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“Will always remember our days going to school together. Rest in Peace. ”
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“Jerry taught me how to do a brake tork. He was a good friend to me and my sister. Always looked out for us. RIP my friend . ”
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“I have not seen Jerry since moving from Hamtramck in the late 70's. He always took my friends and I for rides in his car. I have so many memories of...Read More ยป
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Gerald John Zarkowski age 64 of Lake Orion Michigan, died Friday January 6, 2017 at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac Michigan. Gerald was born August 30, 1952 in Hamtramck the son of the late Joseph Henry Zarkowski and the late Wanda Stella (nee: Olekczyk) Zarkowski.

Gerald was raised and lived the majority of his life in Hamtramck. He attended St. Florian Catholic School, Pulaski School, and later graduated from Hamtramck High School. Following his schooling Gerald went to work for Chrysler Motors Lynch Road Assembly Plant and later worked at the Warren Truck Plant on the assembly line. Gerald worked faithfully for over 22 years for Chrysler Motors before retiring due to health issues.

When Gerald was not working he could be found in the garage tinkering or wrenching on cars. He and his buddy were also avid scrappers for metal, later to be recycled at the local recycling plant. While Gerald lived in Hamtramck he cared for his mother and took care of the family home. Later after his mother passed away Gerald moved with his brother to Lake Orion.

Quiet time for Gerald was usually spent fishing with his buddy John or just watching sports or NASCAR on television. He loved his time spent surrounded by his family and neices and nephews. Gerald will be forever missed by all his family and his many friends made over the years.

Gerald was the beloved brother of Wanda Rathnaw, James (Valerie) Zarkowski, and the late Joseph Zarkowski. He was the loving uncle of Joseph (Kelly) Rathnaw, Richard (Caroline) Rathnaw, Sarah Zarkowski, and Great uncle of Jessica, Joey, Amelie, Aidan, Melanie, and Stacy.

Visitation Gerald will be held Sunday from 3-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile) with an evening Vigil service. Funeral Services will be held Monday at the Funeral Home.

Please share memories of Gerald at his memory book above.