Kovaleski, Dean John “DJ”, Saginaw, Michigan

Our beloved son and brother, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Covenant HealthCare NICU. He was 22 years old. Dean J. Kovaleski was born on August 13, 1991 in Saginaw, Michigan to Sandra “Sandy” (Duso) and Rolland “Sonny” Kovaleski. DJ graduated from Heritage High School with the Class of 2010. He had currently been working at Pizza Hut. DJ was a member of the Catholic faith. In his spare time, he enjoyed Travel Soccer with the Saginaw Sting, playing basketball, running cross country and watching Kentucky basketball. He also enjoyed listening to music, writing poetry, and taking care of animals, especially those in need. Surviving are his mother, Sandy Kovaleski; father, Sonny Kovaleski; brother, Andrew Duso and girlfriend, Amy Batcke; sister, Nicole Kovaleski and boyfriend, Ken Mero; grandmother, Geri Duso; aunt, Cathy Duso; uncle, John Duso; nieces: Emilee and Gabriella Duso; nephew, Hayden Duso; several cousins and friends; and dog, Teddy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Duso; grandfather, Rollie Kovaleski; and grandmother, Dorothy Kovaleski. A Funeral Liturgy will take place on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 4735 W. Michigan Ave. Rev. Fr. John R. Johnson will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State), on Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. DJ will lie in state at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L. Street N.W., Washington, DC 20037 or Charity of Choice. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church, or online at www.deislerfuneralhome.com.