberg farm, and he fought against it and, thankfully, won his argument not to proceed with the order. Al was a lover of classical music. He and his wife attended many opera and symphony performances. He admired Luciano Pavarotti, and Italian opera singers. He was his rock star. Al belonged to the choral group the Gary Liederkranz. Al was a soccer player, belonging to the "Gary Kickers", a soccer club that competed with other teams in northwest Indiana, and later refereed many matches. Al was an avid singles tennis player, winning many titles. He was a member of the United States Tennis Association. The Wahlers family loved their memorable ski vacations to Michigan and Colorado every winter. He taught the boys how to ski at the former Pines ski hill in Valparaiso. He also enjoyed cross-country skiing in the dunes. Al and his wife have been boaters for 45 years. They enjoyed their weekend cruises to New Buffalo, South Haven, and Saugatuck, Michigan. They took their bikes with them to explore the areas they visited. He enjoyed watching his sons participating in weekend sailboat races at Dune Acres beach. He was a member of the Michigan City Yacht Club. His life was well lived.

Private services were held. To leave online condolences to the family, please visit


Posted 9/4/2019




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