OBITUARY

William "Gus" D. Abrath Sr.

March 26, 1933February 15, 2012

William “Gus” Abrath Sr., 78, of Marengo and formerly of Crystal Lake died peacefully Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Florence Nursing Home. He was born March 26, 1933 in Wausau, Wisconsin and lived in Crystal Lake and Cary for more than 50 years. He was married to Kay Marie Hackman from 1958 until her death in 1982. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1955-1957. He was a member of the Carpenters Union, and worked for Anderson & Parr, Jacoby Brothers, and retired from Foster Brothers. He volunteered his time and talents at Immanuel Lutheran Church while working at Rehberg Construction. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He is survived by his five children, Tammy (Paul) Fox, Sandra Abrath, Linda (Angelo) Cozzola, Cynthia (Patrick) Paxson, William Abrath Jr.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Henry Abrath, Catherine Thompson, Betty (Clarence) Krause, Donald Abrath, and Joyce (Robert) Anderson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his two infant daughters; and his five brothers. Visitation will be from 4 to 8pm on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Visitation will continue from 10am to 11am on Friday, Feb. 17 at the funeral home, with a service at 11am to celebrate his life. Interment will be in McHenry County Memorial Park, Woodstock. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Florence Nursing Home, 546 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo, IL 60152 or to the American Cancer Society, 225 North Michigan Avenue #1210, Chicago, IL 60601. For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 16, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, February 17, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 17, 2012
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William "Gus" D. Abrath Sr.

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Jim-Amy Vance-Stone

May 1, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. We were looking up Billys name because we have lost touch with each other. If someone could tell Billy we are looking for him. This is Jimmy and Amy phone#18153914711 . Sorry for your loss. Gus was a really good man.

February 21, 2012

Tammy, Sandy, Linda, Cindy, and Billy,
We were so sorry to hear about your dad's death when we returned from our vacation. I will certainly miss Uncle Bill and the times I spent with him and my cousins. God bless you and our prayers are with you. Len and Sue Eggum

James Eggum

February 21, 2012

Dear Abrath families. We are so sorry to here of the passing of uncle bill. our prayers are with all of you during this time and weeks to come. I will have fine memories or him. He was a great uncle. We will miss him and our prayers and thoughts are will all of you . love and God bless Jim and Diane Eggum

Thomas Newman

February 17, 2012

Hope everything went well today and the good Lord has blessed your day with sunshine and warm winter weather. Saying good by is always tough and knowing he is a better place does help. It was great seeing/meeting the kids and grand-kids and seeing the Abrath 5 again! What a great legacy Bill has left behind. Im sure he is proud of each and everyone of you and watching over you from above now.
With our condolences,
Tom & Debbie Newman

Greg Spethman

February 17, 2012

To the Abrath family,
So sorry to hear about your loss.I worked with Gus at West River Concrete. While working along side this man, it was brought to my attention that work is only as hard as you make it.If anyone was fortunate enough to have just a brief chat with Gus,they walked away feeling like they just spent time with an Angel.
With condolences,
Greg Spethman & Family

February 17, 2012

We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Moon family (Darrell, Deb, and Ashley).

Debbie (Fred) Beelart

February 17, 2012

To the Abrath family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. May you each find peace with your many cherished memories of him, and know that you were blessed to have him in your lives. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
With condolences,
Debbie, Fred, Melissa, and Megan

Shelly (Tipps) Kussin

February 17, 2012

So sorry to hear of your lose. Love and prayers to the family.

Thomas Newman

February 16, 2012

To the Abrath family and friends,
Bill was a great guy who had my respect not only in his home,but also as my boss at Anderson & Parr, during my concrete days. I was good friends with Tammy and Ed Hackman, and I will always remember mom-ma Kay (what a peach). One of my favorite memories of Bill is the hope-chest he built for Tammy. I was amazed at what skill he had making that with minimal tools, and I still talk about that often. The Good Lord is always looking for talented carpenters and I'm sure his hands were needed in Heaven. To the family, the world was a better place with Bill in it, May he rest in peace.

With sincere condolences,
Tom Newman & family

Cindy (Russ) (Pierce) Hyatt

February 16, 2012

Cindy, Tammy and Sandy,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.