Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, Illinois


phone: (815) 385-0063
fax: (815) 385-0068


Colonial Funeral Home is a family owned and operated business whose staff members live in and have ties to McHenry and its surrounding communities.  Our professional staff is available to answer any questions you may have about funeral services and merchandise.  To speak with one of our staff please go to the 'Contact Us' page or the 'Directions' page of this website for the information to phone, fax, e-mail, or to stop in at the funeral home. 

Mówimy po polsku.

Robert G. Mrachek, President/Funeral Director & Certified Crematory Operator
Darlene A. Mrachek, Administrative Assistant
Maggie Mrachek, Manager/Funeral Director & Certified Crematory Operator
James R. Szendel
, Funeral Director & Certified Crematory Operator

Bob and Darlene MrachekRobert Mrachek
Darlene Mrachek

Robert “Bob” Mrachek was born in Winona, Minnesota and moved to McHenry at the age of 6.  He attended St. Patrick School and McHenry High School.  While in high school he began working at Peter M. Justen & Son Funeral Home.  After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a medical technician in Vietnam.  After his honorable discharge he attended Elgin Community College and later enrolled in Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In 1970 he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and after working for funeral homes in Rockford and Elgin returned to McHenry in 1976 to once again work for Daniel Justen at Peter M. Justen & Son Funeral Home.  In 1992, Bob bought the business from Mr. Justen and continues to operate the funeral home today.

Bob married the former Darlene Freund in 1970.  Darlene was born and raised in McHenry and attended St. Mary School and Marian Central Catholic High School.  She joined the business as an administrative assistant in 1992.  They have two grown sons, Jeffrey and Michael, and a daughter-in-law, Maggie, who is married to Mike.  Bob and Darlene also have a grandson, Dylan, who is Mike and Maggie's son.


Maggie Mrachek

Maggie was born in Poland and in 1992 along with her family immigrated to Chicago.  She graduated from Rolling Meadows High School and later went on to pursue a degree in Business at Northern Illinois University.  In 2012 she received a degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  She also carries a life insurance license which allows her to provide funeral insurance to families.  Maggie is a Certified Crematory Operator and member of the Cremation Association of North America.  Being bilingual also gives Maggie the opportunity to assist the Polish-speaking community.  Maggie is married to Robert and Darlene's younger son, Michael, and together they have a son Dylan.  Along with their dog Bear, they reside in McHenry.

James Szendel

Jim was born in Elk Grove Village and raised in Hanover Park.  He is a 1991 graduate of Hoffman Estates High School and in 1994 earned an Associates in Science from MXC Mortuary Science-Pathology Assistance Program in Chicago.  He moved to McHenry in 1994 when he started working at Colonial and currently lives in Wonder Lake.  Jim has a daughter Aliyah.  He is a member of Moose Lodge #1329 in Woodstock and the Lakers Snowmobile Club in Wonder Lake.