Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-869

Alphonse “Fritz” VandeVelde, 62, of Valparaiso passed away Monday, September 28, 2020.  He was born March 17, 1958 in Van Nuys, California to Alphonse & Earline (Edgerton) VandeVelde and graduated from Portage High School in 1976.  Fritz made his career as a cemetery groundskeeper and foreman for many years at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso before assisting at Angelcrest Cemetery.  He enjoyed fishing, bowling and go-karting, but loved climbing aboard his full dress Harley-Davidson to hit the road with the wind in his face for destinations unknown.  Fritz remained a kid at heart his whole life despite the age, gray hair and infirmity of circumstance.  Recalling childhood exploits with big brother Jimmy, narrow escapes, and battle wounds was always a favorite activity.  May we all be so blessed to have a friend in our lives as fun and loyal as Fritz.  On October 7, 1989 he married Patti (Newsted) Polite who survives along with his daughter, Holly VandeVelde (Frankie Flores), grandchildren, Tommy VandeVelde, Olivia VandeVelde, Jasmin Flores & Maurice Thompson and siblings, Nancy Cannon-Webber (Bill), Jim “Bimbo” VandeVelde & Kathleen James.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marlene Cairns.
A visitation will be held Friday from 12 noon - 2 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm and burial to follow Angelcrest Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the family.

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