Geri A. Grzan (nee Pelaske), 83, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, following a brief battle with cancer and heart disease. She was a loving and loved wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandmother, and aunt. She was born December 2, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to Martin and Ruth (nee Thomas) Pelaske. She grew up in Oak Forest, IL. She was married for 62 years to Jerome (Jerry) Grzan. They were married in Hazel Crest, IL. Following a few years in Harvey, IL, they move to Monee, IL to raise their family. She was a long-time member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee. She graduated from Oak Forest High School in 1958. Geri was an avid gardener and cook. She was active in the Dahlia and Day Lily Club and Veterans Women’s Club. She worked for many years at the Monee truck stop as the Head Cook. She took great pride in her flowers, trees, and yard decorations. Many garden walks were conducted in her yard.
She was preceded in death by an infant child, her parents, multiple brother and sister-in-laws, and her two brothers, Martin, Jr Pelaske and Jimmy. She is survived by her husband, daughter Sharon Williams (Richard) of Peoria, AZ, son Jerry (Dortha) of North Aurora, IL, her sister Marcie Dykstra (John), brother-in-law, Dick Grzan of Oveida, FL, and brother-in-law Marion Poniatowski of Chicago. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Ryan Williams (Grace) of Phoenix, AZ, Rachel Williams of Framingham, MA, Hannah Williams of Surprise, AZ and Lauren Bergemann (Nelson) of Surprise, AZ, along with Elizabeth Grzan, Calvin Grzan, Noah Grzan, Chandler Grzan, and Luke Grzan, all of North Aurora, IL. She also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, visitation is on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 will be private at the Monee Funeral Home, located at 5450 W. Wilson Street at Governors Highway in Monee, IL, and is by invitation only to family. A Memorial Service will be planned for the future. Interment will follow immediately afterwards at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, located at 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL, and is limited to family only.
The family would like to thank Franciscan Olympia Fields Hospital, Rush Hospital Chicago, and, St. James Manor and Villas for their support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. To share memories or condolences, visit moneefuneralhome.com.