Jerome "Jerry" Ivan Michnick

June 5, 1934 - December 30, 2019

Jerome “Jerry” Ivan Michnick of South Elgin passed away on December 30, 2019 at the age of 85 in Naperville surrounded by family after a years-long battle with heart and kidney failure. Jerry was born on June 5, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Ivan Michael and Natalie (née Suk) Michnick. He was united in marriage to Lisa Jane Kibbey on August 8, 1986 in Glenview, Illinois.

Jerry was a giant of a man in every sense. As a young man he attended Lane Tech High School and took technical classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago, all the while excelling in semi-professional soccer and hockey. Jerry became a mason by trade, leaving his mark in many Greater Chicago buildings through his work as a bricklayer, foreman, and superintendent. All who know of his craftsmanship know that Jerry’s projects were “made to last for the millennium,” as his family lovingly teased.

Jerry’s physical size was only superseded by his generous and loving heart. Though he shared his technical expertise freely with his many friends throughout life, his knowledge and experience extended beyond his own trade. His large hands grasped many projects through the years, benefiting families, friends, and the public, including through his service to fellow citizens as Alderman of West Chicago from 1989 to 1993. His devotion to family, God, and church was clear through his active service to others of all walks in life. His Christlike example of selfless service will live on in the memories of all who encountered him, just as his pride and love for them will be held dearly in their hearts.

Jerry is survived by his two brothers, Greg (Helen-deceased) and George (Ursula) Michnick; his wife Lisa; children: Debbie Griffith (Marcus) Dryden, Ruth Routhier, John (Tammy) Michnick, Ed (Tamara) Michnick, and Jason Michnick; and step-children: Chris Allen, Sandy Huber, and Allison Ryan. He also leaves behind many beautiful grandchildren: Katrina (Michael) Benson, Matthew (Katrina) Allen, Devon Allen, Anthony McCurdy, Stephanie Huber, Paul (Kendra Hayward, Joshua (Amber) Hayward, Heather Folcik, Jenna Michnick, Valerie Michnick, Dylan (Destani) Michnick, Brittany (Louis) Herman, Ashley (Luis) Martinez, Zachary Michnick, AuBrynne Ryan, and Arleigh Ryan. Jerry has joined his parents, his brother Dennis, his son Peter, his stepdaughter Layla, and his sister-in-law Helen in a joyous reunion in the hereafter.

Arrangements are entrusted to Moss-Norris Funeral Home, and a visitation will be held there from 2:00PM to 6:00PM on Sunday, the 5th of January 2020 (100 South Third Street, St. Charles, Illinois). Following the visitation, Jerry’s life will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Monday, the 6th of January 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (329 Old Kirk Road, Geneva, Illinois). Jerry will be laid to rest next to Layla at the Glen Oak Cemetery in West Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the Layla Suzanne Ryan Scholarship Fund ( or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Guest Book

  • George and Ursula Michnick My Dearest Brother Jerome - you will be missed in your presence on Earth but forever be in our hearts. Your generosity and willingness to help others was not just offered to family but friends and anyone who crossed your path in life. We had many memories from our childhood throughout the years and to the end we were connected. You showed tremendous strength and endurance in your final days. Your work on Earth may be done but Heaven has a long list of construction projects ready for you to do! The Michnicks - George, Ursula, Stephen and Lisa
  • Mark and Michele(Michnick) Woodhams May you rest in eternal peace Uncle Jerome and may God's perpetual light shine upon you. We give thanks to God for giving us the time we had with you here on Earth and look forward to the day when we will all be together again in God's Great Big Heavenly House with many rooms! We will miss you until then. We will never forget you. We pray that God sends his angels to watch over Lisa and all of us as we journey onward in this life. Guide us & help us Jesus. Amen. The Woodhams Family
  • Jeff Stanislawski God must be replacing the pearly gates and needed the best guy for the Job. Jerry was truly a mountain of a man. Hands so big he would lay CMU like common brick. He was a teacher to me as well as an incredible friend that effected not only my professional career but my personal life as well. I will miss Jerome and his friendship but never forget the wisdom he shared with me. You are home now Buddy.
  • Gregory Michnick My Dear Brother Jerry will be missed dearly by me,as well by others. His willingness to help others could not be surpassed. He enjoyed life to the utmost, except in his lass couple of years,but because of his faith and family he struggled brilliantly and accepted eternity in the end/ Rest in peace my DEAR brother and our friendship will never- never end. With much love your brother and friend -REST IN peace= Greg