Retired U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician Interpreter Sr. Chief Petty Officer John Ronald Pietrzak, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at home with his devoted loving wife by his side. John was born March 8, 1936, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the late John R. Pietrzak and Mary C. Pietrzak (Kowalski).
He was very proud of his Polish family heritage. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age 18, serving his country in Turkey, Japan, Alaska, Morocco, Spain and in the United States, including Maryland and Virginia, finally settling in Virginia Beach. He was a Cold War veteran. John came from a heritage line of military service; John, sons and grandchildren continue the tradition. After his retirement from U.S. Navy, he was employed by and retired from HRSD. John was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church.
John was preceded in death by his brother, Ray L. Pietrzak; and sister, Grace C. Zigmond.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Nevin Pietrzak; daughter, Nevin Ann Unokur, and her husband, Serdar; two sons, John D. Pietrzak, and his wife, Pamela, and Errol S. Pietrzak, and his wife, Sondra; five grandchildren, Nicholas A. Pietrzak (Ashley), Tristan M. Pietrzak (Diana), Max A. Pietrzak, Logan T. Pietrzak and Lukas T. Pietrzak; great-grandson, Noah Pietrzak; step-grandson, Brandon Murphy; sister, Mary Helen Ryder; brother, Stanley L. Pietrzak; sister-in-law, Mary Pietrzak; Fatma Streett (Craig), who was like a daughter; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins from the Pittsburgh area.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, at Rosewood & Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 27, at St Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Interment will be held Monday, Dec. 30, in A.G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk.
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