James M. Dercole, age 80, of Crystal Lake, died peacefully Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the home of one of his sons in Ringwood surrounded by his loving family after a short, but very courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago on August 2, 1933 to James and Anna Dercole. On June 29, 1957 he married Helen F. Dercole (nee Buelens). James was a graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a mail clerk. A barber for the last 56 years he enjoyed telling jokes and visiting with his clients who were also his friends. He was an owner of Jim and Tony's Barber Shop that later became Jim & Jack's Barber Shop in Crystal Lake for over 45 years and continued to work there after selling the business to what is now O'Grady's Barber Shop. James will forever be remembered and loved by his brother Andy (Josephine) Dercole of Des Plaines; beloved children, James M. Dercole, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, Deborah A. Rossman of Elgin, Annette M. Dercole of Schaumburg, and Joseph (Shelly) Dercole of Ringwood; treasured grandchildren, Randilyn Fogelstrom of Wonder Lake, David Rossman of Hebron, Allie Dercole of Ringwood, and Lexie Dercole of Ringwood; along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him. James is also survived by Betty J. Miller (nee Markee), his partner in life for the last 12 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 siblings, Rosette Motto, Lucille Reese and Gregory Dercole. James touched the lives of many people with his smile and jokes, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. Friends and family are invited to attend a mass and celebration of the life of this wonderful man at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave (corner of 176 and Oak Street), Crystal Lake, IL 60014 with a reception to follow at the church. The family intends to remember and honor this avid Chicago White Sox fan by wearing White Sox apparel to the mass and reception and encourages all other family and friends attending to do the same. The family requests all memorials be made to the wonderful people whom helped to care for James in his time of need at JourneyCare, 405 Lake Zurich Rd, Barrington, IL 60010.
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