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R. Alex Westhoff

August 16, 1938 - November 27, 2020

R. Alex Westhoff R. Alex Westhoff
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R. Alex Westhoff, of St. Charles, IL, passed away peacefully on November 27th, 2020.

Frederick and Marie Westhoff welcomed their first son, Alex, on August 16, 1938, in Elmhurst, IL. He grew up with his older sisters, Marie Ann and Barbara, as well as younger brother, Thomas, in their Elmhurst home. He attended St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, during which time, he met, fell in love and married Carol Mae Blom on June 11, 1960, in Elmhurst, IL.

Alex was a devoted husband to Carol for 58 years, loving Father to Susan Burke of Elgin, IL, Karen Martin (Gregory) of Champaign, IL, Peter Westhoff (Nina) of St. Charles, IL, Frederick Westhoff (Sarah) of Fisher, IL, and Kurt Westhoff (Dawn) of DeKalb, IL, and
affectionately known as “Pop” to 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

While raising his children and supporting their competitive swimming adventures, Alex took the opportunity to officiate swim meets as a way to be more hands on with the family sport. This hobby eventually grew into officiating IHSA swim meets and national level competitions, including being honored as Starter for many IHSA State Finals Meets. In his later years during retirement, he was an avid world traveler alongside Carol venturing to Europe a number of times. Together they enjoyed guided church and country-side tours in Italy, explored the vast history of Israel, and cruised the scenic Rhine River.

Preceding Alex in death, are his wife Carol, their two babies, parents, Frederick and Marie, and his sisters, Marie Ann and Barbara.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions Alex’s service will be private. Burial will be next to his beloved Carol at Assumption Cemetery, 15510 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, IL.

A Memorial Mass celebrating Alex will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial Masses for Alex are requested to be offered at St. Patrick Parish, St. Charles, IL, or donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, in Alex’s name.


Larry Bettag from Saint Charles , IL

"If I could go, I would. I’m so sorry. You have a stellar family. I know that he was a rock for you. My deepest sympathy. You’re an awesome family and I know that he was a great man! You should be proud. God is celebrating another GREAT man on his team."

Katie Schubert from Sun Prairie, WI

"My deepest sympathy to the entire Westhoff family. Much love and many hugs sent to you all."

Mark LaMora from Elk Grove, CA

"Sorry for your loss."

Bernie from Barron, IL

"My deepest sympathies."

Cheryl & Steve Seibert from Champaign, IL

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Westhoff family. We wish you peace in the journey ahead."

Deanna holmes from Mt pleasant , TX

""My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Please know that our family is keeping your family in our prayers and thoughts.""

Aaron Gabriel from Palatine, IL

"The entire St. Charles swim community owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Mr. Westhoff (I cannot bring myself to call him 'Al' - please forgive me). He was always there for us, explaining the rules patiently but firmly as a swim official for just about every important meet and just as many un-important ones. I am so deeply sorry for the family's loss and hope that you understand that Mr. Westhoff made a big difference to me and so many others in our extended St. Charles swim family. Be strong, and whatever else you do, stay behind the timers in your lane until the heat before you finishes."

Beth Gabriel from St Charles, IL

"Like son Aaron, I too spent many hours on pool decks, but as an age group coach. Al Westhoff made the rules part easy! Always willing to explain, he never played favorites, including with his own kids! Al knew every rule and its reason for being! It was a pleasure to know and work with him all those years ago. I am so deeply sorry for the family’s loss, and the loss of a good man!"

Sandra J Jensen from st. charles, IL

"My deepest sympathy to the Westhoff family."

KK from Geneva, IL

"I had the privilege of being Mr Westhoff’s nurse twice. This last admission, I walked into his room in full PPE and he said, “I know you, you’re Kim”. I had been his nurse months ago and he still remembered everything we talked about back then. He was an absolute delight and made my day with his warmth and smile, even when he was having a tough time. I was so sad to hear he had passed. He definitely made an impression on me! Prayers to the Westhoff family."

Susan Fayette Hutchinson from Crystal Lake, IL

"Sue, I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Death is hard at any time, but the holidays make it even more emotional. Be comforted by your memories and your faith. I have to say that when I opened the page, I was stunned. You look just like your dad, but “pretty” as opposed to handsome. SfH"

Barb Reynolds Gregory from St. Louis, MO

"Dear Westoff Family please accept our condolences from the family of John “ Jack” Reynolds We were very sad to hear of Alex’s passing from his earthly life. Our dad use to fondly reminisce about the visits from the “Chicago “ family throughout his childhood and the visits in adulthood. Later in life it was the lengthy phone calls to catch up on their families. Cherished memories and the love for their families were very meaningful.Our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort to your family.The Reynolds Family St Louis, Mo"

Sharon Fischer from Arnold, MO

"Dear Westhoff Family, on behalf of Jack and Marge Reynolds' family, please accept our deepest sympathy. Alex will be missed by his cousins."

Herman & Karen Beck from St. Charles, IL

"We learned through Deb G. just recently about your Dad's passing. We were sorry to hear how sudden it was. Our love and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. I (Karen) have only known your Dad since your Mom's passing but he sure was, a very hard worker! Sorry the kids have their dear Pop."

Don Shaw from Wellington, FL

"Al was a wonderful man. He and Carol were two of the nicest people I have ever met. May God Bless them in his eternal love and heavenly peace."

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