Alberta Van Hal, 1925-2015

Published 9:44 am Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Funeral services for Alberta M. (Leonhardi) Van Hal will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. The Rev. Kristen Venne will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will take place at Hollandale Cemetery.

Alberta Margaret (Leonhardi) Van Hal, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester.

Alberta Van Hal

Alberta Van Hal

She was born in Albert Lea on Sept. 7, 1925, to Albert and Cora (Steele) Leonhardi of Alden. She was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church of Alden. Alberta graduated from Alden High School and Minneapolis Business College. She worked at Wilson & Co. in Albert Lea and Federated Mutual Insurance Co. of Owatonna.

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Alberta married Walter Van Hal on Sept. 20, 1953. They farmed together near Hollandale until 1979, when they moved to Geneva. During their 40 years together they enjoyed woodworking, crafts, playing cards, snowmobiling and traveling to all states in the union.  They belonged to an RV camping club where they spent most of their weekends.

They belonged to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Alden until 1982, when they transferred to Community Lutheran in Geneva. Alberta was active in CLC, Rebecca-Ruth Circle, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Sarah’s Bible Study Group, East Geneva Neighbors Club and Friendly Campers Club. She continued participating in the RV Camping Club after Walter died in 1993, up until she was 85. She planned and looked forward to friends stopping by for coffee and goodies, especially after church on Sunday mornings. She will be missed by friends and family.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Connie Leonhardi, of Oak Harbor, Washington; nephew, David (Susan) Leonhardi, and his children Lindsay and Tanis of Seattle; niece, Danette Leonhardi, of Seattle; sister and brothers-in-law Wilford (Darlene) Van Hal of Geneva and Mathilda (Bob) Kraay of Owatonna; nephews Dean (Shawn) Van Hal of Hollandale, David (Rita) Goodnature of Owatonna, Gary (Iris) Goodnature of Albert Lea, Jeffrey Kraay of Owatonna, Bud Braun of Lexington, Kentucky, Barry (Shirley) Braun of Kasota, Craig (Kathy) Braun of Washington and Terry Mulligan of Northfield; nieces Beverly (Tom) Bartl of New Port, Judy (Michael) Morris of Minneapolis, Lori (David) Henry of Faribault, Lisa (Tom) Lammers of Owatonna and Vicki (Gary) Schmidt of Madison Lake; as well as many other great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt Van Hal, in 1993; parents Albert Leonhardi in 1955 and Cora Leonhardi in 1982; brother, Roger Leonhardi, in 2006; parents-in-law Garret and Matilda Van Hal; sisters-in-law Wilma (Daniel) Goodnature and Julia (Lloyd) Braun; nephews Scott Braun, Gerald Goodnature, Bruce Van Hal and Mark Van Hal; and niece, Mary Beth Goodnature-Mulligan.