Even in his death, Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti is still caring for his community.
Friday, Dec. 21, Denise Gaska, executive director of We Care of Grundy County, was going through the mail from the day before. The office’s mailbox sometimes gets wet due to the weather, so she had laid the mail out on the floor to dry before opening it.
She then opened what she thought was a piece of marketing material from BP Products.
“Here was this check for $6,000 sitting on my floor,” Gaska said.
It turns out MKM Oil Inc. of Gardner recommended We Care for the BP Fueling Communities grant.
“Fueling Communities gives back to local organizations that support health, education, youth, food and housing in order to spread charity and goodwill wherever it’s needed most,” according to the company’s website, mybpstation.com.
One of the owners of MKM Oil is Rick Marketti, brother of the late Sheriff Marketti. Rick Marketti asked his brother who he should recommend for the grant, and the sheriff suggested We Care, Gaska said.
“It’s just such a huge amount for us,” Gaska said through tears. “It felt like Terry was still taking care of the community after he was gone.”
Calls to Rick Marketti were not returned before press time.
The sheriff died in the early morning hours of Dec. 14 in his sleep. Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said he had been fighting health issues. Hundreds of people, including law enforcement members from all over the state, attended both his wake and funeral. Terry Marketti was generous with his money and time to numerous local organizations and charities including We Care. He was a previous board member and continuous supporter.
“Terry was always a really good friend to We Care,” Gaska said. “He helped us so many times. Every time we had a need, a donation, advice ... Whatever way he could help, he was always willing to do it, and he still is.”