Compassion In Your
Time of Need

Colonial is your trusted funeral home
in McHenry, Illinois

Current Obituaries

Brandy Kristine Lonski

February 18th, 2019|

Brandy Kristine Lonski, age 25, of Spring Grove, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 18, 2019, at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Brandy was born June 2, 1993, the daughter of Thomas and Dawn (Brose) Long. On May 18, 2018, Brandy married Daniel McGraw in Woodstock, IL.
Brandy attended North Bridge Church. She enjoyed kayaking, frolfing, and art, including painting, sketching, tattoos, photography and pottery. Brandy…

Mariellen P. Mader

February 15th, 2019|

Mariellen P. (nee Brockmeyer) Mader, age 67, of Bull Valley, passed away peacefully Friday, February 15, 2019, at NorthWestern Medical Center, McHenry, surrounded by all of her loving family. She was born March 10, 1951, to the late Thomas and Patricia (nee Dunne) Brockmeyer. On June 24, 1978, she married the love of her life, William Mader, at SS. Faith, Hope, & Charity Catholic Church, Winnetka.
Mariellen graduated from Marywood High…

William R. Wehrs

February 12th, 2019|

William R. Wehrs, age 81, of Johnsburg, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 while on vacation with his longtime companion, Susan, in Puerto Vallarta. He was born July 1, 1937 in Chicago, the son of the late Raymond Sr. and Florence (Halloran) Wehrs. He is survived by his ex-wife Phyllis and their three children William Jr. (Leslie), Pamela (Brigg) Johnston, and Cynthia (James) Rowe and by his four grandchildren Alyse, Ethan, Cassidy,…

Gertrude Dorothy Jessup

February 10th, 2019|

Gertrude Dorothy (Strohmaier) Jessup, 102, of Crystal Lake, IL (formerly of McHenry), died February 10, 2019.
Born December 10, 1916, to Charles and Paula Strohmaier, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she married Paul S. Jessup on May 16, 1936, and moved to McHenry, Illinois, in 1949.

Gert was a strong, kind, loving, and independent woman dedicated to her family. A graduate of Spenserian Business College in Milwaukee, for several years she worked for…

Shirley O’Donoghue

February 10th, 2019|

Shirley Ann (Montpelier) O’Donoghue, age 87, passed to her rest on February 10, 2019 at her home in McHenry, IL. She was born on December 29, 1931 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late Theodore and Bertha (Goulet) Montpelier.
Shirley graduated from Saint Mary’s Academy in Ogdensburg, NY with the class of 1950.
On July 9, 1951, Shirley married the late Edward J. O’Donoghue. The family moved to Grand Rapids, MI residing there for 10 years before…

Thomas "Casey" Van Der Bosch

February 9th, 2019|

Thomas J. “Casey” Van Der Bosch, age 79, of McHenry passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Northwestern Medical Center in McHenry. He was born in Chicago on November 21, 1939, the son of Edward W. and Josephine (O’Neill) Van Der Bosch. He married Cornelia McMahon on April 28, 1962.
He is survived by his beloved wife Cornelia; his 5 children; 13 grandchildren as well as one great-grand daughter and two sisters.
He was preceded in death…



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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