Compassion In Your
Time of Need

Colonial is your trusted funeral home
in McHenry, Illinois

Current Obituaries

Donald A. Novak

October 11th, 2018|

Donald A. Novak, age 90, passed away at his home, Thursday, October 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Chicago, on May 22, 1928, the son of Henry and Louise (Wischoeffer) Novak. On April 29, 1967, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Anderson, at Mayfair Bible Church in Chicago.
Out of the few occupations Donald held, roofing was the most rewarding. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing and boating with family…

Jessica J. Johnson

October 9th, 2018|

Jessica J. Johnson, age 30, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly at her home Tuesday morning. Jessica was born July 13, 1988, in Anaheim, California, the daughter of Kenneth and Tracy Thoma. She graduated from McHenry West Campus High School with the class of 2006. Jessica went on and earned her Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from Midwestern University in 2013. On October 11, 2012, she married Bradley Johnson in Woodstock. She was employeed by…

Scott Michael "Rowser" Rowe

October 9th, 2018|

Scott Michael “Rowser” Rowe, age 53, of Johnsburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018, at Journey Care Hospice Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Scott was born December 25, 1964, in Ottawa, Illinois, the son of Ralph Sr. and Cecelia Rowe. He grew up in Marseilles, Illinois. He attended area schools and later graduated from Illinois State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. On November 22,…

Duane Schmitt

October 8th, 2018|

Duane Schmitt, 64, of Johnsburg IL passed away suddenly on Monday, October 8th, 2018. Duane was born July 13th, 1954 in Waukegan, IL. He was the second oldest of his 7 siblings.
Duane loved his family most, spending much time together on the family farm. The people who know him best will always remember his endless smile and charismatic laugh. He prided himself on faith, family, community and strong work ethics. He was a devoted employee…

John J. Biederer

October 8th, 2018|

John J. Biederer, age 92, of McHenry, passed away peacefully October 8, 2018. He was born June 15, 1926, to the late Nicholas and Angeline (nee Meyer) Biederer.
John proudly served our country in the US Navy during World War II – Pacific Theatre. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, John worked on the Wilmette Police Department for 28 ½ years, retiring in 1976. John was an avid Harley Rider and loved trap shooting and hunting…

Michael H. Gribben

October 6th, 2018|

Michael H. Gribben, age 81,of Johnsburg IL, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018 at VA Hospital in North Chicago. Michael was born on February 15, 1937 in Evanston IL, the son of Harold and Marguerite (Freed) Gribben. He married the love of his life Sharon Davies August 1959.
Michael proudly served in the U.S. Navy and the Reserves from 1955 to 1962. He was a Legion member of McHenry Moose Lodge #691 for 50 years, as well as a lifetime…



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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