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Elmer "Al" Alfred Henry Boeldt

Obituary for Elmer "Al" Alfred Henry Boeldt

June 4, 1931 - January 11, 2021
McHenry, Illinois | Age 89

Loving Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Brother & Friend



Born: June 4, 1931 in River Grove, IL
Died: January 11, 2021 in McHenry, IL

Elmer "Al" Boeldt, age 89, of McHenry, entered into eternal rest on January 11, 2021, in the log home that he built surrounded by his family. He was born June 4, 1931 in River Grove, IL, the oldest son of the late Carl and Martha (nee Goethel) Boeldt in a front bedroom above his grandpa's tavern.
He graduated from Leyden Community High School in Franklin Park, IL where he played clarinet in marching band. His family then moved to Marengo, IL where he learned to farm.

Al proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army, Far East Command, in Pusan, South Korea during the Korean war.

On June 23, 1956, he married the love of his life, Jane (Meller). They shared a strong, caring relationship, based on mutual support and a deep love for each other for almost 65 years.

Al graduated from Northwestern University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in psychology. He went on to receive his Master's and CAS from Northern Illinois University.

Many grade school students in the McHenry and Crystal Lake school districts benefited from his knowledge and patience in teaching them speech. Al then became Principal at Queen Bee School in Glen Ellyn, IL. After leaving Queen Bee he became principal of Landmark school in McHenry where children growing up in the 1970's will remember ringing the bell that hadn't been rung for decades until he arrived as principal. After retiring from education, he continued to help people recover after strokes. Al was a Past President of McHenry County Retired Teachers Association.

Music and singing were one of Al's great passions in life. He was a Member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, a Member of Elgin Minutemen of Harmony and sang bass in the Clef Hangers Quartet. Gardening and learning new things were very important to him and in 2013 he became one of the oldest Master Gardeners.

Al remained a faithful and active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, McHenry, IL, since 1956. He was a founding member of the Zion Zephyrs Softball Team, which he named. He was an elder and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a tireless and selfless volunteer using recycling to help other people in need.

Besides being a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Al enjoyed dancing, bowling, sailing, roller skating ice-skating and hockey. He was an avid reader; and especially enjoyed a good joke book. He always had a good joke or story to share. And there was nothing Al liked better than an interesting conversation with a good or new friend – he could have an engaging conversation with anyone.

Al always kept his priorities straight: Faith, Family and Work. His children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. He was a great role model to his family. They consider themselves fortunate to have had a Dad and Grandpa of such strong character to teach them valuable lessons and support them throughout their lives. His passion and zest for life will live on through them. Al was known as a kind and giving person; always ready to lend a hand.

He will be missed dearly by his family, his church, and his friends. Survivors include his wife Jane; and his dear sister Arlette (Mickey) Molthen of Abbotsford, WI, his children Julie (Ryan) Schwalenberg of McHenry and Valerie (Guy) Umbright of Barrington; 4 grandchildren: Ashley (Cody) Kolberg of Ripon, WI, Jonathan (Elizabeth) Schwalenberg of McHenry, Logan & Griffin Umbright; and 3 great-grandchildren: Aubree & Hudson Schwalenberg, and Walter Kolberg. He is further survived by several loving nieces & nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ervin.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 5–8 P.M., at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Visitation will continue from 10-11 A.M. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church, 4206 W. Elm Street, McHenry. The funeral service will follow at 11 A.M., in the church. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville, IL.

Due to the current CDC Covid 19 recommendations and Illinois mandates, only 10 people will be allowed within the funeral home facilities at a single time and all attendees must have a face mask or face covering on prior to entry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for a memorial to be determined.


Friday, January 15
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