K.K. Hamsher Funeral Home

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Our Obituaries

Gary M. Gibson

January 15, 1951 - March 19, 2014

Gibson, Gary M. of Leisure Village in Fox Lake for 27 years, joined his Mom and Dad in Heaven on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. He was born on January 15, 1951, in Chicago to Bill and Jackie Gibson. He loved trains and old steam engines. He enjoyed talking about his yearly trip to the Sycamore Steam Show. his Mom, and his Dad and Grandparents, he was an avid Cubs fan. He had a favorite daytime...
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Kalyn R. McCart

May 3, 1988 - March 15, 2014

Kalyn R. McCart, of Fox Lake, passed away on March 15, 2014. She was born in Wichita, KS on May 3, 1988 to Wade McCart and Margaret (nee Qualls) Wert. Kalyn will be deeply missed by her loving parents, Wade McCart and Margaret (Troy) Wert, her companion, Matthew Bock, her son, Jacob Matthew Bock, her siblings, Bo (Melissa), Jordon and Abbey Wert, her niece and nephew, Maddie and Declan McCart...
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Kathryn E. Hastings

May 1, 1929 - March 14, 2014

Kathryn Eileen Hastings, a longtime resident of Ingleside since 1968, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2014. She was born in Chicago on May 1, 1929 to Edward and May (nee Ryan) Dempsey. Kathryn was an avid card player and played in her Bunco group for many years. She enjoyed being with her family, especially with her grandkids and great-grandkids. Kathryn will be deeply missed by her...
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Donald T. Williams, Sr.

September 29, 1941 - March 12, 2014

Donald T. Williams Sr., 72, a longtime resident of Fox Lake, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born in Chicago on September 29, 1941 to Joseph and Stephanie (nee Kowatch) Williams. Don owned and operated Don Williams Concrete Construction, he enjoyed traveling up North to his cabin, loved his dog "Murphy," enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to the casino, and especially loved...
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Carol Andrews

December 4, 1940 - March 11, 2014

Carol Andrews passed away peacefully on March 11, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was a resident of Salem, WI for over 30 years; prior to living in Wisconsin, she lived in Illinois for over 30 years. She was born on December 4, 1940 in Hazard Co., KY to Oscar and Beulah "Marcella" (nee Abel) Buckman. Carol was a foster parent for over 100 children in both Illinois and Wisconsin. She...
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Janice Noah

February 3, 1957 - March 9, 2014

Janice Noah, a longtime resident of Ingleside, passed away on March 9, 2014. She was born on February 3, 1957 in Blue Island to Frederick and Jean (nee Johnson) Noah. Janice enjoyed playing Bingo and Words with Friends. She also loved to go fishing and traveling to Ludington, MI for family reunions. Janice with be deeply missed by her loving siblings, Sandra, Rick (Tony), Tim (Judy), Terry ...
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Richard A. Jones

February 27, 1938 - March 6, 2014

Richard A. Jones, a resident of Fox Lake, formerly of Arlington Heights, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014. He was born on February 27, 1938 in Ardmore, Alabama to David and Laura (nee Cobble) Jones. Richard worked for Oscar Mayer foods and retired from there after 30 years of service. He was an avid Cubs fan and loved to go fishing on his boat. Richard will be deeply missed by his...
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Viola C. Dam

September 12, 1915 - March 3, 2014

Viola C. Dam, longtime resident of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2014. Prior to living in Fox Lake, she was a longtime resident of Kenosha and Mercer, Wisconsin. She was born on September 12, 1915 in Somers, WI to August and Stella (nee Fonk) Neu. Viola was united in marriage to Leo A. Dam, Jr. on October 8, 1938 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Kenosha. Together, they owned and...
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John K. Longley, Sr.

March 1, 2014

John K. Longley, Sr., 93, a resident of McHenry since 1957, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014. He was born in Little Falls, Minnesota to Lawrence D. and Helga (nee Wilburg) Longley. John was a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force with service in WWII and Korean War. He attended Lake Forest College where he received his degree in business. He worked for Motorola and...
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Julio Ojeda

July 12, 1946 - March 1, 2014

Julio Ojeda Julio Ojeda passed away peacefully Satuday, March 1, 2014. He was born July 12, 1946 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to Julio and Luz (nee Colon) Ojeda. Julio worked as a custodian for the May Whitney School in Lake Zurich for many years and enjoyed interacting with the children and staff. He loved spending time with his cherished pal "Wiggles." He is survived by his dear wife,...
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Fred L. Schaer, Jr.

February 17, 1935 - February 23, 2014

Fred "Bud" L. Schaer, Jr., longtime resident of Fox Lake and Ingleside, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2014. He was born on February 17, 1935 in Chicago to Fred L. Sr. and Gladys (nee Ballard) Schaer. Bud attended Fox Lake Grade School and graduated from Grant High School. After graduating he served in the U.S. Army in Military Police and later served as an Illinois State Trooper. Bud...
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David A. Murrey

March 27, 1948 - February 21, 2014

David A. Murrey, a life time resident of Fox Lake, passed away on February 21, 2014. He was born on March 27, 1948 in Oak Park, IL to Thomas D. and Loretta (nee Buikema) Murrey. In 1973 David, along with his brother Greg, formed a partnership and began Murrey Trucking until 1979 when they purchased a towing company. From there, the business formed into Price Wrecker Services (DBA Price...
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Norman Wayne Robinson

January 24, 1956 - February 19, 2014

Norman Wayne Robinson, of Lake County, formerly of Mississippi, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 19, 2014. He was born on January 24, 1956 in Booneville, Mississippi to Leland and Mary (nee Cartwright) Robinson. Wayne, as he was known by everyone, was one of #1 salesmen at Rockenbach Chevrolet as well as Ray Chevrolet in Fox Lake and Classic Chevy in Waukegan....
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Loretta M. Murrey

December 26, 1928 - February 19, 2014

Loretta M. Murrey , a life time resident of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2014. She was born on December 26, 1928 in Berwyn to Ralph and Marie (nee Everetts) Buikema. Loretta enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as attending the Fox Lake Senior Luncheon. She also worked for many years as a voting judge for Grant Township. She was an avid Cubs and...
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Karen D. Eichhorst

February 26, 1937 - February 6, 2014

Karen D. Eichhorst Karen D. Eichhorst passed away peacefully Thursday, February 6, 2014. She was born February 26, 1937 in Chilton, Wisconsin to Doc and Ruth (nee Neslon) Humleker. Karen enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and traveled throughout the United States. She is survived by her cherished children, Peggy Eichhorst of Ingleside, James Eichhorst of Boston, Massachusetts, Peter...
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Stanley DiDomenico

October 22, 1930 - February 3, 2014

Stanley DiDomenico, of Ingleside, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2014. He was born October 22, 1930 in Chicago to Flostano and Maria (nee Tiritelli) DiDomenico. Stanley was a generous, genuine and kind person who was an avid Cubs fan and loved The Three Stooges. Stanley served as a mechanic in the Air Force and then later worked as a mechanic for American Airlines, where he retired...
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Jim Boesch

March 8, 1934 - February 2, 2014

Jim Boesch, 79, a long time resident of Ingleside, passed away on February 2, 2014. He was born on March 8, 1934 in Primrose, Nebraska to Leo Peter and Helen (nee Schafer) Boesch. Jim served in the SeaBees in Gulf Port, Mississippi. He was an expert wood worker and enjoyed making handmade wooden pens. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Surviving Jim is his beloved wife of 55 years,...
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Matthew J. Scholle

July 25, 1937 - January 29, 2014

Matthew J. Scholle, a 10 year resident of Antioch, former longtime resident of McHenry, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2014. He was born on July 25, 1937 in Chicago to John "Jack" and Genevieve (nee Czajkowski) Scholle. Matthew was a devout Catholic for his entire life and was a former longtime member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg and served on the Endowment...
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Martin A. Freund

June 7, 1931 - January 23, 2014

Martin A. Freund, a life time resident of the Fox Lake/Ingleside area, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2014. He was born in Elmhurst, IL on June 7, 1931 to Alfred and Carrie (nee Falkenstein) Freund. Martin greatly enjoyed bowling and boating in his younger years. He enjoyed building and conducting his model trains as well as photography. He was a longtime member of Carpenter's Union ...
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Justin M. Radcliffe

March 31, 1990 - January 22, 2014

Justin M. Radcliffe, a resident of Fox Lake, passed away on January 22, 2014. He was born in Chicago on March 31, 1990. Justin was the proud father of Michael, loving son of Timothy Radcliffe and Denise McMahon, loving brother of Brian, Vince, Nick, Amber, Brandon and Jake, beloved grandson of Joy, loving nephew of Jimmy, Dawn, Michael, David and Tina, loving cousin of Jacob Harrington and...
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Mavis A. Sheridan

October 3, 1929 - January 21, 2014

Mavis A. Sheridan, a 17 year resident of Ingleside, formerly of Highwood, IL, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2014. She was born on October 3, 1929 in Harmony, Minnesota to Theodore and Leona (nee Johnson) Opsahl. Mavis loved to garden, travel and was an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially on their boat. Mavis also loved her cats. Mavis will be deeply...
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Cynthia M. Reimers

December 8, 1943 - January 10, 2014

Cynthia M. Reimers A longtime resident of Ingleside, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville. She was born December 8, 1943, in Chicago, IL to Al and Eleanor (nee Doneski) Anderson. Cynthia went back to school in her later years to become a registered nurse, a proud accomplishment and continued nursing for approximately 20 years. She loved all...
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Sandra O. Howsam

February 25, 1966 - January 5, 2014

Sandra O. Howsam, a long time resident of Round Lake Beach, passed away on January 5, 2014. She was born on February 25, 1966 in Waukegan to Kenneth and Gladys (nee Bedony) Howsam. Sandra was a very loving and giving person who loved being outdoors, especially in her garden. She also loved travelling to Alaska, doing crafts, listening to country music. She was always willing to try anything and...
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Russell J. Smetana

December 15, 1933 - January 3, 2014

Russell J. Smetana, recently of Winthrop Harbor, formerly of Fox Lake since 1968, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2014. He was born on December 15, 1933 in Chicago to John and Leona (nee Wozniak) Smetana. Russell was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict as well as from 1955-1957 and again from 1960-1963. Russell was a loving and devoted father who was not...
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Marion Joan Greenwald

August 17, 1930 - December 22, 2013

Marion Joan Greenwald, a long time resident of Lake Villa, passed away on December 22, 2013. She was born on August 17, 1930 in Oak Park, IL to Fred "Red" and Catherine (nee Richling) Schulze. Marion was an avid gardener who also enjoyed cooking, most of all she loved spending time with her family. Marion will be deeply missed by her dear children, Ted (Bing) Greenwald, Kathy McCann and...
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Diana M. Murgatroyd

April 10, 1932 - December 21, 2013

Diana Marie LaBelle Murgatroyd died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at home, surrounded by family. She was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Alvernic High School. Through her brothers, she met the love of her life, Charles Murgatroyd. They were married December 23, 1951. In April of 1957 the Murgatroyds moved their growing family to Pistakee Highlands. There they raised 6 children....
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Bernice A. Cummings

June 13, 1921 - December 17, 2013

Bernice A. Cummings 92, a resident of Wauconda, formerly of Fox Lake and Chicago, passed away peacefully at Wauconda Health Care Center. Born on June 13, 1921 in Eagle River, WI to John and Kazimera (nee Judis) Sarkauskas. Bernice was a very avid gardener and artist who painted beautiful oil paintings of landscapes. She enjoyed time spent with her family. She is the beloved mother of...
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Melvin Harrison

August 26, 1927 - December 16, 2013

Melvin Harrison, of Fox Lake, formerly on Kentucky, passed away on December 16, 2013. He was born on August 26, 1927 in Farmington, KY to Edgar and Lovie (nee Wiggins) Harrison. Melvin loved to fish and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Melvin will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 38 years, Janice; his four step-children, Rick (Linda) Thornburgh, Denice (Dave)...
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Lawrence W. Leeke, Jr.

May 9, 1941 - December 14, 2013

Lawrence W. Leeke, Jr. Lawrence W. Leeke, Jr., of McHenry, passed away on December 14, 2013. He was born on May 9, 1941 in Chicago to Lawrence, Sr. and Jane (nee Henderson) Leeke. He was a retired electrician and proud member of IBEW #134. He also enjoyed playing golf, bowling, fishing and pinochle. Lawrence will be deeply missed by his dear children, Dawn (Kevin) Denna, Michael Leeke,...
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Kathleen Ott

January 10, 1957 - December 1, 2013

Kathleen Ott, of Kentucky, formerly of Illinois, passed away on December 1, 2013. She was born on January 10, 1957 in Chicago to Edmund and Rita (nee Olzewsky) Klem. Kathleen enjoyed socializing and making people smile with her wonderful sense of humor. She also enjoyed puzzle-making and playing Bingo. Most of all she loved her family. Kathleen will be deeply missed by her longtime...
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June E. Jasinski

June 7, 1924 - November 25, 2013

June E. Jasinski, a long time resident of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2013. She was born on June 7, 1924 in Chicago to John and Katherine (nee Burchell) Haseltine. June was a caring homemaker who loved flowers and especially enjoyed caring for her family. June will be deeply missed by her loving son, John Jasinski; her grandsons, John, Mike and Paul Jasinski and her...
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John L. Devine

February 6, 1942 - November 22, 2013

John L. Devine, a 23 year resident of McHenry, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2013. He was born on February 6, 1942 in Youngstown, OH to Derwent Charles and Dorothy (nee Camp) Devine. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and one of the founders of the Johnsburg Chapter. He was also very active with the Moose Lodge and his church. John will be deeply missed by his loving...
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John Lawrence McGue

March 6, 1909 - November 20, 2013

John Lawrence McGue, a long time resident of Pistakee Highlands, McHenry since 1962, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2013 in his home. He was born on March 6, 1909 in Chicago to Franklin Columbus and Annie Blanche (nee Haskin) McGue. He was a Line Supervisor for many years for Admiral Manufacturing Co. in McHenry working with Radio and Television. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing...
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Marjorie K. Dierdorf

September 4, 1946 - November 18, 2013

Marjorie K. Dierdorf,67, a long time resident of Lake County, passed away on November 18, 2013. She was born on September 4, 1946 in Barnesville, OH to Robert and Beverly (nee Millison) Carpenter. She was a longtime employee at Walgreens located in Fox Lake. Marjorie will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 46 years, Robert Dierdorf, Sr.; her loving children, Julie (Greg) Stowell of Fox...
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Diane Lynn Baran

January 20, 1947 - November 15, 2013

Diane Lynn Baran, a longtime resident of the Fox Lake area, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2013. She was born on January 20, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Helen (nee Zombeck) Fiala. Diane will forever be remembered as a woman that was passionate about caring for others. She was a registered nurse that touched many lives throughout her 40+ years of dedicated service. She was...
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Kimberly Lynn Walker

October 24, 1981 - November 6, 2013

Kim was born on October 24, 1981 and passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. A forever student, she attended GCHS, CLC and SIU. Never one to do things part-way, she was a die-hard Cubs fan, never wavering Bears fan, staunch atheist, proud democrat and card carrying member of NORML. She was an activist for women's rights and a champion for the underdog. Most importantly, she was a very...
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Ralph E. Johnston

August 23, 1925 - October 28, 2013

Ralph E. Johnston, a 55 year resident of Johnsburg, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2013. He was born on August 23, 1925 in Latham, IL to Harold and Stella (nee Gasaway) Johnston. Ralph attended the University of Illinois where he earned his Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. After he graduated, he served for 4 years in the Navy during WWII. Ralph later became Vice President of...
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William E. "Pops" Henriksen, Sr.

August 13, 1939 - October 20, 2013

William E. Henriksen, Sr., of Fox Lake, formerly of Chicago, passed away on October 20, 2013. He was born on August 13, 1939 in Chicago to Fred and Marjorie (nee Golish) Henriksen. He was the proud owner of Henriksen Auto Body in Barrington since 1975. He was an avid fan of all Chicago sports teams, especially the Bears. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, bowling, golfing and playing horseshoes...
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Robert D. Jenkins

June 20, 1926 - October 18, 2013

Robert D. Jenkins, a long time resident of Pistakee Highlands, passed away on October 18, 2013. He was born on June 20, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Rita (nee Wunscheig) Jenkins. Robert served in the Army, and was stationed in the Philippines during WWII. He was very handy and could repair and remodel just about anything. He will be remembered most for the great love he had for his family...
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Rose Peters

October 13, 1937 - October 15, 2013

Rosemarie Peters of Spring Grove, IL passed away 7:30 pm on Tuesday October 15th, 2013. A long time resident of Spring Grove, she was born in Detroit Michigan on October 13th 1937 to Alois and Meta (nee Paolaweit) Kerscher, descendants of Germany. She married Joseph D. Peters in 1960. She is survived by two sons, Mark Peters, Bruce Peters; a grandson, Tyler Savage; and her shepherd, Hanni. As a...
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Marie A. Landerman

September 16, 1917 - September 26, 2013

Marie A. Landerman, a long time resident of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2013. She was born on September 16, 1917 in Chicago to Peter and Anna (nee Denuel) Arndt. In 1987 her loving husband of 56 years, Joseph Landerman, passed away. Marie loved to play Bingo and will be deeply missed by her dear children, Marge Simmons of Fox Lake and Anthony (Theresa) Landerman of...
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Gertrude H. Knick

January 29, 1919 - September 21, 2013

Gertrude Knick, a 40 year resident of McHenry, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2013. She was born on January 29, 1919 in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Bernice (nee Splawski) Szymczak. She loved to travel and was a member of the Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Senior Citizens group of Johnsburg, and the VFW (Niles) 7712. Gertrude will be deeply missed by her dear...
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Evelyn Florence Janus

September 21, 2013

Evelyn Florence Janus, a longtime resident of Wauconda, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2013. She was born on December 14, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Paul and Florence (nee Mossey) Raskow. Evelyn loved to spend her time watching Westerns, particularly ones starring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. She was an avid reader who also loved crocheting, baking, and sweets, especially chocolate. ...
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Honey Jesse

December 5, 1934 - September 17, 2013

Honey Jesse, a resident of Fox Lake, formerly of California, Arizona, Hawaii and Kuwait, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2013. She was born on December 5, 1934 in Buffalo, New York to Alvin and Irene (nee O'Donnell) Crane. Honey was a devoted military wife and mother, often taking in single servicemen and make them a part of our family. She spent many years volunteering at schools,...
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Daniel Joseph Suchanek

January 8, 1943 - September 9, 2013

Daniel Joseph Suchanek, of Fox Lake, formerly of Chicago, passed away on September 9, 2013. He was born on January 8, 1943 in Brighton Park in Chicago to Joseph and Wanda (nee Kaleta) Suchanek. Daniel was a Chicago Police Officer and retired after 24 loyal years. Like many proud Chicagoans, he loved all Chicago teams, especially the Cubs. He was also a proud U.S. Marine. He was an avid reader...
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Patrick Stepler

October 4, 1958 - September 8, 2013

Patrick Stepler Patrick Stepler, a resident of Ingleside, passed away on Spetember 8, 2013. He was born October 4, 1958, in Andersonville, Indiana to Robert and Bonnie (nee Nicholas) Stepler. Patrick was a Harley enthusiast who loved to cook, enjoyed boating, playing guitar and was an avid reader of mysteries. He was known for fixing anything. Patrick will be deeply missed by his dear wife...
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Agnes Helen Writz

November 6, 1932 - August 30, 2013

Agnes Helen Writz, of Fox Lake since 1959, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2013. She was born on November 6, 1932 in Marshville, WI to Anton and Mary Barbara (nee Hornick) Rausch. She was a Postal Carrier in Lake Villa and retired after 28 years of proud service. Prior to that, she was employed with Intermatic and Modene. She loved to travel, garden, shop and also enjoyed sweets. ...
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Irene Hartmann

August 30, 2013

Irene Hartmann, of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2013. She was born on March 4, 1926 in Chicago to Frank and Theresa (nee Sidlo) Loncsar. Kupkake- as she was known by her professional clown name- enjoyed bringing joy to others as a clown and had graced the cover of TV guide as the Grand Marshal of the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade. Most of all, she loved her family and...
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Esther Weber

August 27, 2013

Esther Weber, a long time resident of Ingleside, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2013. She was born on August 6, 1931 to Philip and Katherine (nee Schneider) Weber in Gering, Nebraska. Esther spent her life as a candy maker, bringing joy to all those who ate the treats she made. She enjoyed working in her garden, walking, hiking, as well as fishing, and in her spare time she enjoyed...
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Gordon L. Stastny

April 22, 1926 - August 25, 2013

Dr. Gordon L. Stastny, 87, formerly of Berwyn, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2013. He was born on April 22, 1926 in Berwyn, IL to Louis and Dr. Lillian (nee Kadlec) Stastny. He was a nature lover who especially enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was an associate professor of dentistry for University of Illinois. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Dorothy (nee Dudacek)...
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Celia Patyk

October 5, 1927 - August 21, 2013

Celia Patyk, a resident of Ingleside, formerly of Chicago, was born on October 5, 1927 and passed away on August 21, 2013. She was a great cook who enjoyed socializing and telling her one-liners. She loved to gamble, play cards and Bingo as well as travel, especially to Las Vegas. Celia will be deeply missed by her loving daughter, Janette (Gary) Benning of Ingleside; her grandchildren,...
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Opal A. Blackman

March 7, 1923 - August 18, 2013

Opal A. Blackman, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013. She was born on March 7, 1923 in Hillsboro, Oregon to George and Emma (nee Hornecker) Taylor. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and boating. Opal is survived by her dear children, Cecil (Evelyn) Blackman, Theresa (Dennis) Gimpert and Timothy (Andrea) Blackman Sr.; her grandchildren, Timothy George Blackman Jr.,...
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Bruce W. Beck

April 7, 1938 - August 8, 2013

Bruce W. Beck, a long time resident of Spring Grove, passed away on August 8, 2013. Born on April 7, 1938 in Maywood, IL to Burr and Esther (nee Fortun) Beck. Bruce loved his family and greatly enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a wonderful and devoted Christian. He also enjoyed being outdoors and gardening. Bruce will be deeply missed by his...
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Randell "Randy Cash" Underwood

March 29, 1938 - August 6, 2013

Randell "Randy Cash" Underwood, a long time resident of Spring Grove, passed away on August 6, 2013.He was born on March 29, 1938 in Fulton, Mississippi to Carmon and Edith (nee Justice) Underwood. He was an avid Johnny Cash fan and loved singing and playing his guitar. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing on Fox Lake. Most of all, he loved being with his friends and family and...
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David S. Peters

December 9, 1960 - August 2, 2013

David S. Peters, a long time resident of Spring Grove since 1963, passed away on August 2, 2013. He was born on December 9, 1960 in El Paso, TX to Joseph D. and Rose Marie (nee Kerscher) Peters. He was a music lover whether it was listening to music, collecting records or singing songs in German. He also loved collecting photographs, Detroit and its history, trains, enjoying a pizza and Coke. He...
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Karen Stephens

October 9, 1946 - August 1, 2013

Karen Stephens, a resident of Lake County for 37 years, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 9, 1946 in Chicago to Elmer and Marjorie (nee Jones) Kranz. She was very involved with church where she sang in the choir. She maintained the beauty of the church with her love of interior decorating. She was a caregiver for her parents as...
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Alice May Sanderson

February 21, 1930 - August 1, 2013

Alice Sanderson, 83, of Spring Grove passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 1, 2013. She was born February 21, 1930 in Vicksburg, MI to William & Agnes (nee Nutting) Lowery. She was cherished by her foster mother, Ellen. Alice was a treasured bartender for over 35 years. She loved sewing, making quilts, cooking, gardening, canning and especially enjoyed camping and vacationing. She really...
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Dolores M. Bacchi

August 25, 1937 - July 28, 2013

Dolores Bacchi (nee Grasso), passed away Sunday, July 28 at her home.She is survived by her daughter, Sandra M. Yinger, her son-in-law Ronald G. Yinger,Jr., her grandsons, Nicholas A., Jordan J., Timothy M. Yinger and granddaughter, Jessica M. Yinger and her two great-granddaughters, Isabella Pauline and Lily Mae Yinger and her great-grandson, Nicholas Allen Yinger, Jr. She lived in the...
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Frank Anton Fencl

April 29, 1940 - July 27, 2013

Frank Fencl Frank Fencl, 73, of Fox Lake for more than 35 years, formerly of Oak Park/Berwyn, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Springs of Crystal Lake. He was born on April 29, 1940 in Chicago, to Frank and Irene (nee Janura) Fencl. Frank was a three sport high school star, played professional baseball for Kansas City Athletics and Chicago White Sox. He attended the University of...
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Axel O. Ullberg

March 22, 1928 - July 10, 2013

Axel Ullberg pushed away from the dock into his next great adventure with grace and humor on July 10, 2013. Carpenter, inventor, ingenious problem-solver, boater, pilot, and renowned gentle soul, the long-time pillar of the Chain of Lakes Community was born in Chicago on March 22, 1928 to Oli and Ruth (nee Erickson) Ullberg. A veteran of the US Army, he joined near the end of Word War II right...
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Katherine "Kathy" S. Orbeck

May 23, 1941 - July 9, 2013

Katherine "Kathy" S. Orbeck, a resident of Spring Grove for 35 years, formerly of Chicago, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 23, 1941 in Roubidoux, Missouri to George and Maude (nee Jackson) Hart. She was a founding member of Spring Grove Lions Club as well as president and founder of Kay's Vending. She was very involved with the Lotus...
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Franziska "Fran" Clemons

July 16, 1945 - July 7, 2013

Fran Clemons, 67 A resident of McHenry, formerly of Chicago, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, July 7, at JourneyCare Hospice in Woodstock. She was born July 16, 1945 in Mayfield, KY to Henry T. and Emma (nee Stacy) Frizell. Fran belonged to Las Vegas Ltd. Club, in her early years enjoyed working at the newspaper stand in Chicago, was an avid card player, and she loved putting together jigsaw...
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William E. "Ed" Landwer, Jr.

July 26, 1961 - July 5, 2013

William E. "Ed" Landwer, Jr., a resident of South Beloit formerly of Fox Lake, passed away on July 5, 2013. He was born on July 26, 1961 in Waukegan to William and Virginia (nee Sander) Landwer, Sr. He was an avid NASCAR fan and also enjoyed boating and snowmobiling. Ed is survived by his wife, Diane (nee Duwe) of Fox Lake; his children, Bill Landwer of Spring Grove and Sarah Landwer of...
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Marian Urbanski

March 20, 1924 - July 3, 2013

Marian Urbanski, a Fox Lake resident of 38 years, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2013. He was born on March 20, 1924 in Poland. He was the proud owner and operator of Fox Lake Motel. Marian will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 6 years, Krystyna (nee Widlak) Urbanski; his dear children, Leo (Sue) Urbanski and Jania (Joseoph) Penkala; his step-children, Martha Kozol and Christopher...
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Shirley M. Heffernan

July 14, 1926 - June 29, 2013

Shirley M. Heffernan, a Lake County resident of 50 years, formerly of Ortonville, MN, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2013. She was born on July 14, 1926 in Ortonville, MN to Clifford and Marie (nee Hausauer) Oswood. She loved having fun and spending time with her family. Shirley will be deeply missed by her dear children, Wallace "Skip" Heffernan of Lake Villa; Susan (Keith) Mielke of...
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John Klickmann

June 27, 2013

John P. Klickmann, 42, a resident of Lakemoor, IL. Passed away peacefully, Thursday, June 27. He was born on October 9, 1970 in Elk Grove, IL, to George and Barbara (nee Hardt) Klickmann. He was a United States Marine, having served in the Gulf War Infantry. He loved to go fishing, enjoyed carpentry, snowmobiling, fast cars, as well as sports and cooking. John will be dearly missed by his...
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Richard J. Perham

August 10, 1937 - June 27, 2013

Richard J. Perham, a long time resident of Lake County, passed away on June 27, 2013. He was born on August 10, 1937 in Chicago to Edward and Helen (nee Fijalek) Perham. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the Korean War. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading about military history. He also enjoyed working on airplanes, avionics and guns. Richard will be...
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Donna G. Bielski

September 27, 1945 - June 17, 2013

Donna G. Bielski (nee Miller) , 67, a resident of McHenry. Passed away peacefully, Monday, June 17, after a courageous six year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on Sept. 27, 1945 in Waukegan, to George and Marcy (nee Smith) Miller. She loved to go "couponing," enjoyed, boating, ceramics, and sunsets. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Donna will be dearly missed...
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Carol A. Parker

December 15, 1937 - June 7, 2013

Carol A. Parker (nee Bartlett), 75, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at Centegra Hospital in McHenry. She was born in Chicago to Eleanore (nee Wulf) and Robert Bartlett. She was married in 1956 to Richard L. Parker and was a resident of Fox Lake for 45 years, growing up in McHenry and wintering in Harlingen, TX. She was also a member of Fox Lake Fire Department Womens' Auxiliary and a member of...
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Robert "Cadillac Bob" Madlener

March 27, 1959 - June 4, 2013

Robert "Cadillac Bob" Madlener, a 20 year resident of Fox Lake , passed away peacefully on June 4, 2013. He was born on March 27, 1959 in Chicago to William and Dolores (nee Good) Madlener. He was an avid fisherman and an amazing father of three. He was a deep tunnel miner, working all across the United States and, was a proud member of Local Union #2. He was very active and well liked in the...
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Elbern Kraus

February 6, 1937 - May 14, 2013

Elbern E. Kraus 76 A longtime resident of Fox Lake, passed away at his home Tuesday, May 14. He was born February 6, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Edmund and Fay (nee Stone) Kraus. Elbern enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, and was a lifetime member of the Lake Villa VFW Post 4308. Survivors left to cherish his memory are, his loving longtime companion, Margaret Simmons; his...
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Nacy K. Romano

September 26, 1925 - May 7, 2013

Nacy K. Romano, a long time resident of Ingleside, formerly of Northbrook and Chicago, passed away on May 7, 2013. He was born September 26, 1925 in Chicago to Ross and Mary (nee Gatto) Romano and was united in marriage to Mildred G. Chapman, November 10, 1945 in Chicago. Nacy was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. His ship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin, traveled to...
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Michael Wiznerowicz

April 22, 2013

Michael J. Wiznerowicz, 54 of Fox Lake, passed away on April 22, 2013 at his home. Michael lived in the Chain-o-Lakes area all of his life. He owned LaVerne's Catering/Catering by Cory until 2002. Michael had a special skill for cooking, he could make delicious entrees without even having to measure out the ingredients. Michael was a volunteer paramedic for the Ingleside Fire Department. He...
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Richard W. Stueber

October 18, 1942 - April 13, 2013

Richard William Stueber, a long time Lake County resident, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 18, 1942 in Chicago to William and Dorothy Gerhardt-Stueber. Richard was very active in the community. He was a Grant Township Trustee, on the Board of Directors for Landmark Homeowner's Association and Grant Cemetery, a member of Grant...
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Carmine M. Chirichella

April 20, 1952 - April 3, 2013

Carmine M. Chirichella, 60, of Fox Lake, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013. He was born on April 20, 1952, at Long Island, New York. After serving in the Air Force, Carmine worked as a consultant and director in the health information management profession. A unique and caring soul, Carmine enjoyed entertaining and cooking for family and friends, spending time with his dogs, camping, boating,...
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Harland Harley Roettiger

June 19, 1922 - April 2, 2013

Harland F. Roettiger, a longtime resident of Spring Grove IL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2013. He was born on June 19, 1922 in Platteville, Wisconsin to John and Cora "Floyd" (nee Adkison) Roettiger. He was a veteran in WW II having served with the U.S. Army 1st Armored Division. On May 21, 1949 he was united in marriage to E. Audrey Carlson at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran...
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Alfred "Al" Boyd, Sr.

August 20, 1915 - March 23, 2013

Alfred "Al" Boyd Sr. 97 A longtime resident of Fox Lake, passed away at Centegra Hospital in McHenry with his Daughter Cindy by his side. Al was born in Chicago on August 20, 1915 to Edward and Felicia (nee Kowalski) Bogucinski . Al took flying lessons at a young age and enjoyed flying and was quite the hunter in his earlier years …the stories he would tell. He owned and ran a grocery...
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Wendall Algot Wiserich

November 12, 1935 - March 21, 2013

Wendall Algot Wiserich, age 77, of Fox Lake, IL, formerly of Naperville, IL, was born in Chicago. Dearly beloved husband of Esther(nee Lenauskas). Son of the late Eva Nelson Wiserich and the late Alexander Wiserich. Loving and devoted grandson of the late Elin Carlstrom Nelson Sasenberg, "Gram", and the late Fred Sasenberg, "Gramps." Also preceded in death by his dearest sister, the late...
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Joseph "Joe" Richard Usalis

December 6, 1945 - March 20, 2013

Joseph "Joe" Richard Usalis, 67, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his home in Harrison, TN. He was born on December 6, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Joseph R. Usalis, Sr. and Blanch Petak Usalis. Joe grew up in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Grant High School in Ingleside, IL. He attended the University of Illinois, Carthage University and Lake Forest College and Northern Illinois...
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Glen R. Knack

January 17, 1951 - March 19, 2013

Glen R. Knack, a life time resident of Ingleside, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 17, 1951, in Chicago to Frank and Elberta (nee Krefft) Knack. He was an Indian Motorcycle enthusiast and loved to spend time with his family. He was a devoted husband, dad and papa. Glen will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Patricia "Patty" (nee...
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Guy Tromblee

May 27, 1937 - March 14, 2013


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Isabella Juras

September 18, 1925 - March 13, 2013

Isabella Juras, a longtime resident of Lake Villa, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013. She was born on September 18, 1925 in Lithuania to Emilis and Frances Mary Frank. She enjoyed spending time with her family, celebrating Christmas and driving around town in her car. Isabella will be deeply missed by her loving son, Alfred (Cindi) Juras of Lindenhurst and her nephew, Arthur (Rosie)...
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Nicola C. Votino

February 9, 1922 - March 7, 2013

Nicola C. Votino, 91, of Round Lake Heights, passed away Thursday, March 7, at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview. He was born February 9, 1922, in Schenectady, NY to Clemente and Maria (nee DiPasquale) Votino. He proudly served in the United States Army, 104th Infantry, "Timberwolves." Nicola was an active member of VFW 4703 where he served as Past Commander; he was a member of Military Order of...
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Anthony "Tony" DiPiero

March 11, 1962 - March 6, 2013

Anthony "Tony" DiPiero, a resident of Fox Lake, formerly of Wheeling, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2013. He was born on March 11, 1962 in Arlington Heights, IL to Bernard J. and Elayne (nee Grechner) DiPiero. Tony will be deeply missed by his uncles Robert "Bob" (Linda) of WI and Matthew "Matt" DiPiero of FL, many cousins, relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by...
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Roselle M. Kwak

March 23, 1946 - March 2, 2013

Roselle M. Kwak, a long time resident of Lake Villa, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2013. She was born on March 23, 1946 to Roy "Mickey" and Antoinette (nee Damiano) Ross. She was a lifetime member of American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 703, chairman for the 10th District Auxiliary and Chairman for Ladies Bingo for 5 years. She was also very involved with the Junior Auxiliary. She enjoyed...
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Thomas E. Scott

March 30, 1960 - February 23, 2013

Thomas E. Scott of Ingleside, IL, born March 30, 1960, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the age of 52. Tommy, as he was affectionately known, lived in the Fox Lake area most of his life. He worked for several marinas selling boats since he was a young boy. He will be remembered most not only for his warmth and loving nature, but also for his love of laughter. His laugh was...
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William J. Clausen

October 18, 1946 - February 22, 2013

William J. Clausen passed away peacefully, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 Born on Oct. 18, 1946, in Waukegan, Ill, to William and Ella (nee Dykstra) Clausen. William was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing and hunting on the Chain O' Lakes. William is survived by his loving wife Georgina, with whom he has been united in marriage for 38 years; his dear daughter, Elizabeth Clausen; by his sisters,...
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Keeghan Drake McCormack

September 27, 1993 - February 22, 2013

Keeghan Drake McCormack Keeghan McCormack, of Fort Mill, SC, formerly of Crystal Lake, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 22, 2013. He was 19 years old. Keeghan was born in McHenry, IL on September 27, 1993 son of Brendon McCormack and Melissa Stevens Steele. He attended school in Crystal Lake, IL until the age of 12 when he moved to Fort Mill, SC. Keeghan was a 2012 graduate...
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Nora May

July 7, 1915 - February 10, 2013

Nora May, 97, a long time resident of Lake and McHenry County, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2013. She was born on July 7, 1915 in Spring Grove, IL to Benjamin and Marie (nee Fichter) Watts. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed watching the White Sox and was an avid fan. Nora will be deeply missed by her loving children, Nora (James) Bowgren and...
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Richard Theodore Garfield

November 12, 1955 - February 8, 2013

Richard Theodore Garfield 57 Longtime resident of Fox Lake, formerly of Lake Zurich, passed away peacefully, Friday, February 8, 2013, after a courageous 18 year battle with cancer. Born on November 12, 1955, in Highwood, IL, to Russell and Rosalie (nee Obenauf) Garfield. Richard is remembered for his loving nature, sense of humor, courage, strength, and love of family. He enjoyed...
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Luann M. Pigott

September 21, 1958 - February 7, 2013

Luann M. Pigott, a lifetime resident of Johnsburg, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2013 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous 2 year battle with melanoma. She was born on September 21, 1958 in Woodstock to Richard and Marilyn (nee Schmitt) Rudolph. She was a wonderful wife, mom and friend and enjoyed spending time at home with her family. She was also employed at Johnsburg...
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Douglas L. Rosene

October 29, 1942 - January 29, 2013

Douglas L. Rosene, age 70, of Arlington Heights, IL, previously of Fox Lake, passed away Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 in Kronenwetter, WI. He was a beloved son of Alexis and Marion (Brenner) Rosene. Loving brother of Bruce Rosene and his wife Barbara, and Lynne (Rosene) Beaird and her husband Gary. Devoted husband to Annie Rosene and father of Anthony, Rachael – Anne, Joseph and Matthew...
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Timothy L. Summey

October 17, 1959 - January 28, 2013

Timothy L. Summey, of Twin Lakes, WI formerly of Whiting, IN, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2013. He was born on October 17, 1959 in Hammond, IN to Troy Dean and Lillian (nee Hamel) Summey. He was a very sweet and kind person who loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed weight-lifting, wrestling, hunting with his dad, playing and coaching baseball. Timothy will be deeply...
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Donald J. Bieschke

September 18, 1930 - January 25, 2013

Donald J. Bieschke, 82, of Round Lake Beach, formerly of Grayslake and Chicago, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 25. Donald was born September 18, 1930, in Chicago, IL to George and Clara (nee Korosacke) Bieschke. He proudly served the Korean war in the United States Army. He enjoyed bowling, was very religious, a kind, loving, caring, genuine, person to everyone he met. Known as a "Gentle...
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Virginia L. Calkins

March 24, 1926 - January 25, 2013

Virginia L. Calkins Virginia L. Calkins (nee Smits), a 40 + year resident of Skokie, as well as Fox Lake and Round Lake Beach, passed away peacefully in Kenosha, WI on January 25, 2013. She was born on March 24, 1926 to Irvin and Agnes (nee Voet) Smits. She enjoyed reading. She read four newspapers each day and was a published writer of children's stories in children magazines. She played the...
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Raymond Thelen, Sr.

December 22, 1930 - January 19, 2013

Raymond Thelen Sr., a lifetime resident of Johnsburg, passed away on January 19, 2013 in his home after years of dedicated and loving care by his loyal and devoted wife. He was born on December 22, 1930 in McHenry to John and Agatha (nee Schmidt) Thelen. Raymond was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was also in a business partnership with his brother, Vern, as...
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Richard R. Richford, Sr.

August 17, 1948 - January 18, 2013

Richard R. Richford Sr., of Fox Lake for 37 years, passed away on January 18, 2013. He was born on August 17, 1948 in Chicago to William and Frieda (nee Weichmann) Richford. Rick's favorite past time was golfing, which he frequently did with his sons, family and friends. Rick was also a long distance truck driver and traveled for 40 years. Rick will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Donna;...
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Kathy Dietz

April 20, 1953 - January 17, 2013

Kathleen "Kathy" M. Dietz, a long time resident of Round Lake, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2013. She was born on April 20, 1953 in Waukegan to Conrad and Joan (nee Dillon) Kleinbach. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She also loved hosting parties and decorating for the holidays. Kathy will be deeply missed by her husband, Jim, whose relationship has spanned 2 decades; her...
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Janet W. Braschko

March 4, 1949 - January 14, 2013

Janet W. Braschko, a long time resident of Johnsburg, passed away on January 14, 2013. She was born on March 4, 1949 in Heber, UT to Robert Willard and Thora (nee Sondregger) Welter. She was a long time volunteer at James C. Bush Elementary, she loved being a teacher's assistant and being with children. She was very involved with her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Janet...
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Denise E. Korpan

January 11, 1949 - January 13, 2013

Denise E. Korpan, a long time resident of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013. She was born on January 11, 1949 to Orvis and Eileen (nee Schuler) Krueger. She loved spending time with her family and loved her cats. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening and boating on the lakes. Denise will be deeply missed by her dear husband, Andrew M. Korpan; her children, Ronald (Connie),...
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