- August 13, 1937 - November 30, 2016
of Robert's Passing
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“Oh My. My sister, Mary Lee Oberhelman who still lives in Cincinnati, made me aware of Bob's passing. So many memories of S. Fairmount, Bacon, etc....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Jay Davis - St. George, UT
“The Vondenbrink Family:Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time to all of you. Bob and Pauline were in the "76ers" with us as well as former...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Carole O'Malley - Needham, MA
“I lived and worked in Needham for many years in the school dept. I knew Bob in the Exchange Club and as a citizen. He was a fine man and a...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Fred Tirrell - Needham, MA
“Dear Jenn and Julie, We are sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad. As a member of the VC, I knew him. All of you will be remembered in our...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bob and Carol Giumetti - needham, MA
“Dearest Jenn and Julie,I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I worked for him one summer while in high school and he was such a sweet...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend
“Praying for your whole family during this difficult time. May God bless you all and and may He give you peace as you remember the wonderful years...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Tom & LeAnna Sheehan - Mansfield, MA
“Dear Jenn and Julie -I am, so sorry for your loss. And I know that I speak for all of my family as well, to say that it is a loss for everyone. That...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Cousin Tom - Chicago
“Jen, So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in the coming days. Hugs Viv
8 of 9 | Posted by: Vivien Hunnicutt - New haven, CT
“I have truly missed you Bob popping in here at the Tri-Town Chamber for your candy fix. I suppose I can say it now but sometimes sneaking those...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Ruthie Briggs - Mansfield, MA
Robert "Bob" Vondenbrink, 79, formerly of Needham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday November 30, 2016.
Bob was born in Cincinnati Ohio to George Vondenbrink and Marie (Peebles) Vondenbrink in 1937. In 1963 he married Pauline Huseman of Cincinnati Ohio, daughter of Richard and Mary Louise Huseman, with whom he spent nearly 40 years.
Bob graduated from Roger Bacon High School, an institution with which he remained actively engaged throughout his life. He began his professional career with Graybar Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio and was quickly promoted to the Buffalo, New York office where he relocated his young family, and then to Boston all in the span of 9 years. After leaving Graybar, Bob worked for Shawmut Bank, the Charles River Association and finally operating his own company, Dutchman's Maintenance.
Throughout his life Bob participated in several service organizations such as the Knights of Columbus - Order of the Alhambra. He was a past president of the Needham Exchange Club and the Needham Village Club. He also served as the treasurer of the Boston German/American Club in Walpole Ma.
Bob's passions were family, friends, his midwestern heritage, and the Kentucky Derby, which he considered a national holiday. He was especially proud of his three grandsons. More often than not, Bob, or Papa as he was called by all, could be found at his grandson's baseball, basketball and football games cheering for the Mansfield teams, popcorn always in hand.
Bob is survived by his two daughters; Jennifer Vondenbrink and Julie Vondenbrink Smith, son in law Peter Smith; three grandsons - Jeffrey Adam Smith, Andrew Thomas Smith and Connor James Smith; sisters Jean (Vondenbrink) Elsen and brother in law Frank Elsen; Nancy (Vondenbrink) Ventre and brother in law Gerard Ventre; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom share fond memories of "Uncle Bob." He is predeceased by his brother George Vondenbrink.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eatons Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham MA, on Sunday December 4, 2016 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Church on Monday December 5, 2016 at 10:00am. Interment to follow at Needham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Deutsches Altenheim, 2222 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Special thanks to the Hematology Oncology team at Beth Israel Hospital for their many years of support and care.