Jeffrey M. Podjasek

March 18, 2024

Jeffrey Michael Podjasek, 54, of Chicago, at rest March 17, 2024. Beloved son of Kathy (Gary) Niebuhr and Jeffrey (Vicki) Podjasek; loving brother of Scott (Tammy) Podjasek and Lexi (Manny) Inzunza; dearest uncle of Madison and Connor. Jeff was a force to be reckoned with – unapologetically himself. Fun, smart, witty, sarcastic, creative, articulate, charismatic, persistent, opinionated, loyal and loved with his whole GIANT heart. All of this was reflected in his writing, storytelling and memories made with family and friends. Jeff’s life blood was the beach and his family will have the city dedicate a bench in his honor. He spent his life watching the sunrise…every day he would wake up and watch the sun rising over the water. With Jeff’s desire to be an organ donor, Gift of Hope worked with his family to insure he was able to improve the lives of over 75 recipients. A Celebration of Jeff’s life will be held Friday March 22, 2024 from 1-4:30 P.M. at the Lake Ellyn Boat House 645 Lenox Road Glen Ellyn. Arrangements entrusted to Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Downers Grove. Info 630-852-8000 or Memorials may be made to Gift of Hope Community Foundation 425 Spring Lake Dr., Itasca IL 60143 or Any monetary gifts given to the family will be put towards Dedicate a Bench through the Chicago Parks Foundation to commemorate Jeff’s love of the lake shore.

“I’ve garnered what I could, but to successfully accumulate that sort of wealth, one has to keep ledgers.  I don’t.  Never have…. So I don’t know what I have.  I’ve left my stories to the wind. Unencumbered I fly. Today it feels like flying.”  – Jeff Podjasek