Jerome E. Ploskunak, 97 of Streator passed away Wed. December 26, 2018 at Heritage Health in Streator.
A visitation will be from 11 a.m. til 1:15 p.m. Monday Dec 31st at the Elias Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday Dec 31st at St. Stephens Cemetery. Full military rites will be provided by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Post #217 and Veterans of Foreign War Post #1492.
Another member of America's Greatest Generation has passed. Jerry Ploskunak was born on December 5, 1921. A lifelong resident of Streator, Jerry was predeceased by his beloved wife, Gwendolyn. Jerry served in World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. But his heroism also extended to the loving devoted care he gave to Gwennie ("Baby") for over 20 years after she suffered a debilitating stroke. Jerry was a fun loving person who belonged to the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, and Saint Stephen's Church. Jerry is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Janet Kinkade, Joni Thorpe, and Heritage Health staff for their care.