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Christopher M. Strong service May 28

A celebration of the life of Christopher M. Strong will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the Woodstock High School Auditorium, 501 W. South St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the C.M. Strong Scholarship and Memorial Fund, MidAmerica National Bank, 100 W. Elm St., Canton, IL 61520. Mr. Strong, 76, died Oct. 28, 2021. He taught he taught English, TV/radio, films, and advertising at Woodstock High School for 38 years.

Robert F. Carr service July 2

A celebration of his life for Robert F. Carr will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Woodstock Opera House, where he acted and created the sets for the plays and was a founder of the Townsquare Players. He passed away July 1, 2020, at the age of 92. A scholarship has been established at Woodstock High School in Bob’s name. The inaugural recipient, Genesis Dunn, will pursue an art degree at Northern Illinois University. For more information, call his son, Chris Carr, at 224-242-0239 or his wife, Gloria Carr 310 W. Jackson St., Woodstock, IL 60098

Marilyn J. Collignon, 90

On Sunday, April 3, 2022, Marilyn J. Collignon (née Walker), loving mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 90. Marilyn was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Chicago to Harry and Olive Walker. She dedicated over 25 years to working at UOP in Des Plaines. Her true passion, though, was theater, a love she passed down to her children and grandchild, spending many years as president of the Des Plaines Theatre Guild as well as serving as costumer, props mistress, crew member, and stage manager, even appearing onstage occasionally in small roles. Most recently, she found a love for scrapbooking (or as she called it, “photo art”) and could always be found poring over her endless genealogy records. Marilyn

Victor Nicholiavich Meuch, 76

Victor Nicholiavich Meuch, 76, went to be with his Redeemer and Lord on Feb. 7, 2022, in a one-vehicle accident. He was born on May 23,1945, in a Nazi forced-labor camp in Mitterteich, Germany, to Nicholai and Eufrosyna (Ichenko) Meuch, displaced Ukrainian nationals. In January 1951, his family immigrated to the U.S. He graduated from Greenville College with a B.A. in art and from Northern Illinois University with an M.S. in art education with a concentration in art history. After these degrees, he continued coursework to earn an additional teaching endorsement and was a lifelong learner, attending workshops and seminars, eager to improve his skills and learn new and varied ones. He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Zajicek, in

Thomas H. Dahlfors, 78

Thomas H. Dahlfors, age 78, passed peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2022, with his wife, Brenda, and daughter, Meriden “Denni,” at his side.He was born in Meriden, Conn., to Harry and Lucille and his big sister, Judi. He was raised in Williams Bay, Wis. and moved to Itasca, Ill., in the fourth grade. He received his B.S., M.S. and doctoral degrees in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.Tom loved to travel and often told stories of spending time in the Bahamas working with teachers and learning to dive for conch. A family friend once sent him to New York with a letter of introduction to Norman Cousins, editor of the New York Post. While waiting in the outer office,

Ronald W. Hyde, 81

Ronald W. Hyde, age 81, of Woodstock, passed away on March 11, 2022, in Barrington with his loving family by his side. He was born on Feb. 19, 1941, in Eddyville, Ky., the son of George and Julia (Dycus) Hyde.  In 1956 he moved to Woodstock with his family. In 1958 he started dating Carol Carlstrom, and they became high school sweethearts. They married four years later on July 7, 1962. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. He was a supervisor at Woodstock Die Cast until it closed. He then worked at HS Crocker until his retirement in 2008. He loved to fish and spent many times with his family in Wisconsin and Minnesota fishing. He

Lois Vivian Roehr, 94

Born: March 18, 1927  Passed away: March 10, 2022 Lois Kroetsching Roehr, age 94, passed away at her home on March 10, 2022. She was born on March 18, 1927, in Stratton, Neb., to Russell and Gertrude (Sharp) Kroetsching. She grew up in Sharon Springs, Kan., where she was valedictorian of her high school class. In her youth she endured the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and the death of her mother when she was 9 years old. Lois’ strong beliefs of right and wrong shaped her life, and when working in a movie theater at the age of 16 she refused to enforce the policy of segregating black patrons to the back of the theater. She simply stated, “It

Peggy Menzel, 88

Peggy Menzel, 88, of Hartland, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Valley Hi Care Center in Hartland surrounded by her family. She was born Margaret J. Hallisy on Feb. 26, 1934, to John C. and Helen (Bourey) Hallisy. With an abundance of Margarets in the extended Hallisy family, she soon became known as Peggy, and Peggy it would be for the rest of her life. She married Richard J. “Dick” Menzel on July 4, 1953, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock. Peggy was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Hartland. Being the wife of a fireman, she was a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Woodstock Rural Fire Department, and would provide

Marian M. Zimmermann, 90

Marian M. Zimmermann, 90, of Woodstock, died Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Crystal Lake. She was born in Sheboygan, Wis., on June 5, 1931, to Paul and Marie (Liebel) Mundt. She married Charles Zimmermann on Dec. 5, 1981. She was a long and active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock, and she sang in the choirs for over 50 years. She was involved in Mariola and Home and School and was a member of the Ladies of the Knights. Marian also was involved with the V-J Day celebration held for many years in Woodstock. She also was very involved with the Woodstock 4th of July celebration. She was loved and will be missed. Marian

Diana Doty-Brown, 69

Diane Doty-Brown, age 69, of Woodstock, passed away Feb. 15, 2022, in Barrington, IllShe was born on Oct. 9, 1952, in Elgin, Ill. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Doris (Hunt) Doty.Diane was raised and lived most of her life in Woodstock.  She was a 1970 graduate of Woodstock High School.  She was a stay-at-home mom, Girl Scout Troop leader, and Sunday school teacher.  She was also active with her daughters’ schools as a room mom and with the PTO at Dean Street School.  Later in her life, she went back to school, and in 1997, she graduated with her BSN from St. Anthony’s College of Nursing in Rockford.Diane worked as a pediatric/medical-surgical nurse and then infection prevention nurse at Centegra Woodstock Hospital.  She was also an infectious disease nurse with the McHenry County Department of Health.  She gained many friendships through the years at both jobs and in life. Diane loved working as a nurse and spending time with her family and friends.  Her most favorite roles were that of mom and grandma, and she was the best at both. She had many health struggles, and she fought every one of them fiercely to the end. She loved her family and friends, and will be missed so much.She is survived by her daughters, Molly (Steve) Mungle and Melissa (Shaun) Nolan; grandchildren, Norah Mungle, Lilah Mungle, Callie Nolan, and Oliver Nolan; brothers, Dennis Doty and Rod Doty; and many friends.She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant granddaughter, Meghan Mungle.Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock IL 60098. Burial will be private in McHenry County Memorial Park cemetery Woodstock.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family for a donation at a later date.For more information, call Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit the website at

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