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

Joseph P. Sullivan, Sr.

December 17th, 2018|

Joseph P. Sullivan, Sr, age 89, of Wonder Lake, passed away peacefully, Monday, December 17, 2018, at Crystal Pines. He was born March 26, 1929, to the late Ray and Helen (nee Esford) Sullivan. On November 3, 1962, he married the love of his life, Patricia Jean (nee Cristy), at Christ the King Church, Wonder Lake. Joseph was a lifelong Real Estate agent in Wonder Lake and was a 50-year member of the National Association of Realtors. He...

Patricia Madsen

December 14th, 2018|

Patricia A. Madsen, age 76, of Johnsburg passed peacefully on December 14, 2018 at Lexington Health Care Center in Lake Zurich with her loving family by her side. Patricia was born on November 14, 1942 in Chicago, the daughter of George and Lottie (Sapala) Papak. She married the love of her life, Keith Madsen, in November of 1967 and they spent 49 years together until his passing in 2016. Patricia was a woman of strong Catholic faith who...

Henryk Sobus

December 11th, 2018|

Henryk Sobus passed peacefully in his sleep at 4:00 AM on December 10th having bravely fought cancer of the lungs and kidneys. Born in Żołynia Poland on November 24th, 1964, Henry is survived by a family who admired him dearly: his mother and father Emilia and Jan, his younger brother Richard, the mother of his children, Renata, and his two children, Dorian and Amanda. Henry was a hard-working man in and out of work. Working with his hands,...

Rebecca "Becky" Sweeney

December 8th, 2018|

Rebecca joined her heavenly family the afternoon of Saturday, December 8, 2018. Becky was born in Aurora, IL and grew up in McHenry, IL. She attended McHenry Community High School-West Campus, and over time began to manage her own cleaning company. Becky will be remembered for her loving, caring, compassionate nature and sense of humor. Many are grateful to have been able to get to know her even better in the last few years. Becky has...

Ronald D. Wingstrom

December 8th, 2018|

Ronald David Wingstrom, age 62, of Crystal Lake, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Northwest McHenry Hospital. Ron was born October 14, 1956, in Chicago, the son of John and Edith (Johnson) Wingstrom. He worked for 30 years for the United States Postal Service before retiring as a Postal Clerk. Ron was an avid coin and stamp collector, but more than anything he enjoyed spending his money on his grandchildren. Ron is survived by...

James J. Tallurico

December 6th, 2018|

James "Mr. T" Tallurico, age 87, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Chicago on July 7, 1931, the son of James V. and Mary (nee Blazek) Tallurico. On October 30, 1954, he married the love of his life, Maria Sangirardi at the Presentation Church in Chicago. James was a past Commander for the American Legion. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. He...

Betty M. Buchel

December 5th, 2018|

Betty M. Buchel, age 96, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 05, 2018, at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington. She was born in Chicago on May 2, 1922, the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (Schaimotait) Ekvall. Betty was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, having served during WWII. She is survived by her loving children: Joe (Jane) Buchel and Greg (Sali) Buchel; dear grandchildren: Erik, Alexis, Nikki, Zachary and...

R. Riley Obenchain

December 5th, 2018|

R. Riley Obenchain, resident of Twin Lakes, WI and formerly of Woodstock and Wilmette, Illinois, was felled by cancer on December 5th, 2018 at the way too young age of 60, with his sister Edith, his brother Sam and nephew Eli, by his side. He was an honorable and true son of the late Ralph and Elaine Obenchain, big-hearted brother to Abigail, devoted and cherished brother to Edith, fellow republican and conservative, to his brother Sam and a...

James A. Wisner

December 5th, 2018|

James Wisner, loving husband and father of three children, passed away peacefully in his home Wednesday, December 5th at the age of 85 in the presence of his family. Jim was born May, 1933 in Waukegan, Illinois, to Arthur and Minerva Wisner (deceased) of Long Lake, IL. He served two (2) years in the Army during the Korean War, where he learned his cooking skills. He earned his master's degree in School Business Administration from Northern...

Ellen A. Jones

December 5th, 2018|

Ellen A. Jones, age 74, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Northwestern Hospital – McHenry. She was born June 25, 1944, to the late Gustav and Wanda (nee Tolinski) Bauer. Ellen loved to play the slot machines. In her free time she also loved to camp and travel. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving children: Richard and (Michelle) Jones; dear grandchildren: Kayla...

Eileen D. Huff

December 4th, 2018|

Eileen D. Huff, age 77, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at her home. She was born in Johnsburg on April 8, 1941, the daughter of Albert and Kathryn (nee Michels) Huff. Eileen worked at Oak Industries for 46 years. In her spare time, she loved to travel to Maine and took many vacations there. She had a very strong Catholic faith and loved spending time with her family. They will miss her very much. She is survived by her sisters,...

Mary Lynn Madsen

December 4th, 2018|

Mary Lynn Madsen, age 68, of McHenry, passed away on December 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 24, 1950 to the late John and Shirley Carole. On June 20, 1970 she married her High School sweetheart Charles Madsen. Beloved wife of Charles; Loving mother of Brien (Debbie), Robert (Renee), Charles (Jillian) and Michael (Katie); Cherished grandmother of Morgan, Megan, Macy, Regan, Christian, Juliana, Jaxon, Griffin and...

Michael A. Bonagura

December 3rd, 2018|

Michael A. Bonagura, age 90 of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2018, at JourneyCare-Woodstock. He was born April 17, 1928, to the late Charles and Lucy (nee Varrone) Bonagura. On September 9, 1950, he married the love of his life, Kathleen Byrne, at St. Vincent DePaul, in Brooklyn, NY. Michael worked for Sara Lee Bakery for more than 30 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and spending time at...

Ignatius "Iggy" Lantvit

December 2nd, 2018|

Ignatius "Iggy" Lantvit, age 65, of McHenry, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 2, 2018. He was born November 17, 1953, to the late Ignatius and Anne (nee Bachner) Lantvit. Some of Iggy's favorite memories were from his visits to Colorado to see the Green's. In his free time, he enjoyed gambling, his motorcycle, playing softball, bowling, golf, and woodworking. Iggy never could miss an episode of Wheel of Fortune. He...

Mary Frances Ainslie

November 29th, 2018|

Mary Frances Ainslie, age 90, of Spring Grove, passed away on November 29, 2018 at Winchester House in Libertyville, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on March 7, 1928 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Dennis and Ellen (Twoomey) Downing. On February 9, 1958 she married the love of her life Robert Ainslie at St. Peter Church in Cambridge, MA. Mary lived an extremely full and rich life; a life of service. Whatever...

Roman S. Kaminski

November 27th, 2018|

Roman S. Kaminski, age 91, of Cary passed away on November 27, 2018 at Northwestern Medical Center in Huntley surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 16, 1927 in Chicago, the son of Stanley and Susie (Mieskowski)Kaminski. On June 18, 1949, he married Jeanette Kraus at Holy Innocents Church in Chicago. Roman is survived by his children Paul (Betty) Kaminski, Thomas (Rita) Kaminski and Kenneth Kaminski; his grandchildren Amy...

Doris Erickson

November 27th, 2018|

Doris M. Erickson, age 78, of McHenry, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at Advocate Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington. Doris was born May 1, 1940, in Konigsberg, Germany, the daughter of Alfred and Kathe (nee Jorgeis) Doehring. On October 5, 1996, Doris married Steven Erickson at Faith Presbyterian Church in McHenry. Doris working as a cosmetologist enjoyed doing hairstyling. She further enjoyed bowling, golfing, doing ceramics...

Justin K. Franklin

November 20th, 2018|

Justin K. Franklin, age 28, of Lakemoor passed away on November 20, 2018 in Elk Grove Village surrounded by his loving family. Justin was born on May 7, 1990 in McHenry the son of Karen and the late Kenneth Franklin. Justin's biggest passion in life was BMX Biking. It gave him a sense of serenity, freedom, and pure utter joy! Throughout the years the Extreme bond Justin shared deeply with the biking community can only be summed up with one...

Jeanette B. Arft

November 19th, 2018|

Jeanette B. Arft, age 69, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, at Journeycare. She was born in Pittsburg, Texas on April 26, 1949, the daughter of Robert & Rose (Knittel) Balsdon. On February 1, 1969, she married the love of her life, Wayne D. Arft, in Buffalo New York. Jeanette worked as a TWA flight attendant, who in her spare time loved taking care of her animals. She was a horse owner, rider and trainer. She also loved to deliver Meals...

Lester D. Bacon

November 17th, 2018|

Lester D. Bacon, age 87, of McHenry, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018. He was born July 17, 1931, to the late Lester and Eva (nee Adams) Bacon. On February 15, 2003, he married Marion Rein at First United Methodist Church, in McHenry. Lester proudly served with the Marine Corps for over forty years, retiring as Colonel. He is a veteran of the Korean War. Les was also a part of the Elks Lodge, the Masons, and Lions Club. He loved...

Howard H. Lexow

November 17th, 2018|

Howard H. Lexow, age 88, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Woodstock. He was born in Chicago on January 17, 1930, the son of Ralph and Pauline (nee Coufelt) Lexow. On May 25, 1957, he married (the late) Joyce A. Wilson in Chicago. Howard was a great fundraiser for various organizations and an excellent volunteer for hospitals and nursing homes. He was a member of American Legion Post 491 and had served our country in the Army during...

Genevieve Margaret Gruenholz

November 12th, 2018|

Genevieve Margaret Gruenholz, age 74, of Woodstock, went home to her Heavenly Father on Monday morning, November 12, 2018, in McHenry, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Genevieve was born March 6, 1944, in Oak Park, IL, the daughter of Elmer and Doris (nee-Brooks) Gruenholz. Genevieve was loving and giving. She enjoyed all the special holidays and had a special way of making everyone feel very special throughout the year. ...

Gordon Louis Rehberg

November 9th, 2018|

Gordon L. Rehberg, age 76, passed away peacefully Friday, November 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 17, 1942, to the late Louis and Evelyn (nee Patoux) Rehberg, in Chicago. On July 22, 1961, he married the love of his life, Patricia Clark, at Christ the King Church, Wonder Lake. Gordon was a longtime resident of the McHenry area. He retired from working as a heavy equipment mechanic in 2004. More than anything,...

William "Bill" Smith

November 4th, 2018|

William "Bill" Foster Smith, age 76, of McHenry, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018. He was born August 22, 1942, to the late Stuart and Anita (nee Foster) Smith. On May 6, 1967, Bill married the love of his life, Joanne "Jo" Okon, in Garden City, Michigan. Bill worked for many years in the banking industry, retiring as a Senior Vice President, in commercial lending. He was a longtime member of the American Legion and the NRA. He also...

Lorelei M. Shay

November 4th, 2018|

Lorelei M. Shay, age 89, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018, in McHenry. She was born in Chicago on December 4, 1928, the daughter of Conrad and Dolores (Merten) Meilicke. Lorelei was a graduate of Stephens College for Women (Missouri). She was an Interior Designer, Artist, Professional Fashion Model, Display Designer (Carson Pirie Scott-State Street) and an accomplished Pianist. She married her high school sweetheart, William Shay, on...

David A. Boger

November 3rd, 2018|

David A. Boger, a longtime resident of McHenry, died on November 3rd, 2018. He was 83 years old. Born in Oak Park, Mr. Boger grew up in the Chicago area. A graduate of Loras College, he also held two graduate degrees from Northern Illinois University. He served for two years in the U.S. Army. Mr. Boger was a career educator, serving for decades as both an elementary school and high school teacher. He also was a principal, administrator...

Jacqueline "Jackie" Grom

November 2nd, 2018|

Jacqueline "Jackie" Grom, age 88, of McHenry, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018, at her home. She was born July 7, 1930, to the late John and Helen (nee Tobin) Theisen, in Chicago. On June 18, 1955, she married the love of her life Robert "Bob" Grom. In the 1960s, Jackie got a job working in the Hilltop School Library to help pay for her kids' college. She switched to Nunda/River East Library in the 80s and was still there working one...

Diane Erdman Overton

October 31st, 2018|

Diane Erdman Overton, age 55, died unexpectedly at home, in her sleep on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. She was born in Abington, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1963 to John H. Sr. and Margaret Ann (Flinn) Erdman. She graduated from Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL in 1981. She was a devoted and dedicated 911 Dispatcher to the Mundelein Police Department for 25 years. She had positively impacted so many lives throughout her career at the Police...

Christopher J. Wirtz

October 26th, 2018|

Christopher "Chris" Wirtz, age 69, of Johnsburg, passed away peacefully with his family present Friday, October 26, 2018, at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital. He was born July 16, 1949 to the late Francis and Joan (Byrne) Wirtz, in McHenry, IL. Chris started working at McGee's clothing store in McHenry at the age of 14 for his Uncle Tony. He graduated from Marian Central High School in 1967, and continued his education at Elgin...

Alvina D. Pilat

October 25th, 2018|

Alvina D. Pilat, age 78, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 25, 2018, in Wonder Lake. She was born in Chicago on November 20, 1939, the daughter of late Emmanuel Frank and Leona Minnie (Merzana) Marek. Alvina loved to sing in the chorus at church. She enjoyed art: painting and making ceramic and plaster pieces. She worked as a bookkeeper and also worked for Southern Corp for 7-11. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren. She will be...

Frank W Estis

October 25th, 2018|

Frank W. Estis of McHenry, passed away at his home on Thursday, October 25, 2018. He was born June 6, 1926, in Chicago. Frank proudly served our country from 1942-1946, during World War II, in the United States Navy; serving abroad the USS Atascosa. He was an Advanced License Ham Radio Operator and a life -long member of the VFW. Frank is survived by his children: Alan Estis, Pat Rohling, Audrey Hudson and Nadine Winters; grandchildren...

Lillian "Lil" Cairns

October 21st, 2018|

Lillian "Lil" Cairns, age 92, of McHenry, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 21, 2018, at JourneyCare Barrington. She was born January 31, 1926, to the late John and Severina (nee Marianetti) Unti, in Woodstock. Lillian worked at Autolite in Woodstock before getting married. Following her marriage, Lillian went to work at McHenry State Bank for 34 years, retiring in 1987, to spend more time with her grandchildren. During her retirement...

Donna Jean Russo

October 18th, 2018|

Donna Jean Russo, age 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday morning, October 18, 2018, at her home in McHenry. Donna was born June 23, 1944, in Chicago, the daughter of Nicholas and Betty Booras. On May 26, 1969, Donna married the love of her life, Joseph Russo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together they raised their two daughters, Becky and Gia. Donna was a beautician for 32 years in addition to being a loving...

Deborah S. Lambrechts

October 16th, 2018|

Deborah S. Lambrechts, age 61, of Johnsburg passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 16, 2018. Deborah was born on February 25, 1957 in Long Beach CA., the daughter of Virgil L. and Mary L. Collins. She married Gregg Lambrechts on July 3, 1976 at Chapel of the Bells in Las Vegas. Deborah loved playing Bingo, raising puppies and trips to Hawaii. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who had the most...

Ralph RJ Stalesky

October 13th, 2018|

Ralph "RJ" T. Stalesky, age 23, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018. He was born in McHenry on July 4, 1995, the son of Ralph A. Stalesky and Belinda (Rhodes) Morrison. RJ was a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson and friend. He had a heart of gold and a smile that lit up the room. He enjoyed football and baseball. He worked for a tree cutting service and plumber by trade. He loved his family as much as they all loved him. RJ loved...

Ian Fredrick Hansen

October 12th, 2018|

Ian Fredrick Hansen, 36, of McHenry, IL has passed way too soon on October 12th, 2018. He was a loving and caring husband, father, son, brother and friend to all. Ian grew up in and around Mchenry, Illinois. When he turned 18 years old, he started an apprenticeship and schooling to become a Local 1 Ironworker. Ian was an Ironworker until surgeries from a hereditary condition made it impossible for him to continue in his career. Ian made...

Donald A. Novak

October 11th, 2018|

Donald A. Novak, age 90, passed away at his home, Thursday, October 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Chicago, on May 22, 1928, the son of Henry and Louise (Wischoeffer) Novak. On April 29, 1967, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Anderson, at Mayfair Bible Church in Chicago. Out of the few occupations Donald held, roofing was the most rewarding. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing and boating with family...

Jessica J. Johnson

October 9th, 2018|

Jessica J. Johnson, age 30, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly at her home Tuesday morning. Jessica was born July 13, 1988, in Anaheim, California, the daughter of Kenneth and Tracy Thoma. She graduated from McHenry West Campus High School with the class of 2006. Jessica went on and earned her Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from Midwestern University in 2013. On October 11, 2012, she married Bradley Johnson in Woodstock. She was employeed by...

Scott Michael "Rowser" Rowe

October 9th, 2018|

Scott Michael "Rowser" Rowe, age 53, of Johnsburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018, at Journey Care Hospice Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Scott was born December 25, 1964, in Ottawa, Illinois, the son of Ralph Sr. and Cecelia Rowe. He grew up in Marseilles, Illinois. He attended area schools and later graduated from Illinois State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. On November 22,...

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