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“John has always been a great friend to my family and to me ! He is one of the good guys ! May you Rest In Peace John Prebelich ! ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Drumm - Allen Park, MI

“John was a friend of both me and my family for years ! He worked with my Dad at Fords a long time before I started there. He was my friend and one...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Drumm - Allen Park, MI

“Janet and John, your Dad was always a kind and funny man. He was always a pleasure to see.My prayers and condolences go out to you and your families. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Gerilyn Gruzwalski - Novi, MI

“rip good friend. ben sturges ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“May God comfort all of the Lemanski klan and all of those who new this wonderful man in your time of mourning. I am sure Shultz was at the gates of...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Frank Lemanski - Sealy, TX

“Mark and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know you were very close. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Michelle Meeks - Roseville, MI

“So sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed. Sending love and light to Janet and Anthony and their families! ❤ ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Lynn Koss - Macomb, MI - Family

“John was a friend co-worker of mine and we worked with each other for many years. SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PASSING. FORD WAS GOOD TO US AND...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: FRED KEELIN - ARMADA, MI

“To the man that shared my birthday growing up in Warren, MI on Murthum. Love you and will never forget you. RIP Mr. Preblich. Paula Dusza ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Paula Dusza - Clinton Township, MI

“RIP John. Honor to have known you. May your family find comfort during this difficult time. You were a good man my friend. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Wayne Lake - Stanwood, MI

“John it was such a pleasure to know you for many years, most of those years you were my supervisor. I have never enjoyed working with or for anyone...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: David Yell - Lapeer, MI


John Gerald Prebelich Sr. "Jerry" age 81, died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 12, 1936 in Detroit, son of the late John Louis and the late Catherine Elizabeth (nee: Poyma) Prebelich.

Growing up in Detroit, Jerry attended and was a proud graduate of Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic School, the Class of 1955. Following high school, he went about his life until receiving the call to serve his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army. With his military years spanning from 1959 to 1961, much of his time was spent on assignment in Germany where he was honored to drive for one of the base Colonel's. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we pay homage to Jerry for his military service and extend our posthumous gratitude for his willingness to stand in harm's way for the sake of freedoms cause. For the sacrifices made and his patriotism exuded, we honor Jerry for answering the call with bravery and valiance.

Upon returning from the military, Jerry decided to ask the love of his life, Joni, if she would join him on his life's journey by becoming his wife,…of which she answered with an emphatic, Yes! The two lovebirds had met through a mutual friend, who just happened to be Joni's cousin. And the rest, they say, was simply Kismet. Friendship turned to love, and that love led them to the altar where they shared their "I Do's" in front of family and friends alike on May 13, 1961,…the beginning of their journey together as husband & wife.

In 1964, Jerry's career path entered a more permanent phase as he accepted a position at the Ford Utica Trim Plant (at 23 Mile & Mound Rds) where he extended the utmost in dedicated service for over 30 years until finally accepting his well deserved retirement in 1994. Jerry ultimately retired having attained the prestigious level of Superintendent for the company.

Throughout their lives together, Jerry & Joni loved to travel. When the kids were younger, they enjoyed taking them to wonderful destinations such as California, Florida, and also a memorable trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They also loved their many jaunts to the Glitter Capital of the world, Las Vegas. There was always great joy and anticipation each time they headed somewhere special and notable, and Jerry did his best to provide the family some monumental memories of the beauty America has to behold.

As for other favorite pastimes, Jerry & Joni loved the years they spent bowling and golfing together,…as well as the great friendship times that were shared in the process. Whether it was basking in the sunshine of a gorgeous day on the links in search of that infamous Hole-in-One, or whoopin' it up on the lanes in a little bowling action hoping for that elusive 300 Game, Jerry & Joni were always front & center in helping to create some wonderful memories to last a lifetime,…even amidst the sporting environment.

Yet if you were to ask Jerry what his favorite thing in life was, a resounding "Family" would have been your response. His precious children, Janet & John, were loved dearly and beyond measure. Then his grandchildren came along and quickened a love in him that was astronomical in nature, a love that washed over him like an ocean. They were the light of his life and provided Jerry a joy unlike anything else he had ever known.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jerry goes on ahead of us, but not without leaving a legacy of love for all to cherish and embrace who were blessed to know this great man. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his life's journey and will be missed immensely. Rest in peace, Jerry.

Beloved husband of the late Joan M (1992). Loving father of Janet (the late Ross) Raona and John Gerald (Dawn) Prebelich Jr. Cherished grandfather of Anthony (Kaytlyn), Austin, Aric and Laurin. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his brother Thomas.

Visitation for Jerry will be held Tuesday, December 26th from 5-9 pm and Wednesday from 2-9 pm, with a 7 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Thursday from 10:30 am until the time of his Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 14115 Fourteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please share memories at "Jerry's" memory book above.