Pugliese, Andrew “Andy”, age 97 passed away on February 8, 2021. Andy was born December 15, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to his parents, Rose (Dragotta) and Guiseppe Pugliese. Beloved husband of the late Joanne (nee Desmoni) and the late Violet (Placido). Devoted father of Rosanne (the late Gerard) Ales; loving stepfather of David (Ava) LaLiberte, Robert (Teresa) LaLiberte and Judy (Dennis) Bagwell. Dear brother of Sara Tripodi (the late Paul) and the late Jene (Tom) Paonessa, Sam (Jean) Pugliese.
Cherished grandfather of Amanda (Erik) Vreeland, Bryan Ales, Amy (Brett) Depew, Jeffrey (Laura) LaLiberte, Michael LaLiberte, Matthew LaLiberte, Vanessa (Mike) Jeffery, Melissa LaLiberte, Joe LaLiberte, Brian LaLiberte, Christopher Larabell and Kevin Larabell. Proud Papa (great-grandfather) to Ruby Vreeland, Michael Vreeland, Jessica Depew, Jordan Depew, Tyler Depew, Gabriel LaLiberte, Joshua LaLiberte, Madison LaLiberte, Andrew Jeffery. Longtime special friend of Betty Strnad.
First and foremost he loved and cherished his family; he was dedicated to his faith and the Catholic community; Andy was a proud member of the Italian American Cultural Center where he was an active participant in numerous activities; he took pride in organizing fundraisers during his time working at General Motors for various charities. While working in the Eastpointe (East Detroit) school system, he was given an honorary membership to the Girl Scouts for his assistance and dedication; he was happiest when he was around people, telling stories and spending time with them and making them laugh. Andy was also a proud World War II Veteran.
For those of you who met Andy or spent any time with him, you understood he was a kind and generous person; He felt it was his mission to visit the sick and infirmed, to help with anyone that needed assistance. He was always the first person cutting lawns and shoveling snow for anyone that needed help, delivering food and groceries, transporting others to medical appointments and taking care of his fellow man. He was the best example of a caring, loving human being that you could find on this planet. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Private services will be held for the family and a memorial will be planned at a later date.