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Adolph A. Jelen

Adolph A. Jelen, 94, Crystal Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at The Springs at Crystal Lake.

He was born June 4, 1918, in Chicago to Thomas S. and Julia (Handzel) Jelen. 

He served in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier in World War II.

He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Wonder Lake, where he was a Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus Council 13388. He also was a member of the American Legion and VFW and an avid ham radio operator for most of his lifetime, known by his call letters W9IT. 

He worked for R.R. Donnelly and retired in 1982. 

Survivors include a daughter, Diane (Earl) Boysen, Marengo; five grandchildren, Jennifer Boysen, Crystal Lake, Kristen (Dan) Kroening, Wonder Lake, Earl Boysen Jr., Woodstock, Laura Boysen, Chicago, and Sarah Boysen, Chicago; a brother, Marion (Mary) Jelen, Spring Grove; and two sisters, Sr. Julita, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Chicago, and Theresa (the late Edward) Stachulski, Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sophie Kusior, in 1959; his second wife, Alice Petrila, in 1999; a brother, Joseph (the late Loretta) Jelen; and a sister, Ann (the late Alex) Kozlowski.

Visitation and the funeral Mass were Jan. 8 at Christ the King Church, Wonder Lake.  Burial with military honors followed at Christ the King Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home. 

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