Lucille M. Elfering, 89, Kenosha, died Sept. 12, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Antioch, Ill., to the late Leo and Emily (Riley) Carney.

She had been a member of St. Joseph Church, Lyons, and was recently a member of St. Mary Church, Kenosha. She enjoyed playing cards and dancing, but she will be remembered mostly for her good sense of humor and her caregiving; especially to her husbands and mother-in-law. She was very family oriented. For several years after her husband died, she worked for St. Benedict’s Abbey.

Survivors include her sisters, Ann (Francis) Held, Bristol, Nancy (Derek) Hole, LaFarge; sisters-in-law, Letty Carney, Zion, Ill., Ruth Uhlenhake, Kenosha, Arlene Carney, Oklahoma, Sister Michelle Elfering, Brookfield, Ill., Annamari Elfering, Lake Forest, Ill., Leona Elfering, Lake Forest, Joanne Elfering, Bristol; nieces; nephews and extended family.

She was further preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Koenen, her second husband, Felix Elfering, and siblings, Robert, Eugene, Joseph, and Gerald Carney and Dorothy Elfering.

Funeral services with Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 16, at St. Joseph Church, Lyons. Interment was in the parish cemetery.  Strang Funeral Home of Antioch, assisted the family. Well wishers can sign the online guest book at

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