Jeffrey A. Malewig

By on December 18, 2008

            Jeffrey A. Malewig, 17, of Sugar Grove a lifelong Cardinals fan, lost his life in a car accident on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. He was born April 10, 1991, in Des Plaines, Ill.

            Jeff is survived by his parents, Tom and Laura (Jones) Malewig; his brother, Scott; two grandmothers, Mary Malewig and Violet Jones; 16 aunts, 10 uncles, 23 cousins, and many other first and second cousins.

            Jeff was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Raymond Malewig and Richard Jones; three of his aunts and one uncle, with whom he meets again.

            Following in his grandpa’s footsteps, Jeff was a second baseman who loved the game of baseball. However, the love of the game did not deter him from enjoying many different circles of friends. Jeff loved to talk baseball, but also joined in the excitement and interests of others. If he wasn’t participating, he was in the audience or bleachers holding up signs of inspiration. He felt joy for the success of his friends and sorrow for their pains.

            Even while expressing his creative side, Jeff still managed to study hard, maintain good grades and score a 32 on his ACT. Jeff was often a hesitant volunteer, but would do what it took for the satisfaction of others. Though he did not know what he wanted to pursue, he had many talents to lead him. Jeff has had an artistic talent from a very young age, drawing cartoons, building models and writing stories. Above all, it was important for Jeff to see his friends and family happy and laughing.

            Jeff leaves his family and friends with a huge hole in our hearts. He brought much laughter, surprise, charm and spirituality to all of us. Jeff set high standards for himself, yet remained humble when he met or exceeded them. He always opened his heart and saw the best in people; there was always a good side. Now he leaves us to model him, remember the best in him and to find the good side. God must have needed him more than we did. The only way we can understand this terrible loss is the words from a song: “Only the good die young.”

            Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m., at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove.  A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, 10 a.m., at Holy Cross Church, 2300 Main St. in Batavia. Interment will be at Maryhill Cemetery, Niles, Ill.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to help with funeral expenses.

            For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave a condolence.