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Albert F. Steinwehe Jr., 100

Albert F. Steinwehe Jr., age 100, of Woodstock, peacefully passed away on Jan. 26, 2024, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Des Plaines, Ill., on Jan. 3, 1924, to Albert F. and Ida (Lange) Steinwehe Sr.

Al loved everyone, especially his family. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his greatest joys, and he was always so proud of each and every one of them. Al was so adored by his family and anyone that he encountered throughout his long life. He was the kindest, most thoughtful man and was always willing to help anyone. He was known to everyone as Papa, since he treated everyone like family. Al was an avid baseball fan, playing baseball for most of his life. Al loved the Cubs most of all and rarely missed watching a game.

Al served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS New Jersey battleship, something he and his family were extremely proud of. Al loved to mention that his ship was the most decorated ship in the Navy, being involved in 11 major battles.

Al was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Irene (Olson) Steinwehe; his son, Lynn (Carol) Steinwehe; daughters, Debra (Randy Sr.) Whiting and Lisa Steinwehe; brothers, Edwin “Lefty” Steinwehe and Robert “Dutch” (Elaine) Steinwehe; and sister, Marion (Charles) Reese.

Al is survived by his daughter, Diane (Michael) Marks; grandsons, Trace Marks, Randall (Melissa) Whiting Jr., Larry Ayres, and Mike Ayres; granddaughters, Cortney (Chad) Westbrook, Ashley (Mark) Rainey, Cas (Tim) Creighton, and Kim Ayres; and great-grandchildren, Blake, Chase, and Miles Westbrook and Ethan, Landan, and Braelan Creighton. He is also survived by his brothers, Don (Marylee) Steinwehe and Ray Steinwehe, and many nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. After the service, all are welcome to join the funeral procession and burial at McHenry County Memorial Park, where he will be honored with a military salute.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local Woodstock VFW Post 5040 (vfw5040.org), 815-338-5040, or Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock (gracewoodstock.us), 815-338-0554.

For information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-

338-1710 or visit www.slmcfh.com.

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