Jerome “Jerry” E. Parisek, age 80, of Elburn, formerly of West Chicago, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.  

He was born February 13, 1941, in Keeneyville, IL, to loving parents, Henry and Agnes Parisek.

Jerry grew up in Keeneyville, IL and attended local schools. He graduated from Lake Park High School in Medinah, IL where he excelled at athletics. Jerry competed in three sports throughout the years, including wrestling, baseball and football.

Jerry found the love of his life in halls of his high school. Ruth Baaske caught his eye and quickly thereafter his heart. They walked down the aisle October 13, 1962. They began their new life together in Roselle for a time, before making a home in West Chicago. It wasn’t until August of 1995 that Elburn became their home.

Jerry was a dedicated employee of NICOR for almost forty years. He began at the bottom as a mechanic, later becoming an arc welder before retiring as a crew leader in 1997.

Jerry was an avid golfer and loved to take in 18 holes whenever he could. He harkened back to the sports of his youth when he coached softball and baseball to his children. Hot rod’s graced his garage waiting to be restored, but they would wait in vain, as Jerry never got around to making the time. If had spare time, Jerry was more than happy to spend it attending all the activities of his children and grandchildren. His hands were rarely idle and always found himself helping to finish someone’s basement. A jack of all trades, Jerry handled the electric, plumbing, general construction and more. There wasn’t  a project he didn’t see to the end. Jerry was a “Chicago Fan” and supported all his hometown teams.  He and Ruth became “snowbirds”, escaping to Florida and enjoying all the sun, surf (not to mention golf) that they could handle. A man among men, Jerry will be remembered for tough and strong hands and his compassionate and loving heart.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ruth Parisek; three children: Jerry (Jackie) Parisek Jr., Kevin (Donna) Parisek and Brenda (Mike) Millen; 6 grandchildren: Morgan (Ross) Ratkowski, Lexy (Jack) Jessee, Hailey Parisek, Tyler, Jenna and Justin Millen; two sisters: Joan Pasholk and Jane Harrouff; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Agnes Parisek; seven siblings: Frank, Hank, Donald, Robert, Dorothy, Jean and Virginia.  

Visitation will be Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., concluding with a prayer service, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Following cremation, private family burial will occur at a later date.

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5 thoughts on “JEROME PARISEK

  1. The loss of our dear neighbor Jerry is immeasurable, but so is the love and legacy he left behind. We will especially miss his chats when walking the dogs by, his impeccable lawn care skills, golfing, and one-of-kind sense of humor. Our love and prayers for comfort to the family.

  2. Deepest condolences to you and your family. I will miss seeing his smiling face.

  3. Sympathy and prayers to the Parisek Family
    So many memories thru the years from the West Chicago Athletic Assoc
    Great Fun Times
    Love Kathie/Don Kochniarczyk

  4. Jerry will still be Uncle Jerry to me. Some great memories growing up as a kid and playing baseball under Uncle Jerry’s leadership!! His personality will be greatly missed and my sympathy goes out to the entire Parisek family.


  5. Jerry’s kindness and sidewalk chats will be missed along with his gardening and landscaping advice. Jeff and I often circled your direction on our walks just for that reason…well that and to hear Jerry tell us where he was golfing for the day. He will be dearly missed. Words, however kind, can’t take away the pain of the loss of a family member. Please find some comfort and peace of mind knowing that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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