Florence Ann Pytleski of Allenton, MI died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, April 21, 2024, after an extended illness. She was 88 years old.

Her parents were Joseph and Florence (nee Dobies) Laszczak. The fourth of eight children, she was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 11, 1935. Growing up in Detroit and Hamtramck, she graduated from Saint Thomas High School in 1953. She worked as a beautician after graduation. Florence married Raymond Pytleski at the Church of the Resurrection on June 14, 1958. Last year they celebrated 65 years of marriage. They lived in Detroit and Warren before moving to Allenton in 1971.

Florence was a homemaker to Ray and their seven children. She loved the Church, never missed a Sunday Holy Mass and prayed the rosary daily until illness prevented her. She was a fierce defender of the faith, the truth and her family, devoting herself to all of them. Her loyalty was unmatched. You wanted her on your team! She was Nana to her thirty-two grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.

Family meant everything to Nana and she showed her love and devotion in celebrating every holiday, birthday and special event with her homemade Polish food and countless family recipes. Christmas was her favorite as she cooked and shopped for sixty plus people. The number of events that she has thrown over the years and has helped with, would be in the hundreds! Nothing made her happier than seeing family together, breaking bread, and visiting.

She went back to school and earned her LPN in 1976 and her RN in 1981. She worked at St. Joseph West for nearly ten years and then, over twenty years for several oncologists, administering chemotherapy in an outpatient setting. She enjoyed her work immensely and was loved by her patients as a compassionate nurse.

Near retirement, in her late 70’s, she caught the slot-machine bug, loving the bells, whistles, lights and colors. She often travelled with family to local casinos. When she won big, she shared it with her kids, as she had a generous heart. A lifelong card player, she was a formidable opponent and quite competitive at many local euchre and Texas Hold ‘Em events.

Florence is survived by her husband, Raymond; children, Donna (Mark) Simpson, Michelle Pytleski, Mark (Kim) Pytleski, Paul (Mary) Pytleski, Matthew (Carol) Pytleski, John (Kimberly) Pytleski and Beth Ann Klein; sisters, Rita Barthlow, RoseAnn Lebioda, Diane (Dave) Belkowski; brothers, Ronnie Laszczak and Jerry Laszczak; and sister-in-law, Frances Igl-Clark. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert and sister, Joan Dostine; brothers-in-law, Roger Barthlow, Ronnie Dostine and Andy Lebioda; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Laszczak and Joan Laszczak; son, Peter Pytleski and son-in-law, Bob Klein.

Visitation is at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street in Imlay City, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from noon to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m., and Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 814 W. Nepessing, Lapeer, MI at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024.

Memorials may be given to Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will take placed 11 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2024 at West Berlin Cemetery in Allenton, MI.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine on her. May she and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.