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Beverly H. Pietryga

September 29, 1932 January 9, 2010
Beverly H. Pietryga
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Obituary for Beverly H. Pietryga

Beverly H. Pietryga, age 77 and a resident of Highland, Michigan since 1974, passed away at her home in the care of her family on January 9, 2010, after a battle with cancer. Born on September 29, 1932 in Mohall, North Dakota, she was the daughter of John and Ellen (Johnson) Praetz. When she was two, the family moved to Chinook, Montana where, after school, Beverly went to the University of Montana and graduated in 1954 with a degree in Journalism. She moved to St. Louis and was working with the Christian Board of Education when she met Leonard Pietryga, a young Air Force man. They fell in love, married in Montana, then moved to Alaska until 1957 when they moved to East Lansing, Michigan to attend Michigan State. Upon graduating in the summer of 1960, they moved to Taylor, Michigan until 1962, later moved to Dearborn Heights, and in 1974 moved to Highland.
Beverly was active with the Highland Schools, serving briefly on the Board of Education and working with the PTA and Boosters. She wrote copy for Lansing radio stations and did proofreading and copy editing for authors. The center of her life, however was faith and family. She was a charter member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Highland. She prepared family dinners every night, made Christmas stockings and baby blankets for each addition to her growing family, and loved macram� and decoupage, always looking for creative ways to make a child, or grandchild or niece or nephew feel special and loved. Seeing the generations of her family grow up around her was a great gift and she felt fulfilled and handled her final illness with the grace and quiet dignity that marked her life.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Leonard; sons, Michael (Susan) and Matthew; daughter, Mary (James) Ogle; grandchildren, Eric, Sarah, and Emily Pietryga, Zackary, Cameron and Mackenzie Ogle, and Mason Pietryga, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 N. Harvey Lake Rd., Highland, on Wednesday, January 13th, at 10AM with Fr. Leo Lulko officiating. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Bay City. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Tuesday, January 12th, 3-9PM. Rosary Tuesday 7PM. Memorials may be made in her name to the Church of the Holy Spirit Building Fund. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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