Welcome to the memorial page for

Thomas Edward Jeska

January 1, 1946 ~ May 15, 2017 (age 71)
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Thomas Edward Jeska, at the age of 71, passed away at Butterworth Hospital in the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 15, 2017.  

The Memorial service will be held at Cook Memorial Chapel (East building), 4235 Prairie St., S.W., Grandville, Michigan, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 28.

Family Visitation from 10 - 11 a.m.

A luncheon will follow and be held in the Cook - Grandville Fellowship Room, 4235 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, Michigan.

Tom was born in Highland Park, Michigan on January 1, 1946.  He was the son of predeceased parents Helen and Stephen Jeska. Tom Graduated from Cass Technical High School and served in the Vietnam War as an avionics technician working on the guidance systems of military fighter aircraft.  He achieved the rank of Lance Corporal prior to his discharge. Tom was married to his wife Patricia Ondercin on April 25, 1969.  They were married for 48 years. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Kimberly; son, Matthew; and two grandsons, Brendan, 14 and Tyler, 12.  He also has two brothers:  Stanley and Raymond.  Additionally, Tom was preceded in death by his sister Louise who died at the age of 27. 

Tom worked as an Engineering Technician for General Electric in Grand Rapids.  He retired after approximately 10 years of service.  In addition to the love for his wife and family, he enjoyed the peace and serenity of sitting on his deck enjoying the beauty of the sunrises and sunsets on the lake he so often fished.  He also found pleasure in listening to music and singing.  You could often hear him whistling like a fine-tune bird in the distance to his favorite tunes.  Tom was fiercely loyal and opinionated with a biting sense of humor that would often evoke laughter and shared stories amongst his company.    

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the VA Medical Center (Specify in memo: VA Wyoming Center, MI, in honor of Thomas Jeska).  Choose either Mental Health or Home Based Primary Care.  Checks should be made payable to: Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Community and Volunteer Service (135), 5500 Armstrong Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49037. 

The second organization where donations are welcome is the Wounded Warrior Project.  You may donate online in Tom’s name or mail to:  Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

The family of Thomas E. Jeska wishes to thank all of those who offered loving support and condolences near and far.  Additionally, the family is grateful to all who worked so lovingly and diligently to memorialize the life of Thomas.






Charitable donations may be made to:

VA Medical Center
5500 Armstrong Road, Battle Creek MI 49037

Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675-8517

 Service Information

May 28, 2017

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cook Memorial Chapel (East building)
4235 Prairie Street SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Memorial Service
May 28, 2017

11:00 AM
Cook Memorial Chapel (East building)
4235 Prairie Street SW
Grandville, MI 49418

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