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Eric J. Pietras, age 89, was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 11, 1924 to Ignacy & Marianna Ostoiska Pietras. On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, after hospitalization for pneumonia, and just 13 days after the death of his loving wife of 66 years, Lorell, he followed her into death. They had resided for the past 20 months in San Antonio, after living 43 years in Houston and Sugar Land.
Eric, an avid sports fan, was a track sprinter, finishing first in the 220 yard dash during his high school team's 1941 Detroit City League championship. He later played senior softball for many years in Sugar Land. Watching baseball and football was a passion, surpassed only by immense love for his wife, daughter and extended family. During WWII, Eric proudly served over two years in Europe with the U.S. Army, 430th AAA Battalion, from the Normandy invasion, across France and Belgium, to the Elbe River in Germany. Like many others of the "Greatest Generation," he did not speak of his participation until the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC, became a reality. Thereafter, he devoted much time chronicling the experiences he shared with his unit, including his acting as a Polish translator when passing through a German slave labor camp. He created a CD for the Library of Congress' audio history series, and did an audio interview for Texas' Voices of Veterans program. A true patriot and supporter of the U.S. Military, he ended every blessing at family events with a prayer for protection of our men and women in service around the world. Eric's long career as a merchandise executive with a number of privately-owned stores took his family across the country, finishing up with Palais Royal and Oshman's. During retirement, he kept up with family and friends almost daily, swapping emails on jokes, politics and patriotism.

In addition to his wife, Eric was preceded in death by his infant son, Gordon. He is survived by his daughter, Jo Weiner and husband Sig; grandchildren, Jon Weiner and wife Reanne Nicholl, Laurie Rubin and husband Brett; great grandson, Zach Rubin; brother, Dr. Roger Pietras and wife Mary Anne; sister-in-law, Jean Rosochacki and husband Ted; nieces and nephews, Susan Horelka and partner Wayne Miller, Amy Pietras, Dr. Sara Alexanian and husband Angelos, Brian Pietras and fiancée Kira Park, Kevin Pietras and wife Pam.

A Celebration of Eric's life will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy. There will be a private inurnment at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date. If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to the or any U.S. Veterans organization. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com .

Published in Express-News on Apr. 23, 2014
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