James Mark (Jim) Pietruszka, 78, of Prudenville passed away on Sunday October 15, 2023 at home with his loving family by his side.
He was born on September 22, 1945 in Dearborn to Frank and Mary (Biesida) Pietruszka. James attended Holy Redeemer School in Detroit from which he graduated. As a young man Jim worked on his family farm and in their family market T Kubek’s Grocery and Meats, later changing to Mary’s Markey in 1967. Jim worked for Chrysler Motor Company until his retirement in 1992. During those years he continued to work on his family’s farm. In his free time Jim taught his children, nieces, and nephews how to operate and repair the farm equipment as well as passenger vehicles. He was known to tell them “When your feet can reach the pedals, you’re ready to drive”. On July 15, 1978 in New Baltimore, Jim married Gloria Rose Fodell.
He had an infectious smile and always wanted his family and friends to be happy. Jim was always willing to lend a hand and was no stranger to hard work. He always encouraged everyone around him to do their best as he always gave 110% in all that he did. Jim always offered a hot meal and a warm bed to friends or family in need. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, and generally being outdoors. In his later years he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and telling the best stories with such enthusiasm.
Surviving Mr. Pietruszka are his loving wife of 45 years, Gloria Rose Pietruszka of Prudenville; daughter, Heather (Michael) Beaudry of Roscommon; son, Gordon Pietruszka of Prudenville; two granddaughters, Autumn, and Jewell; brother, Francis (Ellen) Pietruszka of Taylor; five sisters, Kathleen (Danny) Nowacki of Brooklyn, Maria Pamula of Westland, Barbara Ross of Westland, Constance Golick of Carleton, and Judith Roberts of Taylor; many nieces, and nephews.
In accordance with Jim’s wishes cremation has taken place. No service is scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions in memory of Jim are asked to be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.christler-holdship.com