Josef Fuchs, age 80, of Wonder Lake, died Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at Alden Terrace of McHenry.
He was born June 26, 1928 in Yugoslavia to Josef and Theresia (Weingartner) Fuchs. On December 29, 1951, he married Maria Matheis in Austria.
Formerly of Chicago, Josef and Maria were seasonal residents of Wonder Lake from 1969 until moving to Wonder Lake on a full time basis in 1992. Josef was a building custodian for 36 years in Chicago, retiring in 1992.
A handyman his entire life, he always loved the challenge of doing repairs. He loved people, and was very outgoing to all he met. He served people well, and in return, was very well liked. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a great outlook on life. This was especially meaningful, since he was a 30 year cancer survivor and endured multiple surgeries and medical challenges resulting from treatments. His strong will and his wife’s loving care made it possible for Josef to maintain a positive attitude throughout.
He loved to bowl, and enjoyed sports, especially football and soccer. He was an avid Bears fan.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maria; a son, Joseph (Sylvia) Fuchs of Rockford; a sister, Apolonia (the late Sebastian) Fiederer of Germany; a nephew, Adrian Fiederer of Germany, and three nieces, Brigitte Reschke of Germany, Regina (Luzjan) Slojkowski of Fountain Hills, AZ, and Elizabeth (Gaylord) Gale of Ringwood; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home, 7611 Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, Il 60097.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2008 at Christ The King Church, 5006 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake, Il 60097.
Interment will be in Christ the King Cemetery, Wonder Lake.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to Seasons Hospice or American Cancer Society.
A special thank you to the entire medical staff and nurses at Northern Illinois Medical Center, Alden Terrace of McHenry, and Seasons Hospice for the compassionate loving care of their Josef.
For information call the funeral home at 815-728-0233. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com.