Ray L. Pietrzak

January 5, 1924April 29, 2013

RAY L. PIETRZAK Age 89, of McCandless, on Monday, April 29, 2013. Loving husband of Marian S. (Sanders); beloved father of Steven R. (Anita) Pietrzak of NJ, Carol Stewart, and Donald N. Pietrzak of Indiana, PA; proud grandfather of Patricia (Harry), Jessica, Michael (Michelle), Samuel, Andrew, and Steven (Yuki); great-grandfather of Raymond, Isabelle, and Aya; brother of Mary Helen Ryder, John (Nevin) Pietrzak, Stanley (Mary) Pietrzak, and the late Grace Zigmond. Ray grew up during the depression, and after high school, served in the CCC in Central Pennsylvania. He then served in the Army Air Corps. during WWII. Ray was a distinguished alumnus of California University of Pennsylvania and a proud graduate of Penn State. He was a dedicated high school teacher for over 30 years at North Allegheny and Churchill High Schools. He also served as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 329. Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., 412-364-4444. A Funeral Service will be held in Hiland Presbyterian Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be sent to:


  • Visitation Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 3, 2013

Ray L. Pietrzak

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May 4, 2013

Dear Ray ~ I'm sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. I never had any classes with him, but knew he was well respected at CAHS. May God bless you now in your loss. Robb (Bob) Connors

MaryAnn Nasiadka Cumberland Crossing

May 3, 2013

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

May 2, 2013

Was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your family are in my thought and prayers.
Debbie Hoolahan Pegher

Katie Bonds (Sanders)

May 2, 2013

Love and prayers to Aunt Marian and the whole family as they deal with this difficult time. I remember Uncle Ray always very dedicated to family, not to mention a great duck carver. I still picture him in his TV chair with Buttons on his lap, from so many childhood visits we enjoyed at their home. He will be missed by all of us!

May 2, 2013

Dear Pietrzaks, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you Ray,
John Brodie

Mike & Tracy Miller

May 2, 2013

We'll miss you very much Uncle Ray! Love to the whole family.

Jessicaw Pietrzak

May 1, 2013

Pappap you will be extremely missed by us all. I love you very much!

-betsy Hollweck

May 1, 2013

Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. You'll be in my thoughts.-betsy Weixel Hollweck

May 1, 2013

We send our condolences to the Pietrzak's. Steve speaks so fondly of his family to all of us. Our thoughts and prays are with all of you during your time of sorrow.

From Steve's friends and coworkers at State House Building Mangement

Patti Flud

May 1, 2013