Albert Wunderlich

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Albert R. Wunderlich, 87, of Swansea, IL, born September 20, 1932, in Lenzburg, IL, died Friday, January 17, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Wunderlich graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in accounting. He was a certified public accountant and was the tax controller for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. before retiring in 1996. Al was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran.

Albert was a longtime member of the Belle Clair Rotary Club and a founding member of the Franklin Neighborhood Association. Mr. Wunderlich was also very involved in many other clubs and organizations. He was past president of the Congregation of St. Paul United Church of Christ and served on the board of directors of St. Paul’s Home, St. Paul’s Foundation Board, and Memorial Hospital Board, Belleville, IL. He also served as a boy scout leader and a Khoury League coach.

Mr. Wunderlich was the recipient of many awards throughout the years, including the Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award, the Boy Scouts of America Okaw Valley Council Distinguished Citizens Award, Illinois School Social Workers Citizen of the Year, the St. Clair County Health Department Willard C. Scrivner Award, the Ambassadors Club Commitment to Community Award, the Commerce Bank Community Service Award, the Illinois State Medical Society Humanitarian Award, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, and the St. Clair County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award. Al was also awarded proclamations from both the City of Belleville and State of Illinois Representative Tom Holbrook, for his dedication and service to children and the community.

Al was preceded in death by a son, Albert L. Wunderlich; his parents, Russel P. and Elizabeth G., nee Bechtel, Wunderlich; a brother, Robert (Ella) Wunderlich; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Moore.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Emma Lee, nee Triefenbach, Wunderlich, whom he married May 3, 1952;
three children, Mark (Rita) Wunderlich, Mary Ann (Jim) Rafferty, and John Wunderlich;
a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Wunderlich;
seven grandchildren, Carrie (Justin) Brown, James (Annie) Rafferty,
Matthew (Shelley) Wunderlich, Michael Wunderlich, Rachel Wunderlich (fiancé, Matt Hausmann),
Brian Rafferty, and Michael O’Brien;
six great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Ella Brown, Aubrey and Brayden Rafferty,
and Thomas and Emma Wunderlich;
and a sister, Madeline Moore.

Memorials may be made to the Franklin Neighborhood Association or to Concordia United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Private family services will be held.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


17 Comments on Albert Wunderlich

Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 10:06 AM

My condolences to the family. We lived next door to his mother in the 60's, and Emily was one of my dance students. He was a great man, very giving of his time and talents.

  • Belleville,
  • Illinois
John Castagno said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2020 at 12:29 AM

Emma Lee and family: So sorry to learn of Al’s death. Will always appreciate all he taught me during our years at A-B. He was a widely respected tax man who treated everyone with kindness and decency. His professional success is rivaled by his passion for service in his church and community. He did so much to make a difference in people’s lives. A terrific legacy for a great man. Amy & I are so sorry for your loss.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Bill and Cindy Evans said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2020 at 4:29 AM

Emma Lee, Mark, Mary Ann, John and families. We are saddened by your loss. Keep all your treasured memories close to your hearts. He will be missed!

  • Swansea
  • IL
Bill and Cindy Evans said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2020 at 4:20 AM

Emma Lee, Mark, Mary Ann, John and families, we are so saddened by your loss and want you all to keep your treasured memories close to your hearts. Al made every day a gift that he shared with so many. He will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Ron and Nancy said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2020 at 2:43 PM

We are very sorry for your loss. You have to be so proud of such a generous man so giving of his time and talents.

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Rev. Sheldon Culver said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2020 at 10:52 PM

In gratitude for the life of a faithful, generous, humble and compassionate man. May you know God's love surrounding you in this season of thanksgiving and farewell. Shelley

  • Columbia
  • IL
Joan Woods said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2020 at 10:46 PM

My deepest sympathy to Emma Lee and the entire family.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Carol Davison said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2020 at 5:50 PM

Comfort sent to all the family at this time of loss. Will be thinking of you in the coming days and sending you peace.

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illlinois
Terry & Charlotte Walther said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2020 at 7:35 PM

You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of Al Wunderlich. It was a pleasure working with him when our sons were in Boy Scouts together, working with him with Memorial Hospital and the Franklin Neighborhood Association. Praying for comfort and peace at this time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Virginia Barthel said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2020 at 1:06 AM

My sympathy to Emma Lee and family on your lost. My husband , Larry, served on the board os St Paul Home with Al Virginia Barthel

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Brittney Odle said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2020 at 12:04 AM

To the family and friends of Al Wunderlich I am so deeply sorry for your loss! Al was an amazing man and an inspiration to many. I had the pleasure of knowing him for the last 16 years while working at Franklin Elementary! He welcomed me many years ago with open arms and I have never stopped looking up to him! He was kind, caring, compassionate and very humble. I have never met anyone who has dedicated themselves more tirelessly and selflessly than Al. The Franklin staff will continue to honor his legacy and teach our students about him and his dedication to Franklin for many years to come! Thank you for sharing Al with us and we will miss him so very much! Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
stacey green-clark said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 9:47 PM

My condolences to Mr. Al Wunderlich family. Mr. Al was an amazing person. I worked for him at the Franklin Neighborhood House. He always helped everyone, no matter who you were. He kept a smile on his face every time you seen him. He has helped me & my family every since we met him. Mr. Al will be truly missed. I am soo sadden by his loss. Praying for His Family.

  • belleville
  • Il
Barb Hohlt said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 9:38 PM

Dear Family of Al Wunderlich: The St. Clair County Board of Health, Foundation Board and staff, we express our deepest sympathy on the passing of Mr. Wunderlich. His life was dedicated to being a community leader. He will truly be remembered for all his work to help support others.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Charles Weik said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 3:24 PM

Emma Lee and all family members our sympathy for your loss. Al was a wonderful caring person. Charlie & Mabel (Seligmiller) Weik.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jodee Blue said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 3:45 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Al was such a nice man always helping wherever he was needed. I’ll miss him

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Frank B Klostermann said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Dear Wunderlich Family, I am sorry to hear of Mr. Wunderlich's passing. I worked with Al, when I was with a Tax Appeals Office, and he was a gentleman. He was the most dedicated citizen with his work with the Franklin Neighborhood Assn. It is sad to see him gone.

  • IL
John and Linda fritsche said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2020 at 3:22 AM

To Emma Lee and the Wunderlich family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are aware of all his community service and he will be missed by so many. We pray for your strength during these difficult days.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois

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