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Life Story / Obituary
Joseph John Ptacek, age 89, passed away at his home in Portage, Michigan, surrounded by his family on the morning of Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who always found a way to make people laugh and share his wisdom. Joe was born on October 5, 1927 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Frank and Anna (Paulik) Ptacek. He married Dolores “Jean” Nash on September 22, 1951. He served in the United States Army and retired from a long career at the Allied paper company. Joe had a number of hobbies, including riding his bicycle, spending time outdoors, and he was an avid reader. He had a wonderful group of friends who he enjoyed spending time with. He was also a long-time member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.
Joe is preceded in death by daughter Theresa Ptacek. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Ptacek; son Steve Ptacek; daughter Robin (Lehrman); daughter-in-law Teresa Ptacek; grandchildren Jennifer, Lesley, and Joe Ptacek, and Kolby and Max Lehrman; brothers John (Sharon), Jerry (Jean); sister Liddy Ivens; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 11am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Portage. Please visit Joseph’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Reverence Hospice.