Thomas James “Tom” Van Bladel


Thomas James “Tom” Van Bladel
Of Arlington Heights

Thomas James Van Bladel, D.D.S., 74, of Arlington Heights, IL, died February 5, 2017. He passed away in Aruba while windsurfing, his favorite activity.
He is survived by his loving wife Yvonne; six siblings: Janet (Ken) Mullins, Gerald (Linda), Alan, Kenneth (Doris), Robert (Sue), and Patricia (Dennis) Nolan; four children: Heather (Josh), Kevin (Shilarna), Erin and Christine; and five grandchildren.
Prior to retirement in 2010, he practiced dentistry in Arlington Heights for 35+ years, caring for over 3500 patients. After graduating from UIC, he became a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, serving aboard the U.S.S. Sperry and at Camp Pendleton. Tom greatly enjoyed science, outdoor activities, exercise and the ocean. He remains well loved, and will be greatly missed. Memorial will be private.
The family requests donations be made to in his name.
Memories and condolences may be posted at or (847) 253-0168.

17 thoughts on “Thomas James “Tom” Van Bladel

  1. Tom was one of the finest people that I have ever known. He was a kind and caring boss, a wonderful dentist, and a dear friend. He will be so missed. My thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with Yvonne, his children, grandchildren, and siblings.

  2. We are saddened to hear about Dr.Van. He was a fine man and an outstanding dentist. Both my parents and my son as well as Matt and I were patients of his for many years. Our sincere sympathies go out to all the members of his family and the many friends who join in their loss.

    • Thank you for the wonderful comments about Tom. I know that so many people just loved him and he was always so proud of that fact that children of patients he had treated continued to see him.

      I am comforted by the fact that he died windsurfing which was his passion.


      Yvonne VanBladel

  3. So sorry for your loss, may God give you peace and comfort at this time. Tom will live in your hearts for ever God Bless.

  4. We are so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. He was not only a great dentist, but a wonderful person and friend. Tom cared for three generations of our family and he will be greatly missed. We send our sincerest sympathy to Yvonne and Dick and the entire family.

    Wally and Pat Guyer

    • Wally,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and I know you and your family members were Tom’s patients for me years. He was loved by many and I miss him terribly but he was in Aruba doing what he loved.

  5. I have not been able to think of anything else since I heard that Dr. Van Bladel is no longer with us. I spent so many happy years working for him. He was a wonderful man of great intelligence and integrity, as well as being a gentle dentist. I could never have worked for anyone better than Tom. We were all blessed to have him be a part of our lives. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this extremely sad time.

    • Heidi,
      Thank you so much for the kind words and thoughts. I know how much you meant to Tom as well for so many years. He thought highly of the wonderful care you rendered to your patients.

      I also miss him very much and take consolation knowing that he died doing what he loved.

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