ROCKFORD – Jerome Thomas Meehan, 85, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford.
He was born June 26, 1928, in Rockford, the son of John and Florence (Kelly) Meehan. He graduated from St. Thomas High School, Class of 1944.
Jerry began his career working as a surveyor during the construction of the Greater Rockford Airport. Jerome continued on his journey in life, working more than 36 dedicated years as a postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He married his loving wife, Mary Louise Carey, on June 23, 1956. Together, they shared more than 48 years of marriage until she preceded him in death.
Jerry was devoted to his Catholic faith. He was a humble parishioner for more than 78 years at St. Edward Catholic Church in Rockford, where he served as an altar boy in his younger years and as head usher for more than 40 years. Jerry led his life by his devotion to his faith, instilling values in his seven children. He was an avid gardener and a phenomenal builder. Jerry enjoyed traveling the world with his family, and together they visited 49 states on different occasions. He was a lifelong member of St. Edward Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus for several years and a member of the Army Reserves for 8 years.
Jerry is survived by his children, James (Beverly) Taylor, Judith (William) Wolff, Jerome Thomas Meehan II, Mary (James) Thompson, John (Ulyana) Meehan, Patrick J. Meehan, and Michael G. Meehan; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Joan Gaines and Rose Carey.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Louise; his parents; brother, John R. Meehan; sister, Helen Lynde; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe Lynde, Dick Carey, Chub (Marilyn) Carey, Dan (Beverly) Roose, Tinny (Joy) Branney, and Bob Gaines; and a great-granddaughter, Kristina.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Rockford, with the Rev. William Schussler officiating. Entombment will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Rockford. Fitzgerald Funeral Home Mulford Chapel in Rockford is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery, 2111 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61102.
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