Louis F. Horwath, age 96, of Wonder Lake, died Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.
He was born August 21, 1917 in Chicago to Michael and Therese (Prangle) Horwath.
Raised in Chicago, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was part of the Normandy invasion on D-Day, and also part of subsequent campaigns. Louis also was with U.S. troops at the Belgian town of Bastogne as part of the Battle of the Bulge.
He enjoyed a 33-year career at the Sunbeam Corporation, where he worked in Quality Control. In 1952, Louis was introduced to his future wife, Bernice M. Meyer, through a co-worker, who happened to be Bernice’s choir director at church. They later married on March 22, 1958 at Grace Lutheran Church in Chicago.
In 1980, they moved to Wonder Lake, where he and Bernice enjoyed their retirement years. Louis enjoyed working with stained glass, and over the years, made several treasured gifts for his family. Always one to keep busy, he also refinished furniture, did wallpapering, as well as helped with many household chores. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed winning several trophies for his excellent golfing.
Louis and his wife traveled extensively. They visited every state in the U.S., and traveled to Europe 24 times. Favorite destinations were Austria, where they visited the home his mother was born in, as well as Italy, Switzerland, and Greece.
His family was an important part of his life. Louis enjoyed hosting his nieces and nephews at their annual Christmas Eve gatherings. He will be remembered by family and friends for a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit, and his love of joking with people wherever he went.
Louis was a faithful member of the Wonder Lake Bible Church in Wonder Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice; a brother, Edward (the late Vickie) Horwath of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael, John, and Joseph Horwath; and two sisters, Anna Horwath and Helen (the late Eugene) Aichele.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service is being planned for March at Wonder Lake Bible Church, 7501 Howe Road, Wonder Lake, IL 60097. Inurnment will be in Fairview Memorial Park in Northlake. Memorials may be made to the Wonder Lake Bible Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home, 7611 W. Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, IL 60097. For information, please call the funeral home, or visit www.justenfh.com.