Robert Hiszak

Obituary of Robert Carl Hiszak

Robert Carl Hiszak was born at home in Erie, Michigan on September 3, 1937. He was one of six children born to Julius and Cornelia (Csizek) Hiszak. Bob attended St Joseph School and in 1956 graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School. Bob proudly served his country as a Seabee in the United States Navy. He continued his education at Monroe County Community College, where he attended trade classes. On October 25, 1958 he wed Ruth Trapp at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie and they enjoyed nearly sixty-three years of marriage and were blessed with six children of their own.

Bob was a member of Teamsters Union Local 20 as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic retiring from Kuhlman Corporation in 2002. Bob was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Saint Joseph Council #7413 and former Grand Knight. He was passionate about football and often on Saturdays and Sundays you would hear his enthusiasm for his favorite teams.  Amazingly, he always kept a glimmer of hope that the Lions would have a winning season.  In 1963 he and his family purchased property on Bear Lake in Hillsdale, Michigan.  Five generations of family have and will continue to enjoy spending time at the Lake. Truly one of a kind, Bob was a dedicated family man who always put their needs before his. If you appraise a man’s worth by the love of his family, Bob was rich beyond all measure.

Robert Carl Hiszak, age 83, of Erie, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter: Kay Lynn Hiszak, son: Robert Hiszak Jr., daughter in-law: Cynthia Hiszak, and sisters: Irene Mominee and Dolores Malosh.

Robert is survived by his wife: Ruth Hiszak, children: Ann (Russel) Cousino, Cathy (Anthony III) Granata, James Hiszak, and Janelle (John) Pickard, sisters: MaryAnn Bohmer and Connie Mosley, brother: Richard (Shirley) Hiszak, grandchildren: Brenna Dugan, Daniel Dugan, Jillian Dugan (Leroy Steward), Caitlin (William) Frazier, Anthony Granata IV (Honnah Susor), Alyssa Granata (Kasey Smith), Heather (David) Mills, Kevin Hiszak (Grace Hurst), Vivian Ruth Pickard, and James Xue, and great-grandchildren: Collin, Oliver, Adelaide, Josie, Alicyn, and one more great-granddaughter, Ivy, on the way.

Friends may gather on Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 3:00pm–8:00pm with military honors provided by Erie V.F.W. Post 3925 at 7:00pm and Rosary by the Knights of Columbus immediately to follow at Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199. Robert will Lie in State on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00am until the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2214 Manhattan Street, Erie, Michigan 48133.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School in Erie or Knights of Columbus, Saint Joseph Council #7413. Online guests may leave words of comfort or share a photo by visiting

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Gathering for Robert Hiszak

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service - Erie
9156 Summit Street
Erie, Michigan, United States
(734) 317-7199

Mass of Resurrection for Robert Hiszak

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, June 4, 2021
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie
2214 Manhattan Street
Erie, Michigan, United States
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