Edward Joseph Spytek, affiliate faculty member and director of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s handbell died January 1 in Connecticut due to natural causes.
A native of Massachusetts, he held a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in organ performance and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Boston University. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists. He began his career serving churches in Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts before moving to Illinois. He served several United Methodist churches in the Chicago area as organist and music director, most recently at Evanston’s Hemenway United Methodist Church. An active accompanist for professional vocalists and instrumentalists in the Chicago area, he conducted community Messiah sing-along concerts, chamber orchestras for choral works, and musical dinner theatre ensembles.
He was survived by his wife, Lallene Rector, his mother Josephine Maziarz, his brothers Roman, Pete, and Cassimir Spytek and a nephew, number of nieces and grand-nieces. An Edward J. Spytek Endowed Music Fund has been established at Garrett-Evangelical in his memory and will be used to enhance the musical life of the seminary. A memorial service will be held at Garrett-Evangelical, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 on Saturday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m.