Pettet, John L., Saginaw, Michigan


Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Edgewood Assisted Living. Age 94 years. The son of the late Roy and Alice (Wehren) Pettet, John was born July 23, 1917 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from St. Andrew High School. He married Eleanor M. Demsky on October 25, 1941. She predeceased him March 29, 1994. John served in the U.S. Army during WW II in the East Indies on the island of New Guinea and was awarded three Bronze Stars for his military service. John was a past member of American Legion Post #439. He was employed at Helfrecht Machine Company for many years until his retirement in 1981. John was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. John began golfing at the age of 13 and was a passionate golfer his entire life. John enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing Euchre and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. He also enjoyed working in his shop and doing jigsaw puzzles. Surviving are three daughters and one son, Patricia M. Kostrzewski, Saginaw; Susan and Douglas LaPage, Pentwater, Michigan; Mary Alice and David Paquette, Saginaw; John Pettet, Lansing; four grandchildren, Kristin Mary Kostrzewski, Granger, Indiana; James (Larysa) Kostrzewski, Lansing; Michael (Susan) LaPage, Arlington, Virginia; Christy LaPage, Pentwater; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jack Kostrzewski; one sister, Mary Claire Reinhardt, Bay City; many nieces and nephews including Carol (Dick) Shimer and Judith Wreggelsworth; a dear friend, Ethel Trombley. John was preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian Thompson, Jane Jungerheld and Patricia Pettet. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery where military honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #439. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. www.snowfuneralhome.net