Adolph “Rudy” Serva passed peacefully into heaven Friday May 22nd 2020, two days after his 92nd Birthday, under the wonderful care of American House in Petoskey. He will be missed by his daughter Debbie Napolillo, her husband Bob, his beloved Granddaughters Marissa, Andrea and Darci Napolillo, son Jeffrey Serva, Sister-in-Laws Dee Serva and Gloria Stark, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rudy was born in Chicago in 1928 to a large family of eight Brothers and Sisters, all of whom have preceded him in death. His Parents swapped homes with a family in Cross Village and they all moved from Chicago to Northern Michigan. It was there that Rudy developed his love for the outdoors and animals, spending many hours in the woods on their farm.
He moved to Battle Creek and married the love of his life Dorothy in 1950, and they spent 69 years together until she passed last year. He retired from the Battle Creek VA Hospital in 1986, and spent his retirement years in Harbor Springs, reunited with his surviving four Brothers and the Outdoors he so loved. He loved all the Detroit sports teams, no matter how bad they were, and got to make a trip back to Chicago in 2016 to visit Wrigley Field right after the Cubs finally won the World Series!
Rudy was the kind of guy who was instantly loved by everyone he met, including bank tellers, pharmacists, caregivers, and all his friends at American House. He truly lived the life of a Christian, always forgiving, and believing the best about everyone.
A funeral mass for Rudy will be officiated by Father James Bearss at Holy Childhood Catholic Church Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM followed by burial at Holy Childhood Cemetery. A gathering time will begin at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please plant something in Rudy’s honor and think of him as it grows.
Arrangements are in the care of Stone Funeral Home, Inc.
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