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.
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.
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