Edward Mayerik Obituary, Death – Edward James “Eddie” Mayerik, a courageous 8-year-old from Winfield, Illinois, peacefully passed away on July 6, 2023. Despite battling a congenital heart defect and chronic lung disease for his entire life, Eddie showed incredible strength and resilience.
Throughout his journey, he underwent 7 open heart surgeries and endured numerous hospitalizations, fighting tirelessly against his heart and lung ailments. However, after being admitted to the hospital on March 15, 2023, Eddie faced relentless viruses and infections that took a toll on his lungs, ultimately leading him to gain his angel wings, surrounded by his loving family.
Eddie is survived by his devoted parents, Jennifer (nee Willig) and Nicholas Mayerik, along with his adored siblings Kelly and Kevin Mayerik (4.5). He will forever be cherished in the hearts of his grandparents, Donald and Betty Willig, and Theresa Mayerik.
Eddie’s aunts, uncles, and cousins, including Julie (nee Willig) and Matthew Foust, Russell and Kari (nee Mayerik) Thirsk, and Debra Koehler, share in the sorrow of his loss, as do his cousins Evan and Anna Thirsk, and Jackson and Brady Foust, along with numerous great aunts and uncles who loved him dearly.
A kind and joyful spirit, Eddie formed deep connections with his siblings, cousins, and schoolmates. He was a beacon of friendship to all he met, leaving smiles in his wake.
Eddie’s fondest joys included his love for Blaze and the Monster Machines, Spider-Man, PJ Mask, and bonding with his father over their shared love for the Buffalo Bills. He delighted in magic tricks and telling jokes, leaving a lasting impression as the kindest and sweetest boy. His absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 12, from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, Lombard. On Thursday, July 13, a Lying-in-State will take place from 10 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church Kimberly Way, Lisle. Eddie will be laid to rest following the service.
In honor of Eddie’s vibrant spirit, the family kindly requests that those attending the visitation on Wednesday or Thursday wear or accessorize in red, symbolizing their support for Eddie.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eddie’s memory can be made to the Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s or donated directly to the family’s fund to purchase memorial plaques in Eddie’s name at the Ronald McDonald House and Advocate Children’s Hospital.
Eddie Mayerik, a true superhero and warrior, will forever remain in our hearts, bringing us strength and inspiration. May his eternal joy shine brightly upon us all.