Adolph A. Jelen, age 94, of Crystal Lake, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at The Springs at Crystal Lake.
He was born June 4, 1918 in Chicago to Thomas S. and Julia (Handzel) Jelen. He began his working career at R.R. Donnelly and retired from there in 1982. He served his country in WWII as a bombardier in the US Army Air Corps. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Wonder Lake, where he was Fourth Degree with Knights of Columbus Council 13388. He was also a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. An avid Ham Radio operator for most of his lifetime, he was known by his call letters “W9IT”.
Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Earl) Boysen of Marengo; five grandchildren, Jennifer Boysen of Crystal Lake, Kristen (Dan) Kroening of Wonder Lake, Earl Boysen Jr. of Woodstock, Laura Boysen of Chicago and Sarah Boysen of Chicago; a brother, Marion (Mary) Jelen of Spring Grove; and two sisters, Sr. Julita SSND of Chicago and Theresa (the late Edward) Stachulski of Chicago.
He was preceded in death his first wife Sophie Kusior in 1959, wife Alice Petrila in 1999, as well as by a brother, Joseph (the late Loretta) Jelen and a sister, Ann (the late Alex) Kozlowski.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Christ the King Church, Wonder Lake. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will follow in Christ the King Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home. For information, call the funeral home at 815-728-0233, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may send his family an on-line condolence.