Ethel A. Bonkoski

January 8, 1915March 24, 2013
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Crystal Lake—Ethel A. Bonkoski, 98, of Crystal Lake passed away March 24, 2013 at her home. She was born January 8, 1915 in Carpentersville to Albert and Ella (Mugge) Young. On June 1, 1946 she married Edward Bonkoski in Algonquin. She was a devote member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was passionate toward helping with the family farm and antique store in Union. She was a supporter of numerous charitable causes including local food banks, aid to veterans, the Salvation Army, and UNICEF. She enjoyed the activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, June (Robert) Stoudt and Susan (Ronald) Hansing; daughter-in-law, Christine Bonkoski; grandchildren, Kurt Stoudt, Kristin (Lincoln) Hill, Cary Hansing, Kevin Hansing, and Nicole (Scott) Foss; and great-grandchildren, Robert, Taylor, and Jackson Hill. She was an aunt and cousin to many throughout Crystal Lake and the surrounding area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her parents; her son, Richard Bonkoski; and her siblings, Viola Smith, Roy Young, and Albert Young. The visitation will be from 9 to 11 am on Tuesday, April 2, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. A graveside service at Crystal Lake Union Cemetery will follow. For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at


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April 2, 2013

Kimberly & Jason Petersen

April 2, 2013

We have had the honor of Ethel's presence in our lives and we will always remember her smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

April 1, 2013

The few hours we spent with Ethel over the years were always a great pleasure for our family. Our sincere condolences to June, Bob, Kurt, Kristin, Lincoln, Robby,Taylor and Jackson. Peter Hill, Naperville, IL

April 1, 2013


So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady!

Lisa - RN Center of Illinois

Mimi Garbe Winter

April 1, 2013

Aunt Ethel remains in my mind as a striking woman with a lively sense of humor, a quick smile and a great wit. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I know she will be sorely missed.

Sharon Pfest

March 30, 2013

I first met Ethel at one of the Petersen's family get togethers. A very sweet lady who offered me a place to stay at her home so I wouldn't have to drive back to Chicago in the dark. My regards and prayers to the family.

Sharon Pfest, Mother of Kimberly Petersen

March 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember Aunt Ethel in so many good memories.
Love and prayers, Mary Bailey

Deborah Young

March 28, 2013

I loved this dear lady! She always spoke so lovingly of her family including my husband, the late Wm. Young. We shared many wonderful times with her and I loved that infectious laugh of hers. She was a true blessing in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially you Cary as you did so much for her. I will not be able to be there on Tuesday but my heart will. ~ Debbi Young

Margaret Carey

March 27, 2013


I am sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother. Please accept my sympathy.

Warm regards,

March 25, 2013

You now at memories of you will last a lifetime! Love you and miss you!......Chris Bonkoski