The Rev. Albert “Al” Hill Thelander died on October 20, 2014, at the age of 89.
Al was born on August 8, 1925 to Margaret and Albert Levi Thelander. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Harvard University in 1949, and went on to serve the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1970. He then graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1973.
Rev. Thelander was ordained at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saddleback Valley of Laguna Hills, CA, (now Tapestry, A Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Mission Viejo, CA) in 1977, and served as minister to the church from 1977 to 1979. He was called to serve as minister to the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bayside, CA in 1979. He served Humboldt until his retirement in 1993, at which point he was voted Minister Emeritus.
Rev. Thelander was deeply committed to the denomination. He served as founding member and secretary of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Cooperative, Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1975 to 1977; Northern California area coordinator to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from 1975 to 1976; chair of the denominational affairs and communications committee of the Pacific Southwest District of the UUA from 1978 to 1979; Board of Directors of the Pacific Central District from 1983 to 1987; and President of the Pacific Central District from 1985 to 1987.
Al was interested in chess, carpentry, reading, and spending time with family. He was affectionately called GrandAl, by his family. Al’s granddaughter, Emmy, remembers, “GrandAl approached everything in life, including the whimsical and the grave, with the assumption that it was--or could be--meaningful. He was and is a model for intentional living.”
Albert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; children, Carl Thelander (Billy Thelander), Margo Thelander (Don Matthews), and Kate Alvarez (Paul Alvarez); grandchildren, Emmy, Max, Alicia, Alex, Cara and Shane; and great-grandchildren, Davin, Anderson, and Collin.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Notes of condolences may be sent to Mary Thelander, 12833 Lake Wildwood Drive, Penn Valley, CA 95946.
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