Jerry G. Grzan

1932-05-09 - 2022-04-30

U.S. Veteran

Funeral Home: Monee Funeral Home 5450 W Wilson St Monee IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, May 17 from 9:30am until service at 11:30AM

Service Date: 2022-05-17

Service Time: 11:30am

Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-534-0016

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Jerry G. Grzan, 89, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, 2022.  He was a loving and loved husband, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle.  He was born May 9, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Jerome (Jerry) and Irene (nee Zupan) Grzan.  He grew up at 171st and Halsted in Cook County, IL and graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1951.  He was an active member of the US Air Force for 4 years and served in Germany.  Upon his discharge, he was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad for over 40 years and retired in 1994.  He was married for 62 years to Geri A. Grzan (nee Pelaske).  They were married in Hazel Crest, IL.  Following a few years in Homewood, IL, they move to Monee, IL to raise their family.  He was a long-time member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee.  Jerry enjoyed gardening, traveling, and photography.  His backyard had over 1500 plants, representing 200 Day lilies and over 300 varieties of Hostas.  He hosted many garden walks, and was a member of the Dahlia and Day Lily Clubs.  His yard was his pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, an infant child (Theresa Ann), his parents, four brothers (Martin, Bernard, William, and Richard), two sisters (Eva Poniatowski and Kathleen Anderson) and numerous brother and sister-in-laws.  He is survived by his daughter Sharon Williams (Richard) of Peoria, AZ, son Jerry (Dortha) of North Aurora, IL, and his sister-in-law Marcie Dykstra (John).  He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Ryan Williams (Grace) of Phoenix, AZ, Rachel Williams of Scottsdale, AZ, Hannah Williams of Surprise, AZ and Lauren Bergemann (Nelson) of Peoria, AZ, along with Elizabeth Grzan, Calvin Grzan, Noah Grzan, Chandler Grzan, and Luke Grzan, all of North Aurora, IL.  He leaves behind two Great Grandchildren, Russell Williams and Tucker Bergemann.  He also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews, as well as special friends in Illinois and Arizona.

Visitation is from 9:30AM until 11:30AM on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Monee Funeral Home, located at 5450 W. Wilson Street at Governors Highway in Monee, IL.  A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 11:30. Interment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, located at 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL.

The family would like to thank Avanti Senior Living in Peoria, AZ for their support and making each day special.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Lung Association.  To share memories or condolences, visit




  1. Deb on May 15, 2022 at 7:22 am
    The Grzan siblings are all together again !!! Oh boy .. Heaven won’t know what hit it . But we learned from the best and we will carry on their legacies

  2. elayne gronskis on May 16, 2022 at 12:25 am
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a great guy and a good friend. He will be missed!

  3. Janet Washington on June 7, 2022 at 9:11 am
    Sorry I am so late in my condolences but I just found out. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you for the lost of the matriarch of your family. Jerry was a wonderful boss and beautiful person and friend. I worked with him at Illinois Central Railroad for many years. We had some good times together laugh, cooking, and eating his famous Mushroom Soup. After he retired I would visit with him and Geri at their home in Monee. He would invite me over for lunch so we could catch up on what was going on at the Railroad. I loved walking in his beautiful garden. Look out Heaven hope you have a spot big enough for his garden. He was one of a kind and truly had a green thumb when it came to plants and cross germinating Hostas. This is one gentleman that will truly be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

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