Charlene Mae Van Kirk, age 88, of McHenry, IL passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. She was born on July 3, 1933, in Waukegan, IL to Frank Bud Lumber and Evalyn Rose Amann. Charlene married her love Richard Van Kirk on February 23, 1952, in Ingleside, IL. They later divorced after 28 years of marriage.
Charlene was a resident of Fox Lake for many years, then moved to Brantford, Ontario in 1964, after a few years she move back to Fox lake, IL. In 1970 she moved to Dixon, IL and lived there until she moved to McHenry to take care of her mom in 2000. Her career in the men’s department began at The Globe in Fox Lake, and Kline’s Department Store, and Bergner Weise in Dixon. She also worked at Raynor Garage Door, in the office. When her children found her yearbook, they found out her ambition was to have a family and she reached her ambition and had five beautiful children (4 boys and 1 girl). It has been said that Charlene was an excellent cook, and everyone would drop by to taste the meal of the day. She was a kind, caring, loving, and compassionate woman, and the best mom a child could ever ask for. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Those are the memories that will be cherished by everyone. Charlene and her significant other John have spent many years traveling to see the country in their motor home and have been happy together for 21 years.
She is survived by her children: Richard (Judith) Van Kirk, Therese (Kent) Hamilton, Scott Van Kirk; grandchildren: Jacob Van Kirk, Emily Avelar, Jessica (Nick) Machacek, Andrew Avelar, Conner Van Kirk; great grandchildren: Maddex Van Kirk, Jackson Machacek; brother: John W. Lumber, and sister: Mary Olander; nephews: James and Robert Lumber; sister-in-law: Barbara Lumber; significant other: John Miron.
Charlene is preceded in death by her children’s father: Richard Van Kirk; sons: James and Timothy Van Kirk; brother: F. James Lumber; nephew: John J. Lumber; parents: Frank Bud Lumber and Evalyn Rose (Amann) Lumber.
She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her, but she will never be forgotten.
The Family would like to thank Crystal Pines Nursing Home and Journey Care Hospice for all that they have done.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that a memorial donation be made in Charlene’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan avenue, floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or act.alz.org/donate.
There will be a private inurnment in Dixon Illinois.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of Charlene on her tribute wall.