Althoff, James L., Sr. Of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, November 8 after a short illness. He was born on June 9, 1928 in McHenry, and graduated from McHenry Community High School in 1946. He married Joan Andreen on June 18, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry. He founded Althoff Industries (then known as 'Althoff Heating and Air') in 1962. The business, now located in Crystal Lake, has continued to flourish. He was a tireless community volunteer, and served on the boards of many organizations, including the McHenry High School District 156 school board from 1967 1979, and the Illinois Board of Governors of Higher Education from 1980 - 1991. He was a volunteer fireman and served as the president of the McHenry Fire Protection District for over 20 years. He was a trustee of the Local 130 Plumbers Union, a board member of Home State Bank in Crystal Lake, and a former president of McHenry Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Joan; six children: Betsy (Tom) Les of Crystal Lake, Tod (Kim) Althoff of Algonquin, Catherine Althoff (Joel Galanty) of Barrington, Patricia (John) Siwicki of Elk Grove, James of McHenry and Karyn (David) Roelke of Hartland, Wisconsin; daughter-in-law Pamela Althoff, thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter; and a sister, Eleanor Wiater of Rolling Hills, California. He was preceded in death by his son Timothy and sisters Betty Phelan and Ethel Conway Low. Visitation with the family will be at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in McHenry, on Thursday, November 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church on Friday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Home of the Sparrow in McHenry, IL or Turning Point in Woodstock, IL. Info call Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry at 815-385-0063
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 10, 2011