Jesse Melendez, age 67, of Elgin, IL, passed away on June 26, 2021. He was born July 4, 1953 in Reynosa, Mexico to his loving parents, Jesus Melendez and Esther Munoz.

Jesse was a blue collar worker who enjoyed listening to music, dancing, and spending time with family. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Loved ones will remember him as a spirited soul who enjoyed living life to the fullest.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Esther Melendez; brother, Benito Melendez; and sons, Vincent Melendez and Christopher Melendez. He is survived by his significant other, Karen Dodegge; children, Jesse “Abel” Melendez, Margaret Melendez, and Crystal Melendez; sister, Esther Montalvo; grandchildren, Vincent, Jesus, Abrielle, Ava, and Analyse; great-grandchild, Michael Angelo; nieces and nephews, Tony, Maria, and John; and many cousins.

A memorial will be held from 11:00am until funeral service at 1:00pm, Friday, July 9, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Michael Murschel will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 983 8814 0807, Password: 673636).

Interment will be private.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

One Reply to “Jesse Melendez”

  1. Padrino Chito, I will miss your calls and conversations we had for hours. I will miss that laughter that came along with your sense of humor. I will miss your tales of your unique & crazy adventures. I will miss your stories of your generosity, I will miss the silly names you gave everyone; but mostly I will miss knowing that I will no longer be able to ever to see you again until we meet in eternal life. Rest In Peace Padrino, you no longer have to worry about your pain, nor the people that hurt you; just know that you are loved and will definitely be missed.
    May God have you in his Glory! – Your Goddaughter- Miriam

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