Jerome “Jerry” Strzempka was born in Detroit, MI on August 16th, 1944 to John and Jennie Strzempka. He was one of 3 children. Jerry passed away in Michigan on December 1, 2023. Beloved husband of 16 years to Laura Strzempka. Loving father of John (Kimberlee) Strzempka, Anthony Strzempka, Anna (Eric) Bowman, and Kari Ruggiero. Caring grandfather of Joseph Strzempka, Charles Strzempka, Augusta Bowman, Roger Bowman, Hunter Ruggiero, and Grant Ruggiero. Dearest brother of David Strzempka and Luana (the late Bruce) Karazia. Jerry is preceded in death by his first wife Anna Strzempka of 24 years.
Jerry was more than just a tool and die guy – he was a proud member of the UAW, and you could see the spark in his eyes when he talked about his work. A true advocate for the brotherhood, Jerry cherished the camaraderie within the UAW, forming bonds that transcended the workplace.
Beyond the shop, Jerry found peace at his beloved lake house, where he enjoyed the serenity of boating on tranquil waters. His love for the outdoors was a source of joy, and his lake house became a haven for cherished memories with family and friends. He loved dancing, jazz, playing the piano, and sharing his passion for music with those around him. In quieter times, Jerry appreciated life's simple pleasures, often with a glass of Scotch in hand. He will be missed by many family and friends and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew and loved him.
A visitation will be held in Jerry’s honor at Harry J. Will Funeral Home located at 37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152 on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a rosary service being held at 7:00 PM. The funeral service will take place on Friday, December 8th, 2023 at 11am at Harry J Will Funeral Home.