Today is 04/13/2024 5th of Nisan, 5784


In Loving Memory of

Gerald Walanka

February 21st, 2024


Gerald “Gerry” Walanka, age 81, of Riverwoods, beloved husband for 19 years of Nora Guini, nee Gaon; loving father of Benjamin (Terry Phan) Walanka; cherished stepfather of Nicole (fiancé Will Haskin) Guini and Daniela (Petr Jaksch) Guini; devoted son of the late David and the late Ruth Walanka; dear brother of Sheryl (Julian) Meitin; treasured uncle and friend. Gerald always had a heart that searched for underserved children who needed mentoring. He earned a law degree from DePaul University that helped him lend a hand to those who needed legal assistance. Gerald lived life with passion. He will be sorely missed. Service Friday, 12 Noon CT at The Chapel, 8851 Skokie Blvd., Skokie (at Niles Center Rd.). The service will be livestreamed on Gerry’s webpage at Interment Westlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to My Block My Hood My City, 47 W. Polk St., Suite 100-260, Chicago, IL 60605, Info: The Goldman Funeral Group (847) 478-1600.

Arrangements by Goldman Funeral Group.

Memorial Events


Date & Time Friday 02/23/2024 at 12:00 PM

Address Skokie Chapel - Under the Direction of The Goldman Funeral Group

8851 Skokie Boulevard
SKOKIE, IL 60077

Phone (847) 478-1600

OfficiatorRabbi Barry Schechter


Address Westlawn Cemetery
7801 W. Montrose Avenue
norridge, IL 60706


Address Max and Benny's Restaurant
461 Waukegan Road

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Friday from the cemetery (approximately 3:30 p.m.) until 7:30 p.m.

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