December 17, 1922 - May 24, 2016


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley for Alphonse “Al” N. Thielen, age 93, who passed away Tuesday at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. Rev. Robert Rolfes will officiate assisted by Al’s grandson Deacon Luke Thielen. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Parish prayers will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the church, followed by Knights of Columbus St. Louis Council, Catholic United Financial, and Eden Valley Senior Citizens praying the rosary.

Alphonse Nicholas Thielen was born Dec. 17, 1922 in Eden Valley to Math & Barbara (May) Thielen. He married Marie Bauer on Oct. 14, 1947 at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Al retired from farming and moved into Eden Valley in 1998. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church where he served on the parish council, was a trustee for 26 years, president of St. Joseph’s Society, and an usher. He was also a Knights of Columbus 3rd degree Grand Knight, served as chairman of the United Fund, and was a seed salesman for Farm Bureau. Al enjoyed farming and liked to visit and travel. He was a kind person who was always willing to help anyone and was always willing to listen. Al loved to bake and cook whatever Marie didn’t like to make. He always enjoyed being around his grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Marie of Eden Valley; sons and daughter, James (Jan) of Richmond, Daniel (Diane) of Eden Valley, Thomas (Esther) of Quinter, KS, Gregory (Brenda) of Eden Valley, and Linda (Mark) Ruhland of Eden Valley; 20 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gilbert Thielen, Anastasia Arnold, Evelyn Lahr, Raymond Thielen, Lenore Schroeder, and Edmund Thielen; grandson, Jeff Thielen; and great grandchildren, James Ashfeld and Liam Czech.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.