It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jerry Meltreger. Jerry served as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) member on the Jamboree board since 2012 and, most recently, held the position of Board Treasurer. He also served on the Audit, Resident Services, and Tax Committees.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jerry Meltreger received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola University, Chicago and then became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He worked for five years in the Chicago office of Ernst & Ernst before becoming the Controller of Vance Publishing Company.
Jerry eventually moved west for warmer weather, sunshine, and for the position as Controller with the Rossmoor Corporation. He went on to work for National City Mortgage, where he stayed until his retirement in 2007.
Jerry and his wife of 60 years, Judy, are residents of The Meadows, Jamboree’s senior manufactured home community, where Jerry served as the Treasurer of the Homeowner’s Association (HOA). One of Jerry’s favorite activities? His daily walk over to the Hangar in the community center at The Meadows to “hang out with the guys and solve the world’s problems.”
When not traveling around the world with Judy, they were involved in all aspects of community life, volunteering to help at social events, organizing the annual craft fair, and enjoying holiday parties.
Despite a long struggle with cancer, Jerry maintained a positive and keen interest in everything going on in the world. With his family, that included him remotely enjoying via Zoom his grandson’s wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona last month. With Jamboree, he represented the board at numerous grand openings and groundbreaking celebrations.
We will all miss his calm, uplifting, and steady presence and are grateful for his years of dedication and service to Jamboree and the generosity of spirit he shared with all of us.