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in McHenry, Illinois

Current Obituaries

Carol " Jeanne" Jean Smith

June 14th, 2018|

Carol Jean “Jeanne” Smith, age 74, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Lake Forest. She was born on July 3, 1943 in McHenry, the daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (nee Daley) Freund. On February 13, 1965, she married the love of her life, James Smith, at St. Pat’s in McHenry
Jeanne was very active in the McHenry community; especially at the Church of Holy Apostles. She loved flower gardening and belonged to the McHenry Garden Club. Jeanne…

Shirley I. Rowe

June 10th, 2018|

Shirley I. Rowe, age 89, of McHenry, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock.
She was born March 29, 1929 in Chicago to Paul and Anna (Holm) Morck. On April 15, 1950 she married Herbert W. Rowe in Chicago. Herb and Shirley moved out to McHenry after they were married and lived in the family summer home on McCullom Lake until Herb and family members built their home. After raising three children, Shirley started a…

Inga Santoro

June 10th, 2018|

Inga Elizabeth Santoro, age 69, passed away in Hebron, on Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was born in Germany, on May 7, 1949. On August 18, 1990, she married the love of her life, John D. Santoro, in a backyard wedding in Hanover Park, IL.
Inga was a hard and dedicated office work. She worked for 20 years as an Executive Secretary for Bloomingdale Park District in Illinois. She loved to read, as of late, and was a Soduko master! She was generous,…

Austin Lee Lockwood

June 10th, 2018|

Austin Lee Lockwood, age 23, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 10, 2018. He was born May 26, 1995, son of Sheila (Liebig) Lockwood, in Grand Forks, ND.

Austin loved being outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, riding his ATVs and snowmobiles. He loved taking family and friends on his boat. His charm and smile would melt your heart. He loved helping others. He shared his wonderful personality and smile with his family,…

Anthony Schaefer

June 7th, 2018|

Anthony “Tony” Schaefer, age 82, of McHenry, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday, June 7, 2018. His was a life well lived, beginning in Johnsburg, IL on April 10, 1936, born to the late Michael and Eva (nee Schmitt) Schaefer. On June 22, 1957, Tony married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn “Kathy” McMahon, at St. Patrick’s Church in McHenry, and they began a close-knit family who shared many happy times. A problem…

Dennis James Carlton

June 2nd, 2018|

Dennis James Carlton, age 61, of Woodstock passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. He was born on September 17, 1956 and was raised in Libertyville, IL, the son on Donald Carlton and Catherine Spingola, On December 17, 1977, Dennis married the love of his life, Catherine R. Johnson, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Libertyville, IL

He is survived by his loving wife, children: Don (Katie Kiebel) Carlton, Katie Carlton; mother, Catherine…



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.


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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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