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Gezim Pellumbi

September 3, 1954 January 5, 2022
Gezim Pellumbi
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Obituary for Gezim Pellumbi

Gezim Pellumbi of Troy, MI passed away on January 5, 2022. He was 67 years old. Gezim was born in Albania on September 3, 1954. He was born a hard worker, but also someone with a loving character. He lived in communism for many years. In 1995, he moved from Shtyllas, Fier to Tirana where he created a better life for his family: his three beautiful children and his wife, Mynevere Pellumbi, who never left his side. He worked hard for his family and only wanted the best for them. He was known and respected in his community for his kindness and warm smile, one that will never be forgotten. He was a loving father and husband, and a friend to all. He also loved to play soccer and spend time with the people he cared about. Gezim means happiness and he was the person that embodied the meaning of happiness and love.

In the year 2008, Gezim and his family found out that he had Parkinson’s disease which is a neurodegenerative disease that impacts movement and the brain. Then, in 2009, Gezim immigrated to America, a place he always envisioned in his dreams to come to. He moved into an apartment with his wife where his two nieces and daughter would come often. He loved to spend time with his nieces who he took to the park and watched as they played, smiling and enjoying every minute. He worked hard and soon bought a house with his family where he saw the children of his son and daughter grow. He smiled each and every day and remained optimistic about creating a better life for his family. He lived here happily with both of his sons, his wife, and his son’s wife, while his daughter only lived a few minutes away and saw him everyday.

Later on, he started developing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease which impacted his movement at first. But, Gezim continued to stay positive and live each day full of love with his family. His third niece was born in 2013, whom he held closely in his arms and cared for each day. As the years went by, his movement slowed down, and his ability to complete daily tasks independently slowly diminished. Although his disease was progressive, the one thing that never changed was his smile, which gave all of us joy and allowed us to continue each day with hope. In 2016, his first nephew was born who brought another joy into Gezim’s life. At the age of 5, his nephew Leo always looked after him and played along with him. Gezim loved to see his nieces and nephew because they made him happy even though he was sick. They brought him joy that nothing else could bring him.

Gezim fell on the night of December 2, 2021, and was taken to the hospital in Troy, MI on December 3, 2021, after his leg became swollen and he was unable to move it. After his surgery, an infection took hold of his body, and Gezim was immediately placed on a ventilator with oxygen. No one expected such an event to happen. Each day, his sons and daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and wife would come to see him and speak to him. They had hope and wished for the best, which is something they inherited from Gezim, who was one of the kindest and most optimistic people. The hopes for his survival started decreasing as Gezim did not show much improvement in his breathing. Each day, we longed for a miracle and told him that he would come back home. But on the night of January 5, 2022, Gezim Pellumbi took his final breaths and left this world after so much suffering. He will never be forgotten because he was a resilient human being, one that embodied kindness, love, determination, optimism, and hope. Gezim was a person who never spoke one negative word about someone. He was the person who always came to see you, even if you didn’t. He was a fighter in this life and that will never be forgotten. Gezim Pellumbi is in our hearts and we honor him as a father, a grandfather, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a cousin, and a friend.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks, Friday, January 7, 4-8pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, January 8, at 1pm.

Burial will take place in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

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