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Anthony "Tony" Petricca

July 19, 1938 — February 15, 2019

Anthony “Tony” Petricca of Plymouth, died February 15, 2019 at the age of 80. Tony was the beloved husband of Suzanne (née Reckinger) Petricca, and together they shared 16 wonderful years of marriage. Tony is also survived by his sister Eleanore Brandenburg (née Petricca), two admiring sons Mark (Rachel Urbaniak) Petricca, Joseph (Nicole) Petricca, their mother Marie Petricca, loving step-sons, the late Erik Filipek, Christopher Filipek, Stefan (Suzanne) Filipek, his cherished granddaughter Lily Summers, and step-granddaughter Anastasia Filipek.

After graduating from St. Mary’s of Redford, Tony went on to the University of Detroit where he earned a Bachelor’s of Aeronautical Engineering degree and became a member of Phi Kappa Theta. He enlisted in the USMC Reserves, went to Officer Candidate School, was stationed at Camp Lejeune, and became a Platoon leader, before his honorable discharge. He followed that with the completion of a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics degree from St. Louis University. After graduate school, he went to work for McDonnell-Douglas, where he would work as an aeronautical engineer on military, and NASA projects, including the space station Skylab, and Mars Lander. Tony devoted the rest of his professional career to Ford Motor Company. When Tony wasn’t working, he enjoyed reading, designing, building and flying model airplanes, writing short stories, fly fishing, flying sail planes, hiking nature preserves with Sue, vacationing on the Great Lakes, and volunteering. One important cause to Tony, was volunteering at St. Kenneth Church, helping with the homeless. Tony was a faithful member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, and his relationship with God was of exceptional importance, which gave him strength. Tony was a tremendous father, and loving husband, who greatly enjoyed spending time with his family. He was unconditionally deeply loved, admired by all, and whose profound loss is irreplaceably felt.

A Memorial Gathering will be Friday, February 22, from 2-8PM at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170. There will be a Rosary Service at 7 PM at the Funeral Home. His Funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 23, at 11:30AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 44800 Warren Road, Canton, 48187. Family and friends are welcome to visit the Church at 11AM.

Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Parkinson’s Foundation, and Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS).

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Gathering

Friday, February 22, 2019

2:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

Schrader-Howell Funeral Home

280 S. Main St, Plymouth, MI 48170

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Rosary Service

Friday, February 22, 2019

Starts at 7:00pm (Eastern time)

Schrader-Howell Funeral Home

280 S. Main St, Plymouth, MI 48170

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Starts at 11:30am (Eastern time)

St. John Neumann Catholic Church

44800 Warren Rd, Canton, MI 48187

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