ALFRED R. WROBLEWSKI
89, of Indianapolis, passed away December 19, 2019. Alfred “Al” was born to parents Robert and Elisabeth Wroblewski on March 18, 1930. The family was a member of the Sacred Heart parish where Alfred graduated from high school. His beloved spouse Elizabeth, affectionately known as “Pete” to family and friends, predeceased him some three years prior. The two were married on September 26, 1953 and managed to celebrate sixty-two anniversaries together. Al bore her passing with a heavy heart during his final years.
Al was a member of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. He served his country with honor and was able to return home just prior to the war’s conclusion. Once home, he and Pete began the business of raising a family. He went to work for The Wm. H. Block Co., first delivering packages to retail customers’ homes and then eventually carrying freight and inventory between Indianapolis and Chicago via a tractor-trailer rig. He was able to retire from Lazarus, Block’s successor company, in 1987.
After retirement, Al and Pete summered at Lake Cordry in Nineveh, Indiana and wintered in Arizona’s Mohave Valley. Eventually they settled in Henderson, Nevada, where they could enjoy warm weather year round and the occasional trip to one of the nearby casinos. The couple returned to Indianapolis seven years ago to be closer to family and friends.
Throughout his lifetime Al enjoyed a variety of activities, bowling and fishing being among his two favorites. Possessing a powerful voice, he was always a hit at parties and get-togethers when he belted out a tune. Al made such events more fun. And though it was probably an under appreciated talent, he had an uncanny knack for solving the “Wheel of Fortune” word puzzles with only the most minimal number of letters exposed. He was virtually unbeatable.
Al was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter Theresa Goggins (John); son, Thomas Wroblewski (Carol); granddaughter Danielle Tuschong (Ben); great granddaughter Vivian Tuschong; and siblings John Wroblewski, Rudy Wroblewski, Frank Wroblewski and Betty Talbott, plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth (also known as Betty or Pete); infant son Stephen Robert; and siblings Robert Wroblewski, Arnold Wroblewski and Mary Lou Hackworth.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the caring staff at Magnolia Springs Senior Living who attended to Al’s needs over the course of this last year. He was always grateful for their help and the friendship they provided. Also special thanks to the Heritage Hospice staff who made his last days comfortable.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. until noon at St. Roch Catholic Church, 3600 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon in the church. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Vincent DePaul and Little Sisters of the Poor.
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