Jerry (Jerome Joseph) Wroblewski of Chicago, Illinois, passed away at the age of 85, at his home in South Haven, MI, on the evening of November 5th. He died of a broken heart, just over two months after the death of his dearly departed wife of over 60 years, Betty (Elizabeth Marie) Wroblewski. Jerry and Betty grew up in the same Polish community on Chicago’s South Side and started dating in their early 20s. Jerry was an Army Veteran of the Cold War who attended night school at the Illinois Institute of Technology for 10 years while supporting a young family, in order to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering that led to a career in the heavy-duty machine tool industry for many years, largely in the midwest.
Jerry and Betty retired to their home in Glenn Shores over 20 years ago, and were grateful for the beauty and fun of the Lake, and the wonderful sense of community they enjoyed there among dear friends and neighbors.
Jerry is survived by three children, Celeste Wroblewski (Les Orenstein), Gregory Wroblewski, Roberta Wroblewski Brenza, and three grandsons, Celeste’s son, Eli Orenstein, and Roberta’s sons, Xavier and Gabriel Brenza. Jerry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who always provided for his family with great warmth and care and a very dry sense of humor. Jerry was a compassionate individual who felt strongly about the rights of the disadvantaged and very much enjoyed following politics and reading, especially about the Civil War.
Sports were also a focus of Jerry’s as an avid golfer who played in the Glenn Shores Bohn Golf League for many years and enjoyed score-keeping much of that time. Watching baseball and attending games with his family was always a pleasure for Jerry. Deeply sentimental, Jerry was profoundly proud of his children and three grandsons and was overcome with grief over the loss of his dear Betty.
Jerry will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Douglas. Funeral mass will follow visitation at 11:00 AM with Father Fabio Garzon officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jerry's memory to the Haiti Medical Education Project at HMEProject.org.