Caroljean Rita Ketchum, age 76, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at her home.
She was born December 19, 1932 in Marquette, Michigan to Thomas and Rita (Neault) Mercure. On January 13, 1951, she married Morris A. Ketchum in McHenry.
A resident of McHenry since the age of 13, Caroljean was employed as a school bus driver for 23 years. For many years, she also worked at area dry cleaners, including Gem Cleaners, Buckley Cleaners, Michael Todd’s in Genoa City, and for 15 years at Mr. Don’s in McHenry until retiring in 2000.
She was an coin collector, and also enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, knitting, interior decorating, camping and trips with the motorhome, and bowling.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Morris; four sons, Michael ( Billie) Ketchum of Sarona, WI, Mark Ketchum of McHenry, Matthew (Jenny) Ketchum of Racine, WI., Mitchell (Renée) Ketchum of McHenry; eight grandchildren, Shawn, Shari, Sonja, Serenity, Brandon, Julie, Austin, Lainiek; nine great grandchildren, Madison, Asyntha, Ashley, Brittany, Kiersten, Melody, Katelyn, Jada, & Jacob; two sisters, Dolores (Paul) Freund of McHenry, Rosemary (Wayne) Wirfs of Colorado; and five brothers, John (Jenny) Mercure of Arizona, Darreld Mercure of Lanark, IL, Richard (Margaret) Mercure of McHenry, Donald (Judy Lanphier) Mercure of McHenry, and Eugene Mercure of Woodstock.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Gilbert and Robert (in infancy).
Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 W. Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Robert Sherry officiating.
Inurnment will be Wednesday in The Church of Holy Apostles Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, her family suggests memorials to the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 410 S. Hager Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.