ISHPEMING - Ryan Peter Filizetti, age 27, of 1025 Wabash St. Ishpeming, passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 as a result of an ATV accident.
Ryan was born April 21, 1983 in Ishpeming to Michael & Ann (Goldsworthy) Filizetti. He graduated from Ishpeming High School, class of 2001 and attended Northern Michigan University.
As a child, Ryan played Little League Baseball and also enjoyed playing basketball. During his high school years, he played hockey for the Negaunee Miners High School Hockey team. Most recently he participated in the Ishpeming Dart League, enjoyed golfing and played poker whenever he could.
Most importantly, Ryan was a kind, gentle soul who adored life. His never ending smile naturally drew people to him. Whether he was coordinating a poker game, organizing a get together with friends, or unselfishly devoting his life to his nephews, Ryan was always the center of attention.
Ryan is survived by his parents Mike and Ann Filizetti of Ishpeming, two brothers: Craig (Pam) Filizetti of Harvey and Jason (Jamie) Filizetti of Ishpeming, two very special nephews: Quintin and Dominic, his paternal grandfather Peter Filizetti of Ishpeming, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Ryan also leaves behind his beloved pets, Rocko and Zoe. Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents William and Eleanor Goldsworthy, paternal grandmother Germaine Filizetti, an Uncle Michael Goldsworthy and an Aunt Linda Steve.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ishpeming with Fr. Greg Heikkala officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m.
Pallbearers will include his Uncles, Ken Goldsworthy, George Goldsworthy, Bill Goldsworthy, Lee Goldsworthy, Bruce Asgaard, John Filizetti, Jeremy Ring, and Tom Goldsworthy.
A luncheon will take place following the service at K/D Hall St. Johns Catholic Church.
Interment will take place in the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Ryan's obituary may be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where his guestbook may be signed.
You can shed tears that he is gone Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him Or you can be full of love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close you mind, be empty and turn your back, Or you can do what he would want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.