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John E. Granath
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Obituary for John E. Granath

John E. Granath, 93, of McHenry, passed away quietly in his sleep on May 2, 2018 at his daughter’s home. He was born in Chicago on August 4, 1924 to Nels and Ebba (Bjurstrom) Granath and moved to McHenry as a small child. On April 3, 1948 married Margaret Herdrich at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

John was a hardworking man whose career began in 1947, when he was employed by Hester Oil Company. He then transitioned to Enterprise Redi Mix in 1965, Lakeland Construction Company in 1970, and finally Meyers Redi Mix in 1980, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Teamsters Local 301 and a charter member of the McHenry Moose Lodge #691. In his leisure time, John enjoyed being outside in nature, hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Survivors include three children, Elizabeth Templeton of Sun City, AZ, Mary Granath of McHenry, and Michael (Diane) Granath of Charlevoix, MI; five grandchildren, Laura Holeyfield, David (Diane) Freeman, and Andy (Doreen), Joe and Will Granath; five great-grandchildren, Sam, Quinn, Josephine, Jackson and Arabelle; and a brother, Kenneth Granath of St. John, IN.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, on January 3, 2015; his son, Jack in 1970 in Vietnam; his brothers Robert (the late Carol) Granath, Richard (the late Barbara) Granath, Donald (Norma) Granath, and his sisters, Helen and Shirley (Bert) Burkett.

Friends and neighbors are invited to visit with John’s family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL, 60050. Burial will be private for the family at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

A memorial will take place Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Please contact the funeral home for more details.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family suggests memorials to the Mooseheart Child City & School by mail at Moose Charities, 155 S. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539 or online at

For information, please call 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for John’s family.

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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Justen Funeral Home & Crematory

3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050





2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
McHenry Moose Lodge 691

3535 N. Richmond Road
Johnsburg, IL 60051

Cemetery Details


St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

Richmond Road
McHenry, IL 60050


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