Michael S. Wegener
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“Dear Karen, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I always enjoyed spending time with you two. You both we're always so happy, funny, loving and...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: April Lang - Gilbert, AZ - friend

“I had the pleasure of working with Mikey for several years and always enjoyed his up-beat, positive and humorous personality. I feel Blessed to have...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Kim Herman

“I worked with Mike for several years and often golfed with him in the hospital golf league. I always appreciated his friendliness, good cheer, and...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Gail Bumgarner

“Thoughts and prayers for Mike and his Family.He was one of the great guys in school, and will be missed.Such a wonderful smile that brightened your...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Amy Chaps - McHenry, IL

“All my thoughts & prayers for the entire families and all their friends. Mike will be sorely missed as his smile & love for his family &...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Kim (Kathan) Nicholson - Mchenry, IL

“Dear Jake & Janice,Our heart-felt sympathy and prayers. May God's Love & Light comfort you.Bill & Deb Oeffling ”
6 of 34 | Posted by: Deb Oeffling - McHenry, IL

“Dear Karen and family,I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I feel so bad that Glenn, Brandi, Jeremy and I weren't able to make it to Mike's...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Kathy Dixon - McHenry, IL

“Dear Family,So sorry for you loss of Mike! We went to school together. He always made everyone laugh. Prayers to all of you during this time and the...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Lori Peterson-Robinson - Phoenix, AZ

“Oh my, Karen. Ed and I are so very sorry for ur loss. Mike is a great guy. We send lots of love and hugs to u! God Bless u and ur family during...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Ed and Diane Borter - Mchenry, IL

“Karen, I am so sorry for your loss! Mike was awesome at NIMC when I was visiting a buddy back in the 80's. Jake and Janice, no words can describe...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Randy Freund - Temecula, CA

“What a wonderful man we had the pleasure to meet. A loving husband, attentive father and wonderful friend. He shall be missed but remembered fondly....Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Bryan and Susan Nielsen - IL

“Karen and Family,We are so very sorry to hear about your hubby. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 34 | Posted by: Wayne and Patsy Hiller - IL

“Sorry to hear about mike worked with him for many years ”
13 of 34 | Posted by: Mr & Mrs Gary m Hummel

“Jake & Janice, Sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. We did not know Mike but it sounds like he was a great guy. It is fitting because he from a...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Roger Paddock

“Dear Karen & Family, Our hearts are so sadden by the news of Mike’s passing. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to you all. While...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Rick & Terri Scardino

“Karen,I am sorry to hear of your loss! I pray for strength for you and all the family to get through these tough times. Though we haven't talked in...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Susan Penny Bjork - Gilbert, AZ

“Karen,I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.Claire (Noonan) Denecke ”
17 of 34 | Posted by: Claire Denecke - Gaastra, MI

“Our deepest condolences to your family. Mike was one in a million, he will truly be missed. ”
18 of 34 | Posted by: Jeff Hurckes II & Family

“Mike always had a smile for everyone. He was one of the kindest men I've known. Many times our paths would cross at the hospital and he always took...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Debby Reilly - New Smyrna Beach, FL

“Karen and family we are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you - Mark and Stephanie ”
20 of 34 | Posted by: Stephanie Hart - Johnsburg, IL

“Worked with Mike at Old McHenry Hospital and NIMC. What a special human being always carrying a smile. I'm a better person having known him. RIP...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Kim Kent - Winter, WI

“Karen & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Michael was one of a kind and will be deeply missed. May your memories replace your tears with...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Kim Lippert - Wonder Lake, IL

“I have such fond memories of Michael on camping trips with the family. He could always make you laugh. Michael was such a good friend to my father,...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Pamela Weber - St. Louis, MO

“So very sorry to see Mike has passed. He always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. God Bless. ”
24 of 34 | Posted by: Debra Brunow - Ringwood, IL

“Dear Wegener Family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences as Mike is called home to rest in Paradise. Although my husband and I both worked with...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Paul & Kristine (Baseley) Felix

“So sorry for your loss ! I loved Mike very much! ”
26 of 34 | Posted by: Jessica Swejkoski (Wegener)

“Condolences to all of Michael's family and friends. Remember the good times. ”
27 of 34 | Posted by: Bill & Mary Ellen Markison - IL

“Rest in peace Mike! Working with you at McHenry Hospital and then Centegra was always entertaining. I'll never forget the days of the Centegra golf...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Cindy Holtz - Richmond, IL

“My Dearest Janice and Jake, I am so very sorry for your loss. You both and your family are in my heart and prayers, xoxoxo June (Norby) Adams ”
29 of 34 | Posted by: June Adams - Woodstock, IL

“Very sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy I worked with him at hospital, he always carried himself with a positive attitude and warm smile. ...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Deneen Ochab

“I knew and loved Mike. He was a great man who cared for people. I worked with him at NIMC and so sorry he had to leave us at an early age. My love...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: John hadley

“Larry and I are thinking of you and your family, Karen! We are here for you! ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: Jodie

“Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. It's been 8 years since we last worked together and I remember him fondly. Mikey always had a smile to wear...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Bill Riggs

“Rest In Peace Mikey, I'm so glad your suffering is over. I will miss you greatly and all the fun we had over the years hunting and fishing. ”
34 of 34 | Posted by: Ron Kay - Richmond, IL - friend


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Michael S. Wegener, age 59, of McHenry, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 23, 1958 in Woodstock to Gerald J. "Jake" and Janice J. (Jacobson) Wegener. On May 12, 1984, he was united in marriage with Karen Lynn Graef at Zion Lutheran Church in McHenry. A lifelong resident of McHenry, Mike was a graduate of McHenry High School with the Class of 1976. From 1979 to 1983, he served his country with the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Roanoke, and following his discharge from active duty, served with the U. S. Naval Reserve until 1985. Upon returning to McHenry following his military service, Mike began his career as a stationary engineer with the local hospital. He first worked at the former McHenry Hospital in downtown McHenry, and later at the replacement hospital south of McHenry known as Northern Illinois Medical Center and more recently, Centegra Hospital-McHenry. Mike's role at the hospital grew into a career spanning 30+ years, where he held various positions, primarily in the area of plant operations, with increasing and varied responsibilities. Most importantly, "Mikey", as he was affectionately referred to by many co-workers, was well-liked and highly regarded by the countless people he worked with over the years. Despite his first cancer diagnosis in his mid-twenties, Mike was well-known for his pleasant and outgoing disposition. Throughout his lifetime and often during times of ups and downs regarding his health, Mike remained positive, always loving to joke and make people laugh. An avid fisherman, Mike enjoyed deep sea fishing trips in Florida as well as fishing trips to Canada. Florida was also a favorite leisure vacation destination thoroughly enjoyed by both he and his family. Singing was a longtime passion of Mike's, whether singing informally around the house to singing in a band in his younger years, to gracing family weddings as the go-to family soloist with a beautiful voice. Most importantly, Mike was devoted to his family and was delighted in recent years to see his children finish their education, marry, and bless him by making him a first-time grandfather. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 33 years and best friend, Karen; his daughter and son-in-law, Taryn (Benjamin) Levin of Warrenville; his son and daughter-in-law, Tyler (Stacy) Wegener of Glenview; his granddaughter, Ella Wegener; his parents, Jake and Janice Wegener of McHenry; his brother, Robert "Bob" Wegener of Key West, FL; his mother-in-law, Irene Graef Krueger; his sisters-in- law & brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald "Jerry" Wegener; his sister, Krista Wegener; and his fathers-in-law, Rev. Herman Graef and Mel Krueger. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Visitation will resume Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 4206 W. Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050, beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Mark Buetow officiating. The cremation rite will be accorded privately following the church service. For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to JourneyCare Foundation, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com , where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.

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