John Schaller

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 4:50 p.m. CDT

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JOLIET, Ill. — Mr. John "Jack" Schaller, 63, entered eternal rest April 23, 2012, at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home as the result of complications from liver failure.

A memorial to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Tezak's Home to Celebrate Life, 1211 Plainfield Road, Joliet. Visitation will also be Thursday, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cremation rites are to be accorded and private burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood to be held at a later date.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Melissa (Stanclik) Schaller; his father, Jack Schaller; his sons, Brad and Jack Schaller; his daughter, Samantha (Brian) Manering; his grandsons, Brian “Scotty” and Ben Manering; his brothers, Jimmy (Michelle) and Jay Schaller; his sisters, Jill (Mickey) Nolan, Sue (Leo) Weber, Colleen (Jack) Sheehan, Betty Jo (Bob) Bailey, and Kim (George) Shinnick;  and his brother-in-law, Ed (Sheryl) Stanclik. He is also survived by 10 nieces, seven nephews, two great-nieces, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, godchildren, and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Betty (McCormick) Schaller; his sons, John and Kyle; and his in-laws, Edward and Anna Stanclik.

A lifelong White Sox and Bears fan, Jack was raised on the Southside of Chicago. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and he later enlisted in the Army and was a soldier in Vietnam. Upon returning from the war, Jack graduated from Illinois State University and began a brief career as a junior high teacher and football coach.

While working at Gompers Junior High, Jack met and later married Melissa Stanclik. With his wife’s support, he attended Lewis University and pursued his dream of becoming a lawyer, a career he held most of his adult life. Notably, Jack became a prosecutor for the Grundy County State's Attorney’s office in 1994, and remained until his retirement in June of 2010.

An avid golfer, Jack played the area courses regularly, making many friends along the way. Throughout all of these stages of life, Jack could not go anywhere without seeing a familiar face and sharing one of his funny stories.

A member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion Post 1080, and the Will County Irish American Society, Jack will be remembered for his humor and larger-than-life personality; his pride in his family and his father’s bar, Schaller’s Pump; and his devotion to his first grandson, Scotty.

Jack will be missed by many and forgotten by none.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s name to his favorite charity, Angels of Hope, 220 West Main Street, Suite 300, Morris, IL, 60450, or to Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL, 60431, would be appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Tezak's Home to Celebrate Life. For additional information, contact the funeral home at (815) 722-0524 or log onto www.tezakfuneralhome.com.

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