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Albert P. Lodl

Passed away on March 18, 2020

Albert P. Lodl, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, at The Villas of Palos Heights.  A longtime fixture of the East Side, he helped mold the minds of young men and women at St. Francis de Sales High School for all but one year of his 41-year teaching career.  He taught biology and English at SFDS.  He was known by many simply as Coach Lodl.  A Hall-Of-Fame inductee in both the IHSA (1988) and the Chicago Catholic League (1993), Lodl compiled 600 wins in 34 seasons as head varsity baseball coach at de Sales.  He also roamed the sidelines at all levels of Pioneer football in varying roles (frosh/soph head coach, varsity Offensive Line and Off. Coordinator, to name a few).  He even oversaw the SFDS varsity soccer program for three seasons in the late 1970's.
He is survived by his children, Vince and Michele, his sister Claudia McCarthy, his nephews Tim and Quinn as well as countless extended family members.  A visitation/memorial service will take place at a date to be determined once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

"I will never forget Al Lodl. What a great coach and friend. RIZp Albert P"
- John Botich
March 19, 2020 5:21 am

"I'll never forget you Albert P. Never had a bad day in my life. R.I.P."
- Jerry Januszewski
March 19, 2020 8:20 am

"I met Albert P. In 1963 and worked with him for 40 years. A wonderful man and a great coach. He gave his all to the students and athletes. We all became better people, because of his friendship. "
- Walter Schultz
March 19, 2020 9:51 am

"RIP Mr Lodl! Half sheet!"
- AL Hernandez
March 19, 2020 9:57 am

"Amazing teacher, coach, friend, and mentor. Heaven yelled "HEY AL" and you answered. Rest in Peace, my friend."
- Neal Ciciora
March 19, 2020 10:13 am

"Al was a great biology teacher and a fine man to boot! "Half-Sheet"!"
- Greg Hajduk
March 19, 2020 11:22 am

"Mr. Lodl.... A true PIONEER, “ Never a bad day”.. We’re grateful to have known you!!! Rest In Peace "
- Rose Family
March 19, 2020 1:39 pm

"RIP Mr. Lodl. Thank you for being a fantastic biology teacher and good friend. You will be missed."
- Warren R. Novak
March 19, 2020 6:26 pm

" Al was my coach at St Francis for three years. Later on I was his assistant when we coached freshmen football - our team went undefeated. He was most of all a great teacher. He was a good speaker in the class room and believed in helping to mold students and athletes for their own good. He dedicated his life to that. We were lucky to have had him as a teacher."
- Jim Nasella
March 19, 2020 6:27 pm

"RIP Mr Lodl! I’ll never forget “Xylem up, Phloem down”!!"
- Lisa Gagliano Bolek
March 19, 2020 11:42 pm

"I was fortunate to be able to play both baseball and soccer for Coach Lodl. He was a great coach that allowed players to love the sport, respect each other and work hard. I have the best memories of Mr. Lodl including half sheet quizzes in biology. Thank you for being a positive influence on my life. Rest In Peace!! "
- Jim Pieczynski
March 20, 2020 1:13 am

"My deepest condolences to his family. A sad farewell to a wonderful teacher. Like so many, I have Many wonderful memories of you at SFDS. Rest In Peace, Mr. Lodl and May God’s Perpetual Light Shine upon you. 🙏🏻✝️🙏🏻 "
- Suzanne Simonovich
March 20, 2020 1:30 am

"R.I.P. Mr. Lodl. Remembering you from my teacher, to fellow parent at little league games to a teacher to my daughter. All fond memories.."
- Rita Prodoehl
March 20, 2020 6:44 am

"He was the best! One of a kind. RIP Al Mike Gadus ‘70"
- Mike Gadus
March 20, 2020 1:28 pm

"Phylum up and Zylem down. Albert P. played a major and unforgettable roll in my academic, sports and personal development at SFDS. "
- Laurence A Velchek
March 20, 2020 3:07 pm

"You always said of people you are one of the best. Al, in your own words you truly were. R.I.P you will be missed! Tim Geldmyer"
- Tim Geldmyer
March 20, 2020 6:41 pm

"Albert P. Great friend, business partner and companion. Many good time will not be forgotten. Rest in peace friend"
- Mike Bender
March 20, 2020 8:02 pm

"Played four years of varsity baseball for the great Coach Lodl. He helped me to become a better coach in my adult years. Thanks Coach Lodl. John Perkovich SFDS ‘66"
- John A. Perkovich
March 21, 2020 3:06 pm

"Coach Lodl was a big influence on my life as a person & coach. May he rest in peace."
- Hank Rzyski
March 21, 2020 4:16 pm

"If you knew Al Lodl, you will always remember him. You really had no choice. He was one of those rare people who positively influenced so many lives. Just the mention of his name brings smiles to so many people, and so many stories. RIP Coach Lodl, and peace to your family. "
- Tom Raschke
March 21, 2020 10:02 pm

"Long Live the memory of Coach Lodl. Thank you from the thousands of students and athletes that you have positively influenced during your many years of teaching and coaching. We are all better people from knowing you Coach. Once a Pioneer always a Pioneer. Class of '68"
- Pat Montalbano
March 23, 2020 5:33 pm

"RIP Mr. Lodl. You and Mr. Capello were the two coach’s who gave me the PMA to get through 50 years of working to support my family. Going through your practice sessions helps a young man get through the rough times in life. Thanks"
- Michael Wallman
March 25, 2020 9:24 am

"Albert P was a great friend. I loved the guy and found pleasure going to see him at the Villa. He never changed and kept me laughing and always asked about how the horses were running I am so happy I took the time to visit him. He knew I was buddy and that was nothing I wouldn't do for him. Rest in peace Albert P I will love you forever. Jim Kelly"
- Jim Kelly
March 26, 2020 4:14 pm

Candles Lit
"Prayers and hugs to Coach'es family . Great Educator , Coach Father , and Friend ! "
- Coach Nick MC
March 18, 2020 7:17 pm

"Rest In Peace, Coach! Great memories! Always a pioneer. "
- Lisa T
March 18, 2020 10:47 pm

"Cheers to Albert P! I have many cherished memories of SFDS, baseball, Les Curnow and friendships. God bless you Coach, Rest In Peace"
- Craig Kozlowski
March 19, 2020 11:47 am

"God Bless You Albert P. Life lessons that will always remain. Hope you find "The Big Kahuna"."
- Jim Such
March 19, 2020 3:32 pm

"Rip Albert P. Never had a bad day will be in my vocabulary forever because of you."
- Paul Marciniak
March 19, 2020 8:51 pm

"He coached the frosh/sophomore football team in 1964. He was just what us freshman needed! We went 9-1 under his leadership. He made a difference in my life and so many other young men. He was an amazing mentor! You will be missed."
- Dennis Ward
March 22, 2020 8:20 pm