James Charles Jerkatis

James Jerkatis

James C. Jerkatis, devoted husband of Patricia A. Jerkatis, nee Kenny, entered into eternal life on April 14, 2020. Coach and teacher at J. Sterling Morton High School and swim and diving coach at Riverside Brookfield High School and summer swim club, Boy Scout Leader troop 66 many years and founder of Palos R/C Flying Club. Son of Casimir Jerukaitis and Ann Jerukaitis, nee Otrembiak, father of Kenneth (Maria), Karen, Paul and Gary; grandfather of Christopher and Danielle Krall, Kyle and Aaron Jerkatis, great grandfather of Damien and Liam Krall.

Memorial service will take place at a future date.

Interment was held privately at St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513.

Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

For those of you that would have attended services and would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a Sympathy Card or Mass Card to the Family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o The Jerkatis Family.  We will gladly forward it on to the family.

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  1. Danielle and Children condolence:

    A million words could not bring you back, I know because I’ve tried. Neither could a million tears, I know because I’ve cried. We will love and miss you, all the days of our lives. Rest in Peace, grandpa.


  2. Kelly Sisco (Lundeen) condolence:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. Thinking of all of you in this difficult time. Prayers for your family.


  3. Bernard & Donna Kirk condolence: condolence:

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of Jim Jerkatis or “Bear” my high school swim coach.
    Always a role model first class person.
    Please let me know if a Memorial will follow.
    Prayers
    Bernie Kirk


  4. Al Allison condolence:

    I had the very good fortune to be on Coach Jerkaitis’ swim teams 65/66 and 66/67, I transferred in to JSM as a Junior. He was a great coach and mentor. In fact, I went to college at Western Michigan University. Coach Jerkaitis recommended that university to me. My deepest and sincere condolences to the family…


  5. RENA SAVAGLIO condolence:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bear was my swim coach at ME 1981-1984 and was the best! May he Rest In Peace.


  6. Kevin And Pam Sinram condolence:

    Was so sorry to hear “Bear” Coach Jerkatis passing. Was a friend, teacher and mentor to myself and the 1975 to 1977 Morton Swim team. So loved by many. Never would turn away someone needing a hand. Will never forget the 6:30 AM and 3:30 practices followed by a ride home in what we called the bomb. Thank you to the family of the Jerkatis’ for allowing “Bear” to be part of my life and so many others. He will be missed May you Rest In Peace Kevin Sinram


  7. Kevin & Pam Sinram condolence:

    Was so sorry to hear “Bear” Coach Jerkatis passing. Was a friend, teacher and mentor to myself and the 1975 to 1977 Morton Swim team. So loved by many. Never would turn away someone needing a hand. Will never forget the 6:30 AM and 3:30 practices followed by a ride home in what we called the bomb. Thank you to the family of the Jerkatis’ for allowing “Bear” to be part of my life and so many others. He will be missed May you Rest In Peace Kevin Sinram


  8. Harry K '82 condolence:

    Thanks for teaching me how to swim Bear and letting me join the swim team back in the late 70’s. Lots of great memories. RIP…Harry


  9. George Schumacher condolence:

    I have a very warm spot in my heart for a great man and swim coach who was essential in my up bringing he will be dearly missed I could say so much more


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