John Adam Zablotny, age 87 of Warren, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Boulevard Health Care Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He was born January 20, 1930 in Detroit, son of the late John and the late Frances (nee: Jacek) Zablotny.
With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to John for his service to our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era. Serving from August 1951 to May 1953, John ultimately attained the rank of Corporal and spent the majority of his time overseas helping to preserve the cause of freedom and protect our coveted allies. For the sacrifices made and his bravery exuded, we honor John for his allegiance and patriotism.
For his employment, John was fortunate to have put his inner artist to work as a Clay Modeler for the Chrysler Corporation. What ultimately became a career spanning 34 plus years, John extended the utmost in service excellence to the automotive giant which afforded him a promotion to supervisor of the department from where he accepted his well-deserved retirement in October of 1989.
When he was able to find time away from his job and other responsibilities, John enjoyed an array of pastimes and hobbies that kept his mind and inner talents flowing. One of these was the pleasure he found in painting,…the palate was acrylics, and his genre was landscapes. As his mind imagined and the artist within expressed itself, John's portfolio was rife with some of the most beautiful and stirring landscapes, albeit from an amateur artist. Another expression of his artistic talents was enjoyed through music, both as a player and a songwriter. John wrote many of his own, original pieces over the years,…and took them to the next level by tickling the ivories of his organ and entertaining any and all ears in listening range. He loved playing the organ and enjoying the soothing sounds it produced.
Golfing was another of John's pleasures, a sport he enjoyed both at work and with friends from church. At work, John was a member of a golf league with whom he spent many competitive hours swingin' the irons with his fellow workmates. At church, John was part of a group called the "Dirty Dozen" which was comprised of 6 couples who enjoyed many types of entertainment together, one being their love of golf and soaking in the joys of fun & friendship on the links. But aside from golf, the Dirty Dozen's entertainment calendar was full of many various forms of fun which included cruising the seas in luxury, attending concerts, enjoying their monthly dinners together, and sharing wonderful memories like floating down the river on the Chesaning Showboat. John ate that stuff up and was part of creating lasting memories along the way. When it came to traveling, John and Dorothy also looked forward to the annual trips they made to see their son Ronald (R.J.) in the sunny and warm state of Arizona.
With references already made to his church involvement, St. Louise Catholic Church in Warren was blessed to have a man like John as one of its parishioners. Of all the various aspects that John was plugged into, he will probably be remembered most for the 40 years he served as one of the churches ushers. Sunday after Sunday, you could always count on that smiling face of his to welcome you into God's house and to be that ray of sunshine before the start of Mass. John possessed a deep and abiding faith that spoke to many, often times in the quiet ways he ministered. But minister he did, and he was certainly one of God's dearest and most faithful servants.
Yes, there were many aspects of joy in John's life, but none that could match the immeasurable love he held for his loved ones,…especially those precious cherubs, his grandchildren. He held them in the highest regard and they were truly the apple's of his eye. From attending their many sporting events, dance recitals, and band concerts, John was definitely an "in touch" Grandpa who wanted to be a part of creating as many lasting and special moments as possible with his little ones as they ventured through each of their individual paths. And Grandpa John will also be revered for his unique and genuine sense of humor that brought laughter and delight to each of their lives, a joy that will remain in their hearts and minds forever.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, John leaves behind a legacy of love that will be remembered and reflected upon with sincere reverence as his loved ones and friends reminisce with honor on the man who truly made an impact on their hearts and souls. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.
John was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Dearest father of Susan Prus, Lois (Greg) Conn, and Ronald (Michael) Zablotny. Loving grandfather of Katie, Kyle, Krystal, Michael, Dauz, and great-grandfather of Adasyn. Brother of Christine (Gerald) Saladin, the late Richard Zablotny, and the late Cecilia Skudlarek.
Visitation for John will be held Friday, April 21st from 3-9pm, with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. He will lie in state on Saturday from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Louise Catholic Church in Warren. Burial will follow at Christian Memorial Cultural Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Memorial donations are welcomed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 14057 E. 9 Mile Road, Warren, Michigan 48089.
Please share memories of John at his memory book.
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