Harold G. Knutson Sr.
Harold G. Knutson Sr., 88, Woodstock, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock. He was born June 29, 1915, in Woodstock, to Edward and Bessie (Lee) Knutson. He married Amy D. Hunt June 5, 1948, in St. George’s Episcopal Church, Chicago.
He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 stationed in the Pacific Theater. He was part of the force that liberated the Southern Philippines and also had been stationed in New Guinea. He was awarded many decorations including two Overseas Service Bars, an American Campaign Medal and a Bronze Star. He was a lifetime member of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock, and was active with the YES Group at the church. He had worked for Union Special in Huntley for 30 years.
Survivors include two sons, David (Gwynne) Knutson, Crystal Lake, and Harold (Christy Ellis) Knutson, Chicago; three grandchildren, Brian Knutson, Amanda Knutson and Brett Knutson; and a nephew, Edward (Jeannie) Vincent Jr., Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bessie, Dec. 29, 2000; and a brother, Edward Vincent Sr.
Visitation was Sept. 3 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. A memorial service was held Sept. 6 at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. Interment followed at the church.
Edward C. Henry
Edward C. Henry, 82, Woodstock, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry.
He was born April 12, 1921, in Walworth, Wis., to Leon A. and Lena L. (Voss) Henry. He married Margaret C. McDonald Sept. 2, 1944.
He was a member of the Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the Woodstock American Legion and the Woodstock Moose Lodge. He also was a member of the 40 and 8 Society which helped to raise money for nursing scholarships. He worked at the Woodstock Die Cast for 42 years. He also enjoyed camping and was a member of the Woodchucks Camping Group.
Survivors include a daughter, Margo (William S.) Schmidt, Woodstock; two grandchildren, William E. Schmidt and Cyndie Schmidt; a brother and sister, Julian Henry and Ruth (Leland) Fisher, both of Dolan Springs, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sept. 4, 1994; and a sister, Betty Henry.
Visitation was Sept. 2 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The funeral service was held Sept. 3 at the funeral home with the Rev. Joy Bauer Bulla presiding. Burial was in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock.
Carmen G. Guaragno
Carmen G. Guaragno, 58, Woodstock, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, in his home.
He was born June 3, 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Carmen and Constance (Surdyn) Guaragno. He married Joanie Osborn.
Prior to managing IPS Recreation as a Miracle Playsystems sales representative, he was a longtime figure in the apparel industry, working with, among others, Woolrich Company for 14 years.
Survivors include his wife, Woodstock; and special friends Mr. and Mrs. John Cederlund, Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private gathering of friends and family is being arranged. Arrangements are being made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Donations may be made in his name to the Light Center Foundation at www.thelightcenter.net or 923-2613.
Shirley M. Hensel
Shirley M. Hensel, 81, Woodstock, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Hartland.
She was born Sept. 22, 1921, in Jasper County, to Logan and Elsie (Hays) Pippin. She married Herbert A. Hensel Aug. 21, 1943, in Columbus, Ga.
She worked many years on the switchboard at Memorial Hospital in Woodstock and in retirement, enjoyed volunteer work at the McHenry County Historical Society and traveling with her husband in their motor home.
Survivors include her husband; three children, Judith Ann (Michael) Roach and Patricia Ann (George) Las, all of Woodstock, and Kendal Lee (Michele) Hensel, Portland; three grandchildren, Heidi Kate (Scott) Shultz, Murray, Ky., Haley Gretchen (Lars Albertson) Schmarje, Woodstock, and Erica Anne (Michael) Harden, Harvard; two great-grandchildren, Michael Harden Jr., Harvard, and Alexander Shultz, Murray, Ky.; and her sister, Ruth Kiefer, Belvidere.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Albert Pippin.
Visitation, followed by the funeral, was held Sept. 5 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Woodstock.
Memorials may be made to The Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 410 S. Hager Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.
Robert E. Soresi Jr.
Robert E. Soresi Jr., 40, Woodstock, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, following a sudden illness.
He was born Feb. 7, 1963, in Elkhorn, Wis., to Robert E. and Ann Louise (Todd) Soresi Sr.
He married Bertha Aguilar Aug. 17, 2002, in Woodstock.
He graduated from Byron High School in 1981. He worked for the Mathews Company in Crystal Lake for several years.
Survivors include his wife of Woodstock; a son, Robert Anthony Soresi, age 3; a twin sister, Roberta (James) Roberts, Oregon; and a special niece, Carrie Groen, El Paso, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Road, Stillman Valley.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Ebenezer Cemetery near Oregon, with the Rev. Robert Hoffman of the Ebenezer Reformed Church officiating.
Mae E. Gaddis
Mae E. Gaddis, 69, Wonder Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock.
She was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Chicago, to Milton R. and Grace (Rosenberg) Smith. She married Leslie Gaddis Jr. April 14, 1953, in Chicago.
She was a member of the Wonder Lake Lions Club, the Wonder Lake Water Ski Team and the Wonder Lake TOPS Club, and she was a real estate agent for 20 years, most recently with Advantage Realty, Wonder Lake.
She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry.
Survivors include three children, Robert Gaddis, Crystal Lake, Linda (Steve) Clark, Wonder Lake, and Rick (Deb) Gaddis, Troy; a son-in-law, Clifford (Kristen) Wilewski, Rockford; four grandchildren, Maelyn, Jacob, Krystal and Shannon; a sister, Grace (Jim) Viner; and two brothers, Mike Smith and Pat McIntyre.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Sharon; her parents; and a sister, Dorothy Conway.
Visitation was Sept. 7 at Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry. The funeral service was Sept. 8 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry, with the Rev. Roger Schneider officiating.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Memorial Hospital, 2300 Children’s Plaza, Chicago, IL 60614, or to the Wonder Lake Lions Club.
Amanda Hope Skolnick
Amanda Hope Skolnick, 20, Woodstock, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, after being struck by a vehicle.
She was born March 30, 1983, in Woodstock, to Robert F. and Janet L. (Arl) Skolnick.
She was a 2001 graduate of Woodstock High School and attended the University of Iowa. She was beginning her junior year, pursuing a career in the medical field. While in high school, she helped the basketball and wrestling teams.
Very active in her church, she participated in the Grace Lutheran youth and activity groups. She enjoyed working for Starbucks Coffee and was employed at the Woodstock, Crystal Lake and Lake Geneva, Wis., locations.
Survivors include her parents of Woodstock; a brother, Justin Skolnick, Cary; her maternal grandmother, Marilyn Arl, Woodstock; two aunts, Dorothy (Steve) Long, Delaware, and Margaret (Robert) Bernath, Arlington Heights; an uncle, Theodore Arl Jr., Carol Stream; eight cousins, Jeffery, Nicole, Tiffany, John, Amy, Zachary, Tyler and Jessica; as well as many other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Theodore Arl; her paternal grandparents, Morris H. and Evelyn M. Skolnick; and an uncle, William Skolnick.
Visitation will be from 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, at Grace Lutheran Church, with the Revs. Arthur Bergren and Randy Willers of Grace Lutheran and Phillip Tobin of Immanuel Lutheran, Golden, officiating.
Interment will follow.
Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Connie L. Frade
Connie L. Frade, 57, Woodstock, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Centegra Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock. She was born July 1, 1949, in Knoxville, Iowa, to Robert Lee and Ruth (Camp) Dailey. She married Tom Frade Nov. 26, 1993, in Woodstock. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Woodstock. She had been an employee with Precision Twist Drill in Crystal Lake for 28 years. She most recently was a customer service representative with Other World Computing. She enjoyed her embroidery work and traveling, and she particularly enjoyed going on cruises. Survivors include her husband, Woodstock; a sister, Diana Jones, Woodstock; her mother, Woodstock; a niece, Jody (Brian) Wega, Woodstock; a great-niece, Mercedes Wega, Woodstock; and two great-nephews, Dakota Jones and Cooper Wega, both of Woodstock. She was preceded in death by her father and a niece, Rebecca Jones. Visitation was Oct. 15 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The funeral was held Oct. 16 at the funeral home with the Rev. Roger Willis officiating. Interment was in Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery, Crystal Lake.
10/17/2006 Alice M. Baker
Alice M. Baker, 95, Woodstock, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock. She was born Sept. 5, 1911, in Wheeler, Wis., to William and Clara (Kosharek) Chatt. She married George Baker Nov. 8, 1930, in Stillwater, Minn. Survivors include her daughter, Jo Anne (Richard) Nesslar, Park Falls, Wis.; a sister, Ermajean Running; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert Baker; and a daughter, LouEtta Korst. Services were held Oct. 13 at the mausoleum in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock. Burial was in McHenry County Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to Valley Hi Nursing Home, 2406 Hartland Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.
10/17/2006 Wilbur E. Kiefer
Wilbur E. Kiefer, 85, Woodstock, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1920, in Galesburg, to Ora and Edna (Alexander) Kiefer. He married Jean Faehndrick Sept. 2, 1950, in Woodstock. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1939 to 1945 as a chief gunners mate, and he was stationed on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war, he worked as the club steward for the Woodstock Elks Lodge from the 1950s until 1965, when he left to start the Budweiser Café, located on Benton Street on the Woodstock Square. He operated the restaurant from 1965 to 1977. He was a member of St. Mary Church in Woodstock, and he was a lifetime member of the Woodstock Elks and Woodstock VFW Post 5040. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and dutifully attended reunions. He enjoyed spending the winter months with his wife in Florida, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Woodstock; four sons, Phil (Mary Jean) Kiefer, McHenry, Jim (Wanda) Kiefer, Woodstock, Paul (Lynell) Kiefer, Cary, and Tom (Teresa) Kiefer, Genoa City, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, Matt, Katie, Jenny, Jeff, Becky, Brett, Sean, Erin, Kelly, Ben and Jake Kiefer; a niece, Sandy Diedrick; two nephews, George Kiefer and Joe Faehndrick; and other nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Virgil Kiefer; three sisters, Mildred Mallory, Lois Evans and Hazel Petty; and a brother-in-law, Ed Faehndrick. The funeral service was held Oct. 17 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery, Woodstock. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, c/o Brad Harding, 5840 Highland Lane, Lakewood, IL 60014.
10/12/2006 Eleanor L. Gerloff
Eleanor Lorraine Gerloff, 76, Woodstock, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at Centegra Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock. She was born July 6, 1930, in Woodstock to Herbert and Bertha Mae (Fenstermaker) Eckert. She married Robert J. Gerloff May 24, 1952, at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, where her great uncle, the Rev. Dr. Roger Kaufman, was pastor. A lifelong resident of Woodstock, she was born and raised in the Greenwood area and moved to Seneca Township when she married. She lived on the dairy farm her husband grew up on and became an active partner in their dairy business, which included the sale of registered dairy cattle to breeders throughout the world. She was a longtime member of the Seneca Ladies Literary Society. An avid reader, she especially enjoyed psychological, philosophical and reflective reading and mysteries in her later years. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school, served on the church council and, most recently, served on the communion visitation ministry for shut-ins. She was known for her kindness and generosity of self, extending herself informally to many in the community. Formal volunteer activities included tutoring for elementary school children in the public schools. She worked at Bowman's Shoe Store in Woodstock and as hostess at The Timbers restaurant and at Joey T's restaurant, first in Woodstock and then in McHenry, where she was known for her welcoming spirit, sense of humor and calm efficiency. A short description of her thoughtful and creative approach to child rearing appears in the recent book, "All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity." Survivors include her husband, Woodstock; two sons, Bruce (Lois) Gerloff and Brian (Carole) Gerloff, both of Woodstock; three daughters, Pamela Gerloff, Woodstock, Jane Gerloff, Woodstock, and Lisa (Bill) Banker, Harvard; five grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and Daniel Gerloff and Robert and Joseph Gerloff; a sister, Edna Mae Steadman, Woodstock; a brother, Albert Eckert, Manteca, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Hart and Ruth Hemmingsen Case, both of Woodstock; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, with the Rev. Arthur Bergren and the Rev. Randy Willers officiating. Interment will be in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Grace Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary Fund or the Seneca Ladies Literary Society.
10/12/2006 Dorothea L. Wolf
Dorothea L. Wolf, 74, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at her home in rural Harvard. She was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Chicago, to Lawrence and Ruth (Ailman) Wolf. Survivors include four cousins, Jack Evans, Edwin Deering, Norma Walburn and Joan Kelley. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services were private. Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Bernard 'Bud/Butch' Parker
Bernard "Bud/Butch" Parker, 60, Hebron, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss., after battling lung cancer. His sisters Kara and Candice and best friends Grace and Jim were at his side. He spent most of his adult life in service to his country in various branches of the U.S. government. His last assignment was with the U.S. Forest Service at the Sierra National Forest, California. He retired and moved to Gulfport. He made many friends during his life and will be missed by all. Survivors include his wife, Parichardt Choowong Parker and a daughter, Melanie, Bangkok, Thailand; two sisters, Kara and Candice Parker, Colorado; and a brother, Kenny Parker, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise; his father, Bud; and a sister, Kelly. Cremation arrangements were made by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Gulfport.
10/4/2006 Richard M Klasen
Richard M. Klasen, 59, Marengo and formerly of Chicago, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 11, 1947, in Chicago to John and Dorothy (Schwaller) Klasen. He was a retired officer of the Chicago Police Department, having served for 20 years. He was a McHenry County Board member. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5040, Lions Club, the Elks of Woodstock and the Moose Lodge of Harvard. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid Bears and Cubs fan. Survivors include his parents, Wonder Lake; his son, Richard Jr. (Kelly Kristick) Klasen, Chicago; a brother, John Jr. (Barbara) Klasen, Wonder Lake; and two sisters, Kathy Wiseman, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sheri (John) Goorsky, Huntley. Visitation was Sept. 27 at Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry. The memorial service was held Sept. 28 with the Rev. Roger Schneider officiating at the funeral home. Burial was private. Memorials can be made to a Veteran of Foreign Wars of the donor's choice or to Gold Star, Chicago Families of Fallen Police Officers.
10/4/2006 Sherman B. Spencer
Sherman B. Spencer, 88, Wonder Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at Lexington Healthcare Center, Wheeling. He was born May 27, 1918, in White Mills, Ky., to Samuel and Nellie (Henderson) Spencer. He married Mary Louise Sowers Dec. 2, 1939, in Garrett, with his father officiating the wedding. Formerly of Ringwood, he had been a resident of Wonder Lake since 1972. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in World War II. Sherman was an electrician with I.B.E.W. Local 117 in Elgin, retiring in 1982. He was an avid snowmobiler and a Cubs fan and loved NASCAR racing. His favorite Nascar driver was Dale Jarrett. Survivors include four children, Leonard (Cherie) Spencer, Wonder Lake, Donna (Michael) Pucci, Mt. Prospect, Alan (Kathy) Spencer, Wonder Lake, and Cynthia (George) Leck, Twin Lakes, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, Carmen, Laura, Mark, Jeff, Cliff, Larry, Jenny, Andy, Becky, Mandy and Felicia; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Wilbur (the late Gerry) Spencer, Garrett, and Jim (Donna) Spencer, West Point; a sister, Bernice (John) Romine, Tuscola; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; two grandsons, Jeff and Cliff Spencer; two brothers, Wendell and Cullen Spencer; and two sisters, Mary Ann and Shirley. The visitation and funeral were held Oct. 2 at Justen's Wonder Lake Funeral Home, Wonder Lake, with the Rev. Roger Olson officiating. Inurnment was in Ringwood Cemetery, Ringwood. Memorials can be made to Seasons Hospice, 606 Potter Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.
9/27/2006 Denis M. Harju
Denis M. Harju, 73, Huntley, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at Centegra Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock. He was born April 26, 1933, in Escanaba, Mich., to Charles and Tyne (Mattila) Harju. He married Mary Ann Pelka Oct. 7, 1961, in Chicago. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock. He worked as a systems analyst for Amoco Oil Co. in both Chicago and Houston. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He served in the Attorney General's office. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He enjoyed golfing and playing cards. Survivors include his wife, Huntley; a son, Michael (Lisa) Harju, and Lisa's daughter, Abbie Dykstra, Grand Rapids, Mich.; a daughter, Susan (William) Lorr, Woodstock; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Bradley Lorr; a niece, Katherine Liuha; and a brother-in-law, Waino Liuha. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, John Koski; a sister, Joanne Liuha; and a brother, David Harju. Visitation was Sept. 25 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The funeral was held Sept. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, with the Rev. Randy Willers officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Woodstock.
9/27/2006 Patricia Ann Gualtier
Patricia Ann Gualtier, 60, Woodstock, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Evanston, to William and Mildred Francis (Dunn) Neil. She married Michael Gualtier Feb. 19, 1976, in Evanston. She volunteered for many years for the Women's Auxiliary at Centegra Memorial Medical Center. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she majored in English. She loved to entertain family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and reading. She was loved by her family and friends, and they will miss the love she showed them. Survivors include her husband, Woodstock; two daughters, Jayme (Jon), Evanston, and Shannon, Woodstock; a brother, Craig Neil; a sister, Mary Harrold; and four nieces, Megan, Kelly, Kasey and Molly. She was preceded in death by her parents. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of her life beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at her home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, or visit the association's Web site, www.hope. abta.org. Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Robert W. Herting
Robert W. Herting, 72, of Ft. Myers, Fla., formerly of Woodstock, has died. Survivors include two sons, Robert and David (Cathy); four daughters, Cynthia (Gary) Affronti, Deborah (Dan) Powers, Karen (Mic) Navlyt and Denise Baldridge; 15 grandchildren; a sister, Loraine (the late Andrew) Newmes; and a nephew, James Newmes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Anna; his wife, Evelyn (Christenson-Turner); and a brother, Walter Herting. Visitation was Sept. 21 at Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, Chicago. The funeral Mass was Sept. 22 at St. Francis Borgia Church. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Soc
9/20/2006 Joan S. McDonald
Joan S. McDonald, 82, Woodstock, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at Hearthstone Manor Nursing Home, Woodstock. She was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Bridgend, South Wales, to William and Gladys (Kitt) Hardwick. She married Richard McDonald, a serviceman, Feb. 19, 1944, in Bridgend. She loved her family and all animals. Survivors include a son, William McDonald, Woodstock; a daughter, Suzanne McDonald, Woodstock; and a brother, William Hardwick, England. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, March 23, 1993. A memorial gathering of friends and relatives will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to any no-kill animal shelter.