Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, Verner H. Thelen, passed away on 28th of September, 2003.
Just hours before he passed, we, his children, created The Vern & Bunny Thelen Family Foundation, to honor Vern's long time teachings for us to help our local communities. His motto:
remains as our mission today. Over the years, we have donated to many causes, the majority of them local
to our family.
This year, 2020, we've already donated $35,000 to local community food pantries to help our neighbors in need during the Covid-19 health and economic crisis. We sincerely appreciate our donors' generosity throughout 17 years to help us reach our total giving of $711,799.
Thank you, all, for your continued support of our work to help those in need.
The Vern & Bunny Thelen Family Foundation supports charities, education, and medical research to help improve especially the lives of people in our communities.
Matching Funds: Please check with your employer to see if they have a program to match donations to non-profit organizations. Our 501(c)(3) tax id number is 20-0260049
If you prefer to donate with a check, please make it payable to The Vern & Bunny Thelen Family Foundation, and mail it to: P.O. Box 501, Spring Grove, IL 60081 The phone number for the Foundation is: +1 (847) 838-8863
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 on October 21, 1948, and started their family:
(the late) John “Jack” (Debbie), Mary Beth (Bob), Sue (Warren), Tom (Paige), Pete (Terry), Steve (Diana),
Ann (the late Mark), Barb (Mark), and Peg (Tom). Of course, the family grew from there. Jack & Debbie had John
(Tami), Jessica, & Jennifer (Pat); Mary Beth & Bob had Mike (Nichole) & Peggy (Dan); Sue & Warren had Roger & Ben;
Tom & Paige had Drew (Samantha) & Taryn (Eric); Steve & Diana had Matt (Michelle) & Erin (Patrick); Ann’s step-son
Jason (Hilary) is also an integral part of the family; Barb & Mark had Matilda, Samantha, & Rachel; Peg & Tom had
Jacob (Emily), Lexi (Bryan), & Annie.
The great-grandchildren are John & Tami’s: Taylor, Jake, & Kylie; Jennifer & Pat's: Grace & Annabelle; Peggy & Dan’s: Vincent & Michael; Mike & Nichole's: Petra & Stevie; Drew & Samantha's Sawyer & Bryce; Taryn & Eric's Hadley & Piper; Matt & Michelle's Mason, Charley, & Riley; Erin & Patrick's Daphne & Wesley; Jason & Hillary's Addison & Bryson; Jacob & Emily’s Shannon.
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) 838-8863