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Dr. Jerald "Jerry" Smekjal - 88

Flossmoor, Illinois

Dr. Jerald “Jerry” James Smejkal passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at the age of 88 in his Flossmoor, IL home. Jerald was born February 19, 1933 in Chicago, IL to James J. and Marie A. Smejkal. Jerald received corporal status during his active service with the Army of the United States. He attended University of Illinois, and earned his doctorate in Switzerland. Jerry married Maria Anna Schenk, June 21, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois. He went on to complete his residency in Kansas City, MO. Jerald began his private practice for plastic and reconstructive surgery in the 80’s and practiced for 40+ years in Indiana. He was an upstanding member of the Indiana State Medical Association until his death. Jerald was a regular contributing member of the Chicago Heights Drama group, and enjoyed taking on lead roles, singing in the chorus, and doing behind the scenes makeup with his wife, Maria. Their love of music inspired Jerry, Maria, and Shirlee to form the Musikals, where they performed showtunes at numerous events. Jerry loved singing in the Chancel choir at Flossmoor Community Church. He was officially baptized in 2000. Jerry and Maria enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad. Jerald is survived by his children Jon Smejkal (Jennifer Wehrs), Marc (Belinda) Smejkal, and Larissa (Joey) Villagomez. He is also survived by his nephews, Guy Lopez and Gil Lopez, and nieces, Gayle (Bill) VanDam, and Gwen Lopez. Jerald is preceded in death by his dedicated wife of 48 years, Maria, his sister, Shirlee Mae Lopez, and his niece, Greer Page. A memorial service will be held at Flossmoor Community Church, 847 Hutchison Road, Flossmoor, IL 60422 September 11, 2021 at 11:00 am. The service will be followed by a Remembrance of Life and luncheon at his home in Flossmoor. A private interment will take place at Skyline Memorial Cemetery, where he joins his wife Maria. Jerry was a charismatic gentleman who loved song, laughter, good food, and a shaken (35 times) gin martini. He will be missed greatly! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Larissa at jerrsmyk@gmail.com

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