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05/28/2017


Charles Wilbur Pickett, Jr. passed away at his home on Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was 79.

Charles was born on January 12, 1938 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to parents Charles Wilbur Pickett, Sr. and Marion Irene (Strong) Pickett. He married the love of his life, Emily Burzynski Pickett on June 7, 1980 at St. Mary’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan.

Charles was an electrical engineer with Chrysler at the Mound Road Engine Plant in Detroit, Michigan for close to 40 years. He was in the Army and was stationed at White Sands, New Mexico. Charles attended St. Agnes & Blessed Sacrament school in Detroit and Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. He enjoyed flying small aircrafts, golf, Formula One car racing, cooking, classical music, camping, hunting, fishing, and family activities and events.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Emily; his mother-in-law Genevie Burzynski; siblings-in-law Linette (Harold) Noa, Linda Burzynski, Pamella (Jim) Bordner, Gerald Burzynski, Timothy Burzynski, and Beverly (Mark) Mathews; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews; and his dog Caesar. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Marion Pickett; father-in-law Joseph A. Burzynski; and brother-in-law Victor J. Burzynski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 11am at St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation will be held at Nelson Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 with a rosary service at 7. There will also be a visitation period at St. Mary Cathedral starting at 10 and lasting until the time of services.

Contributions in Charles’ memory may be made to Beaumont Hospice and/or the St. Mary Cathedral Endowment Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. Friends and family may leave condolences online at nelsonsfuneralhome.com.


Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Service To Be Held At: St Mary Cathedral
Burial To Be Held At: St Mary Cemetery

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From: James & Pamella Bordner
Seattle, Washington
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11-Jun-17

Em, with all my heart, I am truly sorry for Charlies passing. He fought hard, but is now at peace, and with the Lord. I wish I could have been there for you. With love, prayers, and deepest sympathy. Pam,Jim

From: patricia Bordner
Gaylord, Mi
04-Jun-17

My dear Em, I am so sorry to hear about Charlie.Please accept my love and condolences.

From: Rose and Greg Baran
Haslett, MI
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03-Jun-17

If you could see where I have gone The beauty of this place And how it feels to know you're home To see the Savior's face. To wake in peace and know no fear, Just joy beyond compare, While still on earth you miss me yet, You wouldn't want me there, If you could see where I have gone.

From: Denis Gentner
Clinton Township, Michigan
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01-Jun-17

To a wonderful human being that I looked up to. I'm so glad I worked at M.R.E. and got to know you and Emily. Charlie you will always be in my prayers. "REST in Peace my Friend. I guess they need a Electrician to change light bulbs in Heaven.

From: DOROTHY Burzynski KING
houston, TX
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01-Jun-17

Dear Emily and family, You have condolences on the passing of your husband. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this. Love. Dorothy

From: Erma O'Rourke
Gaylord, Mi.49735
31-May-17

My sincere condolences to the families of Charles Pickett. I'm sure he will be missed by many, just remember the good times you have had together, it will help to comfort you.