Gregory John Sureck, 71, of Boonville, signed in for eternity on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Greg was born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., on June 20, 1947, the oldest child of Richard B. and Margaret (Gurecki) Sureck.
He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in broadcast journalism, working in the radio industry for 13 years. He then attended the University of Evansville where he received an ASN/RN degree, and later a master’s degree in social work, working for over 30 years as a substance abuse counselor.
Greg had served as an adjunct professor at Vincennes University. He was an ordained priest in the Orthodox Catholic Church of America, and often partnered with his wife, Karen, a United Methodist pastor, officiating at numerous marriage and baptismal ceremonies.
He was a member of the Orthodox Catholic Church of America, the International Council of Community Churches, the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Stranger’s Rest Lodge #240, F & A M, a Grand Helper for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in Indiana.
Greg was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, and he was a Kentucky Colonel.
Donning white jacket with panama hat and cigar, he was the star in the TV commercial for the Spaghetti Shop.
Greg enjoyed gardening; fishing; spending time with his dogs; reading, especially theological history; working with the Boy Scouts; and supporting and attending events in which his family was involved.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rick.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend of 38 years, Karen (Hachmeister) Sureck; their children, the joy of his life, John Gregory Sureck and Kate Elizabeth Sureck; loving sister, Daria Subaitis; dedicated nieces and nephew: Suzanne (Eric) Cusack and children, Brooklyn, Weston, and Blake; Dale (Chantel) Subaitis and daughter Willow; and Candice (Nate) Zimring; the Hachmeister family: David (Brenda) Hachmeister, Gary (Debbie) Hachmeister, and Kathy (T. Don) Cline, and devoted nieces and nephews; Cassie (John) Lashley and sons, Corben and Colten; Cara Hachmeister; Candice (Andy) Carroll and children, Brooks and Briley; Ann (Greg Buckert) Hachmeister; Jay (Janelle) Hachmeister; Stephanie Maday, Jennifer (Austin) Seiler and daughter, Callie; Hoyt Maday; and Travis Cline.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Fletcher Chapel United Methodist Church in Lynnville, with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Greg’s name to 4-H, Inc. to benefit the Warrick County 4-H Center, a place that Greg enjoyed taking his dogs to run and explore.
Blessings to the Heart-to-Heart Hospice team for their excellent care and compassion.
We are grateful for the kindness and love of our many family members and friends.
Celebrate the precious moments of life every day in the hands of the Lord.