Gerald “Jerry” Matelski passed away on December 17, 2010 after a courageous year long battle with cancer.
Jerry was born on April 11, 1953 to Verna and Bill Matelski. He graduated from Boyne Falls High School and entered the construction field where he was a very hardworking and talented builder for many years. Jerry loved his family and was very dedicated to them. He had four children including Gerald, who has preceded him in death, Adam, Brent and Kassie. Jerry was also a devoted husband to his wife, Brenda. He was a caring person and helped others in any way that he could. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, mushroom hunting, watching U of M football and the Lions, photography, and cooking especially polish food.
In Jerry’s later years, he became an activist for the community. Jerry’s dream of creating an Alano Club was realized when Unity Hall was opened. He was very active in AA and helped many people to better their lives. Jerry’s motto was “keep it simple.” He was also very involved in getting the BC/Char road paved. Jerry’s latest project was helping to develop the community center in Boyne City.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Brenda, his children Adam (Amy) Matelski, Brent (Jennifer) Matelski and Kassie (Patrick) Matelski, his grandchildren, Emma, Robert, Makayla, and Wesley Matelski, his parents, Verna and Bill Matelski, his brother, Billy (Laura) Matelski, his nephew, Nathan (Molly) Matelski and niece, Nicki Matelski.
Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. on December 21, 2010 at Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City with a vigil being held at 7:00 p.m.
The funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at St. Matthews Church in Boyne City.
Friends wishing to share a thought or memory are encouraged to do so at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.