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Gerald L. Matayka

Published March 26,2019

Obituary's Biography:

Gerald Leo Matayka, age 73, a resident of Round Lake passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019.  He was born on May 6, 1945 in Chicago to Edward and Marie Matayka.  Gerald was a member of the Military Police during the Vietnam War with the division of Phan Rang 504th.  He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 47 years whom he married on October 8, 1972 in Chicago.  He is further survived by his children, Caryn M. Stanley of Platteville, WI and Edward S. (Karen G.) Matayka of Bandera, TX; grandchildren, Alissa K. Stanley of Milwaukee, WI, Quinn A. Stanley of Platteville, WI, Alana M. Matayka of Bandera, TX and Ryan D. Matayka of Bandera, TX; brothers, Edward Matayka of Crystal Lake, Robert Matayka of Bridgeview, and Thomas (Sandra) Matayka of Cary.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathryn A. Matayka; and his sister, Elizabeth O’Brien.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10:00am until 2:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 2:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to the Wisconsin Fisher House, 5000 National Ave, Milwaukee, WI.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

13 replies on “Gerald L. Matayka”

  1. I am so so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful man. Always kind and patient with a great sense of humor. He will surely be missed. May God love fill him with peace and rest. Keeping you all close in thoughts and prayer.

  2. I grew up in Niles with the Mataykas! I LOVE them! Tom was my best friend in grammar school and in the neighborhood.Betty was my 8th grade teacher. How well I remember hanging out at their house… a LOT! And I remember when Jerry left and returned from Vietnam. He was one of my TRUE heroes! How I LOVED him!!! My deepest condolences go out to the entire Matayka family. You are ALL loved and I will keep you in my prayers!!!

  3. TO: Caryn & children, Ed and Karen and children, Mary
    So sorry to read about your father’s (grandfather’s) (husband’s) passing. One feels so useless during this time and miles away, but know you are all in my thoughts.

  4. Just read the obituary. How proud for all he left to you all. A standard set for all who knew him. So sorry we did not have that pleasure. You all were blessed by him.

  5. Mary & family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. It has been a difficult year for your family. My prayers are with you.
    Kim Watson

  6. Mary and family;
    Just heard of Jerry’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We have prior commitments that will preclude us from attending the services; but have made a contribution, in Jerry’s name, to the Wisconsin House. Our prayers to you and the family.
    Glenn & Nancy

  7. Mary and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry was indeed an exceptional husband, father and friends. Condolences to all. He will be missed.

  8. We were stunned to hear of Jerry’s passing. Having met Jerry way back at Northeastern after he got out of the service…before he found the love of his life. Jerry was full of “positive energy” and a good friend to many. When he met Mary Schrieber, his life was so enriched…it was a glow that no doubt remained forever! He will be missed by many. George and MaryAnn Borucki

  9. Caryn and family,
    I am so sorry about your father. Know my prayers are with you and your family

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