J. William Pustelak, 79, of Girard, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Erie, June 13, 1938, a son of the late Joseph E. and Susan B. (Gruzosky) Pustelak.
Bill graduated from the Rice Avenue Union High School in 1956, where he was a well known football player for the “Yellow Jackets.” He loved drag racing when young and began his working career at North Girard Concrete Works. He later went to work for Girard Masonry and eventually became a partner in the business. In 1972 he founded Pustelak Masonry which he operated until his retirement in 2010.
Bill was known for his philanthropic work throughout Erie and Crawford Counties, donating to many, church, historic and community projects for many years. He and his wife Audrey also co-owned Cycle City of Erie which began in 1982.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Girard where he participated in the finance committee. In 2006, Bill was bestowed, Knight of Pope St. Sylvester by Pope Benedict XVI.
He loved motocross and taking his family to motocross races for years throughout the USA.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey (Johnson) Pustelak, whom he married, May 10, 1958 in Girard, a daughter, Jennifer Pustelak, in infancy and a brother, Dennis L. Pustelak.
He will be greatly missed by his family, which include his daughter, Susan K. Vogt (Chris Sobczak); two sons, Gary W. Pustelak (Christine) Timothy J. Pustelak; a sister, Kathy Lance (Butch); his grandchildren, Rylee, Bobbi Jo, Tricia, Timothy, Angel, Joey, Caden, Morgan, Liam, Langston and Kaycee; his great grandchildren, Mason, Addisyn , Tanner, Austin and Tyla; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Detisch officiating.
Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Girard.
Memorials may be made to the William Pustelak memorial fund C/O Edder Funeral Home. Bill's family would like to express their gratitude to the 8th floor of UPMC Hamot for their professional and compassionate care of their Father, during his recent illness.
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