Gerald "Jerry" Niedzielski

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Jerry Niedzielski, 93, of Bay City, our loving, supportive, devoted, and most giving husband, dad, and wonderful Pa was born into eternal life on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at his home. Jerry was born in Bay City on June 10, 1925, the son of the late Alphonse and Martha (Rubis) Niedzielski. Growing up, Jerry enjoyed spending time with his buddies, raising pigeons, and delivering bread with his dad, who worked at Berdan Bread Company. After 11th grade, Jerry answered the call of our country and served 3 ½ years in the U.S. Army/Air Force. He flew 29 missions as a ball turret gunner over Germany and then fought fires in California until he was honorably discharged. On July 5, 1947, Jerry was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Ruth Ann Seaman. He retired from Sears after 22 years as a carpet salesman and enjoyed bowling, golfing, and was an avid sportsman. He was the best husband of 71 years and an outstanding father to his three children. Jerry always took pride in the home he built with his “Ruthie Gal.” In addition to Ruth, Jerry leaves to carry on his legacy, his three children: Mike (Jackie) Niedzielski, Russ (Gizella) Niedzielski, and Louise Anderson. He was the most supportive and loving “Pa” of Jerry (Bambi) Niedzielski, Deanna (Jason) Jean, Wendy (Barrett) Neely, Heather (Paul) Rancort, Eric Peterson (Christina), Holly (Mark) Huss, and Timothy Peterson (Nicole). Jerry’s memory will live on in the hearts of his great-grandchildren, Brittnee, Jeramiah, Amani, Zachary (Sara), DJ (Britt), Pedro (Alisha), Austin, Logan, Connor, Cameron, Silas, Forrest, Abbie, Austin, Dylan, and Piper; great-great grandsons, Leon and Cruz; sister-in-law, Barb Niedzielski, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jerry was welcomed home to heaven by his brothers, Alphonse Niedzielski, Jr. and Arthur Niedzielski; sister, Eleanor (Norman) Ebel; his father and mother-in-law, Russell & Ruth Seaman, and his sister-in-law, Dolores (Howard) Gum. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Jerry’s grandson, Eric, for all the outdoor chores he did for his Pa; to his granddaughter, Deanna, for always coming to his rescue to fix the T.V., and to The Care Team Hospice, especially Misty and Don for their compassionate care. Jerry’s family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for Jerry at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Jerry will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 12:00 Noon until Jerry’s 1:00 PM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. Lou, my deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. We all hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you and your family in the days ahead. Please accept our prayers and love. Cherish the memories you created with father. Be strong my friend. God has now received in his kingdom another angel to look over you and your family. Again be strong my friend. Elena and Family

  2. Ruth and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know him that well but he was a very nice man. You and your entire family are in my thoughts this week!!! ????

  3. I sure do feel privledged that the dear Lord let me have a very nice visit with Jerry and Ruthie just days before he took him to heaven. Rest in peace Jerry I am sure the golf courses are greener the bowling lanes are truer and the bucks are bigger in heaven. Your fiend always Jimmy.

  4. My deepest Sympathies to the whole family. Especially Lou , Russ , Mike , and love to Ruth. I have very fond memories of Jerry.

  5. Ruth, Mike, Russ, Lou, and families. I was very saddened to here about Jerry’s passing. My heart goes out to you all for this great loss. He is such a big part of some of my fondest memories of my father. Deer hunting together, I miss him saying ” Rise and shine it’s daylight in the swamp.” I even said it last year at deer camp myself. Love, Hugs, and Prayers to you all.
    With deepest love and sorrow,

    Bryan, Kim, and Tyler

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