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

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...

Eleanor V. Pawlikowski

February 7th, 2019|

Eleanor V. Pawlikowski, age 96, of Crystal Lake Illinois, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2019 at Northwestern Medical Center in McHenry, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 29, 1922 in Caledonia, Minnesota, the daughter of August and Agnes (Leary) Schulte. She married Leonard Pawlikowski on February 9, 1946 in Aurora, Colorado, and they spent 72 wonderful years together. Eleanor was a U.S. Army Veteran who served...

Joan Elizabeth Badgley

February 4th, 2019|

Joan E. Badgley, age 83, of McHenry, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019. She was born July 27, 1935, to the late James and Elsie (nee Rose) Thompson. Joan was born on a farm in Galva, IL, and raised on a farm in Kewanee, IL. After high school, she majored in English at Marycrest College, where she was Valedictorian. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago. Joan taught English in the Skokie school system. She raised her six children in...

Elizabeth A. Schubert

February 4th, 2019|

Elizabeth A. Schubert, age 73, passed away at her home on Monday, February 4, 2019. She was born to Mary (Klein) and John Nett on September 3, 1945. Elizabeth (Liz) worked at Rae Motors after graduation and remained with the company for over forty years. She married Jack Schubert. He preceded her in death in 1986. Liz continued on with Acorn Ridge Nursery for several years until she retired and closed down the nursery. She shared her love...

George "Kip" Kunzer, Jr.

February 2nd, 2019|

George "Kip" H. Kunzer, Jr., age 79, long time resident of McHenry and retired Installation Supervisor at Western Electric/AT&T, passed away on February 2, 2019. Kip grew up in Hartland, Illinois. Kip enjoyed woodworking, being outdoors and tinkering with his cars and motorcycles. Kip is survived by his loving wife Julie Ann Kunzer, his four daughters Carrie (John Travers), Laurie (David Schachtner), Beth (Walter Taylor) and Nancy (Mike...

James M. O’Shea

January 29th, 2019|

James M. O'Shea, age 75, of McHenry, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019. He was born June 9, 1943, to the late James and Thelma O'Shea. On October 12, 1968, he married the love of his life, Patsy Corso. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Patsy, and dear children: Suzanne O'Shea and Nathan (Cathy Tiberi) O'Shea. James was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 10:00am...

Kenneth "Ken" Kwolik

January 28th, 2019|

Kenneth J. "Ken" Kwolik, age 66, of McHenry, passed away Monday, January 28, 2019. He was born April 8, 1952, to the late Walter and Marie (nee Dray) Kwolik, in Chicago. On November 14, 1970, he married the love of his life, Valerie "Val" Gleason. Ken was an avid Cubs fan. He had a passion for camping, fishing, and cars. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Val; son, Thomas "Tom" ...

Emitt R. Roberts

January 27th, 2019|

Johnsburg-Roberts, Emitt (1930-2019). Died peacefully on January 27. Born in Kirksville, MO on December 29, 1930 to Emitt V. Roberts and Helen (Marquith) Roberts. Survived by his children, Cindy (Victor), Mike (Karen), Jeff (Sandy), Brian (Lisa), sister, Arlis, 11 Grandchildren: Mark, Crystal, Joshua, Michelle, Timothy, Amber, Abigail, Brianne, Parker, Jacob, and Faith; and 3 great grandchildren: Cassandra, Stephanie, and Caitlin. Emitt was...

Michael J. Sorensen

January 25th, 2019|

Michael J. Sorensen, age 36, of Woodstock passed away on January 25, 2019 at JourneyCare Hospice in Woodstock with his family by his side. He was born on May 11, 1982 in Woodstock IL, the son of James G. (Lisa) Sorensen and Alyce (Massheimer) Sorensen. Michael was a gentle soul, who always saw good in others. He enjoyed cooking and video gaming. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Michel is survived by his parents James and...

Scott Kenneth Sveen

January 23rd, 2019|

Scott Kenneth Sveen, age 61, life-long resident of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 23, 2019. He was born June 6, 1957, to the late Kenneth O. and Ruth J. (nee Hauk) Sveen. Scott graduated from McHenry High School in 1975. He went on to attend Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN, graduating in 1984. Scott worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a lifelong Cubs fan, loved being outdoors, and...

Albert Johann Treu

January 21st, 2019|

Albert J. Treu, age 60, of Algonquin, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, at his home. He was born August 24, 1958, the son of Albert M. and Margarete (nee Greinel) Treu. Albert loved to vacation. He worked hard so he could get away, especially to Hawaii and Florida. In his free time, he enjoyed camping, riding his motorcycle, and fishing. He will always be remembered for "pirates, chrome, rock & roll, and Jim Morrison. Albert is...

Paul Dumproff

January 19th, 2019|

Paul Dumproff, age 89, of Union, passed away peacefully, Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Florence Nursing Home, Marengo. He was born March 28, 1929, to the late George and Helen (nee Nelson) Dumproff, in Elgin. On April 14, 1958, he married the love of his life, Betty Freund, at Sacred Heart Church, Marengo. Paul served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then owned the Village Trading Post for 42 years. In his free time, he...

Lois Joeann Stark

January 17th, 2019|

Lois J. Stark, age 84, of McHenry, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 17, 2019, at The Cottages of Fox Lake. She was born October 5, 1934, to the late Elmer and Rose (nee Laufenbuger) Williams, in Highland Park, IL. On July 3, 1954, she married the love of her life, Ralph Stark, Sr. Lois enjoyed going to the casino and watching movies. She was also known for being an exceptional cook. More than anything, Lois loved spending time...

John Joseph Zelkovich

January 13th, 2019|

John Joseph Zelkovich, age 84, of Bull Valley, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at his home. He was born July 23, 1934, in Chicago, the son of the late Peter and Mary (Rosich) Zelkovich. On August 17, 1974, John married Kathy Leland, at St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Chicago. Proud of his Croatian heritage, John grew up on the south side of Chicago and was an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan. For 33 years John taught in...

Joan D. Larkin

January 9th, 2019|

Joan D. Larkin, 90, of McHenry, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 9, 2019 after complications from pneumonia. She will be greatly missed by a very large circle of family and friends. A lifelong resident of McHenry, Joan was born on March 23, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Harry and Elvera Durland. She graduated from McHenry Community High School in 1946, and married Gerald Larkin on June 2, 1951. For many years she worked at Nye...

John P. McAndrews

January 7th, 2019|

John Patrick McAndrews, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, of McHenry, IL, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family, January 7, 2019. He was born in Chicago, IL on March 29, 1931. John graduated from Lane Tech High School, worked in the trades, served in the Army during the Korean War, then continued his career as an electrician with IBEW 134. He was married to his devoted wife, Norita McAndrews, (nee Dreyer), for 61...

Russell J. Kennedy (Johnson)

January 7th, 2019|

Russell J. Kennedy (Johnson) Russell was born on November 19, 1966, in Chicago, IL. He passed away on January 7, 2019, in Glenwood Springs, CO. He attended Northwestern Military Academy and Wm. Fremd High School. Russell was a carpenter by trade. He was a free spirit who loved the mountains, fishing, snow-boarding, and the outdoors. He is survived by his mother, Patricia (Gaylord) Kennedy (nee Workman); father, Russell (Pat) Johnson;...

John Henry Koscher

January 6th, 2019|

John Henry Koscher, age 73, of McHenry, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 6, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. John was born October 20, 1945 in North Judson, Indiana, the son of Joseph and Charlotte (Yeager) Koscher. On August 12, 1978, he married Cathy Cserep at Shepherd of the Hills Church in McHenry. John worked in the electronics' industry for many years. He retired in 2012 from Heartland after 18 years of service. ...

Angela Schilling

January 6th, 2019|

Angela Schilling, 94, of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin passed away at hospice in Woodstock, Illinois on January 6, 2019. She was born Luigia Angela Maria Fantini in Villafaletto, Province of Cuneo, Italy on October 24, 1924, the daughter of Giuseppe Primo and Anna Maria (nee Paoletti) Fantini. Angela met Wayne T. Smith during World War II in Italy. After the war, she came to the United States and had to stay at Ellis Island for four months before...

Jonathan Joseph Fritch

January 5th, 2019|

Jonathan Joseph Fritch, age 33, of McHenry, passed away January 5, 2019. He was born October 1, 1985 in Woodstock, the son of Robert J. Fritch Jr. and Nancy Ann Luttrell. Jonathan loved bugs, traveling and exploring Mayan ruins. He enjoyed sending lots of pictures to his friends as well as playing with fire sticks and poi balls. He loved to fish and play disc golf with friends. On occasion was known to have small bonfires (nothing big of...

John H. Grandt, JR.

January 1st, 2019|

John H. Grandt Jr., age 87, of McHenry passed away peacefully at his home on January 1, 2019, with the help of Journey Care. John was born in Schiller Park, IL. to John and Lillian (nee Marquardt) Grandt. In 1935 the family moved to McHenry, IL to work and live on A. J. Krecker truck and vegetable farm. The farm was located on 185 acres on route 31, south of McHenry about one mile. On part of the land, now stands, Buss Ford and Lincoln car...

Robert James Rauhut

January 1st, 2019|

Robert James Rauhut, age 75, of Johnsburg, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at his home. Robert was born November 4, 1943, in Chicago, the son of the late Howard E. and Mae (Stern) Rauhut . On March 27, 1965, Robert married Nancy Teichman. Nancy preceded Robert in death on August 14, 2013. Robert is survived by his children, Gregory (Kim) Rauhut, Kerry Francisco, Kenneth (Dana) Rauhut, John (Jeannette) Rauhut, and Benjamin (Dawn)...

Elmer "Jim" Gorham

December 30th, 2018|

Elmer "Jim" Gorham, age 75, of McHenry, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Sunday, December 30, 2018, at JourneyCare Hospice, Woodstock. He was born October 27, 1943, to the late Henry and Avice (nee Pierce) Gorham in Woodstock, IL. On May 15, 1965, he married the love of his life, Sandra Rodenkirch, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, McHenry. Jim attended Marion Central High School, graduating in 1963. After 17 years of service, he...

Rose Santi

December 28th, 2018|

Rose Santi (nee Lorusso), affectionately known as "Noni", age 91, of McHenry, passed away peacefully, Friday, December 28, 2018, at JourneyCare Hospice Facility, Barrington. She was born January 11, 1927, to the late Michael and Filomena (nee DeSantis) Lorusso, in Italy. On October 28, 1950, she married the love of her life, Victor C. Santi, at St. James Catholic Church, Highwood, IL. Rose is survived by her loving husband of 68 years,...

Mae C. Wagner

December 27th, 2018|

Mae C. Wagner, age 96, of McHenry, passed away peacefully December 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 10, 1922 and raised by her grandparents John and Margaret Schmitt. On August 22, 1942, she married the love of her life, LeRoy Wagner, at St. John the Baptist Church, Johnsburg. Mae was a loving wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. Her most precious times were those spent with her grandchildren and great...

Paul I. Morck, Jr.

December 23rd, 2018|

Paul I. Morck, Jr., age 86, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully, Sunday, December 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 16, 1932, to the late Paul Sr. and Anna (nee Holm) Morck, in Chicago. On August 11, 1956, he married the love of his life, Rosa Oster, at Jehovah Lutheran Church, Chicago. Paul served in the US Army during the Korean War for three years. After being discharged from the military, he became a...

LeRoy A. Hiller

December 18th, 2018|

LeRoy A. Hiller, age 79, of McHenry, IL, passed away December 18, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. LeRoy was born to Mary and Leo Hiller on April 14, 1939. He married Bernadette Wegener on April 16, 1966. He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Leo and Mary (nee, Schmitt) Hiller; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Marge Hiller; sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Bob Knox, and sister, Grace Bentz. LeRoy is survived by...

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...

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...

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