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Nov 11, 2019

Funeral Arrangements of Larry Pettke
Our beloved Pastor and brother in Christ, Larry Pettke, has returned to the fullness of God.

Larry will lay in state at St. Louis Catholic Community
on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 2 pm – 8 pm
with a “Larry Style” Vigil Service at 7 pm.
(If you don't know what that means - you've never truly experienced Larry!)

He will lay in State Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10 am
with Resurrection Celebration Liturgy at 11 am.

Come join us to celebrate the Life of this Good and Faithful SERVANT of CHRIST!
And as always, ALL are Welcome!

Comments

  • Laura & Stan SandmarkPosted on 11/17/19

    Larry was our pastor at St Bede in Southfield. But he was so much more than our pastor. He was our friend. Larry was on our bowling team every Friday night. He joined our altar server trip to Boblo every summer. He came to our Christmas Eve dinner every year. Larry was a part of our family. I don't know how we would have gotten through my dad's illness and death without Larry there for us. He always knew the right thing to say to comfort and to bring a smile. I can still hear his rendition of "Oh Canada!" So many memories of such a kind, loving friend! We will miss him.

  • Elaine SchillingPosted on 11/15/19

    I live in Fenton, Mi, but Father Larry and I grew up in Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish. Queen of Peace parish closed its doors several years ago. When my mother was dying, she said, "Now, I have no church to be buried from." Father Larry stepped in and hugged my mom. He and the wonderful people of St. Louis parish helped to give my mom the most beautiful funeral. Thanks to Father Larry and all of you.
    Elaine Schilling

  • Robert Andre (Bob)Posted on 11/14/19

    Fr. Larry was one of a kind, it seems that persons would gravitate to him. A loving person and real joy to know. I just didnt like calling him LARRY and dont remember ever doing so. The noon pray for Larry was said each day and I thought if once was good three times might be better so I choose morning, noon and evening. Love you Fr. Larry and thank you for sharing your life with me.

  • Patricia SwiontekPosted on 11/14/19

    I am a member of St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families in Warren but I belong to your Faith Sharing Group at St. Louis since 2011 & have had the delightful experience of knowing Fr. Larry attending Wed. AM liturgies. He was a unique/wonderful/caring priest&man. I feel blessed to have
    known him. I can only picture him with Christ & angels all around them celebrating his homecoming.

  • CHERYL JOYCE BURDAPosted on 11/13/19

    AFTER I RECEIVED A CALL INFORMING ME THAT FATHER LARRY HAS PASSED, I PRAYED FOR HIM THE REST OF THE DAY AND THAT IS ONGOING PRAYER FOR HIM. I KNOW FATHER LARRY IS IN HEAVEN AND I AM HAPPY FOR HIM BECAUSE HE CERTAINLY GOT THERE. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN HE BLESSED ME ONE SUNDAY BEFORE MASS, AS I ASKED HIM TO BLESS ME FOR GOOD HEALTH, WHICH IS SOMETHING I TRY TO OBTAIN EVERY DAY AS I HAVE HAD SOME VERY TRYING EVENTS HEALTHWISE. GOD BLESS YOU, FATHER LARRY.

  • Merri ZelenakPosted on 11/12/19

    Father Larry came into my life when I lost another man...my husband. I had been away from any type of religion for more than 40 years. There was something about this man that touched me so deeply that I ended up converting and became a member of St. Louis. Though I have moved to another state I continued to try and get to mass whenever I make it back to MI. I will truly miss him and how he always made me stop and think of what I was doing and how I was treating others. My daughter put it the best when she told him that he had preformed a miracle with me. He truly did.

  • Victoria A MobleyPosted on 11/12/19

    Larry brought us to church the way we remembered it from the old neighborhood in Detroit. My mother Marie loved him. I always teased him that he should have been Franciscan. What he brought to all of us and how he gathered us together cannot be replaced. It was because of him that I returned to communion. I will be eternally grateful. We love you Larry. You are one of a kind. We can only hope that the Archdiocese would follow in your footsteps. Meanwhile we'll cheer for the Red Wings in your honor. The Stanley Cup in their future? They'll need your help.

  • Terry and Bob BarbieriPosted on 11/12/19

    We've known Fr. Larry since his days at St. Peters. He was always full of life, and a true servant of the Lord. He would love days like today, snowy. He would come across to the grade school, and throw snow balls at the windows of the school during lunch time. The kids loved this. Rest in Peace.

  • Terry AustinPosted on 11/11/19

    He was a true follower of Christ and I can just see the two embracing each other and Jesus saying “you are a true and faithful servant, of whom I am well pleased.

 

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