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Carol Raffel, 90

Carol Raffel, 90, of Woodstock, passed away on Aug. 30, 2021, at her home in Woodstock.

She was born May 9, 1931, to Ralph and Cora (Wilcox) Stecker in Greenwood Township. She married Ferdinand “Ferd” H. Raffel Jr., on Dec. 13, 1953, at the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock.

Carol worked as a cashier for Bohn’s Ace Hardware in Woodstock for 29 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock for 65 years and was a member of the Sewing Circle, where she contributed to making lap quilts for nursing homes for those in need. Her hobbies were making baby quilts, needlepoints, and dish towels, to name a few. She enjoyed sewing and embroidery, as well as baking and cooking the family recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Don (Cheryl) Raffel, Janette (Dan) Hess, and Barb (Keith) Sova; her grandchildren, Brittany (Marc) Hinderlider, Andrew Raffel, Renee Merz, David (fiancé: Bailey Dickinson) Hess, Brian Hess, Shannon (Greg) Topf, and Rebecca (Dominic) Friedel-Juan; her great-grandchildren, John McMahon, Alysia Foat, Aubrey Hinderlider, and Emma Hinderlider; a brother, Ralph Stecker; a sister, Marian Lang; a sister-in-law, Anita Stecker; a special niece, Linda O’Donnell; as well as many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Bill Stecker; a sister-in-law, Shirley Stecker; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Lang.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., in Woodstock, from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service.

Interment will follow in the McHenry County Memorial Park cemetery in Woodstock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock.

For information, contact the funeral home at 815-338-1710 or visit

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