George Charles Smeja

July 11, 1932February 27, 2013
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George Charles Smeja, 80, of McHenry passed away February 27, 2013 at Mayo Clinic-Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born July 11, 1932 in Brownsville, Texas to George and Corrine (Wilson) Smeja. In 1964, he married Gloria Spensieri in Western Springs.

He was a co-founder of Metalmaster Roofmaster, Inc. and Sno Gem, Inc. both located in McHenry. He was a member of Sheet Metal Local Union #73 and #265 for many years. He was a proud member of Life Changers International Church and was passionate about his church, family, and business.

He is survived by his children, Steve (Ruth) Smeja, Sharon LaBoy, and their children; his sons, Michael (Rochelle) Smeja and Daniel (Sharon) Smeja; his grandchildren, Rock, Lexie, Noah, Zion, and Grace; and his siblings, John (Diane) Smeja, Corrine Reiger, Merrette Nixon, and Phillip (Donna) Smeja.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gloria Smeja; his parents; his daughter, Robin Burlak; and his brother, Vernon Smeja.

The visitation will be from 3:30pm to 9pm on Monday, March 4, 2013, at Life Changers International Church, 2500 Beverly Rd., Hoffman Estates. George would encourage you to stay for the celebration of his life at 7:30pm led by Pastor Gregory Dickow who will be speaking words of encouragement, faith, and everlasting life.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Changers International Church – Operation Hope.

Arrangements were entrusted to Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.


  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2013

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David Doyle

March 12, 2013

Photo of the Metalmaster group at a tradeshow in Chicago.

Jennifet Haisma

March 12, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. I have been his mail carrier for many years and had gotten to know him over the years. He was a great man and inspired me every time I talked to him. He had such a strong will and huge heart. His whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. I was lucky to know him. I will miss your unbelievable wisdom. Rest in peace George

David Doyle

March 11, 2013

My sincere condolences to the Smeja family on the passing of George. He and Gloria touched many lives with their faith in Jesus Christ, and the way they lived their faith, both personally and through their business associations. It was a privilege to be able to know and work with George and Gloria. I know that Mike, Rock and the rest of the family will carry on the tradition of personal faith and professional integrity.

Dean & Barb Marcott

March 8, 2013

Our deepest sympathy. It is very difficult to loose your parents. We pray God sends you his grace and provides you all comfort. George and Gloria are now together again. We'll keep you in our prayers.

gordon glauser

March 7, 2013

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. I only met him a few times and use to run into him and your mother at the Mchenry jewel. They were always very friendly. Thank you for hiring my son Rick Glauser also.

Ricky A. Schiller

March 5, 2013

I hope to meet you again George when my time is up in this life(Hey babe)

Ricky A. Schiller

March 5, 2013

It was a privileged to meet and work for George Smeja. I only regret not having the opportunity to have met Mr. Smeja earlier in life. My sincere condolences to his surviving family.(

John Whetham

March 5, 2013

To the Smeja Family: We want to offer you are deepest and sincerest condolences on the passing of George. While he will dearly missed, he touched the lives of so many people that he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with George's family and friends.

Corine Albrecht

March 5, 2013

So sorry to hear of my Uncle Skip's passing. As the oldest of his siblings, he was truly the Trailblazer of the Smeja clan and someone the whole family could be proud of. And oh the stories he could tell! Happy to know that he is now at peace with Auntie Gloria. Mike & Danny, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful families. I am so very proud of you both.
Love, Corky

Judy Hegg

March 4, 2013

I so enjoyed visiting you over the past years to groom your dogs. You will be missed.