John "Pete" E. Kotewa

November 26, 1926 ~ March 25, 2019 (age 92)

Kotewa, John E. “Pete”

Bay City, Michigan


          Our loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away unexpectedly at his residence in Bay City, Michigan on Monday, March 25, 2019. Age 92 years. Pete was born on November 26, 1926 in Bay City, Michigan to the late John F. and Florence (Clock) Kotewa. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946. On January 6, 1950 in Maywood, Illinois Pete married his beloved wife, Annaliese A. Meister, and she preceded him in death on February 9, 2019. After many years of service as a Gas Mechanic, Pete retired from Consumers Energy. Pete was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and Poker Player. One of his greatest passions in life was gardening around home with his wife. Above all, nothing meant more to Pete than his family.


          Left to cherish his memories are five children, Robert (Gerri) Kotewa, Rick Kotewa, Joanne (Terry) Woody, Susan Lopez, and Karen Gwizdala; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. After a short period of separation, Pete is reunited with his wife of 69 years, Annaliese A. Kotewa; his parents; brothers and sisters; daughter-in-law, Diane Kotewa; and son-in-law, Kelvin Keenan.


          At the request of Pete, cremation has taken place and A Celebration of Life will take place at the Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry St. Bay City, MI 48706, on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Officiant will be Nancy Rivet. Immediately prior to the Celebration of Life a Military Honors Ceremony will be preformed under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. Private Family Inurnment will take place at Floral Gardens Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Salvation Army”.       

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