Jerry Michalak, Sr - 79

2/6/1937 - 10/24/2016

Byron, IL

Jerry “Jerome” Michalak, Sr., age 79, of Byron passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon, IL. Jerry was born on February 6, 1937 in LaSalle, IL the son of Vince and Josephine Michalak. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment mechanic for Patten Ind. Jerry married Patricia Kierski on October 6, 1962. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed going on fishing trips up north and sitting in his garage having a cold beer. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Patricia of Byron; children, Jerry “Jerome” Jr. (Sherri) Michalak of Freeport, Kathy (Gary Oltmanns) Bradbury-Michalak of Oregon, Debbie (Tommy) Crawford of Friendship, TN, Matthew (Michelle Weems) Michalak of Byron, and Mark Michalak of Forreston; siblings, Vincent Michalak of Sebring, FL and Doris Markley of Clearwater, FL, grandchildren, Michelle “Mickey”, Jay, Tina, Anthony, Cody, Chrissy, Taylor, Trisha, Miranda, and Franklyn; great grandchildren, Breanna, Hayley, and Kylie; and special dog Tasha. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tom and Don. Christian funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday October 28, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron on Thursday October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM concluding with a Rosary service at 7pm. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Byron. A memorial is established in his name.


5-7 PM Thursday October 27, 2016 Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron A rosary service will begin at 7 PM


10:00 AM Friday October 28, 2016 St. Mary's Catholic Church in Byron

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