Obituaries

Obituaries for Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry IL

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?

Edgar Allan Poe

Robert C. Hankins

October 16th, 2019|

Robert C. Hankins, age 66, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Waukegan on June 25, 1953, the son of Fred L. and Olga M. (Kozina) Hankins. Robert Graduated from Warren High School class of 1971. He is survived by his mother Olga Hankins; his siblings: Marion Amberg, David (Lori) Hankins and Suzanne (Mark) Hohensee; his nieces and nephews; Nathan, Erin, Jessica, Thomas, Melissa and...

Douglas H. Benedict

October 13th, 2019|

Douglas H. Benedict, age 52, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 13, 2019. He was born August 19, 1967, the son of Benjamin Benedict and the late, Rena (Lambert) Canto. On February 14, 2002, Doug married the love of his life, Renee Rebesco. Doug loved grilling and working on cars. He also enjoyed watching Nascar Races. More than anything though, he loved spending time with his family. He was the funniest man you would...

Christopher Dennis "Kip" Byrnes

October 11th, 2019|

Christopher Dennis "Kip" Byrnes, of McHenry, died peacefully at age 80 on October 11, 2019 at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, after suffering from ALS. He was surrounded by his loving family. Chris was born December 15, 1938 in Chicago, to Thomas E. Byrnes and Virginia (Howell) Byrnes. He grew up in Deerfield, Ill., and later Woodstock, Ill., with his siblings David Byrnes (Susan), Nina Foster, Peggy Haley (Phillip), Tony Byrnes (Jerry...

Gloria Irene Pechous

October 5th, 2019|

Gloria Irene Pechous, age 85, of McHenry passed away peacefully on October 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was born on January 21, 1934 in Chicago, the daughter of Harry and Stella Bochat. She married the late Roger Pechous Sr. on November 22, 1952 at St. Hyacinth Church in Chicago IL. Gloria was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist church in Johnsburg. In her early years she worked for District 156 as a teacher's aide....

LeRoy E. "Shorty" Meyers

October 2nd, 2019|

LeRoy E. "Shorty" Meyers, age 95, of McHenry, passed away peacefully, Wednesday evening, October 2, 2019, in Crystal Lake. Shorty was born, June 13, 1924, the son of William J. and Margaret (King) Meyers. On September 6, 1947, Shorty married the love of his life, Esther C. Freund at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. Esther preceded Shorty in death on September 8, 2015. Shorty proudly served our country in the United State Army during...

John Joseph Witek

October 2nd, 2019|

John Joseph Witek, age 60, of Crystal Lake passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. John was born March 26, 1959 in North Chicago, the son of Nicholas and Josephine Anna (Stashick) Witek. John loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed being outdoors, and back in his younger days, you couldn't keep a fishing pole out of his hands. John is survived by his loving daughter, Shanna (Brad) Weber of McHenry; adored...

Dixie L. Swanson

September 30th, 2019|

Dixie Lee Swanson, age 74, was welcomed into her heavenly savior's loving arms on September 30th 2019. Dixie: daughter, nurse, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, caregiver, baker, gardener, feisty. She was a strong, good and faithful servant. Dixie is survived by her loving husband of nearly 51 years, Michael Swanson, her children; Traci (Gregg) Guenther, Beth (Chuck) Bartelsen, Rebecca (Chris) Vennetti, and Kevin (Heidi) Swanson, her...

Michael F. Ryan

September 28th, 2019|

Michael F Ryan, husband of Mary (Rohrsen) died, September 28, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a long, courageous struggle with cancer. Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 6, 1948 to the late Norbert and Rosemary Ryan. Michael and Mary married on October 12,1990. He will be missed by his family: Pat (Jerry) Greenwald, Joan (the late Paul) Kertay, Tim (Dottie) Ryan, Peggy (Bill) Schretter, Mary (Tom) Komosa) and Chris...

Beverly E. Greenwood

September 23rd, 2019|

Beverly E. Greenwood, age 85, passed away in McHenry on Monday, September 23, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 2, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Carl and Irene (Belter) Peters. Beverly married Russell Greenwood, who preceded her in death on February 19, 1995. She is survived by her children: Diane Zimmerman, Gail Weingart, Glenn (Connie) Greenwood, David Greenwood; grandchildren: Kelly (Blake),...

Gerald S. Klimek

September 23rd, 2019|

Gerald S. Klimek, age 79, passed away at his home on Monday, September 23, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Chicago on August 31, 1940, the son of Stanley and Marianne (Kozlowski) Klimek. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years; Joyce (Cys) Klimek; his children: James (Kelley) Klimek, Sheryl (Phil) Delisi; and his grandchildren: Mitchell, Abigail Klimek and Samantha, Michael Delisi. All services will be private. ...

Mark Joseph Serpe

September 19th, 2019|

Mark Joseph Serpe, age 66, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 19, 2019. He was born August 21, 1953, to the late Samuel Sylvester and Julia Jeanette (nee Haupt) Serpe, in Chicago. On April 16, 1994, he married Roberta Gustafson at the Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry. Mark proudly serviced in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1978. Mark was an active part of the community. He was a 4th Degree...

Frank Joseph Kucharski

September 14th, 2019|

Frank Joseph Kucharski, age 79, of McHenry, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 3, 1939, to the late Jozef and Paulina (Kasiuba) Kucharski in Krzemieniec, Poland. On July 28, 1962, Frank married the love of his life, Marie Wolski, at St. Helen's Church in Chicago. Frank proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps, being honorably discharged as Lance Corporal. Frank...

Dorothy J. Norum

September 2nd, 2019|

Dorothy J. Norum, age 82, passed away in Barrington, with her daughter by her side, on Monday, September 2, 2019, after a short illness. She was born in Chicago on October 6, 1936. During her early years, Dorothy was a dispatcher for the Arlington Heights Police Department and later worked and retired as a dispatcher for the Island Lake Police Department. She also owned and operated 6 Pines Wildlife. Dorothy was the matriarch of the family;...

Judith E. Miller

August 31st, 2019|

Judith E. Miller, age 74, went to be with the Lord on August 31, 2019, at White Oaks Memory Care in McHenry, IL, her husband by her side holding her hand, until 6:11a.m. when she succumbed to her long battle with Parkinson's and Dementia. She was born April 24, 1945, in Chicago, to Edward C. and Winifred H. (Simmons) Steadman. She married her true love, Robert J. Miller, at St. Mary's Church, McHenry, IL, on May 2, 1964. She was a homemaker and...

Kathryn A. Bauer

August 30th, 2019|

Kathryn A. Bauer, age 78, of McHenry, passed away on August 30, 2019, peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 7, 1941, in Johnsburg, IL to Henry Hiller and Lorraine Blake. She attended McHenry East High School and graduated in 1959. She was a bank teller for McHenry State Bank, which then became First Midwest Bank for 30 years. In addition to working at the bank, she was the bookkeeper for Custom...

Linda H. Proesel

August 25th, 2019|

Linda H. Proesel, age 70, of McHenry, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 25, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 29, 1948, to the late Harold and Helen (nee Kelow) MacGregor, in Chicago. On August 1, 1970, she married the love of her life, George W. Proesel, at St. Mary's Church in Fremont Center, Mundelein, Illinois. Linda lovingly made hundreds of blankets and Afghans for family, friends, Project Linus, and many...

Mary L. Checchin

August 20th, 2019|

Mary L. Checchin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 20, in Woodstock, Illinois, the day before her 99th birthday. Mary was born August 21, 1920, in Amite, Louisiana to Louis and Loreta Ruffino. Mary came to Chicago in 1947 and married Ferdinando (Fred) Checchin in 1951 at Holy Rosary Church. They moved to Lakemoor in 1954 and she continued to live in the same home where she raised her family, until a few months before her passing. ...

Paul M. James

August 19th, 2019|

Paul M James passed away August 19, 2019 in Schaumburg, Illinois. He was born on October 29, 1974 to Jack (Jay) James and Christina (Fain) James. He is survived by his wife Angela (Smessaert) James, along with his father and siblings Steven (Maggie) James, nephew Liam James, Sister Lesley (Jim) Schumacher, and brother Darren James. Paul was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated Lawrence Central High School. He continued his education...

Peter M. Strand

August 18th, 2019|

Peter Martin Strand, age 66, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Barrington. He was born in Connecticut on August 10, 1953, the son of Herbert J. and Elizabeth Strand and grew up on a chicken farm. While attending Quinnipiac University, he was a member of the ski club. During Peter's working years, he was a salesman, belonged to the Fox River Grove United Methodist Church and was a former Lions Club member. In his spare time, he enjoyed...

Doris F. Basel

August 15th, 2019|

June 18, 1924 ~ August 15, 2019 Doris Frances Basel passed away peacefully Thursday, August 15,  2019 in Aurora, Illinois surrounded by her loving family. Doris was born June 18,1924 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to Paul and Mary Gris. After the loss of her father, a coal miner, her two oldest sisters moved to Illinois to pave the way for her mother and family's transfer to Chicago. Doris met her future husband, of 50 years, Harold F. Basel and...

Colleen L. Mantor

August 7th, 2019|

Colleen L. Mantor, age 50, of McHenry IL, passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. She was born in Chicago on December 11, 1968, the daughter of (the late) Robert E. and Alice M. Mantor. Colleen was a waitress/bartender, working many years at the Clearwater Beach Hotel in Florida and at John Evans in Crystal Lake. She also worked at auto dealerships mainly in the after-market position. Colleen enjoyed going out for drinks with...

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