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Obituary for James Boarini

October 12, 1925 - July 16, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 91


James J. Boarini, age 91, of McHenry, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was born October 12, 1925, to the late Edward and Edelle (Odenbrett) Boarini. On November 26, 1949, he married the love of his life Margaret (Peg) Idstein, in Chicago, IL.
Jim was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, in Johnsburg, where he was also on the cemetery board. He was a longtime volunteer at the FISH of McHenry Food Pantry. Jim served in WWII in the South Pacific with the US Navy. He was a former dairy farmer, avid landscape enthusiast, and potato gun marksman. Creating memories with his grandchildren is something Jim loved; doing basement craft projects with them. He ensured every grandchild and great-grandchild had a special teddy bear to love and go home with the day they were born.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Peg of 67 years and their children: James (Joy) Boarini of Wadsworth, IL, Kathy (Martin) Nihill of Buffalo Grove, IL, Michael (Patricia Sorg) Boarini of Bradenton, FL, Margaret (John) Hart of Kenilworth, IL, Annette Boarini of Bradenton, FL, and Patricia (Ken) Scanlin of Madison, WI; grandchildren: Eric (Amber) Boarini, Jennifer (Chris) McLeod, Jamie (Bill) Walsh, Kristin (Will) Campbell, Sean Nihill (Megan Albrecht), Jonathan (Mariena) Boarini, Jessica Boarini (Luis-Pedro Barillas), Christa Boarini, Peter, Christy, Will and Amy Hart, Michael and James Anderson, Kelly Scanlin, Joe (Erika) Scanlin, and Mary (Daniel) Montanye; and great-grandchildren: Maggie, Mary Kathryn, Billy and Jack Walsh, Marty Campbell, Beau Nihill, Ellison McLeod, and Miles Boarini. He is further survived by his sister, Mary (Boarini) Idstein, of McHenry, IL.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his siblings: Edward, Francis, John, and Edelle.
Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Visitation will continue from 9:30am until time of Mass at 10:00am on Friday, July 21, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Church, 2302 W Church Street, Johnsburg. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jim's name to FISH of McHenry Food Pantry, P.O. Box 282, McHenry, IL 60051,

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