Gerard Patrick Peplowski, age 79, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Ascension St. John Main in Detroit. He was born on December 18, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Walter and the late Helen (nee:Karasienski) Peplowski.
Gerard graduated from Orchard Lake St. Mary's in 1958. After High School, he attended the University of Detroit where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering. He then continued on to Law School at the University of Detroit. He was very active in the Order of Malta.
Gerard was the loving husband of Diane for 51 years. Dear father of Patrick (Lisa) Peplowski and Michael (Tara) Peplowski. Cherished grandfather of Ryan, Allison, Kate, and Evey. Beloved brother of Robert (Donna) Peplowski.
Visitation for Gerard will be held on Friday, March 20 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Funeral Mass will be held privately for the family.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Malta Medical and Dental Clinic, 31698 Southview, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207.
Gerry was a longtime friend whom I first met in 1977 when we were newly appointed workers' compensation administrative law judges in Detroit. We soon became much more than colleagues and quickly developed a close friendship that continued until his passing. It turned out there there were many parallels in our lives that enhanced our friendship that had started long before we met and continued thereafter. We were about the same age, both engineers, became lawyers about the same time, married the same year, honeymooned at the same place (Bermuda), our kids were about the same age and attended the same college (Michigan State). We were Eastsiders. We shared a great love of golf and played many, many rounds of golf together at Sunnybrook; plus, tons of golf trips "up north" and to North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona. In later years when his physical skills diminished, Gerry vectored his considerable intellect to bridge. He became an accomplished player accumulating masterpoints by participating in tournaments as a member of The American Contract Bridge League. He also enjoyed playing bridge with others around the world on the Internet. It was my very great privilege to have known Gerry. Not many of us get to have an extraordinary friend like Gerry in our lifetime. I will miss him very much. May God bless you Gerry.
Green Valley, Arizona/ Lost Lake Woods
I enjoyed playing fantasy football several years with Pep..he was a fun competitor..my condolences to the family...
Randy (Crandall) Look
On behalf of my Deceased father who highly respected Gerry and worked together at the bureau for many years, my deepest condolences and prayers to the entire family. May God grant peace and illuminate his soul.
Dear Diane and family, please know that you are in my prayers. I remember walking to your house on Three Mile Drive Gerry was always so warm and kind. I wanted to pay my respects but had to do emergency babysitting. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy L'Esperance
I’ll miss Gerry for a couple reasons. He was a fair and honest mediator when I was a young lawyer, and every time I mentioned my fraternity brothers Pat and Mike, his eyes would light up with pride. May his memory be a blessing to your whole family. Pat Horan
It has been a privilege to know this man and his family. May the Good Lord keep you at His side and provide strength and comfort for Mrs. Pep, the boys, and their families.
A treasure in our lives and so many others. We will treasure all the memories of the love and caring both in challenging and happy times. Knowing the good Lord has his arms around Gerry gives us peace gives us peace. We pray for courage and strength for Diane and family as they continue on the journey that lies ahead. Events prevent our giving hugs but know how many people care for this special man.
Tom and Kathleen (Kubik) DeGrazia
JACK WHITEHOUSE OUTSTANDING FRIEND.... REMEMBERING GREAT MOMENTS, GOLFING, RETREATS,MEETINGS & JUDGING !!! NOT FAR BEHIND YOU, SO, SAVE ME A SEAT !!! JUT SO MANY "FOND" MEMORIES!! GOD BLESS FAMILY!!
You have been a friend for sixty years -from the fraternity days at U of D, to the lunches with John and Mike, family parties, lunches and breakfasts with other fraternity brothers, Order of Malta and our pilgrimage to Lourdes, serving at the Clinics while you were our esteemed leader, being with you in many different hospital stays, and lastly the Board meetings in your home. You have been a loyal servant of Jesus Christ and lived the Beatitudes. Your dedication to the sick and the poor was unending. Truly a man for others. Thanks for being my friend. I will miss you.
You have been a friend for 45 years.Family. A neighbor, a mentor, a coach, your laughter and humor brought us through many tumultuous times!
The “kids” are all better for having you guide them and coach them through Cannon baseball. No one threw signs like you did!
Thanks for the great times from Three Mile Drive and beyond. Will always remember “Dancing on the Table”.
May God Blesd you and keep you in his hand.
All our love!!