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About

Donating more than $611,000 since 2003

Vern & Bunny Thelen instilled in their 9 children the blessing of giving. Vern started his business, Thelen Sand & Gravel, because his parents (John and Agatha Thelen) needed someone to build roads for their farm that would become Pistakee Highlands in Illinois. Vern’s brother, Ray, later joined him in the business. Bunny, who went to high school with Ray, was the only child of Jake and Tillie Stoffel. Vern moonlighted as a skate guard at the McHenry skating rink and Bunny decided the best way to meet him was to fall down...a lot...so Vern would have to go and pick her up. Bunny & Vern married 17-Oct-48 and started their family:
John “Jack” (Debbie), Mary Beth (Bob), Sue (Warren), Tom (Paige), Pete (Terry), Steve (Di), Ann (Mark), Barb (Mark), and Peg (Tom). Of course, the family grew from there. Jack & Debbie had John (Tami), Jessica, and Jennifer (Pat). Mary Beth & Bob had Mike (Nichole) and Peggy (Dan). Sue and Warren had Roger and Ben. Tom & Paige had Drew (Samantha) and Taryn (Eric). Steve and Di had Matt (Michelle) and Erin (Patrick). Ann’s step-son Jason (Hilary) is also an integral part of the family. Barb & Mark had Matilda, Samatha and,Rachel. Peg & Tom had Jacob (Emily), Lexi (Bryan), & Annie.
The great-grandchildren are John & Tami’s: Taylor, Jake, & Kylie; Jennifer and Pat's: Grace & Annabelle; and Peggy & Dan’s: Vincent and Michael; Mike and Nichole's: Petra and Stevie; Drew and Samantha's Sawyer and Bryce; Taryn and Eric's Hadley and Piper; Matt and Michelle's Mason, Charley, and Riley; Erin & Patrick's Daphne; Jason and Hillary's Addison and Bryson.

Volunteer Board

Matt

Matt

President

Third Generation, son of Steve & Di

Ann

Ann

Secretary

Second Generation, daughter of Vern & Bunny

Pete

Pete

Treasurer

Second Generation, son of Vern & Bunny

Samantha

Samantha

Board

Third Generation, wife to Drew, son of Tom & Paige

Patrick

Patrick

Board

Third Generation, husband to Erin, daughter of Steve & Di

Contact

Don't just take, Give some back

US Tax-ID 20-0260049 a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2003

Vern & Bunny Thelen Family Foundation, P.O. Box 501, Spring Grove, IL 60081, +1 (847) 395-3313