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Ronald Pikielek

Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Ronald Pikielek, 87, passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at home from a stroke. He was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Detroit, to Antoinette and Joseph Pikielek, who predeceased him along with his dear brother, Frederick Pikielek. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marcia Pikielek (nee Thurber); son, Brian Pikielek (Cherie); daughters, Leslie Skinsacos (Stevan) and Laura Webber (Lee); and grandchildren, Nicholas, Leah, Elle and Joelle. 

Ron belonged to the Northeastern and St. Clair Shores chapters of Toastmasters Club, as well as The Villagers dance club, Grosse Pointe Men’s Club, Chrysler 300 Club and Packard Car Club. Ron was the founder of the Michigan Jazz Record Collectors Club and a past president of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors Club. He served the country in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. He was a longtime supporter of the American Red Cross blood donation program, attended Our Lady Star of the Sea parish and helped his son, Brian, establish Bike Tech Bike Shop.

Ron and Marcia started several duplicate bridge clubs that continued more than 40 years. He loved playing bridge with friends and loved and enjoyed his family, spending holidays and countless special occasions together. 

An accountant by profession, he was well known for his ability as a tax accountant and admired by many. A graduate of Wayne State University, he attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Ron enjoyed his extensive jazz record collection, which he started acquiring at age 17. Music was his passion, as was his 60-year marriage to his best friend. The family said they will miss his loving heart and beautiful wavy hair, of which he was very proud.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Information may be obtained from A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.