Jerome “Jerry” M. Gaydusek

Jerome Gaydusek

American FlagJerome M. Gaydusek, age 78 of Bolingbrook, formerly of Brookfield. Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Helenka E. Gaydusek, nee Prager, fond father of Karole (Phil Arnone) Gaydusek and James (Sandra) Gaydusek; step grandfather of Jackie Hanson, Philip (Adrienne) Arnone III, Ryan Arnone; deda of Jadalyn Dawn Hanson and Giovanna Rae Arnone; brother of John (the late Eleanor) Gaydusek and Judy (Walter) Cudecki; uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Lying in State Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, IL 60546. Service 10 a.m.

Entombment Bohemian National Cemetery Masaryk Mausoleum.

Jerry was a 34 year employee of William Wrigley Jr. Company, Machine Construction Department. President of CSA Fraternal Life Lodge, Du Page Pioneers/Edison #409; Treasurer of Cultural Division of District Council #12 and Delegate of District Council #12. Longtime “Wednesday Volunteer” of the Bohemian National Cemetery; Board of Directors of Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery and Co-Chair of Special Projects. Jerry was a Jack of all trades, Master of Some! Jerry could fix anything and after retirement lived by the belief of: he got up in the morning with nothing to do and went to bed at night not getting it all done.

Memorials appreciated to Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church or the Amita Health Cancer Institute Hinsdale, 1 Salt Creek Ln., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

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  1. Marge Sladek Stueckemann condolence:

    You have my most sincere sympathy. I pray that you will be comforted by our Lord. Jerry was an amazing man. His kindness and dedication to Helping were marvelous. He will be deeply missed by the Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery.

  2. Sheri Fuchser (Pratali) condolence:

    My heart hurt when dad told me of Jerry’s passing today. I’ll be keeping Helen, Karole and Jim in my prayers. What a loving and long time friend of our family he has been. Heaven gained another angel today.

  3. Andrew Bultas condolence:

    I extend my condolences to Jerry’s
    entire family especially Helen, I am
    so sorry to hear of Jerry’s death. He
    will be missed.

  4. Bob Weniger condolence:

    My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Jerry’s wife , Helenka , and his entire family. Our Wednesday volunteer team will not be the same without him. May he Rest in Peace.

    Bob Weniger
    A fellow BNC volunteer.

  5. Rob Jarosik condolence:

    I will definitely miss Jerry. He always was full of life. Happy person. Not a bad bone in his body. Always willing to help in any way. My deepest condolences to the entire family.

  6. Roger Pratali condolence:

    I lost my oldest friend. We started kindergarten together and enjoyed our early years and adult years also. Jerry was a really good friend and loved by all. I’m sad.

  7. Frank and Camille Mensik condolence:

    We offer our sincerest condolences to Jerry’s family and friends. Always a straight up guy. He will surely be missed…May he rest in Peace.

  8. Jim & Judy Wozniak condolence:

    Jerry will be truly missed. He was a great friend to both of us. Jerry was President of the DuPage Pioneers/Edison C.S.A. lodge for many years. He was a concerned and strong leader that always managed to oversee all lodge business. Jerry and I have always shared a love of good food and we shared many great meals together.

  9. Jim Miller condolence:

    Jerry always treated the workers like family. He was a good friend. God bless you. Keep swingin.

  10. Chuck Betzold condolence:

    Kind. Generous. Hardworking. Jerry had all those traits while volunteering at Bohemian National Cemetery. He set the highest standard for all of us. The entire BNC volunteer crew will miss him dearly.

  11. Vera Wilt condolence:

    Warmest hugs to the whole family on the loss of a kind man with a true servant’s heart. Always helpful with never a hurtful word. My whole family loved and respected him. Adam is out of town for business, or he would have been here to join in the tribute to Jerry in person. Deep love and sympathy from the whole Wilt clan.

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