May 28, 1932 - May 2, 2013
MISHAWAKA - Ronald John Pietrzak, 80, of Mishawaka, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Hospice House, South Bend, following an illness.
He was born in South Bend, on May 28, 1932, to John and Cecilia (Podemski) Pietrzak. They preceded him in death.
On July 5, 1957, he married the former Jacqueline Bybee. She died in 1990.
On Aug. 17, 1993, he married the former Jeanne Koontz.
She survives with six children, Tina (Wes) Wade of Elkhart, Gregory (Theresa) Pietrzak of Argos, Steve Pietrzak of Mishawaka, Robert (Ren"e) Koontz of Mishawaka, Richard Koontz of Iowa City, Iowa, and Karen Koontz-Keltz of Mishawaka. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a niece, Diane Hattery.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Curt Pietrzak in 2009 and Larry Koontz in 1974.
Mr. Pietrzak was employed by South Bend Toy Company for 35 years before retiring and taking a new position as a boiler room technician with St. Mary's College for 15 years, retiring in 1997. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Monica Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2013. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2013, at Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, and for one hour prior to the Mass at church on Tuesday. Officiating will be Monsignor Bruce Piechocki with words of remembrance by Pastor Larry Baker. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Center for Hospice Care.