Ronald John Pietrzak

Ronald John Pietrzak
May 28, 1932 – May 2, 2013
MISHAWAKA — Ronald John Pietrzak, 80, of Mishawaka, passed away at Hospice House, South Bend, following an illness.
He was born in South Bend on May 28, 1932 to John and Cecilia (Podemski) Pietrzak who preceded him in death. On July 5, 1957, he married the former Jacqueline Bybee who 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 (Renee’) 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 the 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 United States Army.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. Friends will be received from 4 until 8 p.m. Monday at Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka and also one hour prior to the Mass at church Tuesday. Officiating will be Msgr. Bruce Piechocki with words of remembrance by Pastor Larry Baker. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Center for Hospice Care.