Obituary: Patrick Bruetsch

Patrick Bruetsch, a Detroit attorney for 35-plus years, died March 17 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 71.

Bruetsch was born and raised in the Detroit area. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Detroit and his law degree, graduating first in his class, from Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University).

He began practicing law in 1977, specializing in personal injury, torts and business litigation. Prior to practicing law, he was an educator and parochial school principal.

Bruetsch gave countless hours to professional and community volunteer efforts, working with nonprofit groups such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Life Direction, Detroit Power Squadron and Habitat for Humanity.

He was forced to slow down when diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013.

He is survived by his wife Diane, son Thomas (Wendy), daughter Caroline (Evan Howell), grandchildren Jacob and Jordan Bruetsch and Lauren and Caden Howell, a sister Anne, brothers John, Thomas and
Robert, and nephews Adam, Evan and Benjamin Bruetsch.

Bruetsch was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Eleanor Bruetsch and by his brother, Joseph Bruetsch III.

His Celebration of Life will take place at the Detroit Yacht Club on Friday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 25800 W. Ten Mile Rd. in Southfield at 2:30 p.m.

Contributions in memory of Bruetsch may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at, to Habitat for Humanity at, or to Chalfonte Foundation, 4452 St Antoine St, #203, Detroit, 48201.


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