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Gregory G. Henfling, 77

Gregory G. Henfling, age 77, of Hoffman Estates, IL, formerly of Winsted, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, IL.

He was born May 10, 1932, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the youngest son of John A. and Regina (Hausladen) Henfling. Gregory was baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted by the Rev. Andrew Rinke.

Gregory lived on a farm in the Winsted area. He attended Lake Ida School, Holy Trinity School, and graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1950. He furthered his education at the University of Minnesota and University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.

Gregory served in the Marine Air Reserve for two and one-half years. He also worked for the US Postal Service until he entered the Army. Gregory trained at Fort Bliss, TX, the Army’s Anti-Aircraft Artillery and Guided Missile Center, and was assigned to the NIKE Guided Missile Power Control System.

After he was discharged from the Army, Gregory went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration in the electronic installation department. He retired after 26 years from the O’Hara Federal Aviation Administration Center in Chicago, IL.

Gregory was joined in holy marriage to Sylvia Lush June 23, 1962, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL. God blessed their marriage with four children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Regina Henfling; brothers Michael and Alfred; sister-in-law Rosecelia; nephew Mark; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Marie Lush.

Gregory is survived by his loving wife of 47 and one-half years, Sylvia; loving children, Deborah (John) Coakley, Anne (John) Donohue, Gregory Jr., and Thomas; grandchildren Deanna, Jordan, and Danielle; a brother, Harold (Theresa) Henfling; seven nieces and nephews; and 12 grand nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was Monday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church, Hoffman Estates, IL with Fr. Robert Rizzo as the celebrant. Interment was at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL, with full military honors.

Visitation took place Sunday, Dec. 13, at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral Home, Schaumburg, IL.