About Patrick

Thank you for your interest in The Friends of Patrick Schuljak. His loss has been devastating to both his family and our tight-knit community.

Patrick Schuljak had foot surgery because of a work-related injury about a week before Christmas, 2012.  He was scheduled to be off work and personal commitments for the month of January while he recovered.

On January 8, 2013, Patrick had difficulty breathing and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  The next morning he passed away because of a massive pulmonary embolism.  He leaves behind a wife and two sons, ages 7 and 11. He was 43 years old.

Patrick believed in living every day to its fullest. His own description of himself on facebook was: “I like to live every day like it’s the last. Just enjoy life, you only have one. Don’t worry about negative people. Always think positive, and your happiness will take you so much further in life.”  He was one of the few that really walked that walk.

Patrick was a family man. He was a good husband and a father. He lived for his wife and boys, they meant everything to him. He enjoyed preparing meals as well as just hanging out and being at home. One of our favorite recollections is that he would bring dinner to his wife, Julie, at the annual “Scrap and Stitch” craft weekend at St. Ann’s. The event provided dinner, but Patrick and the boys just wanted to visit her.

Patrick was a valued Cub Scout Leader. He was a Den Leader of his older son’s 5th grade group and in charge of the Pack’s Fishing Derby and Halloween party, all of which he loved. He passed on his many wonderful qualities and creativity to the boys that he had under his wing. His older son crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts this year. His younger son is a Tiger Scout, 1st grade, and Patrick was planning on taking over his group this spring.  He was an invaluable, irreplaceable member of the  group.

His love for heavy metal brought countless friends together for concerts, fests, and local club outings. He loved St. Patrick’s day and volunteered for the annual St. Ann’s Pot of Gold party. Besides St. Patrick’s Day, his favorite holiday was Halloween. His yard would be “the one” in the neighborhood to see over and over again. He would spend countless hours making sure his scenery would be alive with entertainment and he, himself, would often be a part of the spectacle.

Patrick had been employed for over eight years at ZF Lemforder.   Julie, Patrick’s wife of 15 years, is a teacher at Calumet City School District 155 and their sons attend St. Ann Catholic School.

Family, friends and loved ones are holding a benefit on March 16, 2013 from 5pm to 11 pm at the St Ann Parish Hall, 3014 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois, 60438 to benefit his wife and sons.

If you would like to attend the event, tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Tickets, raffle tickets and general donations are available through Paypal on our Tickets! page.

Tickets are also available for walk-in purchase at Water’s Edge, 18418 Wentworth, Lansing, IL 60438. 708-895-2554 or Kotecki-Turek-Shanahan, 3330 181st Place, Lansing, IL 60438.

If you would like a larger amount of tickets to sell, please fill out this form and we will contact you.


Thanks to everyone for their support.

The Friends of Patrick Schuljak