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Dolores nee Mercure Sokolowski-Freund

Obituary for Dolores nee Mercure Sokolowski-Freund

February 2, 1937 - August 2, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 80

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend


Dolores Sokolowski-Freund, 80, of McHenry, died Wednesday August 2, 2017, along with her husband Paul Freund, 85, after being involved in an automobile accident in Cadott, Wisconsin.
She was born on February 2, 1937, in Marquette, Michigan to Rita (Neault) Mercure and Thomas Mercure. On January 31, 1959, at St. Mary's Church in McHenry, she married Richard Sokolowski. Following Richard's death in 2006, she later married Paul Freund on June 22, 2009.
Dolores was a Pharmacy Technician at McHenry Drugs for more than 15 years and she loved helping all the people that she knew and met. She volunteered her time at FISH, Ag Expo, Sparrow's Nest, and the Pioneer Center. Spending time with her brother Butchie at the Pioneer Center meant the world to her. She was also an active member and volunteer at St. Mary's Church in McHenry.
Her hobbies included bowling and card games with friends, as well as fishing and relaxing with her husband Paul. She thoroughly enjoyed swimming and yoga every week. She was very proud of her home improvement projects and always looked forward to working on new challenges.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her direct and extended family members over holidays and different celebrations. In her retirement years, she enjoyed travelling to many different cities and states.
Survivors include her son Tom (Sue) Sokolowski of Boulder CO and two granddaughters, Amanda (John) and Cassie.
Surviving siblings include: John (Jenna) Mercure, Rose (Wayne) Wirfs, Richard (Marge) Mercure, Donald (Judy) Mercure and Butch Mercure.
Survivors also include her stepsons Mark Freund, Steve (Trinette) Freund of Johnsburg, IL, Chris (Nancy) Freund, of McHenry IL, and four step grandchildren Ryan (Tiffany), Kaley, Erin and Payton.
She was preceded in death by Richard Sokolowski, both of her parents, and siblings: Carol Ketchum, Gilbert Mercure, and Darrell Mercure.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm and will continue Friday, August 11, 2017 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL. Family and friends will process to St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry for an 11am funeral mass. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Pioneer Center, 4031 W. Dayton St., McHenry, IL 60050.
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