James McNally gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. October 26, 1921 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
M. Veteran (October 13, 1942 – February 4, 1946)
D. July 3, 1981 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: James McNally born October 7, 1891 in Ireland; married Annie Millar/Miller as her second husband; James died February 3, 1973 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL

According to the Daily Sentinel (Woodstock IL) Tuesday, February 6, 1973, page 2:

   FOX LAKE – James McNally, Sr., 81, 19 Rose Avenue, Fox Lake, died Saturday, Feb. 3, in Waukegan.
   He was born Oct. 7, 1891 in Ireland, and was a retired carpenter.
   Survivors are two sons, James, Volo, and Felix, Fox Lake, with whom he resided; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a stop-great-grandchild.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; a son, Andrew; and stepson, Robert; a sister; and two brothers.
   Services were held at 1:30 p.m. today in Fox Lake.”

  • Mother: Anna (Millar/Miller) (Kells) McNally born June 7, 1892; Anna died November 19, 1949; buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) November 21, 1949, Monday, page 36:

“McNALLY – Anna McNally, of Fox Lake, Ill., beloved wife of James, loving mother of James Jr., Andrew, Felix, and the late Robert, grandmother of six.  Services 2 p. m. Tuesday, at Fox Lake funeral home.  Interment Grant cemetery.”

  • Wife: Dorothy Marie (Klemm) McNally born December 31, 1923 in Chicago, Cook County, IL, daughter of Otto Rudolph Klemm (1894-1963) and Rose (Jankovich) Klemm (1904-1977) (See section pertaining to Otto Rudolph Klemm buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Rose (Jankovich) Klemm buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); married James McNally on October 10, 1941 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Dorothy died May 6, 2003 in Burlington, Racine County, WI (See section pertaining to Dorothy Marie (Klemm) McNally buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Karen R. (McNally) (Shaver) Henderson; married (1) Dennis R. Shaver on May 22, 1965 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL, son of Harry Shaver; married (2) David Henderson (of Talladega, Alabama)
    2. Joy Jill (McNally) Henningfeld; married Gerald L. “Jerry” Henningfeld on September 10, 1977 in Volo, Lake County, IL, son of Leo T. Henningfield (1931-2007) and Germaine C. “Gerry” Henningfield (1933-2017)
    3. Jill Joy (McNally) Duke; married Larry Duke (of Manchester TN)
    4. Patricia Elaine (McNally) McDonaugh; married Michael McDonaugh on October 4, 1969 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL, son of William McDonough
    5. Candee Caroline (McNally) (Vasey) McCabe; married (1) Gary A. Vasey on August 1, 1970 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL, son of Harold Vasey (of Carlsbad CA); married (2) Alan McCabe
    6. Jaimie (McNally) Hecht; married Steve Hecht (of Chula Vista CA)
  • Siblings:
    • Andrew “Andy” McNally born January 17, 1923 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; USMC WW II Veteran (January 12, 1943 – November 21, 1945) Marine 3rd Division, Radar Operator; married Elizabeth “Betty” L. Reser (1923-2001), daughter of Paul Reser and Dorothy (Stoneroad) Reser; she married (2) John Kosar;  Andrew died February 24, 1957; buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL

According to the Northwest Herald (Woodstock IL) Thursday, June 7, 2001, page 26:

“Elizabeth ‘Betty’ L.
(McNally) Kosar
   FOX LAKE – Elizabeth “Betty” L. (McNally) Kosar (nee Reser), 77, a longtime resident of the Fox Lake area, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at her home.
   She was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Chicago, to Paul and Dorothy (Stoneroad) Reser.  She married her high school sweetheart, Andrew McNally, who died Feb. 24, 1957.
   She later married John Kosar.
   Her family moved from Chicago to Crockett Estates, where she was enrolled in the Big Hollow Grade School.  She later attended and graduated from Grant Community High School with the Class of 1942.
   She was the first female bus driver in Lake County, and enjoyed gardening and banking birthday cakes for family and friends.
   She was a longtime member of St. Bede Catholic Church in Ingleside and the Fox Lake Garden Club.  She enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was known as “Double G” to her great-grandchildren.
   Survivors include three children, Randy McNally of Crystal Lake, Dorothy (Patrick) Dillon of Ingleside and and Maureen (Robert) Swearingen of Carol Stream; five grandchildren, John (Sharon) Dillon of Ingleside, Dana (Brad) Schoknecht of Mount Prospect, Kimberly (Matthew) Erbstoesser of Rolling Meadows, Kathryn Clark (James) Palmquist of Buffalo Grove and Nicholas Clark of Gurnee; and five great-grandchildren, Robert Palmquist, Dylan Schoknect, Coleton Dillon and twins Andrew and Morgan Erbstoesser.
   She was preceded in death by her husbands, a son, John “Jack” Kosar; and a sister, Martha Jean Closson.
   Friends of the family may call from 4 to 8 p.m Friday, June 8, at K.K. Hamsher Funeral Home, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at St. Bede Catholic Church, 36455 N. Wilson Road, Ingleside.  Burial will follow in Grant Cemetery in Ingleside.
   Masses would be appreciated by the family.”

    • Felix Luckner “Mac” McNally born December 16, 1930 in Fox Lake, Lake County, IL; married Mary Ann Zak; Felix died March 31, 2001 in McHenry, McHenry County, IL; buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL

According to the News Sun (Waukegan IL) April 2, 2001:

“Felix “Mac” McNally
   Felix “Mac” McNally, 70, of Fox Lake died Saturday, March 31, 2001 at Northern Illinois Medical Center.
   He was born and raised at his Fox Lake residence, living his entire life at the family residence until illness sent him for medical care at the hospital.
   He was born on December 6, 1930 to James and Anne (nee Millar) McNally.
   He graduated from Grant High School with the Class of 1948.  Mr. McNally was a retired Engineer, having worked for Milwaukee Railroad Metra for 27 years.
   He was a former Captain of Rescue with the Fox Lake Rescue Fire Department and former Village Trustee under the administration of Joseph Armondo and Mayor.
   Prior to his railroad employment, he owned McNally Taping Company in Fox Lake.
   He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Zak) McNally of Fox Lake; his sons, Mike (Sue) McNally of Fox Lake and Timothy McNally of Ingleside; his daughter (PT) Chaisorn of Elkhorn, Wisc; his grandchildren, Kim (Larry) VanHoorelbeke of Spring Grove; Brian (Jennifer) McNally of Ingleside, Brandon Chaisorn of Elkhorn, Wisc. Deedra Gendrich of Arizona, and Ryne and Paige McNally both of Fox Lake; two great grandchildren, Shawn and Steven; his former wife, Betty Niemi; and nieces, nephews and other relatives survive.
   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Jim and Andy.
   Friends of the family may call from 5 to 9 PM Monday, April 2, 2001 at the K. K. HAMSHER FUNERAL HOME, LTD, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake, Illinois (in the Chapel on the Lake) where funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM Tuesday with Reverend Lisle J. Kauffman Officiating.
   Interment will follow at Grant Cemetery in Ingleside, IL.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials for Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department and/or the Salvation Army appreciated.”

  • Step Siblings:
    • Robert R. McNally born about 1915 in Ireland; married Cecelia Hank; she married (2) Ben Britz; Robert died June 1946

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Monday, June 17, 1946, page 18:

   “One person was killed and six others injured when a truck collided head-on with a passenger car whose driver was attempting to pass a third car on Rand rd., near Fox Lake.  The truck driver, Robert McNally, 32, of Fox Lake, Lake county, was killed instantly.  Most seriously injured of the six passengers in the automobile was John Genoar, 25, of 4709 Polk st., who suffered a possible skull fracture.  The driver of the passenger car was John A. Donahue, 34, of 4742 Polk st.  He suffered cuts and bruises.  He is being held by police.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 1420 Halsted St., the household members were:

“James McNally, head, age 38, married first at age 28, born in North Ireland, parents born in North Ireland, immigrated in 1921, occupation: truck driver – grocery; Annie McNally, wife, age 38, married first at age 21, born in North Ireland, parents born in North Ireland, immigrated in 1921; Robert R. McNally, son, age 16, single, born in North Ireland, immigrated in 1921; James McNally, son, age 8, single, born in Illinois; Andrew McNally, son, age 7, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Fox Lake, Grant Township, Lake County, IL living at Rose Street, the household members were:

“James McNally, head, age 54, married, highest grade completed: 6, born in Eire (Ireland), living in Chicago, Cook County, IL in 1935, occupation: laborer – road construction; Anne McNally, wife, age 53, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Eire (Ireland), lived in Chicago, Cook County, IL in 1935; Robert McNally, son, age 23, single, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Eire (Ireland), living in Chicago, Cook County, IL in 1935, occupation: bus driver – public school; James McNally, son, age 18, single, highest grade completed: H-1, born in Illinois, lived in Chicago Cook County, IL in 1935, occupation: janitor – public school; Andy McNally, son, age 17, single, highest grade completed: H-4, born in Illinois, lived in Chicago, Cook County, IL in 1935; Felix McNally, son, age 9, single, highest grade completed: 5, born in Illinois, lived in Chicago, Cook County, IL in 1935”

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, March 1, 1945, page 1:



   A fire, the cause of whch (sic) is still undetermined, greatly damaged the interior of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James McNally of Volo early Monday morning.  The McNallys live in rooms situated in the rear of their filling station at the intersection of Routes 120 and 12.
   The family was awakened just before 4:30 o’clock by the barking of their pet spaniel in the basement.  They arose immediately, and discovering the fire, turned in the alarm and called neighbors.  While the basement was only filled with smoke at first, as soon as the door was opened the draft caused the flames to spread in that direction.  Consequently, it was impossible to rescue either the dog or $200 worth of canaries which were also kept there.  The bathroom and bedroom were most severely damaged and household furniture and clothing were a total loss.
   The McHenry, Round Lake and Wauconda fire department were called to the scene, and the five fire trucks employed kept the flames from spreading to the adjoining lunch room and to the garage and filling station, where there was an abundance of gasoline and kerosene.
   Mr. and Mrs. McNally have been operating the station for their son, James, who is in service in Oakland, Calif.  Andrew McNally, another son, is serving in the Pacific and third is a Grant township high school student.  The couple is now residing with another son, Robert, in Fox Lake.  They hope to repair their living quarters as soon as possible and again open for business.”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Wauconda Township, Lake County, IL, the household members were:

“James McNally Jr, head, age 28, married, born in Illinois, Occupation: Proprieter – Gas station; Dorothy McNally, wife, age 26, married, born in Illinois; Karen McNally, daughter, age 5, never married, born in Illinois; Patricia McNally, daughter, age 2, never married, born in Illinois”

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Wednesday, July 8, 1981, page 12:

   “A well known Volo resident, James McNally, 59, died July 3 at Condell Memorial hospital, Libertyville.  He was born in Chicago, Oct. 26, 1921, the son of James and Anna Miller McNally.  He was employed as a highway maintenance man for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, nee Klemm, who he married in 1942 in Round Lake; six daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Karen) Shaver, Mrs. Jerry (Joy) Henningfeld and Mrs. Michael (Patricia) Heckt, San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Larry (Jill) Duke, Round Lake; thirteen grandchildren, one brother, Felix, Fox Lake.
   His parents and two brothers, Andrew and Robert McNally, preceded him in death.
   Visitation was held 3:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Peter M. Justen and Son funeral home.  Last right were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church with burial in Fort Hill cemetery, Round Lake.
   Memorial may be made to the Zion Lutheran church or the Wauconda area rescue squad.”