Jerome M. Gaydusek

Ultimate fixer and volunteer

Jerome M. Gaydusek, 78, of Bolingbrook and formerly of Brookfield, died on Jan. 10, 2020. 

Born on April 29, 1941, he worked as a machinist for 34 years at the William Wrigley Jr. Company in the machine construction department. Mr. Gaydusek was president of CSA Fraternal Life Lodge, DuPage Pioneers/Edison #409, the Treasurer of Cultural Division of District Council #12 and Delegate of District Council #12. 

He was also a longtime “Wednesday volunteer” of the Bohemian National Cemetery, Board of Directors of Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery, and the co-chair of special projects. 

A Jack of all trades, master of some, Mr. Gaydusek could fix anything and, after his retirement, lived by the belief that he got up in the morning with nothing to do and went to bed at night not getting it all done. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. 

Mr. Gaydusek was the husband of Helenka E. Gaydusek (nee Prager); the father of Karole (Phil Arnone) Gaydusek and James (Sandra) Gaydusek; the step-grandfather of Jackie Hanson, Philip (Adrienne) Arnone III, and Ryan Arnone; deda of Jadalyn Dawn Hanson and Giovanna Rae Arnone; the brother of John (the late Eleanor) Gaydusek and Judy (Walter) Cudecki; and an uncle, cousin and friend to many. 

A funeral service was held Jan. 15 at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Riverside, followed by interment at Bohemian National Cemetery, Masaryk Mausoleum, in Chicago.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield handled arrangements.