Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Sunday, Aug., 21, from 3-5pm in the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Rt. 114, Middleton, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 9am in St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Danvers. Burial at Greenlawn cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, Kindly make donations to the Plummer Home for Boys, 37 Winter Island Rd, Salem, MA 01970 or Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., B102, Danvers , MA 01923.
John Pretanik of Ipswich, MA passed peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the age of 103. He was born in Poland to Casimir and Anne Przetacznik on May 3, 1913. They soon immigrated to Connecticut where he attended trade school for textiles and carpentry. As a young man, during the Depression, he worked as an ice man, harvesting ice and delivering ice to private homes and companies. He also worked making cider and cutting lumber at a water driven mill. Eventually he worked at Connecticut State College where he started his culinary career. John volunteered for World War II, achieving the rank of Petty officer, first class while serving on a landing ship Dock (LSD) in the Navy. There he participated in the marine landings during the Battle of Luzon that led to the liberation of the Philippines. He was also in Tokyo Bay during the Japanese surrender. After the war, he worked as a Chef at the Hotel Lenox in Boston, MA. and at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA.
John was a devoted husband of 58 years to Alma (Theriault) Pretanik and enjoyed raising his children in Salem, MA. He was a kind and generous soul with a dry sense of humor and a desire for all those around him to be happy. John was beloved by all who knew him. He is predeceased by his wife Alma (Theriault) Pretanik, two daughters, Dianne Pretanik and Janice Kappotis, and siblings, Chester, Helen, Sally and Amelia. He is survived by his son Stephen Pretanik (wife Dianne), his daughter Alma Steele (husband Ralph), daughter Anne Shanahan (husband James), his daughter Yvette Pitcairn (husband David); His grand children, Bethany Cuddihy, Christine Boutilier, James Hayes, Stephen Kappotis, Melissa Kappotis, Jennifer Mancini, Michael Shanahan, Madeline Pitcairn, and Emily Pitcairn; and his great grandchildren, Jessica and Sarah Cuddihy, Tyler and Brandon Boutilier, Isaac and Gadge Hayes, and Daniel, Jack and Victoria Mancini.