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Wajrowski, Harold R. - Crystal Lake  
Harold Wajrowski Born: Feb. 2, 1930; in Chicago, IL Died: Nov. 17, 2014; in Woodstock, IL Harold "Hal" Wajrowski, 84, of Crystal Lake, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014, at JourneyCare in Woodstock. He was born February 2, 1930, in Chicago, to the late Frank and Jennie (nee Paszek) Wajrowski. He married Shirley Rothermel on November 22, 1952, in Chicago. Hal began his teaching career for District 47 in 1953, and later became principal of North Elementary School in 1967, retiring in 1991. He loved working with the faculty, students, and community. Hal enjoyed traveling with his wife, Shirley, and was an avid sports fan. Survivors include his wife of almost 62 years, Shirley; children, David (Nancy) of Waukegan, Pam (John) McMahon of Crystal Lake, Mark (Roberta) of Crystal Lake, and Jim of LaSalle; grandchildren, Jacob Bishop, Margaret (Andy) Skibley, Amanda (Joe) Stuber, Adam and Katherine Wajrowski, Amy Liggett, Sara (William) Maass, Tim McMahon, Nina, Luke, Lisa, and Joseph Wajrowski, and Brandon (Carissa) Duffin; great grandchildren, Conner Liggett and Ava Skibley; sisters, Ruth Schandag and Connie (Frank) Pixley. Hal was preceded in death by his daughter, Shari Bishop; daughter-in-law, Julie Wajrowski; and brother-in-law, Hank Schandag. The visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 21, at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. There will also be visitation Saturday, November 22, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Hal's name may be made to The JourneyCare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010, or www.journeycare.org . You may leave online condolences for the family at www.davenportfamily.com , or call 815-459-3411, for information.
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Published in the Northwest Herald from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014
Warriner, George - Crystal Lake  
George Warriner Born: Feb. 17, 1930; in England Died: Nov. 22, 2014; in Barrington, IL George Warriner, 84, of Crystal Lake, died, Saturday, November 22, 2014, in Barrington. He was born on February 17, 1930, to Richard and Muriel Warriner in Haverigg, England. George is survived by his loving daughter, Joan (Olaf) Nurmepuu; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his dear wife of 61 years, Ruby Warriner; and his parents. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until the time of service at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Burial will be held privately. Memorials may be made to JourneyCare Foundation, www.journeycare.org . For information, please contact Davenport Family Funeral Home, 815-459-3411. For online condolences, please visit www.davenportfamily.com .
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Published in the Northwest Herald from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2014
Welch, Crystal Lynn - McHenry  
Crystal Welch Dowty Born: June 9, 1962; in Elgin, IL Died: Nov. 18, 2014; in McHenry, IL Crystal Lynn (nee Welch) Dowty, 52, passed away peacefully at home on November 18, 2014, daughter of Harvey Thomas Welch and Cheryl Welch. Crystal worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) at Genesis House in Genoa, IL and Alden Terrace in McHenry for many years. She enjoyed helping others, hence, her many years working as a CNA . She loved spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren, loved country music, and traveling with her sister. Crystal was a big dog lover and enjoyed going to dog shows and watching her mother and sister show their dogs. Crystal is survived by her daughter, Leann Dowty and Matt Vlasnik; granddaughter, Cheyenne; and grandson, James Vlasnik of Marengo, IL; sons, Ryan Dowty of Esmond, IL and Drew Dowty of McHenry. Crystal is survived by her mother, Cheryl Welch of Elgin; and sisters, Bonnie (Don) Curfman of McHenry, Darlene (Ken) Shallow of Lake-in-the-Hills, and Brenda Welch of Elgin. Crystal is preceded in death by her father, Harvey Thomas Welch; and brother, Craig Raymond Welch. Celebration of Crystals Life Service will be November 29, 2014, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Service by The Chapel. Location: 2208 Delore Dr. McHenry, IL 60051. Phone: (815) 790-9177
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 22, 2014
Wharton, William E. - Woodstock  
William E. Wharton Born: Oct. 18, 1917; in Chester, IL Died: Nov. 19, 2014; in Woodstock, IL William Earl Wharton, age 97, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at his home in Woodstock. He was born on October 18, 1917, in Chester, Illinois, to James G. and Edith (Katzmark) Wharton. He married Dorothy May Stahlberg on July 8, 1946. William attended Lane Tech High School in Chicago. After graduation he got his pilot license and then decided to join the US Army for a two year voluntary service. During that time he was stationed stateside with an artillery unit. Shortly after completing his voluntary service he was called back to fight for our country in WWII. He was sent to North Africa with the 36th Infantry Division from Texas and he flew several recon missions in North Africa. With the 36th Infantry Division, William participated in the invasion of Italy through Anzio, Salerno, and Cassino. With the unit on their road to Rome, William fought 412 straight days of battle. He also helped to liberate the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Austria. After the war, William worked for Admiral and then Union Special as a quality control inspector. He lived a quiet life and was very family oriented. William is survived by a son, Timothy Wharton; two daughters, Kathleen (Don) Bennett and Sharon (Al) Emery; 11 grandchildren, Beth Ann, Amanda, Kyle, William Sevcik, Suzanne Robinson, Rachael, Amy, Elise, Linda Kay Harner, Michael Harner, and Andrew Emery; as well as several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy Mary Wharton; a son, William Wharton; a brother, James Wharton; and a sister, Clarice Owen. A grave side service will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the River Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Dundee. For more information, call Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit us on the web at www.slmcfh.com .
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 21, 2014
Wilt, Judith Ann Ruark - Lincolnshire  
Judith Ruark Wilt Born: April 13, 1946 Died: Nov. 17, 2014 This is written to commemorate the life of Judy Ruark Wilt. It is sad when someone you love and have spent your life with dies, but the life that she lived was a vivid reminder of what life can be. Her family and innumerable friends now mourn her, but with the ever present realization that her life touched so many individuals, too many to name. She died quietly at age 68, as a result of complications from a brain tumor, Monday night, November 17, 2014, at the Wealshire in Lincolnshire, IL where she was in hospice care. Judith Ann Ruark Wilt (Zollars) was born in St. Petersburg, FL April 13, 1946, to Millard and Emma Jean Zollars while her father Millard served in the Coast Guard. They soon moved to Kansas where Judy was raised in Harper, just south of Wichita. The farm life made her the independent and self-sufficient woman she became. Graduating from Harper High School, she really wanted to be an airline stewardess (so named in the mid-1960's) but an unsympathetic father, who said she wouldn't be a waitress in the air, had other ideas. Judy, being the practical person everyone knew, decided nursing was the course to take. She graduated from St. Francis Nursing School in Wichita and embarked on a 45 year career as an RN. She worked in many areas of nursing over the years from psychiatric (she always said she had the scars to prove it) to OB-GYN to insurance to internal medicine finally as a float nurse for Mercy Clinics in McHenry County, Illinois. She loved her many patients over the years. Her first of three marriages was rewarded with her daughter, Kris, whom she was immensely proud, having achieved much as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Always concerned about Kris' best interest, Judy was very happy when Kris married Barry Heslop, an attorney in Houston. They have subsequently presented the doting grandparents with a son, Creighton, in February, 2014. Judy was most proud of Creighton, a charming lad with an endearing smile even at this early age. It is sad that she had so little time to spoil him. In 1997, she met Charles Wilt. He was never quite sure if he was the knight in shining armor, but their first meeting at a Barnes & Noble in Arlington, TX convinced him she was for him. They were, for the record, an early Internet match (which now seems rather commonplace). It, of course, took a while to commit, having both been through divorces and being rather cautious. When Charles took a job in Chicago at the American Library Association in 1999, he convinced her moving to Chicago was a good idea despite the weather. She agreed. In 2002, they were married in Charleston, SC with her daughter, Kris, a friend Trena Ivy, and his son Erich in attendance. Judy was the perfect complement. She made many friends working for Mercy and through Charles' work at ALA. Those friends whom she made now mourn her, as she become close to many over the years. She finally decided to retire in 2012 saying that she had worked long enough. Judy had a passion for all things forensic, like the ID channel, and the many trials she watched over the years. She devoured her mysteries and detective stories. She was single-mindedness of purpose, a little opinionated, and you knew where you stood with her. A conservative at heart, she loved Rush Limbaugh, but was fair minded and even put up with Charles' normally middle of road (she saw as ultra-liberal) notions. She was generous to the hilt, compassionate with her causes, and dedicated to her family and friends. Wherever she traveled, she had a knack for creating her own unique adventures, exploring new places, and making new friends as she went. She will be missed by everyone she touched. Judy desired cremation and no memorial service. Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory in Crystal Lake, IL will handle the cremation. Condolences may be expressed at www.davenportfamily.com ; call 815-459-3411 for information. Donations can be made in her name to the following: The Association for Library Services & Technical Services (ALCTS) a division of the American Library Association, www.ala.org/alcts; Helping PAWS of Woodstock, IL, www.helpingpaws.net ; and His Cherished Ones, a home for abandoned babies in Kenya, www.hischerishedoned.org Judy is survived by her husband, Charles Wilt, Cary, IL; her daughter, Kris, and her husband, Barry Heslop, Houston, TX; two grandsons, Creighton Heslop, Houston, and Austin Wilt, Philadelphia, PA; and Larry Zollars, her brother of Wichita, KS; and a host of friends and colleagues whom she came to know over the years.
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 23, 2014
Woodward, Avnis M. - McHenry  
Avnis M. Woodward Born: May 9, 1926 Died: Nov. 7, 2014 Avnis "Avy" M. Woodward, age 88, of McHenry passed away November 7, 2014. She was born in Bethany MO, on May 9, 1926, to Franklin and Dacy (Lambert) Swartz. She married the late Harold Woodward son of Robert and Susan Woodward of McFall, MO, on June 3, 1944, in Norman, OK ,where Harold was stationed. Avnis was a pianist at Shady Grove Church in McFall, MO from the age of 8 until she married Harold at the age of 18. After Harold's discharge from the Navy, they farmed in Missouri until 1965 when they moved to McHenry, Illinois. While living on the farm in MO, she was a member and volunteer of the Ground Observer Core for the Air Force after World War II. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Her love of ice cream earned her the nickname of "two scoops" as one was never enough. She is survived by her children, Dennis Woodward, Anita (Jack) Brummett, Janet (John) Camarata, and Keern Lee Woodward; grandchildren, Raphael (Cheryl) Savastano. Chad (Kate) Brummett, Eric (Jennifer) Brummet, and Sara (Mark) Bland; great-grandchildren, Nicole Gyland, Christopher Brummett, Annabelle Brummett, Wesley Bland, with two more due in 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; son, David at childbirth; her parents; one sister; and three brothers. A celebration of her life will be held next summer. For info contact funeral home at 815-385-0063 or log onto www.colonialmchenry.com
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 18, 2014
Zbilski, James R. - Wauconda  
James R. Zbilski Born: Feb. 27, 1969 Died: Nov. 18, 2014 James R. Zbilski passed away November 18, 2014, with his family at his side. He was born February 27, 1969, in Chicago, the son of Roland (Jill) Zbilski and Catherine Blome. Jim's passion in life was martial arts. He was a 4th degree black belt, a Chicago Golden Glove Boxing Champion and a World Champion Kickboxer. He was a coach for Team USA Kickboxing and mentored hundreds of men, women and children in the sport of kickboxing. Jim's passion for kickboxing had a major impact on so many people. He put his heart and soul into the sport and the people he loved and both were better for it. He loved animals of all kinds and enjoyed spending his free time in the Northwoods. He is survived by his parents, Roland (Jill) and Catherine Blome; brother, Robert (Kim); and sisters, Janet (Scott) Fischer and Heather (Shaun) Charnota. He was loved dearly by his nieces and nephews, Ashley, Amanda and Bradley Zbilski, Collin and Nicole Fischer and Cassie Charnota. Jim's celebration of life will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014, with a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. followed by a memorial visitation until 8:00 p.m. at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to WAKO Team USA Kickboxing (501c3) at wakousa.org . For funeral information, call 847-526-2115 and sign the guest book at www.kisselburgwaucondafuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 23, 2014
Zielinski, Helen - Crystal Lake  
Helen E. Zielinski Born: Feb. 22, 1923; in Lansing, MI Died: Nov. 19, 2014; in Crystal Lake, IL Helen Elaine Zielinski, age 91, of Crystal Lake, died, Wednesday, November 19, 2014. She was born on February 22, 1923, to Jack and Mary Repichowski in Lansing, Michigan. Helen is survived by her loving sons, Nicholas (Judy) Fotis and Paul (Ronda) Fotis; grandchildren, Theresa Fotis, Christin (Brandon) Walker, Santos (Katie), Erika, Kelli and Ken Fotis; great grandchildren, Dominic, Anthony, Naomi, and Aliyah Fotis and Gabriel Kelly; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Louis Zielinski; her brothers, Joe and Steve Repichowski; and sisters, Olga Myers, Kate Graft, and Sophie Repichowski. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Harvest Bible Chapel, 580 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. For information, please contact Davenport Family Funeral Home 815-459-3411. For online condolences, please visit www.davenportfamily.com
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 20, 2014
Zimmerman, Gloria A. - McHenry  
Gloria A. Zimmerman Born: Feb. 20, 1927; in Elgin, IL Died: Nov. 10, 2014; in Libertyville, IL Gloria A. Zimmerman, 87, of McHenry, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014, at the Manorcare of Libertyville. She was born on February 20, 1927, in Elgin the daughter of Henry & Amelia (Mahl) Wacker. She was a resident of Elgin for over 60 years prior t omoving to McHenry, was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Elgin. She was a seamstress, and spent a majority of her life making drapes, she worked at Joseph Spies in Elgin, & Meeker Draperies in Dundee, IL, and also took and made custom orders out of her home. Gloria is survived by her children, David L. (Delores) Zimmerman, Doreen L. Zimmerman and Cynthia L. Zimmerman. Grandchildren, David Jr., Robert, Michael (Tammy), Tammy L. Shipley, Kevin, Timothy (Kelly), Ryan, Pamela (Nick) Charlan; and a step grandson Russell (Christine). 19 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. A sister Ruth Behm. Proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Zimmerman; and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. in the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel and on Saturday morning from 9:15 a.m. until the time of services. For information, 847-742-2100 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com .
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 19, 2014
Zito, Katherine - Cary  
Katherine Zito Katherine "Kay" Zito, age 78, of Cary, passed away November 22, 2014, in Libertyville. Arrangements pending at the Kahle-Moore Funeral Home 847-639-3817.
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Published in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 25, 2014
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