Charles Michael Jilek



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St. Paul the Apostle

Together We Grow Campaign

2750 Burton St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Charles “Charlie” Michael Jilek, age 76 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 25, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Alice Jilek; and in-laws, Bert & Bertha Hanson. Charlie is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joni Jilek; daughter, Lindsey (Ben) Thompson; brother, James (Theresa) Jilek; sister, Fran Hodges; brother-in-law, Dale (Jan) Hanson; cousin, Marlene Koewers; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ray & Pam Vella. Charlie worked for over 40 years in the sales industry. He was known for his servant’s heart, being selfless, having a kind soul, and being a people person. Charlie always had a smile on his face, especially when with his family. His “girls” were very special to him, and he loved the addition of Ben to the family. Charlie enjoyed being the grill master, golfing, whiskey, food, and lawn care. He loved his church and being a servant of the Lord. Charlie was an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where he was head of the ushers. Charlie was a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Moleski 8291 where he joined the 4th degree. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 12:00pm Friday, June 2, 2023, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, with visitation one-hour prior. Rev. Peter Damian presiding. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Together We Grow Campaign.

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7 Responses

  1. We are so sorry for you loss. Sending hugs, love, and prays.

    Love Burt and RaeAnn Thompson

  2. We so enjoyed knowing Charlie and seeing what a wonderful father and husband he was. Sending love prayers to the Jilek family.

  3. I had the good fortune to work for Charlie at Cadillac Plastics way back in the ’80s. As Branch Manager, he presided over a great bunch of guys that worked hard and played hard, too. Charlie reveled in the great social life that he provided for his employees. I remember a Michigan-Illinois football game, a tour of the industrial TFE plant in Kalamazoo, lunch at the iconic Red Brick inn, drinking and dancing at Stephanie’s after a grueling inventory session one evening, and our annual company Christmas parties and picnics. In this day of “Cafeteria Christians,” it is nice to remember a man who actually lived his faith every day.

  4. Charlie, such a great Christian man. So friendly, hard working, a wonderful volunteer for so many things and just an overall good guy. I worked with him in the Food Pantry at St Paul and it was neat to get to know him.
    Rest in Peace Charlie and Heaven is Blessed to have you.

  5. Kind, considerate, helpful, and caring to anyone who reached his way. We admire and love Charlie. He made the world a better place!
    May our loving God hold you close and fill your hearts with precious memories.
    Our love and prayers…
    Gene and Donna

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