Friday, November 06, 2009


On October 27th young Jared Stanker of Evergreen Park, Il was killed in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan while serving with the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Jared attended Brother Rice High School and was a parishioner of Queen Of Martyrs Catholic Church. An email campaign began in the neighborhood a few days ago calling on all of us to support the Stanker family by attending Jared's funeral on Saturday. I am confident that the good people of the southwest side will be there to honor Jared and show their support and gratitude to his family.

The procession rode north on Pulaski Road in front of Brother Rice High School. The quiet was only broken by the faint hum of a TV helicopter overhead.

The procession then went east on 99th Street and south on Central Park Avenue to the funeral home.

The 1,450 girls who attend Mother McAuley High School, next door to Brother Rice, also stood quietly, holding flags.

The same held true at Southwest Elementary, which Stanker attended.

There, the 335 students were dressed in red, white and blue, Principal Denise Thomas said.

Finally, at Queen of Martyrs School, the 446 students stood in silence along Central Park Avenue.

Southtown Star


Anonymous said...

May the Lord hold Jared and his family in his hands.

R.I.P. Brother!

Anonymous said...

God Bless Jared , may your soul rest in peace

Michael Barth said...


You came to Brother Rice as a boy, you walked out as a man, you returned to its doors as a hero. Thank you for allowing me to wake up each morning and enjoying the freedom I have.

"I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

-Abraham Lincoln

May you Rest in Peace and watch over your family forever.

Elm Creek Smith said...

My condolences to the family and friends of PFC Jared Stanker. My thanks to those who honored him on his way to his final deployment.

Captain, Armor
US Army (Retired)

Anonymous said...

God Bless PFC Stanker and his family!

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★To all of our Armed Forces past or present ★★ God Bless You ★★ Thank you for Serving our Country ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★".

Happy Veteran's Day to all who served!

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