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Phil Ronczkowski

Phil Ronczkowski, a resident of Woodstock from 1966 to 1998, died Feb. 16, 2021, in Cameron, Mo., where he resided.

Shirley Reed, 96

Shirley Reed passed away April 13, 2021. She was born on Feb. 3, 1925, daughter of William and Signa Remus in Woodstock, Ill., and later married Russell Reed. They had

Matthew Aaron Gummerson, 38

Matthew Aaron Gummerson, 38, formerly of Ringwood, Ill., passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2021. Matthew was the son of R. Mark Gummerson and Dianne M. (Johnson) Wagner. Matt, also

Mary F. Taylor, 98

Born: August 25, 1922 Died: April 9, 2021 Mary F. Taylor, 98, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2021. Mary was the loving wife of George

Kathleen (Kady) B. Rachford, 89

Kathleen (Kady) B. Rachford, 89, was born the daughter of Margaret Evans on March 2, 1932, at Misericordia Hospital in Chicago and was named Elizabeth Evans. She was in an

Daniel Z Kreisman, 70

June 10, 1950 – April 5, 2021 Daniel Z Kreisman, 70, of Woodstock, Ill., passed away on April 5, 2021, at Avondale Estates in Elgin, Ill.  A lover of theatre,

George Lilja, 92

George Lilja, 92, of Woodstock, Ill., passed away at Journey Care in Barrington, Ill., on March 18, 2021. He was born Jan. 18, 1929, to Oscar and Alice (Marvin) Lilja

Kirk B. Halma, 64

Kirk B. Halma, age 64, of Woodstock, Ill., passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2021, with his loving, fun wife, Kate, at his side, his beloved dogs at

Katherine C. Schultz, 79

Katherine C. Schultz, age 79, of Woodstock, passed away Friday March 12, 2021, at JourneyCare Hospice Inpatient Unit in Barrington. She was born in Woodstock on Oct. 5, 1941, to

Sharon Browne, 85

Sharon Browne, age 85, of Woodstock, Ill., passed away on Tuesday March 16, 2021, She was born Jan. 4, 1936, to Rudolph and Esther Kren. She was married to Chuck


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