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Sunday December 19th, 2021
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David Smrekar

David A. “Dave” Smrekar

Age 77 of Crest Hill, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Lightways Hospice Home, with his loving family by his side.

Born June 20, 1944 in Joliet, Dave was the son of Anton and Frances (Née Papesh) Smrekar. He graduated from Lockport Township High School in 1962 then resided in Crest Hill from 1975 to the present.

He retired from Commonwealth Edison (Dresden) as a Maintenance Mechanic. Dave was also the owner of Smrekar Landscaping. He was a member of St. Anne / St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Crest Hill.

In his free time, Dave enjoyed spending time with family and friends and going to classic car shows. Dave loved his family and had a big heart. He selflessly cared for many people who experienced many challenges through their lifetime.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years; Judith A. “Judy” Smrekar, children; Michele (Scot) Keith, Julie Raines and David (Jody) Smrekar Jr., grandchildren; Emily and Megan Keith and Haydin Smrekar, siblings; Anthony (Janice) Smrekar, Robert (Judith) Smrekar, Geraldine (Robert) Grivetti, Marianne (James) Kobe Sr., Frances (Richard) Mutz, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; Anton and Frances Smrekar and his father and mother-in-law; Robert and Dorothy LeRoy.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2021 between the hours of 3:00p.m. and 7:00p.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435. Funeral services will follow on Monday, December 20, 2021 with prayers in the funeral home chapel at 10:20 a.m., then processing to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, for a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Anthony Nyamai officiating.

Cremation rites will be accorded following funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Dave’s memory to:

Morning Star Mission Ministries: https://morningstarmission.org/ or Lightways Hospice: https://lightways.org.

Relatives and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.plesefuneralservices.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.

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I worked with Dave for many years on afternoons at Dresden. Dave was a thoughtful and a good man.

Bob Eich Dec 18 2021 12:00 AM

Judy and Family, we express our sincere condolences on Dave's passing. He was a giving person, helping many out and you all were wonderful neighbors and friends throughout the years! Michael & Gayle (Eartly) Dwyer.

Michael Dwyer Dec 18 2021 12:00 AM

Judy and family, please accept our deepest sympathy on Dave's passing. He will always be with you....there are angels among us. Prayers for all...RIP Dave.

Steve and Karen Kuban Dec 16 2021 12:00 AM

Judy and entire Smrekar family you have our heart felt sympathy ..there are no words to express our sorrow. Dave was a very kind and generous man... We share many memories of growing up.. and the good times we had at the car shows. May the Lord give you strength with each passing day...

bill and sharon Porter Dec 15 2021 12:00 AM

Jim and I send our prayers and condolences to the entire Smrekar family. Dave was such a wonderful loving human being he will be deeply missed. Love to all️️.Jim and Louise Baudek

Jim and louise Dec 15 2021 12:00 AM

I have such beautiful memories of dear Dave and Judy. The most heartfelt was their wedding in front of our fireplace in Crest Hill. I remember him whispering to us..."she'll always be the love of my life and I'll never lose her again". I'm just thinking of what he said. Seems long ago but I hope someday that it will be a precious memory to his bride and the entire family. Crest Hill will NEVER be the same without this great man. What an honor to have my Brian be a pallbearer. May God give you comfort at this tremendous loss for all.

Barbara LeRoy Dec 14 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Judy and Family - Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, dad, and grandpa. I'll be praying for all of you...........

Dawn Bishop Dec 13 2021 12:00 AM

Oh Dear God!! What a Great Guy...always helping, giving. What happened???? Does anyone know??? God Bless this Great Family

Melody Hochevar Dec 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Judy and family, it was very sad to hear of Davids passing. No words can really express the sadness of losing a loved one. Prayers are with you.Mike & Sharon [Novak] Daidone

Mike & Sharon [Novak] Daidone Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dave, Jody and Haydin we are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything you need when you all get home please let us know.Ashley Jason Jackson and Chloe Roth

Ashley Jason Jackson and Chloe Roth Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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