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“Kelly, Kelly and Lily, although I don't know you, I went to St Al's with your Dad and I remember him so fondly. Always a fun, funny and tender heart...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Phyllis Flanigan - Friend

“So sorry to hear of his death. I remember how close our parents were (Mary and Bob Molascon on Forrer) and the many times our families were together...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sue (Molascon) Secorski - Redford, MI

“Such a sweet man ! Worked w him at wmmri we had such fun ! Rockin ruth (thats what he called me) ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Ruth Delleva - Roseville, MI

“I remember him, and Jim very well. Grew up in the neighborhood on Whitcomb and Orangelawn. He was a funny guy, always busy with school and sports.......Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Kimberly Lidzbarski-Allen - OH

“So sorry to hear! Our hearts, thoughts, & prayers are with you all! xoxo ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Doona/Ron Vogt - Rochester Hills, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family.Gerry, we first met on the AutoMag website where we both held a passion for the AutoMag. Although we sent...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: John DeBeasso - Virginia Beach, VA

“Dear Kelly and Kevin,There are no words to express my sympathy. I hope you both find comfort in their peace. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lynne Foley - Shelby, MI - Friend

“Kevin, Kelly, Marilyn and Robert, I'm truly sorry for your loss. His passing is a loss to all that knew him. So many memories, from him "flying me...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sue Rush - Sterling Heights, MI

“Oh, Ger, my dear sweet friend. I'm blessed that we got to visit recently. Wishing you & Drema eternity. Sending God's peace and sympathy to your...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Betsy Connolly - Royal Oak, MI

Gerard John Piech, age 65 of Warren, died peacefully while under the watchful care of his daughter, Kelly at her home in Shelby Township on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Gerard was born February 4, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Arthur Valentine Piech, and the late Marguerite Sofia (nee: Beaumont) Piech.

An M.R.I. technologist by day, Gerard was the perfect sort of "Gentle Giant" that shined when it came to bringing comfort to the countless people who made their way through his testing facilities. That big, ominous machine could tend to be quite unnerving to some, but Gerard was gifted with a soothing nature that helped to quicken peacefulness amidst the pressure.

When he was able to find time away from the job, Gerard was a true Michigander who had a passion for the outdoors. He loved getting away and exchanging the concrete jungle for a bit of the "up north" experience,…especially on his annual treks to Tawas. A beautifully scenic slice of Michigan Heaven, Tawas was one of Gerard's favorite places to visit,…which is what kept drawing him back, year-after-year. Music was another of Gerard's passions, and rock 'n' roll was the sounds that "soothed his soul." Of course, the genre today is fittingly entitled, "Classic Rock,"…but Gerard fell in love with it when it was simply, Rock! He truly had a verve for life and enjoyed infusing happiness and joy in the hearts and environs that surrounded him, perhaps that defines his endearing moniker, the FunMeister. If you were blessed to spend any amount of time in Gerard's company, you were sure to have a great time and lots of laughs.

Gerard will also be remembered for being devoted to his faith and an active Catholic. Being girded up by something bigger than himself was always important to him and helped to keep him grounded. Aside from many of the familiar practices within his faith, Gerard also enjoyed the studies and teachings of another devout Catholic, Mr. Thomas Merton. Growing up in a home with parents who were artist's in their own right, Thomas would follow his own unique and creative path as a writer, theologian, poet and scholar,…a path that eventually led to his becoming an American Trappist Monk. Ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1949, he would go on to be known also as Father Louis. But whether it was Thomas or Louis that Gerard was being filled with, the important aspect is that he was always seeking to be filled and encouraged to all things Holy and meaningful. Perhaps that is what helped Gerard to walk on through the storms of life and his four year battle with colon cancer,…a battle he shared right alongside his beloved, Drema.

Aside from the love and devotion he possessed for his dogs, Molly & Lucy, a Border Collie and Sheltie, Lucy, (his four-legged kids), Gerard was blessed with another truly indescribable love and adoration embodied in the life of his precious granddaughter, Lily. "Grandpa Times" with Lily were the moments that melted his heart,…especially when the two were sharing their afternoon naps together. The picture of Lily cradled in the crook of Grandpa's arms was enough to bring a tear to your eye. He loved her so!

A devoted husband, doting father & grandfather, and friend to all, Gerard leaves us far too soon in the scheme of things, but not without imparting the best and brightest of himself along the way. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey this side of Heaven, may he now enjoy his rewards on the other side as he and Drema are reunited once again,…safe in the arms of God.

Gerard was the beloved husband of the late Drema. Dearest father of Kevin (Emily) Piech and Kelly (Steve) Gabrail. Loving grandfather of Lilyanna Gabrail. Brother of Marilyn (the late Larry) Ramsey, Robert (Therese) Piech, the late Michael Piech, and the late James Piech.

Visitation for Gerard will be held Thursday, March 14th from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Friday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Road in Warren.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Capuchin Ministries, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207. (

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