MARENGO – William "Gus" Abrath Sr., 78, of Marengo and formerly of Crystal Lake, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Florence Nursing Home. |
He was born March 26, 1933, in Wausau, Wis., and lived in Crystal Lake and Cary for more than 50 years. He was married to Kay Marie Hackman from 1958 until her death in 1982. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1955-57.
He was a member of the Carpenters Union and worked for Anderson & Parr, Jacoby Brothers, and retired from Foster Brothers. He volunteered his time and talents at Immanuel Lutheran Church while working at Rehberg Construction. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.
He is survived by his five children, Tammy (Paul) Fox, Sandra Abrath, Linda (Angelo) Cozzola, Cynthia (Patrick) Paxson and William Abrath Jr.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Henry Abrath, Catherine Thompson, Betty (Clarence) Krause, Donald Abrath and Joyce (Robert) Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his two infant daughters; and his five brothers.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home, with a service at 11 a.m. to celebrate his life. Interment will be in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Florence Nursing Home, 546 E. Grant Highway, Marengo, IL 60152; or to the
, 225 N. Michigan Ave. #1210, Chicago, IL 60601.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.
Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Feb. 16, 2012