Teresa Pietruk M.D.
May 11, 1932 – February 4, 2022
A dedicated physician and patriot, Teresa Pietruk left this world for the next on February 4, 2022. She was born near Lublin, Poland on May 11, 1932, into a large family to Piotr and Marianna Wojcik. Teresa studied medicine at the Medical University of Warsaw and emigrated to the U.S. in 1959 after obtaining her medical degree. She completed her internship and residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn MI. Afterward, she worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Allen Park MI, and later Detroit MI as a pathologist for 25 years when she retired in 1997. Dr. Pietruk also taught at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Finally, Dr. Pietruk was a proud member of the United States Army Reserve where she served in the Army Medical Corps where she rose to the rank of Colonel before her retirement in 1997.
Dr. Pietruk was a devout Catholic. Her personal heroes were Pope John Paul II, Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, former President Ronald Reagan, and scientist Marie Sklodowska-Curie. Teresa is survived by her son Donald Pietruk, her granddaughter Elena Dvorin and her great-granddaughter Isla as well as her sister Anna Czapiewska (Herbert). She was preceded in death by her brothers Eugeniusz, Boleslaw and Antoni Wojcik and her sisters Zofia Pawlina, Stanislawa Krol (Andrzej) and Marianna Wojcik.
Dr. Pietruk was an active and well-known member of the Polish community in the Metropolitan Detroit area and a true Polish patriot. She was a member of the Polish American Congress; a lifetime member of the American Polish Cultural Society and Center; and a founding member of The Heralds of Truth, where she was instrumental in assisting with the publication of the book Those Who Risked Their Lives by Anna Poray Wybranowski. Additionally, she enjoyed attending events that promoted Polish culture and heritage. In her spare time, Dr. Pietruk loved to travel, enjoyed classical music, collected antiques, and enjoyed reading and gardening.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Teresa’s name to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit MI 48207.
Monday, February 14, 2022, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 3100 18 Mile Rd., Sterling Hts 48314
Rosary in Polish at 10:30 a.m. Mass in Polish at 11:00 a.m.
Procession from church and burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road., Clinton Township 48038.