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In Memory of Alan H. Van Den Broeke


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday January 8, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Mass of Christian Burial

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday January 8, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Alan Henry Van Den Broeke

12/07/1955 – 01/01/2021

Al Van Den Broeke of Hudson, Wisconsin died Friday, January 1, 2021 due to complications of COVID at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

Al was born on December 7, 1955 to Henry and Christine (Lesewski) Van Den Broeke in Marshall, MN.  He grew up in Marshall, attending Holy Redeemer Catholic grade school and Marshall High School graduating with the class of 1974.  He attended Southwest MN State University in Marshall and was a graduate of the Bank & Finance program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. 

He began his banking career at First American National Bank in St. Cloud.  In June of 1981, he accepted a position with First National Bank in Hudson, WI (which became Associated Bank) where he worked for 27 years.  In February 2008, he accepted a position at Citizens State Bank in Hudson, WI which was where he currently worked. 

Al was united in marriage to Susan (Sue) Pavek on June 26, 1982 in St. Cloud, MN.  They celebrated over 38 years of marriage.  Al’s devotion to his family and generous heart will never be forgotten by daughter Kristin (Kevin Stieber) and son Mark (Emily Binversie).

He is also survived by his brother Duane (Laurie) of Savage, MN and their children Alison and Sam, mother-in-law Barbara Pavek, in-laws Sonya & Steve Vaurio, Connie & Steve Johnson, Terry & Annette Pavek, Cheri & Bob Severson, Gary Pavek, Bobbi Jo & Mike Eischeid, Kathy & Dan Torgerson, 16 nieces and nephews as well as extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Christine and his father-in-law John Pavek.

He was a proud member of the Hudson community for over 40 years and volunteered in various capacities including being a recent board member of Camp St. Croix. He was most proud of the people Kristin and Mark grew up to be.  He will always be remembered for his community service and incredible work ethic.  Our hearts are broken and we long for more time with him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Camp St. Croix. Please follow the link (https://www.ymcanorth.org/give/campgiving#close) for online donations, choose Camp St. Croix for the designation, and include Al’s name in the Tribute Gift area. Checks can also be mailed to YMCA of the North, NW 5901, P.O. Box 1450, Mpls MN 55485 and include Al’s name in the memo.

A special thank you to the 6th floor United Hospital nursing staff.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 7:00pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson. The Mass will be livestreamed on St Patrick’s Facebook page.  Interment at Willow River Cemetery.


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    • I just found out about Al’s passing now. I am shocked and so saddened by this. I didn’t know him very well, we had interactions for business. He just was so kind. I think that is what I will remember him for the most. This was so long ago that we worked together, but I still remember how kind he was.

      I am very sorry for your loss.


      Erin Murphy

    • Dear family,
      I just want to extend my deepest sympathy. I was Al’s nurse. I will truly miss him. Last time we talked he had cleared many trees from his land. I just thought how could a virus take down such a strong man. I can see how loved he was and I always enjoyed his smile. This is just heartbreaking . I am so glad I got to know him.
      My sincerest sympathy. I will truly miss him.

    • Dear Sue & family,
      Al will be remembered for his kind & welcoming smile.
      Know you are in our thoughts & prayers. I hope that peace will surround your heart & memories will brighten your days.

    • We are so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was always a gentleman to everybody and such an encouraging and helpful co-worker to everyone back in the First National Bank days. He will be sorely missed in the entire St. Croix Valley. Praying for God’ peace and love to surround you in the days ahead.

    • Sue and Family,

      Al was truly the best of the best!! I worked alongside him for 9 years at FNB. He was the heart and soul of the FNB family and with his passing we all have a true sense of loss. There is a piece of Al in all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him!! Please know that you are not going thru this tragedy alone because you are in the thoughts and prayers of the FNB family and the whole Hudson community!!

    • Sue,
      My heartfelt condolences to you & your family at this difficult time. My prayers to you all to find strength while you grief and peace in memories. Sandy and Fred Sobottka

    • Sue and Family,

      I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Al for just over a 1 year at Citizens State Bank.

      Al was one the nicest and most genuine individuals I’ve ever met. I’ll miss seeing Al around and will miss our conversations.
      He was an amazing guy and will deeply missed!

      You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      Todd Van Wambeke

    • Dear Mrs. Van Den Broeke, Kristin, and Mark,
      I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Van Den Broeke. Your whole family is very special to me and that is in part due to your husband and father and the kindness he shared with me and others. You are all a testament to his love and goodness.

      I extend my deepest sympathies to all of you. We are never ready to let go of our loved ones. I will be praying for all of you, and part of that prayer will be that you find strength and hope in each other. May the many memories you have of this important man in your life lift you in the days, weeks, and years ahead.

      (Mrs.) Terri Bekkum

    • Sue and Family,
      I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Sue,

      I never met your husband, but it sounds like he was a great guy.
      I’m very sorry for you loss.

      Terry Beck

    • Sue,
      Barb and I are so sad to learn of Al’s passing. It is so shocking. You and your family are in our prayers.

    • So very sorry for your loss! 😭
      We are thinking of you during this difficult time. 🙏🏻
      Prayers, Jodi & Phil Skoog

    • Sue, Kristin and Mark, my heart goes out to you. I worked closely with Al over the last 12 years at CSB. There are many memories of him and they all bring a smile to my face! He was kind, fun-loving, hard- working, respectful of others and genuinely cared about his co-workers and customers. He loved his family so much and was very proud of you. He leaves a special place in our hearts and will be greatly missed. May the memories you hold in your heart and the thoughts and prayers of others bring you some comfort during this most difficult time.

    • Our condolences to you. We have known Al since he was at First National Bank. He always was friendly, had a smile on his face and would stop to talk to you every time we saw him. He will be greatly missed by many.

    • I have worked with Al these last two years and I really enjoyed him not just as a great professional banker, but as a person that made me always feel welcome as he shared his warmest support and heart.
      I will miss him!
      Wishing his family, all his colleagues at Citizens bank and his friends much peace at these difficult times and hope for the future of mankind!

      Hans Friese

    • Kristin and all family members- I feel for your loss of someone so dear and important to you. I pray that your hearts will be filled with everlasting memories and his love for each of you.

    • This is such a sad time. I remember Al so well from the 70s. He was always so much fun to be around. He always seemed to be in a good mood. If Al was around, you could be sure he would be smiling or laughing at some point. He leaves so many of us some happy memories.

    • Our hearts hurt for you and your children with the loss of Al. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

    • Humble and kind are the words that come to my mind as I grieve the loss of a very special man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May the wonderful memories comfort you in the difficult time ahead. He holds a special place in my heart.

    • I am so saddened to hear this news. I smiled seeing his photos. Did he ever not smile!?! Just an all around great guy. I’m sorry Sue, Kristen and Mark that I will not be able to pay my respects in person. I have moved out of the area but will plan a special drive soon to visit the cemetery. May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength at this difficult time. Find peace in your memories. Sending my love to you all.

      Doreen Protz

    • Mrs. Van Den Broeke, Kristin, and Mark,
      I am very sorry for your loss. I always appreciated the kind support and understanding shown toward our school staff and me while our children attended St. Patrick. You are in our prayers.

    • I will miss your face around CSB Al. I could always count on you for a good talk about cruising the seas. I hope there is a great Caribbean Reggae Band playing for you and the sun is shining in the bright blue sky.
      I enjoyed walking in many parades with you. You always cracked me up with your comments. There are so many memories over the past 12 years knowing you. You were not only my co-worker but my friend.

      Sue, Kristin and Mark – he loved you all so much. He talked about you frequently and the good times you had on vacations together. My heart breaks for you all.