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The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

About Colonial Funeral Home

Colonial Funeral Home is a family-owned business that has been serving McHenry and its surrounding communities since 1882. We provide at-need and pre-need funeral and cremation services and merchandise.

Through the years, we have never taken your trust for granted. We appreciate it and we do our best every day to remain worthy of the confidence you place in us. You will always find us open to change in order to provide the kind of service that will be most meaningful to you, whatever your needs or desires may be. But one thing will never change; our dedication to serving you with dignity, competence and compassion.

Contact us at any time to discuss our services or to arrange a time to meet with one of our funeral service professionals.

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Meet the Staff

Robert & Darlene Mrachek
Robert & Darlene MrachekOwners
Robert “Bob” Mrachek was born in Winona, Minnesota and moved to McHenry at the age of 6. He attended St. Patrick School and McHenry High School. While in high school he began working at Peter M. Justen & Son Funeral Home. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a medical technician in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge he attended Elgin Community College and later enrolled in Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In 1970 he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and after working for funeral homes in Rockford and Elgin returned to McHenry in 1976 to once again work for Daniel Justen at Peter M. Justen & Son Funeral Home. In 1992, Bob bought the business from Mr. Justen and continues to operate the funeral home today.

Bob married the former Darlene Freund in 1970. Darlene was born and raised in McHenry and attended St. Mary School and Marian Central Catholic High School. She joined the business as an administrative assistant in 1992. They have two grown sons, Jeffrey and Michael, and a daughter-in-law, Maggie, who is married to Mike. Bob and Darlene also have two grandsons, Dylan and Gavin, who are Mike and Maggie’s sons.

Maggie Mrachek
Maggie MrachekFuneral Director Manager
Maggie was born in Poland and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Rolling Meadows High School and later went on to pursue a degree in Business at Northern Illinois University. In 2012 she received a degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She also carries a life insurance license which allows her to provide funeral insurance to families. Maggie is a Certified Crematory Operator and member of the Cremation Association of North America. Being bilingual also gives Maggie the opportunity to assist the Polish-speaking community. Maggie is married to Robert and Darlene’s younger son, Michael, and together they reside in McHenry with their sons Dylan and Gavin.
James Szendel
James SzendelFuneral Director
Jim was born in Elk Grove Village and raised in Hanover Park. He is a 1991 graduate of Hoffman Estates High School and in 1994 earned an Associates in Science from MXC Mortuary Science-Pathology Assistance Program in Chicago. He moved to McHenry in 1994 when he started working at Colonial and currently lives in Wonder Lake. Jim has a daughter Aliyah. He is a member of Moose Lodge #1329 in Woodstock and the Wonder Lake Sportsman’s Club.
Joel M. AndersonFuneral Director
Joel was born and raised in Upper Michigan. He graduated from Stephenson High School and went on to receive his Associate’s Degree in Business from Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA. He later graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Joel is the proud father to three daughters: Cecelia, Alexis, and Sara Grace. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, granddog, Bernice, and spending time outdoors.
Cecelia R. Anderson
Cecelia R. AndersonFuneral Director Apprentice
Cecelia grew up in a small town in Upper Michigan, where she graduated from Menominee High School. She went on to receive her Associate’s Degree from UW-Marinette and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in September 2016. She attends and is involved at The Chapel-McHenry, serving in student ministries. Currently, she is going to school part time, at College of Lake County, to obtain her Substance Abuse Counseling Certification. Cecelia resides in McHenry with her dog, Bernice.
Kathy Kruse
Kathy KruseAdministrative Assistant
Kathy was born and raised in McHenry County. She is the youngest of seven children and a 1990 graduate of Cary-Grove High School. She has worked in customer service for over 25 years and loves helping others. She previously worked for the Health Department as an office assistant, primarily dealing with vital records. Kathy currently lives in Wonder Lake and in her spare time likes to power walk, listen to music and play with her feline fur baby.

Our History

In February of 1882, Nick J. Justen founded the N.J. Justen Furniture and Undertaking firm on Main Street in West McHenry.  It was one of the first undertaking establishments in McHenry County.  After operating the business by himself for a year he took in his younger brother, Jacob.  A partnership was formed a year later and the business became know as Justen Brothers Furniture & Undertaking.  The partnership lasted 12 years.  When it was dissolved, Nick Justen remained on Main Street (which later became Colonial Funeral Home) while Jacob Justen located at the corner of Green and Elm Street (which later became Justen Funeral Home).

In 1915 Peter M. Justen joined his father in the funeral business.  In 1939 he erected the Peter M. Justen Funeral Home at 3807 W. Elm Street in McHenry and the business moved there from its previous Main Street location.  It was the first structure built in McHenry specifically to be a funeral home.

In 1948, Daniel A. Justen joined the family business with his father and the business became known as Peter M. Justen & Son Funeral Home.  Daniel took over the management and operations of the business in 1958. With the increase in the population of McHenry and its surrounding communities, a second chapel was added to the funeral home.

In January 1992, Daniel Justen sold the family business to a long time employee, Robert “Bob” Mrachek.  In order to meet the needs of a growing community and through the generosity of Mr. Justen a new funeral home was erected at 591 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry.  In September 2001 the new facility opened its doors to the public and became known as ‘Colonial Funeral Home’.  We continue to operate at this location and in 2017 celebrate our 135th anniversary.

An on-site crematory was constructed in 2013.  A viewing room is available for families who choose to view the cremation process.

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