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Geoffrey McHale Obituary (2022) – Naperville, IL

Geoffrey “Geoff” James McHale Sr., age 75, a resident of Naperville, IL, passed away from complications due to heart disease on July 21, 2022 at Edward Hospital, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on July 25, 1946 in Cleveland, OH. Geoff is survived by his wife of 16 years, Dee Lail McHale; his children, Brigid (Keith) Rot of Atta, WY, Geoff (Stephanie) McHale, Jr., of Naperville, IL, Laura (Tyson Overton) McHale Dodd of Naperville, IL, Julie (Kyle) Jump of Naperville, IL, Michael (Gena) Greer of North Garden, VA, and Elizabeth (Tom) Belgio of Naperville, IL; his grandchildren, Ethan Rot, Ashley Rot, Kaitlin McHale, Samantha McHale, Tyler Dodd, Kendall Dodd, Rigley Jump, Dylan Jump, Alec Jump, Mary Beth Greer, Caroline Greer, Alexandra Greer, Grace Greer, Isabel Greer, Cameron Belgio and Avery Belgium; his siblings, Jack (Barbara) McHale of Chester, VA, Mary (Paul) O’Donoghue of Avon Lake, OH, Jerome (Danette) McHale of Bainbridge Township, OH, and Brian (Ruth) McHale of Cleveland, OH. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 29 years, Patricia Therese McHale; and his parents, John Lawrence McHale and Rita Florence McHale. Geoff grew up in Garfield Heights, OH and served as an altar boy at St. Monica’s Catholic Church. As a teen, he was thrilled to be selected as a Cleveland Indians batboy. He graduated from St. Peter Chanel High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in Ohio. Geoff proudly served for 6 years in the United States Army. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserves as a Captain. Geoff enjoyed a successful career as a marketing and retail services executive, including over 15 years at IRI, Inc. For many years, he served as both an Indian Guide and Cub Scout Leader. Geoff was a longtime active parishioner of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville. Geoff volunteered at Edward Hospital for over 10 years in patient advocacy, including support of Veterans. Geoff and Dee loved to travel to Cabo, in addition to their annual trip to Saugatuck, MI with his family. Their favorite nights together were spent going to the theater enjoying Broadway shows. However, his favorite activity was spent with his children and grandchildren, watching their sports or being a part of their activities. We would like to thank Dr. Mark Goodwin, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell and Geoff’s entire care team for providing him the absolute best care throughout his fight with heart disease. Charitable donations, if preferred, may be made in Geoff’s memory in support of the fight against Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome through the AGS Advocacy Association at http://agsaa.org AGS is a form of Leukodystrophy affecting Geoff’s grandson, Alec Jump. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 27, 4:00 until 8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 28, 11:00 AM at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1215 Modaff Rd., Naperville. Interment will be at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville. For information please call 630/355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com

Published by Naperville Sun on Jul. 24, 2022.

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