Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

Colonial Funeral Home is a family-owned business that has been serving McHenry and its surrounding communities since 1882. We provide at-need and pre-need funeral and cremation services and merchandise.

Through the years, we have never taken your trust for granted. We appreciate it and we do our best every day to remain worthy of the confidence you place in us. You will always find us open to change in order to provide the kind of service that will be most meaningful to you, whatever your needs or desires may be. But one thing will never change; our dedication to serving you with dignity, competence and compassion.

Contact us at any time to discuss our services or to arrange a time to meet with one of our funeral service professionals.


Our Obituaries

Kathie Ann Saunders (nee Larson)

June 1, 1949 - April 10, 2021

Kathie Ann Saunders, age 71, of McHenry passed away on April 10, 2021 at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry. She was born on June 1, 1949 in Berwyn, Illinois, to Robert and Theresa (O'Connor) Larson. Kathie married her late husband : Bob Saunders in April of 1974 in Woodstock IL. Kathie loved reading autobiographies, playing games, putting puzzles together and Baskin Robins ice cream. ...
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Gus A. Poulos

December 10, 1929 - April 9, 2021

Gus A. Poulos age 91 passed away in his own bed April 9, 2021. Loving and devoted husband to Angie (née Chious) for 64 years. Loving and devoted father to Andrew Poulos and Elaine(Steve) Sinclair and cherished Papou to Dean and Dale Sinclair. Loving brother to Kaliope (George) Darras, William (Helen) Poulos and Mary (William) Schlau. Brother in law to John Chious. Favorite Uncle and Cousin to...
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Ida Mariaelena Carey

June 7, 1953 - April 9, 2021

Ida Mariaelena Carey, age 67, of McHenry, passed away Friday evening, April 9, 2021, at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry, surrounded by her loving family. Ida was born June 7, 1953, in Cadwell, Idaho, the daughter of George Sr. and Grace (Garcia) Franco. On March 31, 1972, Ida married the love of her life, Wayne P. Carey. Ida was a devoted wife and loving mother. She loved spending...
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Janice Morgan

January 25, 1941 - April 8, 2021

Janice Morgan, age 80, of McHenry passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Journey Care in Barrington IL, surrounded by her loving family. Janice was born on January 25, 1941 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Albert and Ann Carlson. Janice is survived by her children: Mark Morgan, Dawn Morgan, Donna Morgan, and Derk Morgan, as well as her sister Joyce Kitzman; grandchildren: Kent Pleva,...
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Robert A. Hoffman

April 4, 1944 - April 5, 2021

Robert A. Hoffman, age 77 of McHenry passed away on April 5, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Chicago on April 4, 1944, the son of Edward and Evelyn Hoffman. Robert married his beloved wife Barbara Kinateder on June 11, 1966 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Skokie, IL. Robert was a teacher at Marian Central Catholic and Stevenson high schools. He was a past...
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Chrystyna A. Griffith

July 12, 1946 - April 2, 2021

Chrystyna A. Griffith, age 74 of Wonder Lake passed away on April 2, 2021 at home with her beloved family by her side. She was born on July 12, 1946 in Ukraine, the daughter of Paul and Sophie Lewandowskyj. In 1950, Chrystyna and her parents made the long journey and moved to the United States. Chrystyna grew up in Chicago, IL and graduated from Providence High School in 1961. She married...
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Mary K. Jobst

January 5, 1939 - March 31, 2021

Mary Kathryn Jobst, born January 5, 1939 to Karl Wehner and Anna (Schon) Wehner passed on March 31, 2021 at the age of 82. Mary arrived in America from Germany on November 6, 1951, when she was 12 years old. She married Kurt Jobst on May 31, 1958 and they had eight children, twenty-three grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Mary worked as an...
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Terrence "Terry" Scott Bourke

September 7, 1963 - March 31, 2021

Terrence (Terry) Scott Bourke, age 57, of Island Lake, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer for 7 years. Terry was born in Park Ridge, Illinois on September 7, 1963, growing up in Island Lake, IL to Robert C. and Jeanne (Miller) Bourke. He graduated from McHenry East High School in 1981, after a happy childhood filled with...
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Nancy A. Lorr

October 30, 1936 - March 30, 2021

Nancy A. Lorr, age 84, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, March 30, 2021, at Journey Care in Barrington. Nancy was born October 30, 1936, in Chicago, the daughter of Anthony and Alice (Zavoral) Kramer. Nancy enjoyed working for many years in the Insurance Industry. Nancy was very faithful to the church, praying the Rosary daily and attending Sunday morning Mass. She...
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Ruth Blair

December 3, 1927 - March 28, 2021

On Sunday, March 28th, 2021, Ruth Augusta Blair, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and great aunt passed away at the age of 93. Ruth was born on December 3rd 1927 in Chicago, IL to Otto Pockrandt and Rose Pockrandt. On June 2nd 1948 she married Marshall Howard Blair. They raised a son Thomas Howard Blair, and later in life Ruth found the daughter she never had in her...
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Thomas M. Sellars

January 29, 1962 - March 27, 2021

Thomas M. Sellars, age 59, of McHenry, passed away on March 27, 2021, at his home in McHenry with his loved ones at his side. Thomas was born January 29, 1962 in Norfolk, VA. The son of Thomas and Emily (Deering) Sellars. He married his wife Rachel on October 12, 2013 in Lake Geneva WI. Thomas was a multi-business owner, and salesman. He was a member of McHenry Chamber of Commerce, in...
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Barbara M. Schelhammer

May 20, 1932 - March 22, 2021

Barbara M. Schelhammer, age 88, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her loving daughters Laura and Kim. Barbara was born May 20, 1932, in Chicago, the daughter of George F. and Lucy K. (Kroll) Dour. On September 12, 1953, Barbara married the love of her life, Heinz Schelhammer, Sr. in Chicago. Heinz preceded Barbara in death on March 21,...
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Joseph "Pat" Stanek

July 3, 1957 - March 22, 2021

Joseph "Pat" Stanek passed peacefully in his home on March 22, 2021 from a short battle with a glioblastoma. He was born as the firecracker baby to Joseph and Marilyn Stanek on July 3, 1957. He was the second of 6 Stanek children. His impact began early. He was knighted as Courtesy King in first grade, a reign he held throughout his life. He could be found at the neighborhood ballpark or on...
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Richard Louis Smith

July 25, 1941 - March 21, 2021

Richard Louis Smith, 79, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 in McHenry, Illinois. Richard was born, July 25, 1941, to Reynold and Ann Smith in Barrington, Illinois. He graduated from Barrington High School in 1959. Richard began his career in the 1960's by owning his own television repair shop. He was also a member of Barrington, IL. Police Department serving as a Deputy Marshal for 17 years...
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Ronald Nicolai

September 12, 1948 - March 16, 2021

Ronald H. Nicolai, age 72, of Hebron, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, March 16, 2021, at Northwestern McHenry Hospital. Ron was born September 12, 1948, in Chicago, the son of Harold and Geraldine (Simon) Nicolai. On September 4, 1971, Ron married the love of his life, Richanne Glash at St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry. Ron proudly served our country in the United States...
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John Steven Matecki

May 20, 1928 - March 15, 2021

John Steven Matecki, of Barrington, Illinois, age 92, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2021 surrounded by his loving family after valiantly battling prostate cancer for over 24 years. John was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 20,1928, growing up on the northside of Chicago. He met his lifelong sweetheart Jackie when they both worked at Sears. John served at the US Army chemical center in...
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Darlene A. Michalski

July 15, 1940 - March 12, 2021

Darlene A. Michalski, age 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her as she was a loving, caring and compassionate soul! Darlene was born in Chicago 1 ½ hours later than her twin brother, Don, as a surprise to Jack and Alberta (Pulley) Hunt, and her brother Norman. After her parents divorced, Darlene and Don were cared for by...
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Denise Joy Stevens

February 24, 1948 - March 11, 2021

Denise Joy Stevens, age 73 of McHenry, IL passed away peacefully at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington. She was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England on February 24, 1948 the daughter of Kenneth and Joyce Summers. Denise married her beloved husband Gary B. Stevens in Longueuil, Quebec Canada, on September 21, 1968. Denise was an avid Blackhawks fan and enjoyed watching them play. In her free...
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Scott Brown

September 3, 1952 - March 11, 2021

Scott Brown, age 68, of Wonder Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 11, 2021, at Northwestern Centegra Hospital in McHenry. Scott was born September 3, 1952, in Chicago, the son of James and Mary (Kane) Brown. On June 20, 1975, Scott married his best friend and the love of his life, Kathleen O'Neill in Chicago. In 1977, Scott began a proud career as a Chicago City Police...
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Catherine Eileen (nee Gammuto) Prendergast

December 5, 1950 - March 7, 2021

Catherine Eileen Gammuto Prendergast of McHenry passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 7th after a courageous battle with cancer, her second in 20 years. Catherine, sometimes known as "Corky," was born on December 5, 1950 in Westmont, IL to John and Catherine (Maher) Gammuto. She grew up in Downers Grove, IL and was a proud graduate of Downers Grove North...
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Pamela Sue Burrow

February 5, 1967 - March 6, 2021

Pamela Sue Burrow, age 54, of McHenry passed away on March 6, 2021 at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry. She was born on February 5, 1967 in Chicago, the daughter of Hollis Benham Jr. and Rev. Cora Lou (Bledsoe). She married the love of her life, John P. Burrow on June 28, 1986 and they spent 35 wonderful years together. There are no words. Maybe LOVE. She was all love, and loved...
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Frederick P. Beresniewicz

May 26, 1931 - February 27, 2021

Frederick P. Beresniewicz, age 89, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Frederick was born May 26, 1931, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Alexandria Beresniewicz. He was a United States Army veteran who enjoyed spending time with his family and watching the Chicago Cubs or Blackhawks. Frederick is survived by his daughters Ami (Glen) Neumann and Marci,...
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Sandra Lee Kreczmer

January 24, 1945 - February 24, 2021

Sandra Lee Kreczmer, age 76, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Sandra "Sande" was born on January 24, 1945 to James "Penner" and Annabelle Hansen in East Chicago, Indiana. On May 24, 1969 she married her best friend and love of her life Dave Kreczmer. Sande was a very outgoing, loving and devoted mother who enjoyed participating in...
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Patrick Joseph Mahoney

December 16, 1936 - February 24, 2021

Patrick Joseph Mahoney, age 84, of Wonder Lake, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, February 24, 2021, in JourneyCare in Barrington. Patrick was born December 16, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thomas and Florence (Irwin) Mahoney. Patrick served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 6 years. On September 21, 1974, Patrick married the love of his life, Marie Louise Sullivan at Our...
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Linda B. Graham

September 7, 1948 - February 23, 2021

Linda B. Graham, age 72, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Linda was born September 7, 1948, the daughter of Joseph and Anita (Berg) Graham and stepmother, Harriett (Morris) Graham. For over 30 years, she worked as a receptionist in Dr. Albanese's office and really enjoyed her relationships with the patients. Linda's father was in the army so...
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Diana Lynn Clemence

January 23, 1948 - February 22, 2021

Diana Lynn Clemence, age 73, of Fox Lake, passed away on February 22, 2021 at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry, IL. She was born on January 23, 1948 in Chicago, the daughter of August and Alice Groth. She married her beloved husband Andrew A. Clemence Jr. on August 5, 1972 in Chicago IL. Diana retired from Motorola after 15 years with the company. In her free time she enjoyed boating,...
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Barbara Jean Sisk

August 10, 1932 - February 20, 2021

Barbara Jean Sisk was born on August 10, 1932 and she passed peacefully in her sleep on February 20, 2021. She was 1 of 11 children of Frank & Jane VanBuskirk. She is survived by her brother Bob (Sharon) and her sister Sue. She was married to Everett Lee Sisk of Batesville, AR on June 6, 1953. Together they had 3 sons Dennis, Greg and Steve and rejoiced over them and their families. ...
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John J Lynch

May 19, 1932 - February 17, 2021

John Joseph (Jack, JJ) Lynch, 88, passed away on Wednesday February 17, 2021 peacefully in his sleep after several years living at White Oaks Memory Care in McHenry, IL. Born on May 19, 1932 in Chicago to John and Irene "Murph" Lynch & later stepfather Edward Cain. John grew up on the Westside of Chicago on 220 N Leamington Ave. Graduated from St. Mels High School. Golfed on Amateur...
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Rose L. Gardner

December 10, 1929 - February 13, 2021

Rose L. Gardner, 91, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 in McHenry, IL. She was born December 10, 1929 in Prairie du Chien, WI later moving to Libertyville, IL where she was a resident for most of her life, then living in the Spring Grove area for the last 20 years. Her sweetness and kindness will be missed by many. Surviving are her three children, Paula Usmiller, Bruce (Darlene)...
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Ronald W. Mlyniec

February 23, 1940 - February 5, 2021

Ronald W. Mlyniec, age 80, of McHenry passed away peacefully on February 5, 2021 at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington IL. He was born in Chicago, the son of Casimir and Adeline Mlyniec. Ron married his beloved wife Anita on November 23, 1968 in Berwyn IL. Ron, who was known for his warm smile and great sense of humor, worked for SkipperBud's for over 20 years. In his free time he...
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Patricia A. May

January 10, 1942 - February 2, 2021

Patricia A. May passed away peacefully February 2, 2021 at Journey Care in Barrington, IL She was born January 10, 1942 to John & Edythe Lavin in Chicago, IL. She married Dennis May on May 15, 1999 in McHenry, IL. Patricia & Dennis lived in McHenry until her move to Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock, IL in 2012. Prior to this, Patricia lived in Johnsburg for 24 years. For more than 25...
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Paul F. Mueller

August 29, 1944 - January 31, 2021

Paul F. Mueller, age 76, of Wonder Lake, passed away on January 31, 2021 at home with his loving family by his side. Paul was born August 29, 1944 in Chicago, the son of Robert and Margaret Mueller. He married his wife Linda Akers on January 4, 1964 in Woodstock, IL. Paul worked many years for the movie industry in California as a prop maker. He was a proud member and retiree of the I.A.T.S...
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Kurt Martin Reuss

March 8, 1959 - January 31, 2021

Kurt Martin Reuss, 61, of Wonder Lake, Illinois passed away on January 31st, 2021. Kurt was born in Chicago on March 8th, 1959, to parents Martin and Katherine Reuss. He graduated from Gordon Tech High School, and went on to study HVAC at a trade school in Chicago. On October 14th, 1989, he married the love of his life, Suzanne Petrakovits, with whom he had three sons. He spent a lifetime...
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Thomas M. McCormack

March 3, 1947 - January 30, 2021

Thomas M. McCormack, age 73, of McHenry, passed away on January 30,2021 at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry. Thomas was born March 3,1947 in Chicago, the son of Timothy and Mary Lois (Temple) McCormack. He married his wife Bonnie on July 11, 2009 at their home in McHenry. He attended Marquette University, and then graduated in 1969 from the University of South Vietnam School of Warfare. ...
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Betty J. Summers

July 15, 1923 - January 27, 2021

BETTY J. SUMMERS 7/15/1923-1/27/21, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Preceded in death by husband Jim Summers; parents Raymond Fitzpatrick and Lilian Nelson; stepfathers Milton Anderson and Irwin Nelson; grandson Sam Summers and daughter-in-law Mary Beth Summers. Survived by children Patrick Summers and Stephanie (Tom O'Brien) Summers; half brother Jim (Anita) Fitzpatrick; grandchildren...
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David S. Bauer

April 3, 1963 - January 26, 2021

David S. Bauer, 57, of Johnsburg, Illinois peacefully passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. He was born in McHenry, Illinois on April 3rd, 1963 to Donald and Joan Bauer. On June 18th, 1983 he married his love and best friend, Sharon Bauer with whom he had two daughters, Jessica and Jamie. As a young man, he had a strong interest...
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Richard J. Blaschak

January 31, 1933 - January 24, 2021

Richard J. Blaschak, age 87, of Wonder Lake, peacefully passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Journey Care Barrington. He was born on January 31, 1933 in Empire Ohio, the son of Joseph and Mary Blaschak. Richard proudly served in the United States Army before attending LSU where he was a defensive back for the Tigers. Richard married the love of his life, Carol, on July 30, 1960 at St....
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Joyce Lucille Roth

October 13, 1926 - January 23, 2021

Joyce Lucille Roth, age 94, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, passed away on, January 23, 2021 at home, with her loving family by her side. Joyce was born October 13, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Charles and Mildred Martin. On October 2, 1948 she married George Roth at Gethsemane Church in Chicago IL. Joyce worked as a manager at Illinois Bell for over 30 years and was...
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Robert Frank Holas

November 28, 1958 - January 21, 2021

Robert Frank Holas, age 62, of McHenry passed away at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry on January 21, 2021 with family by his side. He was born in Harvard, Illinois on November 28, 1958, the son of Frank and Rosemary Holas. It is awfully hard to say goodbye to our dear brother Bob, we did not want to ever let him go! We are at peace knowing he is in heaven and all its glory, finally he can...
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Kathryn Nye Bolger

February 5, 1928 - January 19, 2021

Kathryn Nye Bolger passed away peacefully on January 19, 2021. Her six children were blessed to be at her bedside for the last days and hours of her life. She was born on February 5, 1928, the oldest child of Harvey & Eva Blake Nye in McHenry, Illinois. Kathryn married the love of her life, Thomas F. Bolger, in 1948 and they enjoyed 60 years together before his death in 2009. Their deep...
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Elsie E. Wendt

November 15, 1920 - January 19, 2021

Elsie E. Wendt, age 100, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021, at her home in Crystal Lake. Elsie was born November 15, 1920, in Chicago, the daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Engelman) Miller. On June 21, 1941, Elsie married the love of her life, George Wendt in Chicago. George preceded Elsie in death on March 5, 2009. Gardening...
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Paul M. Jargstorf

October 3, 1947 - January 17, 2021

Paul M. Jargstorf, age 73, of Johnsburg, passed away on January 17, 2021 in McHenry IL. He was born on October 3, 1947 in Melrose Park, IL, the son of Henry and Barbara Jargstorf. He married the love of his life Karen Thorson on March 1, 1969 at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in LaGrange Park, IL. Paul was a teacher at Carl Sandburg Junior High in Rolling Meadows for 35 years. He...
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Gayle R. Mitchell

March 19, 1939 - January 17, 2021

Gayle Roberta Mitchell was born to the late William and Louise Funk on March 19, 1939 in Charleston, West Virgina. She died on January 17, 2021 in her home in McHenry, IL following a brief illness complicated by the COVID virus. Gayle is survived by her husband of nearly 62 years, Roger D. Mitchell of Elwood, Indiana, three sons, Scott & Sally Mitchell of East Amherst, NY, Mark & Lynn...
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Alexis S. Masonberg

December 7, 1994 - January 16, 2021

Alexis S. Masonberg, age 26, of Lake Villa, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Alexis was born December 7, 1994, at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, the daughter of Michael Masonberg and Patricia Hulsart and grew up in McHenry. Alexis loved trying new things and was fearless and never afraid of trying anything new and adventurous. More than anything,...
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Mary Susan DiMaggio

November 3, 1939 - January 14, 2021

Mary Susan DiMaggio, age 81, of McHenry passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family and caring nurses. Mary was born on November 3, 1939 in Chicago, the daughter of David and Kathleen O'Connell. Mary preferred being called Susan because of her favorite song "Runaround Sue" by Dion DiMucci. She was a fantastic real estate agent for 20 plus years and...
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Verdell "Dell" Jane (nee Didier) Woollard

January 23, 1942 - January 14, 2021

Verdell "Dell" Jane Woollard (nee Didier) formerly Weber, age 78, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2021 at Randall Residence of McHenry. She was born on January 23, 1942 in Evanston, the daughter of James Henry and Verdell Evelyn Didier. Dell was a longtime resident of the Northwest suburbs until relocating to Florida in late 2000, returning to Illinois to be closer to her family in...
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Raphael Diederich

April 4, 1947 - January 13, 2021

Ralph Diederich a long- time resident of Wonder Lake IL passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2021 at Burlington Aurora health Center in Burlington, WI. Ralph grew up in Chicago where he attended Catholic school and met his high school sweetheart, Ralph and Patricia eventually married and had four children. They would have been married 54 years April 22, 2021. Ralph's family was an...
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Michael David Linderman "Mike"

August 16, 1961 - January 13, 2021

Michael David Linderman, (Mike), age 59, of McHenry, passed away suddenly, the result of an automobile accident, Wednesday morning, January 13, 2021. Mike was born August 16, 1961, in Chicago, the son of Toby Ann and Sheldon Linderman. Mike was a loyal union plumber from 1991 until the economy crashed in 2009. Mike then decided to open All Pro Plumbing in McHenry with his wife Michelle. ...
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Elmer "Al" Alfred Henry Boeldt

June 4, 1931 - January 11, 2021

ELMER "AL" ALFRED HENRY BOELDT Born: June 4, 1931 in River Grove, IL Died: January 11, 2021 in McHenry, IL Elmer "Al" Boeldt, age 89, of McHenry, entered into eternal rest on January 11, 2021, in the log home that he built surrounded by his family. He was born June 4, 1931 in River Grove, IL, the oldest son of the late Carl and Martha (nee Goethel) Boeldt in a front bedroom above his...
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Daniel A. Kaminski

July 29, 1975 - January 8, 2021

Daniel A. Kaminski, age 45, of McHenry, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 in McHenry. He was born on July 29, 1975 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Donald J. Kaminski and Mary Reichel. He married Idaliz Lopez on April 25, 2003 in Woodstock Illinois and they had 4 beautiful children together. Daniel was a longtime resident of McHenry. He was a loving father to his children who were...
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Donna Rose Borst (nee Gullbrants)

December 9, 1942 - January 6, 2021

Donna Rose Borst (nee Gullbrants), age 78, from McHenry, IL and formerly of Richmond, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Elgin, IL. She was born December 9,1942 in Chicago, IL to Donald and Rose Gullbrants. She was a devoted housewife who was a stay-at-home mother. After raising her children, she worked at American Girl as a call taker. She...
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Linda Mueller

June 28, 1953 - January 4, 2021

Linda Mueller, age 67, of Wonder Lake received her angel wings on January 4th, 2021 at home. Linda was born in Welch, West Virginia on June 28th, 1953 to her loving parents, Hailey and Porter Wykle. She worked at Baxter Healthcare for 40+ years. In her retirement, she enjoyed camping, embroidery, and traveling with the love of her life, Bill. Linda was known for being a great listener and...
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Paul R. Goralka

August 31, 1936 - January 2, 2021

Paul R. Goralka (AKA Pops, Papa, Uncle Paul) age 84, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, passed away in Decatur, Texas, on Saturday, January 2, 2021, while visiting family. Paul was born August 31, 1936, in Chicago, the son on Paul Peter and Myrtle (Hank) Goralka. He graduated from St. Rita High School, where he met Rose Marie Lufrano. Rose would become Paul's wife on June 2, 1957. Paul was a...
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Mary Jo Stedman (née Forgette)

December 9, 1946 - January 2, 2021

Mary Jo Stedman (née Forgette) was born December 9, 1946 in Escanaba, Michigan, the daughter of Earl and Beatrice Forgette. She passed on January 2, 2021 at the age of 74 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. She was a very proud Mother and Grandmother. Throughout the years she enjoyed attending and cheering, at the multitude of sporting events, concerts, and plays. She...
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Virginia L. Sokolis

July 1, 1928 - January 2, 2021

Virginia L. Sokolis, age 92, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock, Illinois. She was born in Taylorville, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Doris Wicker. Virginia was a longtime resident of Wheeling, residing there for over 50 years. She worked for Early American Development (Ernie Wurfel) for many years. Virginia's family meant the world to...
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Robert Gurske

September 28, 1946 - January 2, 2021

Robert Gurske, age 74, of McHenry, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home. He was born on September 28, 1946 in New York, the son of Herman and Evelyn Gurske. Robert married the love of his life Connie Koch on July 19, 1986. Robert proudly served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1968. He was a kind hearted man known to his children and grandchildren as Papa Bear. ...
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Andrew Sydorowych

April 16, 1935 - January 1, 2021

Andrew Sydorowych, age 85, of McHenry passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock, IL. He was born on April 16, 1935 in Ukraine, the son of George and Eugenia Sydorowych. He married Vera Mycio on September 12, 1964 in St. Vladimir Church in Chicago and they spent 56 wonderful years together. Andrew proudly served in the United Stated Army and later...
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Aden Edwin Loest

January 18, 1932 - December 28, 2020

The Rev. Aden Edwin Loest, age 88, of McHenry, passed away on December 28, 2020. He was born January 18, 1932 to Otto and Elfrieda (Christian) Loest at Randolph, Wisconsin. Beloved husband of the late Deaconess Ruth (Jacobsen) +1991. He was the loving father of the Rev. Mark (Malinda) Loest, Timothy (Cynthia) Loest, Naomi (Joseph) Scianna, and Deborah (Jeffrey) Alig. Cherished grandfather of...
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Elizabeth A. Golden

August 7, 1960 - December 28, 2020

Elizabeth A. Golden, age 60, of Woodstock, passed away after a short but courageous battle with cancer, on Monday, December 28, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Elizabeth was born August 7, 1960, in Chicago, the daughter of Ronald and Geraldine (Rafa) West. On June 23, 1990, she married the love of her life, William Golden in Chicago. The most important thing in Elizabeth's...
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Ronald Edward Callahan, Sr.

February 17, 1939 - December 27, 2020

Ronald E. Callahan Sr., age 81, of McHenry passed away on December 27, 2020 at his home. He was born on February 17, 1939 in Harvard, Illinois, the son of William and Mary Callahan Sr. He married Joyce Thiel on September 5, 1964. Ronald was a Veteran of the United States Army. He retired from R & D Thiel after 31 years in carpentry. Ronald was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge in...
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Joyce M. Rooney

January 24, 1931 - December 25, 2020

Joyce M. Rooney, 89, of Wonder Lake, IL, passed away on December 25, 2020 at Shepherd Premier Senior Living, in Harvard, Illinois. Joyce was born in Woodstock, Illinois on January 24, 1931, the daughter of Lyle and Edith Roderick. Joyce was a secretary for her husband's family business Rooney Construction for many years. In her free time she enjoyed volunteering at the hospitals, spending...
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Mary Lou Sullivan

December 30, 1939 - December 25, 2020

Mary Lou Sullivan, age 80, of Buffalo Grove, has left this earth to continue her journey to Heaven on December 25, 2020. She was born on December 30, 1939, in Chicago the daughter of Theodore and Marguerite Koulback. On April 23, 1960, she married Joseph Sullivan, in Chicago, IL. Caring mother of Deborah (Lawrence) Shepard, Maureen (Richard) Staab, Catherine Mary, Karen, Jeanne, Joseph Jr....
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Sharon Ellen Splitt

November 27, 1976 - December 22, 2020

Sharon Ellen Splitt, age 44, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 of heart failure. A child born with special needs, Sharon's lifetime battle with disabilities and illnesses will not be what defined her. Instead, the family and friends who loved her, will remember a beautiful girl who could smile and express her joy when she was around those she loved most. Sharon knew how to love...
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Raymond Lange

March 4, 1945 - December 21, 2020

Raymond H. Lange, age 75, of Wonder Lake, IL, passed away peacefully Monday morning, December 21, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born March 4, 1945, in Chicago, the son of Raymond and Genevieve (Gorski) Lange. Ray met and married the love of his life Patricia Salandra in Chicago, IL and they were happily married for 56 years. Ray worked for over 23 years for...
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John McNeill

February 14, 1945 - December 17, 2020

John J. McNeill, (Jay,J- J, J.Bird) age 75 of Algonquin, IL passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 surrounded by the comfort of his loving family. He was born on February 14, 1945 to his parents Jack and Marion McNeill Jay is survived by his loving wife Clara of 57 years, his children Maria McNeill, John (Michelle) McNeill and Joseph (Jane) McNeill. He has 10 grand children and 2 great...
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Loren D. Price

February 9, 1936 - December 16, 2020

Loren Donald Price of Huntley, IL passed away peacefully with family by his side on December 16th, 2020. Loren was born February 9, 1936 in Iron Mountain, MI. He attended South Milwaukee High School and Ripon College, playing varsity football at both. Loren enlisted in the R.O.T.C. program at Ripon and continued on to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve for several years. He raised his family in...
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Eugene Raymond Amos

November 3, 1951 - December 14, 2020

Eugene Raymond Amos, age 69, of McHenry, IL and Punta Gorda, FL, died peacefully on Monday, December 14th, 2020, at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte, FL, after a long battle with cancer and diabetes. Mr. Amos is survived by his wife, Lorraine, his sons, James and Timothy (Andrea), and five grandchildren, Alexander, Isabelle, Trace, Lily and Tessa. Eugene was known as a husband, father...
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Thomas F. Ryan

May 15, 1945 - December 13, 2020

Thomas F. Ryan, age 75, of McHenry passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Paw Paw, MI on May 15, 1945, the son of George and Ellen Ryan. Tom married the love of his life Leslie Dimitt on December 30, 1971 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL. Tom proudly served in the United States Airforce during the Vietnam War....
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Charlotte Paoletti

November 14, 1933 - December 11, 2020

Charlotte Paoletti, age 87, of McHenry, passed away on December 11, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on November 14, 1933 in Schiller Park, IL the daughter of William and Minnie Schmalfeld. She married the love of her life, Dewey Paoletti on January 22, 1955. Charlotte was a nurse and enjoyed working well in to her 70's. Charlotte was a longtime member of St. John...
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Betty K. Henk

December 19, 1923 - December 10, 2020

Betty K. Henk, 96, of McHenry, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 just 9 days before her 97th birthday. She was born in Chicago on December 19, 1923 to Robert W. Brooks, Sr. and Elizabeth Hansen. A lifelong resident of Chicago, she was raised in the Norwood Park neighborhood and graduated from Taft High School. She resided with her sister in McHenry for the last three years. Betty...
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Dorothea June Zimny

May 18, 1927 - December 8, 2020

Dorothea June Zimny, age 93, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at her home in McHenry surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Chicago on May 18, 1927, the daughter of Alfred and Dorothea (nee Gerhardt) Peters. On December 17, 1949, she married the love of her life, John P. Zimny, Jr. As a young adult, Dorothea was a Champion Baton Twiller, an accomplished acrobat and dancer...
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Jeffrey Jay Smith

March 30, 1964 - December 3, 2020

Jeffrey Jay Smith, age 56, of McHenry IL passed away on December 3rd, 2020 at his home. He was born on March 30, 1964 in Highwood IL, the son of Gerald and Gloria Smith. Jeff was a longtime resident of McHenry and a union electrician Local 150 for 29 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and golf. He loved his family and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He is...
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Phillip E. Bartmann

January 12, 1943 - December 3, 2020

Phillip Edward Bartmann, age 77, of Johnsburg, recently of Fox Lake, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 3, 2020, in Arkdale, WI. Phil was born January 12, 1943,in Chicago, the son of Edward and Veronica (DeMarchi) Bartmann. On February 1, 1964, Phil married the love of his life, Janice Wakitsch in St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg. Phil proudly served our country in the...
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Gerald "Jerry" Fraser

November 18, 1936 - November 30, 2020

Jerry was born in Chicago on November 18, 1936, to William and Alice (Schulz) Fraser. He died peacefully at home in his sleep on Monday, November 30, 2020. On October 7, 1995, Jerry married the love of his life, Jeanne Dole in The Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Jeanne (Dole) Fraser; daughters: Laura Krausen (Jim) and Jessica Blaul;...
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Colleen M. Rogers

February 8, 1957 - November 29, 2020

Colleen M. Rogers, age 63, of McHenry passed away on November 29, 2020 at her home. She was born on February 8, 1957 in Woodstock, IL the daughter of Jerome and Dolores Rogers. Colleen obtained a Bachelor's degree in Peer Counseling from Sagamon State University in Springfield Illinois. Prior to becoming a Special Education teacher, she worked for Easter House in Chicago as an adoption...
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Allen G. Freund

January 17, 1950 - November 28, 2020

Allen G. Freund, age 70, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Journey Care in Barrington. Allen was born on January 17, 1950 in Woodstock, Illinois, the son of Irvin L. and Marie C. Freund. Al married Linda L. Schultz on April 15, 1972 at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry, IL Al was a lifelong resident of McHenry where he graduated from St. Mary's Grade...
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Lorene S. Martin

September 25, 1932 - November 25, 2020

Lorene S. Martin, 88, of McHenry, IL died peacefully Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 25, 1932 in Layman, KY, the daughter of the late Alva Skidmore and Snobia (Simpson) Skidmore. Lorene was united in Marriage to Michael Robert Martin on April, 26, 1952 in Chicago, IL. Michael died January 7, 2002. She enjoyed quilting and being...
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Daniel "Danny" R. Prince

August 18, 1935 - November 23, 2020

Daniel "Danny, Papa" R. Prince, age 85, of McHenry passed away on November 23, 2020 at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. Danny was born on August 18, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Calvin and Mae Prince. He married his beloved wife Linda Josephson on August 30, 1958 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Spring Grove IL. Danny was a proud Union Lineman who enjoyed working in his yard, fishing,...
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Leroy "Lee" Franklin Mingus

December 28, 1934 - November 23, 2020

Leroy "Lee" Franklin Mingus, age 85 of Lakewood IL, passed away on November 23, 2020 at Fox Point Manor in McHenry, IL. He was born on December 28, 1934 in Peoria, IL the son of Walter and Alice Mingus. He graduated from Bradley University with a business degree, and served as a Captain fighter pilot in the United States Air Force . He worked as a commercial airline pilot for Eastern...
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Marie L. Yori

May 6, 1923 - November 23, 2020

Marie L. Yori, age 97 of Crystal Lake IL, passed away on November 23, 2020 at Valley Hi Nursing and Rehab in Woodstock, IL. She was born on May 6, 1923 in Willisville, Illinois, the daughter to Anna Holmes. Marie grew up on a farm in Southern Illinois. When she was a teenager, she moved to Highwood, Illinois where she later met her husband Fernando "Dusty" Yori. After getting married,...
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Adam J. Blau

December 31, 1970 - November 21, 2020

Adam J. Blau, age 49, passed away unexpectedly on November, 21, 2020 in Rockford, IL. Adam was born on December 31, 1970 in Elgin, Illinois, the son of Elwood and JoAann Blau. He is survived by his mother Joan Blau; his siblings: Linda (Chuck) Baker, James (Patricia) Blau, Barbara (Ronald) Hochel and Donna (David) Blankenship as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by...
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Joyce E. Engstrom

October 19, 1933 - November 17, 2020

Joyce E. Engstrom, age 87, of McHenry IL, passed away on November 17, 2020 at her home. She was born on October 19, 1933 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Raymond and Betty Klein. Joyce was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved the Chicago Cubs and her pets. She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Church. She is survived by her children; Janet Nelson of McHenry, IL, Janice ...
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Margaret Alice Major

October 20, 1945 - November 17, 2020

Margaret Alice Major of Wonder Lake, Illinois, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2020 at the age of 75. She was born on October 20, 1945 in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Matthew and Margaret Olk. Margie enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, siblings and friends. For all who knew Margie know that she was an avid fan of John Denver and classical musical. ...
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Sandra F. May

September 13, 1941 - November 16, 2020

Sandra F. May, age 79, of Wonder Lake, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 13, 1941 in McHenry, the daughter of William and Lillian Glosson. She married Roger May on August 18, 1962 at St. Mary's Church, McHenry. Sandra loved her family, spending time outdoors, traveling and gardening Sandra is survived by her sons; Dan (Janet) May and Craig...
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Ann S. Hejsak

February 25, 1939 - November 13, 2020

Ann S. Hejsak, age 81, of Spring Grove, IL passed away on November 13, 2020 at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry. She was born on February 25,1939 in Poland, the daughter of Stanley and Sophie Policht. She married the love of her life Stanley Hejsak on February 14, 1973 in Chicago. Ann was a devoted wife and loving mother, who enjoyed spending time with her family. She liked gardening,...
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Elaine Plinske

January 14, 1927 - November 13, 2020

Elaine W. Plinske, age 93, of Bull Valley IL, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020. Born on January 14, 1927, the daughter of Edward and Astrid Roth. Elaine married the love of her life Clifford Plinske on October 20,1945 in Chicago IL. Elaine graduated from Foreman High School. For many years she was a secretary/bookkeeper for her husband's business SEA Machine Service. She was a...
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Bernice R. Etten

January 8, 1924 - November 12, 2020

Bernice R. Etten, age 96, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, November 12, 2020, at Fox Point Manor in McHenry. Bernice was born January 8, 1924, in Johnsburg, the daughter of Fred and Barbara (Steffes) Diedrich. On August 5, 1942, Bernice married the love of her life, Clarence J. Etten, in Johnsburg. Bernice and Clarence celebrated 58 years of marriage before Clarence...
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Edward Hardy III

April 10, 1945 - November 11, 2020

Edward Hardy III, age 75 of Wonder Lake IL, passed away on November 11, 2020 at his home with his family at his side. He was born on April 10, 1945 in Chicago, IL the son of Edward and Velma Hardy. On June 17, 2006 he married his loverly wife Anna at Shore Hills Beach in Wonder Lake IL. Ed grew up in Libertyville, IL. He was involved in Track and Field and helping his father in his rose...
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Dorothy J. Reinboldt

September 4, 1922 - November 10, 2020

Dorothy J. Reinboldt, age 98, of McHenry, IL passed away at White Oaks Memory Care on November 10, 2020. She was born on September 4, 1922 in Humphrey, Nebraska, the daughter of John and Mary Fuchs. She married the love of her life, Vernon Reinboldt, on October 22, 1949 in Humphrey, Nebraska. Dorothy lived a full life with family and friends and spent many weekends fishing in Montello,...
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Lucille Finn Piechota

October 21, 1946 - November 7, 2020

Lucille Finn Piechota, age 74, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, passed away on November 7, 2020. She was born on October 21, 1946 in Berwyn, Illinois, the daughter of Harold and Dorothy Finn. She married the love of her life, Casimir Piechota on July 4, 1987 and they spent 33 wonderful years together. Lucille is survived by her husband Casimir, and her daughter Dorianna Piechota of Wonder Lake. ...
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Keith P. Thomas

March 24, 1952 - November 6, 2020

Keith P. Thomas, age 68, of McHenry IL, passed away unexpectedly on November 6, 2020 at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington. He was born on March 24, 1952 in Chicago, IL the son of Paul and Ella Thomas. Keith loved his family. He attended his grandkids sporting events regularly and enjoyed family gatherings or just being surrounded by his loved ones. Keith loved fishing at his son Paul's...
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Angelike Thalia Constantine Byers

February 9, 1933 - November 3, 2020

Angelike Thalia Constantine Byers, age 87, entered eternal rest on November 3, 2020, surrounded by family. Angelike (Ann) was born on February 9, 1933 in Saco, Maine, the youngest of five children born to Jordan and Marika Constantine, recent immigrants from Piraeus, Greece. Ann attended Thornton Academy in Saco, and upon graduation, was encouraged by Dr. Sargent Jealous, a local physician and...
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Ted William Bierchen

August 9, 1951 - November 2, 2020

Ted W.Bierchen, age 69, of Lake Villa, Illinois passed away on November 2, 2020. He was born on August 9, 1951 in Chicago, the son of Theodore and Dorothy Bierchen. He married the love of his life Sharon Wiatr on May 5, 2005 in Valley of Fire, 7 Sisters National Park, Nevada. Ted is survived by his children Kristie Harmon of Oklahoma, Michelle (Jerry) Ayres of Illinois, and Donald ...
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Jeanne Marie Rhodes

April 25, 1927 - October 30, 2020

Jeanne Marie Rhodes, age 93, of Sun City, AZ, passed away peacefully in McHenry on Friday morning, October 30, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Jeanne was born April 25, 1927, in Chicago, the daughter of Hubert and Edna (Thompson) Flack. For much of her adult life, Jeanne lived in Ohio where she married the love of her life, Junior "Lee" Rhodes in 1971. Lee preceded Jeanne in death in 2005....
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James A. "Keev" Keevil

December 25, 1948 - October 26, 2020

James A. "Keev" Keevil, age 71, of McHenry IL, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at his home. Born on December 25, 1948 in Woodstock, IL., the son of Arthur and Bernice Keevil. James was a veteran of the Vietnam War, proudly serving for the United States Navy. He was employed by the City of McHenry as a Communication Supervisor for 29 years, as well as a Sergeant of McHenry Police...
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Donald Lee Graham

November 12, 1935 - October 11, 2020

Donald Lee Graham, age 84, of McHenry, Illinois passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020. He was born on November 12, 1935 in Powell, Wyoming, the son of Donald and Leola "Peg" Graham. Don graduated from the University of Iowa, and worked as a pharmacist for Jewel Osco in McHenry for many years. He was a loyal Hawkeyes and Cub's fan. Don and Marlene loved spending winters in Florida at...
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Samuel R. Buenzlli

February 5, 1933 - October 8, 2020

Samuel R. Buenzli, age 87, of McHenry, Illinois passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, October 8, 2020, at his home. Sam was born on February 5, 1933 in Passiac, New Jersey, the son of Otto and Maria (Kyd-Kamer) Buenzli. On May 23, 1981, he married Jacqueline Goldenberg in McHenry. For over 49 years, Sam worked as a truck driver, foreman and scale operator for McHenry Sand & Gravel,...
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Kiyoko Okimoto

October 22, 1920 - October 7, 2020

Kiyoko Okimoto, age 99, of McHenry, passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, October 7, 2020, at Fox Point Memory Care in McHenry. Kiyoko was born October 22, 1920, in Fresno, California, the daughter of Seiichi and Mitoyo (Wakada) Nakamura. Kiyoko was born and raised on a farm in Fresno, California. She worked many years doing factory work, working hard to raise her family after her...
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Shirley J. Schweder

April 20, 1938 - October 6, 2020

Shirley Jeanne Schweder, age 82, of Cape Coral, Florida, formerly of McHenry, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, October 6, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Shirley was born April 20, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Howard and Marjorie Diedrichs. On November 24, 1956, she married the love of her life, Theodore Schweder in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in...
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Melvin E. Schroeder

August 4, 1923 - October 4, 2020

Mel Schroeder, 97, passed away Sunday October 4, 2020 in Barrington, Illinois. He was born August 4, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred E. Schroeder and Luella Rieke Schroeder. He grew up in Barrington. He served in the Army Combat Engineers, Americal Division in the South Pacific from October, 1943 to December, 1945. He was a member of Lithographers Union 458 in Chicago for over 40 years. He...
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