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Brett Ralph Coleman, 67

Brett Ralph Coleman, 67, passed away on Dec. 11, 2020.

He was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., on April 15, 1953, to Mary Genevieve (Mullen) Coleman and Ralph Edson Coleman. He operated many successful bars and restaurants in Elgin, Dundee, Chicago, Crystal Lake, Cary and Algonquin, Ill. He also built and owned a Holiday Inn Express in Algonquin. Brett was a compassionate and generous man who had an excitement for life, which made him a friend to all and mentor to many. 

Brett married Ann Elizabeth Brislen on Feb. 19, 1983, in Chicago. They raised their four children, Seth Ralph, Egan Russell, Brady Michael, and Mae Elizabeth, in Crystal Lake. 

Brett is survived by his wife, Ann; three sons, Seth of San Clemente, Calif., Egan of Algonquin, and Brady (Brittni) of Crystal Lake; his daughter, Mae (Amari) of Crystal Lake; his sisters, Carole (Glen) Lea and Cathie Kelly, both of Union City, Calif.; his brothers, Barry Coleman of Woodstock, Kelly (Mary) Coleman of Dundee, and Kevin (Sally) Coleman of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; his cousins, Sherri (Don) Ross of Calgary, Canada, and Bryan (Molly) Mullen of Evanston, Ill.; his sisters-in-law, Kathy Coleman of Carpentersville, Ill., Ruth (Jim) Center of Cerrillos, N.M., Joan Elms of Carpentersville, Sue (Bruce) Alfrejd of Streamwood, Ill., and Jaki (Richard) Parsons of Rockford, Ill. 

Brett is also survived by his adored grandchildren, Elliana, Nash, Anakin, and step-granddaughter Lily, all of Crystal Lake, as well as, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Brett was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Genevieve Coleman; a brother, Brian Coleman; cousin, Craig Mullen; nephew, Brian Kelly; brother-in-law, Jim Kelly; and father- and mother-in-law, John and Loretta Brislen. 

Visitation is limited to the immediate family. 

Funeral Mass will be Friday Dec. 18, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley, IL. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Milton, Wis. 

All are welcome to join the family for a celebration of Brett’s life, which will be held in the summer of 2021. To be contacted with more information about how to attend, please leave your contact information on the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home website at

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