CRYSTAL LAKE – Vicki (Fernstrom) Reese, 61, of Crystal Lake, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Alden Estates of Barrington.
She was born Aug. 26, 1951, in Woodstock, to Charles B. and Marjorie E. (Thomas) Fernstrom.
Raised in McHenry, she attended McHenry East and McHenry West High Schools, and was a member of the first graduating class from McHenry West.
Vicki worked her entire career in the social services field. She was employed by Pioneer Center in McHenry as a program manager and benefits specialist for most of her career. For about 15 years, she lived in Florida and Virginia while her late husband was in the military before returning to Illinois in 1982.
Vicki enjoyed crafts, especially crocheting and sewing. She was an excellent cook and baker, loved playing cards and board games and enjoyed camping. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her loving companion and partner of eight years, Daniel Palmer of Crystal Lake; her brothers and sisters, Cathy (Jim) Rogers of Madison, Wis., Charles "Chuck" (Cindy Miller) Fernstrom of McHenry, Ronald (Marie Fuller) Fernstrom of Grayslake, Donald Fernstrom of McHenry, Tami (Scott) Carlson of Woodstock, Sherri (Jim) Shampo of Stephenson, Mich., and Gordon Fernstrom of McHenry; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Chuck Fernstrom in November 1987; her mother, Marge Fernstrom in March 2002; her brother, Jaime Fernstrom on June 16, 1973; and her husband, Fred Reese.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the funeral home.
The cremation rite will be accorded privately. Inurnment will be in Woodland Cemetery, McHenry.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com.