Miscellaneous McHenry County, Illinois Obituaries

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Harold L. Overly
Harold L. Overly, 84, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock.
He was born May 10, 1918, in Harvard, to Ira and Vidora (Martin) Overly. He married LaVera Geska. After her death, he married Dorothy Canale.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed golf, bowling, dancing and traveling; most of all he enjoyed helping others.
He was a member of the Woodstock VFW, Elks Club, the American Legion and the Moose Lodge. He was also a member of the Woodstock City Fire Department for 25 years.
Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Traeder, and Geraldine Pusateri, both of Woodstock; a nephew, James (Patricia) Overly, Woodstock; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives; a brother, Orval O. Overly; and four sisters, Oleta Koch, Marcella Oerkfitz, Edith Fuchs and Eleanor Sell.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp, P.O. Box 911, Mount Prospect, IL 60056.
Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.

Charles E. Ballard
Charles E. Ballard, 89, Woodstock, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Woodstock Residence Nursing Home, Woodstock.
He was born Jan. 24, 1913, in Woodstock, to Charles and Lillian (Welcome) Ballard. He married Esther O. Carlson March 29, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa.
He worked as a tool and die maker for Controls T&D, Crystal Lake, for many years. 
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Ruby Stanger and Carabel Carlson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Frank and Floyd; and four sisters, Loretta, Helen, Gladys and Hazel.
Visitation, followed by the funeral, was May 28 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock, with the Rev. Loren Nielsen of Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock, officiating. Burial was in McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock.
Memorials may be made in his name to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois or Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock.

Arthur Thomas Galt Jr.
Arthur Thomas Galt Jr., 90, New Lisbon, Wis., and formerly of Greenwood, died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Hess Memorial Hospital, Mauston.
He was born April 9, 1912, in Evanston, to Arthur T. and Ida (Cook) Galt.
He was the founder of Galt Airport, Greenwood. He was a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts in 1934 and Kent Law School in Chicago.
He was a member of the Black Horse Troop. He was a captain in the Army in World War II in Germany in the First Army Tank Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He remained in Germany serving as legal counsel on the War Crimes Commission in Nuremberg. He was president of the Maywood Park Trotting Association; served on the Red Cross Board of Directors; and also held many offices in the First Presbyterian Church, Woodstock.
He was instrumental in starting the Civil Air Patrol at Galt Airport. He was a member of Harvard Moose Lodge, Woodstock VFW Post 5040 and was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in 1999. He was especially proud of his involvement in the Greenwood School mentor program.
Survivors include a brother, William Galt, Chicago; two daughters, Joan (Deane) Hammarstedt, Crystal Lake, and Barbara Davis, Lihue, Hawaii; a special friend, Susan Ackman, New Lisbon; five grandchildren, Cynthia (William) Walkington, Woodstock, and Paul (Lynda) Hammarstedt, Eric A. (Tammy) Hammarstedt, David (Denise) Hammarstedt and Dr. Kirsten (Jeffrey) Kershaw, all of Crystal Lake; 18 great-grandchildren, Sara, Liz, Katie and Emily Walkington, Melissa Ehardt, Jessica Soriano, Joseph Ehardt, Zebadiah, Austin, Michael and Charles Davis, Woodstock, Alex and William Kershaw, Katie and Amy Hammarstedt, David Hammarstedt, Leah and Kyle Hammarstedt, Crystal Lake; two great-great-grandchildren, Jake Billimack and Petra Soriano; a sister-in-law, Jane Galt; a daughter-in-law, Wilna Davis; and a granddaughter-in-law, Bobbi Davis, Woodstock.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera; his parents; a brother, Dr. Raymond Galt; a son, Charles B. Davis; two grandsons, Timothy W. and Charles A. Davis; and a granddaughter, Lindy Ehardt Austin.
Visitation, followed by the funeral service, was held July 26 at First Presbyterian Church, Woodstock. Interment was held at McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock.
Arrangements were made by the Windridge Funeral Home, Cary.

Roy E. Swanson
Roy E. Swanson, 96, longtime resident of Wonder Lake, died Friday, July 26, 2002.
He was born March 11, 1906, in Winona to John and Ida (Gillman) Swanson. He married Isabelle G. Reinhard of Streator March 24, 1943.
They moved to Chicago where he became a tool and die maker of note. Summer residents of Wonder Lake since 1942, he and his family moved to Wonder Lake permanently in 1951. He became very active in the community and served with the Wonder Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He was a pivotal member of the Wonder Lake Harrison School Board. 
He and his wife were the driving force behind the development of what is now Pioneer Center and its programs.
He worked many years to help form the Wonder Lake Bible Church and was one of the last two charter members. Among his many services to the Lord was his faithful driving of the Sunday school bus for more than 20 years.
After his wife died in 1967, he married Grace Diederich in 1972, retired and continued to travel, visiting all 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico and Cuba.
In 1992, he was instrumental in the forming of the Calvary Bible Church of McHenry.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy A. (Cecil) Vogts, Tomahawk, Wis., and Carole L. (Samuel) Mitterling, Wonder Lake; four grandchildren, Edward Vogts, Whitewater, Wis., Dawn (Scott) Peterson, Libertyville, Marisa (Kerry) Batdorff, Wonder Lake, and Michelle (Brian) Madsen, Wonder Lake; and 11 great-grandchildren, Kerisa, Brian, Scott, Gregg, Erick, Ryan, Nikki, Lauren, Marc, Karleea and Kamron.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and his second wife.
Visitation was held July 29, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. Funeral services were July 30 at the Wonder Lake Bible Church, followed by interment at the Riverview Cemetery, Streator.    
 
Phyllis J. Afeld
Phyllis J. Afeld, 74, McHenry, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry.
She was born April 12, 1928, in Chicago, to Arthur “Jack” and Nellie (Traut) Smith. Her mother died during childbirth, and she was raised by Margaret (Huemann) Smith. She married Robert Afeld April 7, 1951, in McHenry.
She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren, cross-stitching, home decorating, gardening and golfing.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Pam (Art) Bellon, Harvard; two sons, Gary (Kolleen) Afeld, McHenry, and Mark (Kelly) Afeld, Woodstock; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Ginger, Sarah, Kendra, Lindy, Greta, Mollie, Bridget and Emma; and a great-grandchild, Kyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation was Sept. 15 at Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry. The funeral Mass was held Sept. 16 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, McHenry. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Danielle M. Trueblood
Danielle M. Trueblood, 18, Algonquin, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002.
She was born Sept. 17, 1984, in Park Ridge, to Danny and Monica (Mamrot) Trueblood.
She was a student at Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock.
She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.
Survivors include her parents; her maternal grandparents, Sigmund and Bernice Mamrot, Des Plaines; her paternal grandparents, Vern and Ruth Trueblood, Rutledge, Tenn.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was Sept. 23 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin. The funeral was Sept. 24 at the church, with the Rev. Michael J. Tierney officiating. Burial was in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church or to Marian Central Catholic High School.
Funeral arrangements were made by Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral Home, Algonquin. 

Kevin D. Trueblood
Kevin D. Trueblood, 15, Algonquin, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002.
He was born June 10, 1987, in Park Ridge, to Danny and Monica (Mamrot) Trueblood.
He was a student at Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock.
He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin.
Survivors include his parents; his maternal grandparents, Sigmund and Bernice Mamrot, Des Plaines; his paternal grandparents, Vern and Ruth Trueblood, Rutledge, Tenn.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was Sept. 23 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Algonquin. The funeral was Sept. 24 at the church, with the Rev. Michael J. Tierney officiating. Burial was in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church or to Marian Central Catholic High School.
Funeral arrangements were made by Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral Home, Algonquin.


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