Michael Pelak (age 67)

Michael Francis Pelak, age 67 passed away on December 19, 2021, at his home in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Michael was born on March 31st, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan to John and Angeline (Bierzynski), he grew up in Detroit at Chene Street and Medbury and was the 10th of 14 children.

Everyone who knows Michael, knows him better as Turtle, a nickname given to him by his father because he walked so slow. Turtle met the love of his life, Ingrid “Inky” (Mokrzan) when he was 17 years old, they married on June 26, 1981, and raised their 3 children Michael, Kimberly, and Lisa in Hamtramck.

Turtle was a fixture in Hamtramck, owning and operating a successful tire business “Turtle’s Tires” and later a bar, lovingly named “Inky and Turtle’s” For many years. The bar became a gathering place for family, friends, and the neighborhood. Turtle could usually be seen ending the night with a dance with his best girl. Turtle will be remembered as a kind and generous man who gave to those in need, a man of faith, a good friend to so many and above all a man who loved his wife deeply and his children and grandchildren unconditionally.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Ingrid Pelak (Hamtramck) his son Michael (Marie), his daughters Kimberly Pelak and Lisa (Martin) Tokarski, Grandchildren, Alyssa Pelak, Tyler Pelak, Lilliana Pelak, Andrew Tokarski and Daniella Tokarski. Sister Joann, brother John (Gilda), brother Daniel, sister Kathy (Philip) Reggio-Pelak, and brothers James(Michelle), Philip (Pammie) and Joseph.

Turtle is preceded in death by his parents John and Angeline, his brother Thomas, sister Carol (Jim) Novak, sister Barbara Jean, brother Edward (Leona), Lorraine, and Christine (Pete) Silisavage.

Lying In State
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 9:30 – 11 AM

Until time of funeral mass at 11 AM

St Hyacinth Catholic Church (map)
3151 Farnsworth
Detroit MI 48211

Mount Olivet Cemetery
17100 Van Dyke
Detroit MI 48234

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Michael’s name to St. Hyacinth Catholic Church