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Robert James Leverenz, 62

Robert James Leverenz was born Feb. 23, 1960, in Elgin, Ill., to Esther Kabrick and Arthur Leverenz. Rob passed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus, on Aug. 24, 2022, with his loving wife at his side.  Rob had a lifelong battle with tuberous sclerosis and intractable seizures but always remained positive. Rob married the love of his life, Cindy Nelson, on Oct. 1, 1994. They were blessed to have three wonderful children, Noah, Jonah, and Hope. Rob leaves behind his wife; children; mother, Esther Kabrick; and two brothers, Jeff (Gail) Leverenz and Dave (Vicki) Leverenz; two nephews, Derek and Daniel; and a niece, Lauren. He was preceded in death by his father.  Rob loved his children and all of

Harold Edward Bohn, 88

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, Harold Edward Bohn, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif., at the age of 88. “Hal,” as he was known to those who knew and loved him, is survived by the love of his life, Jill Anita Bohn. Hal and Jill married on Dec. 26, 1981, and were married for 40 years. Hal was born on March 4, 1934, in Woodstock to Ernest A. and Betty G. (Grobe) Bohn. He was a 1952 graduate of Woodstock High School. He attended the Chicago Art Institute from 1953 to 1954. Hal was a veteran, serving in the Army as a private from 1955 to 1957, and then served as a reservist

Richard L. Edinger, 100

Richard L. Edinger, 100, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif., from coronary atherosclerosis. He was born in Woodstock on Nov. 15, 1921, to Lester and Marian Marble Edinger. As Richard approached his 100thyear, he fondly reminisced of living in the sheriff’s residence, next to the Courthouse in Woodstock. This was during his dad’s tenure as county sheriff for 16 years from 1926 to 1942. Richard graduated from Duke University in 1943 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps soon after graduation. After basic training in Kansas, Texas, and Florida, he was sent to Tienian Island, from where the Enola Gay flew to bomb Hiroshima. After being discharged from the military service,

Charles E. Carroll, 80

Charles E. Carroll, age 80, of Woodstock, passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Charles was born May 27, 1942, in LaFollette, Tenn., to Walter and Myrtle (Benge) Carroll. He married Betty Rose Shallenbarger on July 23, 1966, and spent many years with her until her death on April 23, 2010.  Charles enjoyed playing golf, shooting pool, and watching Hallmark movies. He shared a special bond and much of his time with his grandson Andrew.  He is survived by his children, Raymond (Victoria) Carroll, Brian (Carri) Carroll, Kevin (Cindy) Carroll, Edward (Andrea) Carroll, and Kimberly Carroll; brother, Kenneth (Utah) Carroll; grandchildren, Rebecca, Bethany, Mark, Charlie, Brenton, Christopher, James, Nicole, Deanna, David, Alli, Bailey, Brandon, Gunnar, Keegan, Andrew,

Virginia Mueller Hinner, 95

Virginia Mueller Hinner, 95, died peacefully in her sleep on June 23, 2022. She was born on April 16, 1927, to parents Lisette Fluck Mueller and Emmet John Mueller, in Detroit, Mich. Virginia was predeceased by her husband, John William “Bill” Hinner, whom she married on May 25, 1946. She is survived by her three children, their spouses, seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Oldest daughter Kathryn Hinner Jones is married to William Crawford Jones, with two children, Virginia Jones Reagan and Ian William Jones. Virginia’s son, John Emmet Hinner, is married to Mary Lu Yunker Hinner, with three children, Lauren Hinner Monastra, Annie Hinner Sawyer, and Clare Hinner Roach. Virginia’s youngest daughter, Susan Hinner Leigh, is married to Richard Ronald

Albert R. Mansfield Jr. 98

Albert R. Mansfield Jr., 98, of Tomah, Wis. (formerly of Woodstock) passed away July 23, 2022, at home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Woodstock on June 22, 1924, the son of Albert R. Mansfield Sr. and Carrie (Westphall) Mansfield. He married Eugenia Pearl Malmstrom in Woodstock on May 17, 1947. Al enlisted the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1942 until October 1945. He served as a scout/sniper in the Battle of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Al came home and worked for Borden Dairy and the Illinois Tollway before starting a service station business called Mansfield Mobil and Shell in Woodstock. After selling the business, he worked as custodian for Woodstock High School

Russell Shane Graff, 54

Russell Shane Graff, 54, of Capron, was put into God’s hands as an angel on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Javon Bea Hospital, Rockford. Born Feb. 23, 1968, to Rita (Gurtowski) and Al Graff in Woodstock, Russ was the loving husband of Hollis (Holly) Piquette Graff and father to daughters Reaganne and Addison (Addie). Russ and Holly were married on May 23, 2003, when his father, Al, with whom Russ shared a special relationship, served as his best man. He and Holly were “tied at the hip,” and he was the biggest supporter of his girls in their schooling and interests. Russ was always there to cheer them on. Russ was a valued colleague at American Ad Bag, where he

Mary Ann Noles, 86

Mary Ann Noles, 86, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on July 15, 2022.  She was born June 18, 1936, in Barrington, the daughter of the late John Carl and Marie Anna (Pepper) Clinge. On Sept. 5, 1959, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Marion Noles in Crystal Lake.  Mary Ann was a housewife and mother first and foremost. Mary Ann had many jobs in her life that included working for the phone company before she married, working for family friends at their dry cleaners, a shoe store, and finally working for District 200 as a “lunchroom lady.” The job she was most proud of was being a wife and mother. Mary Ann was also

Betty J. Kamin, 79

Betty J. Kamin, 79, of Rock Hill, S.C., a former resident of Woodstock, died July 13, 2022 at White Oak Manor in York, S.C. She was born in Mena, Ariz., on Nov. 24, 1942, to Nathan and Hazel (Finney) Shaw. She married Robert Kamin on Aug. 4, 1962. She worked many jobs throughout the years, but her favorites were being a wife and mother. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Robert (Regina) Kamin and Stephen (Sheri) Kamin; a daughter, Sandra (Joseph) Hart; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters with their families, Ann (Paul) Violett and Eva (Charles) Chapman. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Wanda Jean. Memorials can

Wright and Verna Sprinkel

Wright Sprinkel, 95 Verna Sprinkel, 95 Wright and Verna Sprinkel celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in heaven on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Verna Sprinkel, 95, went home to be with her Lord on June 8, 2022, and Wright Sprinkel , 95, joined her on June 17. They had been living with their son, Pastor Jim Sprinkel, since May 2021 for health reasons. Verna was born Aug. 11, 1926, on Oak Ridge Road in Crystal Lake, the daughter of Carl I. Sr. and Mattie Nelson. Wright was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Aurora, the son of James Michael and Jennie Marie Sprinkel. They both graduated together from Woodstock High School (1944), after which Wright enlisted in the Navy. After his service, they

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