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

Mary Alma Donald

February 3rd, 2020|

Mary Alma Donald (nee Sieben) was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 8, 1952. She lived above the Sieben family brewery with her parents and siblings until 1963 when the family moved to Johnsburg. She has been a resident of Johnsburg since that time. She attended St. John the Baptist School in Johnsburg as well as both McHenry's East and West Campus high school, where she graduated in 1970. After graduating she attended Don Roberts' Pivot...

Jan "John" Wojteczek

January 31st, 2020|

Jan "John" Wojteczek, of Woodstock, IL, generous and loving brother, Uncle and friend passed away on January 31, 2020, at the age of 71. Born on June 24, 1948, in Augustdorf, Germany, John was one of three children, including his twin. At age 9, John, his mother and sister came to the United States to seek a better life and citizenship to create more opportunities than could be experienced in Germany. They settled in Chicago where in High...

Norman Lee Sanford

January 29th, 2020|

Norman Lee Sanford age 85 of McHenry, IL, passed away to Jesus' arms on January 29, 2020. Norm was born on July 20, 1934 in Kalamazoo, MI, Borgess Hospital, son of Arthur Lee and Mabel May (Worst) Sanford. Norm grew up in Fennville, attended the Fennville Public Schools graduated from high school in 1953. He went to General Motors Institute/Kettering University, in Flint, MI and graduated with a degree in Dealership Management. He then...

Thomas "Tom" Peters

January 25th, 2020|

Thomas "Tom" Peters, of Johnsburg, IL, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 25, 2020 at the age of 63. Born on October 15, 1956, Tom was one of six children and grew up in Franklin Park and Rosemont, IL. He married Pamela Settles on June 7, 1980. They moved to Johnsburg, IL in 1991 and began their business American Custom Woodworking in 1994. Tom was very proud of the business and...

Robert C. Griffith

January 23rd, 2020|

Robert C. "Bob" Griffith, age 88, of McHenry, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 23, 2020. He was born January 31, 1931 in Berwyn, IL to Lewis and Blanche (Smith) Griffith. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army (11th Airborne Division) and Army Reserves, serving his country from 1953 to 1960. Bob worked as a tool and die maker, model-maker and machinist until his retirement. His hobbies included model trains,...

Robert J. Foster

January 22nd, 2020|

Robert J. Foster, age 77, of McHenry, passed away on January 22, 2020, in Libertyville. He was born on March 4, 1942, the son of Robert F. and Irene B. (Loui) Foster. Robert was formerly married to Helen E. Foster. Robert worked as a mortgage loan officer retiring from Emerald Mortgage, Cary, IL. As a child he attended St. Michaels Catholic Church in Old Town of Chicago where he was an altar boy. He graduated from Niles East High School...

Lorraine (Lori) S. Leland

January 20th, 2020|

Lorraine Leland age 95 passed away January 20, 2020. She was born on August 10, 1924 to Anthony and Caroline Stephan in Buffalo New York On May 25, 1946 she married the love of her life, William (Bill) Leland, in Buffalo. They were married for 56 years before his passing in 2002. Their wonderful marriage together opened so many adventures and challenges for her and moves to many states including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, South...

Martha Kaye Peters

January 19th, 2020|

Martha Kaye Peters, nee Thennes, age 76, passed away on January 19, 2020, at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital. Martha was born July 5, 1943 to Ed and Agnes Thennes. She wed her best friend and love of her life, James Peters on June 8, 1974 in McHenry. Martha was honored by the McHenry Business & Professional Women Assoc. as "Woman of the Year" for her work in creating Fall Diddly Craft Fair, which to date has raised hundreds of...

Joanne T. Brefeld

January 18th, 2020|

Joanne T. Brefeld, age 88, of McHenry, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning, January 18, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Joanne was born April 25, 1931, and raised in Richmond, the daughter of William and Ottila (Hiller) Stilling. On October 6, 1956, Joanne married, Paul R. Brefeld at St. Joseph Catholic Church, then moved to McHenry where she worked and they raised their family of four. She worked at and retired from...

Timothy Andrew Romanoski

January 17th, 2020|

Timothy Andrew Romanoski, age 23, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 17, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona, the result of a motorcycle accident. Tim was born August 15, 1996, in McHenry, the son of Daniel and Susan (Jensen) Romanoski. Tim was a graduate of McHenry West High School, and currently a student at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix. Tim is survived by his parents, Daniel and Susan Romanoski; sister, Nicole...

Jeffrey Michael Schnell

January 16th, 2020|

Jeffrey Michael Schnell, age 63, passed away on January 16, 2020 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. He was born on July 3, 1956 to Richard and Virginia Schnell in Chicago. Jeffrey was a loving father who enjoyed drawing, art and creating signs for small businesses in his spare time. Some of his fondest memories were of riding his motorcycles with his friends and his father. He was also an avid Bears and Blackhawks fan. Jeffrey was...

Coren E. McLeod

January 15th, 2020|

Coren E. McLeod, age 40, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. She was born in McHenry on October 22, 1979, the daughter of John McLeod and Lenora Giese. Coren was a photo journalist and was most proud of her work as a marketing manager on social media. Her friends and family referred to her as a "Rockstar" and they loved her very much. She was a proud aunt and she will be sorely missed. Coren is survived by her loving parents, John...

Peter Vandriel

January 12th, 2020|

Peter Vandriel, age 86, of McHenry, passed away at Good Shepherd Hospital on January 12, 2020, with hisloving wife by his side. He was born on October 30, 1933 in Holland to Marinus and Dina Vandriel. Peter wed the love of his life, Carol Ann Karrasch on Valentines Day of 1980. Peter will be remembered for his love of working on older cars.Fond memories of travelling seven continents together will live on with his beloved wife. Peter was also...

John Samuel Nichols

January 12th, 2020|

John Samuel Nichols, age 54, of Capron, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020. John was born April 16, 1965, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Jeanette (nee Hoffman). John worked for many years for Woolf Distribution Center. In 2009, he started Nichols Engraving and Woodworking. He enjoyed his woodworking especially wood craving. More than anything else, John loved his children and grandchildren. Surviving John are his children: Penny ...

Julia Olesya Yurchenko

January 11th, 2020|

Julia Olesya Yurchenko, age 21, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in Chicago, IL. Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 5pm to 6pm, at Colonial Funeral Home. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.

Kenneth Morton

January 9th, 2020|

Kenneth Morton, age 71, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, January 9, 2020, in McHenry. Ken was born December 15, 1948, in the West Indies, the son of Hubert and Naomi (nee Isaac) Morton. He moved to the United States in the mid 80's and on June 12, 1996, Ken married Bervada Johnson in Woodstock. For over 35 years Ken enjoyed working in the construction field throughout the McHenry and Woodstock areas. He loved cooking...

Joshua J. Summers

January 8th, 2020|

Joshua J. Summers, age 50, passed away on January 8, 2020 after a fight with cancer. Joshua was born in Freeport on October 26, 1969 to James and Sharon Summers. He married the love of his life, Carla Summers, in Wayne IL. in October of 1993. Josh is survived by his wife Carla; beloved daughter Sarah Elizabeth of Woodstock; parents James and Sharon Summers; parents-in-law Carl and Renae Macrito; sister Danielle Summers of Freeport; brother...

Jovan Anthony Strumberger

January 8th, 2020|

Jovan Anthony Strumberger, age 43, of McHenry passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Round Lake. He was born in Chicago to John A. Strumberger and Anunziata L. Nebel-Strumberger. Jovan married the love of his life Stephanie L. Meyer on April 16, 2005 at Christ Church Lake Forest. Jovan was employed by Northwestern Medicine as a Technical Specialist for the last 9 years. In his spare time, he loved to cook for his friends and family. He...

Julie Ann Thomas

January 6th, 2020|

Julie Ann Thomas, of McHenry, passed away January 6th, 2020. Julie was born March 2nd, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Susan (Wroble) and Timothy Thomas. Julie was a CNA for the majority of her career and had a passion for helping others and a deep love for animals. Julie was very active in her school alumni and the McHenry Township. Julie is survived by her children: Emily De Fries (Justin Maldonado) and Michael (Mikey) De Fries,...

Robert Peter Freund

January 5th, 2020|

Robert Peter Freund, age 89, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, January 5, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born March 19, 1930, in Johnsburg, the son of Anthony M and Agnes (nee Hettermann) Freund. On June 18, 1955, Robert married the love of his life, Joan Freund, in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Robert was honorably discharged after proudly serving our country in the United States Army, during the...

Dusanka Kuhlmann

January 4th, 2020|

Dusanka Kuhlmann, age 70, of McHenry, passed away Saturday morning, January 4, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 16, 1949 in Emsdetten Germany, the daughter of Krstan and Anica (nee Katic) Berich. Dusanka moved with her parents to the United States as a young girl. On October 19, 1974, Dusanka married John S. Kuhlmann in Gary, Indiana. On January 6, 1978 they welcomed a daughter, Anica Sutherland. Dusanka was a...

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