Kevin John Lencioni
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Justen Funeral Home & Crematory
3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL
Kevin John Lencioni of Ingleside Friends of Kevin John Lencioni, 39, may meet the family for a memorial gathering from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at The Chapel in Grayslake, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Inurnment will be private. Born Jan. 31, 1969, in Highland, Ill., to John W. and Elizabeth D. (Brentlinger) Lencioni, he died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry. On Oct. 11, 1996, Kevin married Leslie S. Schafer in Glenview. Kevin was employed by MNJ Technologies in Buffalo Grove for over five years. He received a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University in 1994. A faithful member of The Chapel in Grayslake, Kevin also enjoyed his role as a youth group mentor. He was an avid Chicago White Sox fan. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; his parents, John and Elizabeth Lencioni of Grayslake; a sister, Tami (Tom) Finegan of Bosman, Mont.; his mother-in-law, Virginia Schafer and his father-in-law, A. William Schafer, both of Westmont; sisters-in-law, Lynn (Rob) Thomas of Westmont and Laura Schafer of Romeoville; and nieces and nephews, Benjamin and Melissa, Keegan and Ayden, and Zachary and Melissa; and his best friend, Riley. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Kevin's family suggests memorials to Axiom Ministries, 10650 Culebra Road #104, PMB 465, San Antonio, TX 78251 or Surgical Eye Expeditions, 7200 Hollister Avenue, Unit A, Santa Barbara, CA 93117. For information, Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry, 815-385-2400. Friends may send a condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.
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Published by Daily Herald on Aug. 28, 2008.
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Kevin was my uncle, by way of my mom's sister marrying him. I cannot remember a time in my life where he yelled, or even got mad. He was always level-headed and kind. He was an all around awesome person, despite the fact he was a Sox fan =) But anyway, I will miss him very much. He was one of the best people I've had the honor to have known, and will remain in my heart. He will be greatly missed.
Melissa Widel
September 1, 2008
My words at Kevin's services:
Good afternoon. My name is Bill Lolli and I am Kevin’s uncle, by way of my wife being Jack’s sister. I first want to say how honored I am to be asked to say a few words today on behalf of the Lencioni family. Secondly, I want you to know that while I may be viewed as not an overly emotional person, this will not be easy for me.

Kevin was a great guy and a beloved part of our family. He touched so many people in such a variety of wonderful ways that it is impossible for me to properly do justice to his memory. I will therefore simply try to impart a few personal examples of my interactions with Kevin through the years that I believe provide a partial description of the superb, warm, kindhearted person he was.

Judy and I have been close to Jack and Beth for all of Kevin’s life. Our children were similar in age to Kevin and Tami, and there were several other overlaps in our lives. That brought us even closer than already provided by the close-knit nature of the Lencioni family tree. We therefore were distinct witnesses to the development of that cute younger brother in 1969 into a tremendously loved nephew, cousin, and uncle in that large family tree. Obviously, that was just an extension of him being a loving/dutiful son, a caring/supportive brother, and a devoted husband. He was a friend to all, was there to help whenever needed, and was never heard to say an unkind word about anyone.

Now on to a couple of highlights that were part of Kevin’s life, and that I can speak to directly. First, his combination of perseverance, commitment, and resulting achievement. I particularly witnessed it in a few specific ways. One was education and continued learning. Kevin was not necessarily a “straight A” student in his early school years. However, he kept scholarship at the forefront, worked hard, and culminated with his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. Given that I also received my bachelor’s degree there, I certainly had a bond with him on that point, as did a number of his cousins. He also tremendously concentrated in educating himself in the computer and systems disciplines that became his career. I recall helping Jack, Beth and Kevin in purchasing, installing and configuring their first few computers. Then, as Kevin became the expert, it was me who went to him for information and guidance in those areas.

The second example of that tenacity involves our cycling interactions with him. Now, nobody would confuse Kevin with Greg LeMond or Lance Armstrong. However, back in the late 1980’s, he decided to join a group of us on a 500 mile bike ride across Iowa. There were some who questioned whether he could make it on the challenging route that included significant hilly terrain. They did not know Kevin very well. On some days, he may not have finished until well into the afternoon, but he always came in with a smile on his face. In fact, on other days, he left very early and was waiting for us at the finish. No one should have ever questioned his abilities.

I also shared his enjoyment of the gaming tables and Las Vegas as a vacation destination. That was not overdone on his part, of course, but certainly was a clear-cut, get-away pleasure in his life. Here too, I saw the educational growth on his part. I may have somewhat introduced him to that leisure pursuit a number of years ago in Biloxi, MS., but he eventually surpassed me in terms of properly balancing the odds with the casinos.

And finally, a couple of words about his love of the White Sox and pulling for whoever plays the Cubs. I was a blood-brother with him on that latter aspect, and we therefore had many enjoyable baseball discussions. I must also mention that Kevin inherited his love of the White Sox from his grandfather. They are probably discussing the team right now, and planning how they will help accomplish another World Series victory for them. In memory of this tremendous interest of his life, my family is having a brick installed in his name as part of the White Sox Legacy Brick Program. Make sure you look for it later this year.

In conclusion, I want to remind everyone of how important it is to stay in touch with your extended family. A few weeks ago, we had a Lencioni picnic. We had not done that for several years, even though it had been a mainstay while Kevin’s grandfather was alive. Many of his cousins have remarked how wonderful it was to have seen Kevin for one last time at that event.

Leslie, Jack, Beth and Tami, our prayers are with you. There is no question that Kevin’s life was way too short, but may your memories of him comfort you and may they also allow him to continue to be part of your lives. And for all of us, may his fine qualities be part of our own guiding light.
Bill Lolli
August 30, 2008
Leslie, you have my deepest sympathy. Kevin was a great friend and roomate at SIU. Kevin had a great sense of humor and always fun to be around. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Mike De Vries
August 30, 2008
I don1t have your phone number, but please call us if you need anything.
Laura Schafer Garcia
August 29, 2008
Leslie, I don't know if you remember me, I lived in Painted Lakes around the corner from you and worked with Kevin's mom Beth at Culligan for many years. I heard the sad news from Tina Snow and wanted to some way send my condolences to you, Beth, Jack and the rest of your friends and family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God give you strength you never knew was possible. I don't know who is managing this guest book, but please let Beth know I am thinking of her.
Audrey Schem
August 29, 2008
My Deeepest Sympathy to all of you at this time. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Rita STIPE
August 29, 2008
Leslie, I am so sorry to hear about Kevin. Please know I have you in my prayers. Kevin will be missed. I remember him as one of the nicest people I ever met. You are in our thoughts and prayers...
Julie Friedle
August 29, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. He was a wonderful & caring person to know, and I am proud to call him my friend.
I will always remember the great times we shared in High School and College. Those memories will always be cherished.
Kevin I will miss you.
John Bucher
August 28, 2008
Leslie I'm so sorry for your loss. Kevin was so nice. I wish I spent more time with you both. With my deepest sympathy.
Ashley Buddig
August 28, 2008
I wish I knew what to say, but I lack the words to say what I feel. I am so very sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great man, great husband, great son and great friend. My deepest condolences to the family and anyone that was blessed to know Kevin.
Andrew Rhodes
August 28, 2008
My deepest sympathy is with all of you. Kevin will be missed, what a wonderful person.
Lori Buddig-Bukovic
August 28, 2008
Oh my God. I am in such shock. Words cannot express how sorry I am. My heart goes out to Leslie, Tami, and the rest of their family members. While I haven't always kept up with Kevin and Leslie, I have such fond memories of Kevin from my childhood days. I will always remember him as a super nice, dependable, loyal and wonderful friend. He will be missed by many but he is with God now.
Serena Lessin Repsold
August 28, 2008
Your wedding feels like yesterday -- how quickly times passes. We grieve with you at your loss. What a broken world we live in -- heaven will be fabulous!
Jim and Jennifer Uren
August 28, 2008
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