Compassion In Your
Time of Need

Colonial is your trusted funeral home
in McHenry, Illinois

Current Obituaries

Gordon Louis Rehberg

November 9th, 2018|

Gordon L. Rehberg, age 76, passed away peacefully Friday, November 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 17, 1942, to the late Louis and Evelyn (nee Patoux) Rehberg, in Chicago. On July 22, 1961, he married the love of his life, Patricia Clark, at Christ the King Church, Wonder Lake.
Gordon was a longtime resident of the McHenry area. He retired from working as a heavy equipment mechanic in 2004. More than anything,…

William "Bill" Smith

November 4th, 2018|

William “Bill” Foster Smith, age 76, of McHenry, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018. He was born August 22, 1942, to the late Stuart and Anita (nee Foster) Smith. On May 6, 1967, Bill married the love of his life, Joanne “Jo” Okon, in Garden City, Michigan.

Bill worked for many years in the banking industry, retiring as a Senior Vice President, in commercial lending. He was a longtime member of the American Legion and the NRA. He also…

Lorelei M. Shay

November 4th, 2018|

Lorelei M. Shay, age 89, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018, in McHenry. She was born in Chicago on December 4, 1928, the daughter of Conrad and Dolores (Merten) Meilicke.
Lorelei was a graduate of Stephens College for Women (Missouri). She was an Interior Designer, Artist, Professional Fashion Model, Display Designer (Carson Pirie Scott-State Street) and an accomplished Pianist. She married her high school sweetheart, William Shay, on…

David A. Boger

November 3rd, 2018|

David A. Boger, a longtime resident of McHenry, died on November 3rd, 2018. He was 83 years old.

Born in Oak Park, Mr. Boger grew up in the Chicago area. A graduate of Loras College, he also held two graduate degrees from Northern Illinois University. He served for two years in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Boger was a career educator, serving for decades as both an elementary school and high school teacher. He also was a principal, administrator…

Jacqueline "Jackie" Grom

November 2nd, 2018|

Jacqueline “Jackie” Grom, age 88, of McHenry, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018, at her home. She was born July 7, 1930, to the late John and Helen (nee Tobin) Theisen, in Chicago. On June 18, 1955, she married the love of her life Robert “Bob” Grom.

In the 1960s, Jackie got a job working in the Hilltop School Library to help pay for her kids’ college. She switched to Nunda/River East Library in the 80s and was still there working one…



The staff of Colonial Funeral Home believes a funeral is a time to honor the life of the deceased and celebrate the heritage of their family. We strive to make each funeral a respectful, fulfilling experience that meets the unique needs of each family.

Family owned and operated by Robert & Darlene Mrachek, Colonial Funeral Home provides comfort to families in their time of need.

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The Bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

My Loved One Just Passed, What Next?

Planning a funeral can be overwhelming. What happens next? There are so many questions. Where do you start?

Rest assured, the staff at Colonial will help you make all the preparations necessary. We understand what you’re going through and will make the process as smooth as possible for you during this difficult time.

We’ll help answer questions such as:

  • What are the items that need to be taken care of?

  • How much does a funeral cost?

  • Is cremation a less expensive option?

  • What happens to my loved one’s body when you take it?



We are so grateful for the support and compassion you offered us during the unexpected death of our father. We were all in shock and did not have any experience in how to plan a funeral. You helped us through every part of the arrangements, answered all our questions and made us comfortable in the process. We trusted your recommendations and everything turned out just beautiful. We were touched by your kindness. You made this difficult experience so much easier to handle. Thank you again for the wonderful services that you offer.
Scott E.
The staff and service was outstanding, so respectful and a warm and caring feeling they gave to me and my family. My family and I can’t say enough about their service. In a time of need you couldn’t go to a better funeral home. I will highly recommend them.
Roberta N.
Our mom was in hospice for a year. It was such a gift to see her looking so beautiful as she did before falling ill was such a gift. The staff was exceptional. We would highly recommend to all.
Carol B.
The funeral director and entire staff was so helpful, kind, caring and very professional. I cannot express the gratitude I feel for them. The service was outstanding and very caring. Everyone was very passionate about all our needs. I will be forever grateful for their wonderful service to me and my family.
Bobbie J.
We had 2 deaths in our family very close together and everyone has been excellent and very accommodating to our very personal needs. I will not only use them in the future, but also will recommend this business to any and every one. I could not have asked for anything more, they were amazing.
Heather C.
The funeral director that helped us with the arrangements was very professional and compassionate. He made suggestions to help us at a time we could not think clearly and was very patient with us. Everyone there was wonderful and expressed their sincere sorry. We really appreciate it at this very difficult time. We would highly recommend using their services!
James P.


We understand you have many questions about what to do next. Please call us or take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for guidance on making arrangements for your loved one’s funeral.


Get Started Before Your Appointment

We have several forms you’ll need to fill out at your first appointment. To help you save time, fill out the forms ahead of time in the comfort of your own home.



Pre-planning your funeral takes all the burden off your loved ones in their time of grief. We will help you plan your funeral and provide the necessary support and guidance when the time arrives.


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