Vladimir Jerry Jirak

Vladimir Jerry Jirak, age 89, of Brookfield, formerly of Czech Republic. Beloved husband of Mary Lou E. Jirak, nee Crichfield; fond father of Barbara Ann (Dan) Uckerman and Gregory Paul (Genia) Jirak; dear grandfather of 7; great-grandfather of 10; loving brother of Alena Jirak; friend to many and will be missed by all. Visitation Sunday, August 17, 2014, 3 P.M. to time of Service 6 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL. 60513. Interment Private. Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, IL. Broadcaster of WCEV 1450 AM ethnic Station. Member of Brookfield Jazz Society. Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. Susan Ketchmark Huska & Larry Ketchmark condolence:

    Barb & Family, My heart goes out to you. They don’t make them like your dad anymore. I’m sure he went to heaven with a song in his heart and had ’em dancing last night (my mom was probably tapping her toes too). My prayers are for you all to be comforted by only remembering the happy times and the special bond you had-especially in these last few weeks. He was a good man.

  2. Evelyn Krenek Fergle condolence:

    I was so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I had heard he had been ill.
    Though I didn’t know him well, our paths crossed many times….these past few years. Our CSAGSI genealogy group had a close relationship to his program through the years and Jerry always publicized our meetings and events. Several years ago I talked with him of his early years and how he came to this country…He had been
    interviewed by the Czech National Museum Library in Cedsr Rapids and I talked with him about his early years. He had a fascinating story of how he got here and the people who helped him along the way. A couple times our paths crossed again at the Czech Plaza Restaurant where he was quite a regular patron.

    He was proud to be an American but he embraced his Czech heritage with his music and his programs. He will be missed by many in the Chicago Czech community.

    Evelyn Krenek Fergle
    Clarkston MI( but my roots were in Berwyn)

  3. Eric and Virginia Floyhar condolence:

    Greg and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. I know first hand how it feels to lose a parent. Hang in there. We love you and are here for you. Even though we didn’t know him, we know he had to be a great man because his greatness shows through his children and Greg you are a great friend to us and a great husband to Genia and great father and grandfather. Love you all.

  4. marie w. holecek condolence:

    My deepest sympathy in the the passing of Uncle Jerry. I have great memories growing up with all of you. He was simply a wonderful man and I truly appreciated having him as my Godfather. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God’s Peace and love. Marie

  5. Alan J.Sklenar condolence:

    My deepest sympathies. I will always remember on BACA’s trips down to the Illinois state fair, Jerry would ask my late wife Susan if She brought the one particular cookie she made. Alan

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