McHENRY – Jeremy Kuchenmeister, 25, of McHenry, crossed over the eternal ""home plate"" Friday, May 3, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer, leaving behind him an unmatched legacy.
He was the loving son to Thomas Kuchenmeister and Teresa (Zavala) Kuchenmeister; as well as his stepmother, Yolanda Kuchenmeister. Jeremy was born in Woodstock at Centegra Memorial Hospital on Feb. 2, 1988.
Jeremy loved baseball and played little league and other summer league teams growing up. He also played for his church baseball team. He also, more recently, played softball for Holy Apostles' church league. He loved his life the way he played, with fierce determination, a soft touch, sportsmanship, and most of all he knew how to have fun. In addition, Jeremy was a big part of local Crossfit organizations, which supported him in his fight against cancer and highlighted his strength, courage and endurance.
He is survived by his two sisters, Katherine (Joseph) Jesky of McHenry and Candice Perez of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Jordan Kuchenmeister of McHenry and Michael (Amy) Perez of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; paternal grandfather, Norbert Kuchenmeister of Henry; maternal grandmother, Guadalupe Zavala of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews, two of which he was godfather to, Michael Joseph Perez and Travis Miles Jesky.
He will be greeted and welcomed by his paternal grandmother, Mary Kuchenmeister; his maternal grandfather, Elipidio Zavala; and his brother, Damian Perez.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. The visitation will continue Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. Mass celebration at the Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Road, McHenry.
Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials or contributions may be made to the Jeremy Kuchenmeister Cancer Fight Fund through the family or BMO Harris Bank, McHenry.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-0063.