McHENRY – George Charles Smeja, 80, of McHenry, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Mayo Clinic-Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. |
He was born July 11, 1932, in Brownsville, Texas, to George and Corrine (Wilson) Smeja. In 1964, he married Gloria Spensieri in Western Springs.
He was a co-founder of Metalmaster Roofmaster Inc. and Sno Gem Inc., both located in McHenry. He was a member of Sheet Metal Local Union No. 73 and No. 265 for many years.
He was a proud member of Life Changers International Church and was passionate about his church, family and business.
He is survived by his children, Steve (Ruth) Smeja, Sharon LaBoy, and their children; his sons, Michael (Rochelle) Smeja and Daniel (Sharon) Smeja; his grandchildren, Rock, Lexie, Noah, Zion and Grace; and his siblings, John (Diane) Smeja, Corrine Reiger, Merrette Nixon and Phillip (Donna) Smeja.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gloria Smeja; his parents; his daughter, Robin Burlak; and his brother, Vernon Smeja.
The visitation will be from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Life Changers International Church, 2500 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates. George would encourage you to stay for the celebration of his life at 7:30 p.m. led by Pastor Gregory Dickow, who will be speaking words of encouragement, faith and everlasting life.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Changers International Church – Operation Hope.
Arrangements were entrusted to Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com. For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Mar. 1, 2013