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Gerard F. Idstein

Born: May 26, 1926; in Chicago, IL

Died: March 5, 2016; in McHenry, IL

Gerard "Jerry" F. Idstein, age 89, of McHenry, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 in his home, with his loving family by his side.

Jerry was born on May 26, 1926 in Chicago, to James H. and Margaret (Walsh) Idstein. He grew up in Norwood Park, where he married the love of his life, Mary Julia Boarini, on April 22, 1950 at Immaculate Conception Church.

He graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago. He was a World War II Army Veteran serving in the Pacific with the 32nd (Red Arrow) Division. Jerry served as President of the Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce while owner of Jim and Jerry's Hardware. He was also owner and operator of the Arbor Resort and Marina on Bluff Lake in Antioch. For 35 years he was Building Manager of the Heritage Professional Building in Antioch.

Jerry enjoyed playing golf with the Johnsburg and Antioch Golf Leagues. He loved spending time on the water with family and friends on his pontoon boat. Family vacations in Arkansas were the highlight of his life. He was also a fine woodworker and crafted many pieces of beautiful furniture. Family referred to him as "Jack of all trades-Master of All". One of his greatest pleasures was being an usher at the 7 o'clock mass at St. John the Baptist Church.

Jerry is survived by his wife of sixty five years, Mary; his children, Marybeth (Rip) Edmundson, Jerry (Peggy), John (Debbie), Hugh (Peggy), and Peter; grandchildren, Lara (Bill), Maria (John), Kevin (Amanda), Brian, Dan (Katie), Mary Ellen (Patrick), Megan (Jake), Patrick, Spencer (Crystal), Kyle (Elizabeth), Benjamin (Katie), Timothy; and thirteen great grandchildren. Jerry never had grandparents and always wanted to live long enough to be a grandfather. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret (James) Boarini; and many other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his brother, James; sisters, Merikay and Anna Mae.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL. Visitation will continue on Monday, March 14th from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, Il. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 A.M. followed by interment at churchyard cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2302 W. Church St., Johnsburg, IL, 60051 or Journeycare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL, 60010.

For more information, contact the funeral home at 815-385-0063 or log onto www.colonialmchenry.com