Obituary: George C. Smeja, Co-Founder

George C. Smeja, Co-Founder of Sno Gem, Inc.

In Celebration Of Life.

George Charles Smeja, 80, of McHenry passed away peacefully on 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, Illinois. 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, Illinois. 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 more information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760 or click the link to go to the online Memorial and Guest Book page: