April 29, 1917 - September 25, 2014
Isabelle Mary May, 97, of McHenry, died, Thursday, September 25, 2014 at JourneyCare hospice in Woodstock after a short illness. The youngest child of Peter and Margaret (Tonyan) Blake, she was born April 29, 1917 and grew up on the family farm north of McHenry where Kohls now sits. She attended St. Mary’s grade school and graduated from McHenry high school in 1935. On April 20, 1938 she married Arnold M. May at St. Mary’s in McHenry and he died April 3, 2006. They spent their lives together farming in the Ringwood and Solon Mills area while raising four children. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Isabelle was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Spring Grove and active over 50 years in the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed playing cards with family, friends, and in later years, her caregivers. She and Arnold derived much support and enjoyment from belonging to several different card clubs for many years. Music and playing piano was an important part of her life. She enjoyed reading the daily newspaper. Isabelle is survived by a son, Donald (Marilyn) May of Richmond; daughters, Marlene (Jim) Keenan and Kathleen (Jim) Marsh both of McHenry; daughter-in-law, Patricia May of Charlotte, NC; eleven grandchildren, Scott (Marcie) May of San Jose, CA, Jeff (Julie) May of Kokomo, IN, Todd (Makiko) May of Dayton, OH, Tim (Denise) May of Elkhorn, WI, Julie (John) Hill of Charlotte, NC, Brian Keenan of Volo, Patrick (Angela) Keenan of Charlotte, NC, Peter (Danielle) Keenan of Austin, TX, Alyson (Tim) Essington of Port Barrington, Jason (Jessica) Marsh of McHenry, and Eric Marsh of Powers Lake, WI; eighteen great-grandchildren, Ovilee, Chloe, Kristin, Kevin, Ayana, Lisa, Nolan, Olivia, and Tatum May, Micaela and Mallory Hill, Henry, Nathan, Samuel and Theodore Keenan, Gavin Marsh, Wyatt Essington, and Justin Marsh. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Luella May. She was also preceded in death by a son, Melvin “Fuzz”, in 1987; brothers, Leo and Ben Blake; a sister, Anna Jung; brothers-in-law, Ben Jung, John Boppart, Alfred May and Edward May; and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Blake, Florence Blake, Clara Boppart and Verona May. The visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, September 30, at Ehorn-Adams Funeral Home, 10011 Main Street, Richmond, IL. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 am Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2118 Main Street, Spring Grove, IL. The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Jarmoluk will officiate. Interment will be in St. Peter’s church cemetery in Spring Grove, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to Richmond Rescue Squad, JourneyCare Foundation, or Masses at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Spring Grove, IL. For information please call 815-678-7311 or visit our website at www.ehornadams.com.
Isabelle Mary May, 97, of McHenry, died, Thursday, September 25, 2014 at JourneyCare hospice in Woodstock after a short illness. The youngest child of Peter and Margaret (Tonyan) Blake, she was born April 29, 1917 and grew up on the family... View Obituary & Service Information
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