Compassion In Your
Time of Need

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in McHenry, Illinois

Current Obituaries

Darlene D. Helm

April 16th, 2018|

Darlene D. Helm, age 79, passed away at her home on Monday, April 16, 2018. She was born in Garrison, North Dakota, on July 2, 1938, the youngest daughter out of Henry and Emma (nee Benderwald) Mautz’s nine children.
Darlene was very active in the Wonder Lake Nativity Lutheran Church. She had a great sense of humor, loved her two cats and enjoyed gambling, going antiquing and drinking coffee. Most of all though, she enjoyed spending time with…

Ronald "Ron" Hammer

April 15th, 2018|

Ronald (Ron) Hammer, 60, born August 17, 1957, passed away April 15, 2018.
Son of the late Alvin Hammer and Dorothy Hammer. Father of Kandice Hammer Smith (Jake) and Rachel Hammer. Brother and Brother in law of Debbie Belmonte, Linda Koenig, Patty Jankowski (Rich) and Marcia Epley (Jim), David and Gina Cholewinski. Uncle of Bryan (Stephanie)Anderson , Gino(Rocky) Belmonte, Rick (Tara)Jankowski, Jason (Katie) Jankowski, Malyssa (Ian)…

Bruce Brummond

April 13th, 2018|

Bruce Brummond died peacefully on April 13, 2018, in Barrington, IL, at the age of 100. Bruce was a father and a husband, and he was very active in veterans’ affairs.
Bruce was born on September 7, 1917, in Buffalo Lake, Renville County, Minnesota to Henry and Kathryn Brummond. Originally christened Winton Bruce, he dropped his first name in his early years. He grew up in Renville County and in nearby Hutchinson. Bruce graduated from…

Dorothy A. Messer

April 10th, 2018|

Dorothy A. Messer, age 86, of McHenry, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. She was born March 4, 1932, to the late Alfred and Jennie Allen. On March 7, 1953, Dorothy married the love of her life, Glen Messer, in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Dorothy was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 491 serving as past president. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross and served as a Deacon at Faith Presbyterian…

Marion Reinwall-Hoak

April 9th, 2018|

Marion Reinwall-Hoak, age 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on January 3, 1926, the daughter of Louis and Mabel Hawley. She married Ernest “Bill” Reinwall and was married to him from 1953 until he passed away in 1988. She later married Stewart Hoak of Woodstock.
She enjoyed being involved in many organizations. She was an over 50 year member of the National Society of the Daughters of…

Karen Sue Fruh

April 7th, 2018|

Karen Sue Fruh (nee Corrigan), age 62, of McHenry, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018. She was born in Elgin on March 30, 1956, the daughter of Richard and Carole (Lippert) Corrigan. On June 1, 1980, she married the love of her life, Kenneth Fruh, in Des Plaines.
Karen retired from Agie/Charmilles Technologies in Lincolnshire, IL. In her spare time she enjoyed skiing with IBEX Ski Club, traveling and gardening. She also loved boating and…



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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