Catsimatidis’ Father-in-Law, Albert Lee Vondersaar, Passes at 98

November 7, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Albert Leroy “Lee” Vondersaar, father of Margo Vondersaar Catsimatidis, wife of John Catsimatidis, passed away on November 3. Vondersaar was 98.

Surrounded by his family at his home in St. Petersburg, Vondersaar passed away peacefully, survived by the Catsimatidises and their children, Andrea and John Jr., and also by three other children, Tammy, Victor, and Jeanette; five other grandchildren, Kristen, Amanda, Keegan, Isabella, and Marissa, son-in-law Rene Heikens; and longstanding caregiver Sharla Castellanos.

Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire involved in many industries, philanthropic ventures, and a talk radio show following a candidacy for mayor of New York City in 2013, married Margo, an advertising executive, in 1988. On his Facebook page, Catsimatidis wrote: “Margo’s dad has passed. A truly great man.”

Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Albert Lee Vondersaar served in the Coast Guard during WWII and was an engineering specialist in the tool and dye industry.

Internment was scheduled for November 6 in St. Petersburg.

The family thanked all those who gave him loving care, and asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made, In Memory of Albert Lee Vondersaar, to the following organizations.

Soliders,Sailors, Marines Coast Guard & Airmen

283 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Attention: Hazel

Police Athletic League, Inc.

34 ½ East 12th Street

New York, NY 10003

Attention: Jami Landi

Clearwater Maine Aquarium

249 Windward Passage

Clearwater, FL 33767

Attention: Tammy Baureis


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