Grzybowski, Mitchell "Mitch" F.|
Mitchell "Mitch" F. Grzybowski, age 91, of De Pere, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 22, 2014. He was born on June 7, 1923 in Green Bay to the late Richard and Lotte (Nigroski) Grzybowski. Mitch graduated from East High School in Green Bay. He married Ruby Battaglini on June 26, 1948 at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Green Bay. Ruby preceded him in death on September 10, 1997.
Mitch was a proud veteran serving in the Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946, as part of the greatest generation. He served in the 496th Triple A (American Antiaircraft Artillery) Gun Battalion. His tour of duty took him to the Southern Philippines and New Guinea. After returning from service, Mitch worked a short time for the Green Bay Western Railroad before joining the Green Bay Fire Department in 1947. Mitch retired from the Fire Department as Deputy Chief in 1986 after a 38 year career. He was an avid Packer fan and attended games for years, including the famous Ice Bowl. Mitch was a member of the Knights of Columbus Lombardi Council and was active with the Boy Scouts.
Mitch and Ruby were proud of their three children whom they encouraged by their lifelong examples of faith and hard work. Surviving are his daughter, Barbara (Dave) Schneider of Green Bay, two sons, John (Kathy) Grzybowski of Palm Coast, Florida and Steve (Suzanne) Grzybowski of Green Bay; their three loving granddaughters, Melissa (Adam) Yelle, Kate Grzybowski and Kristine Grzybowski. He is further survived by two sisters, Irene Hawkinson and Alice (Jim) Coniff and two brothers, Ed Grzybowski and Eugene (Esther) Grzybowski; a sister-in-law, Julie Andrew; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Leonard; a sister-in-law, Lois Grzybowski and a brother-in-law, Roger Hawkinson.
Visitation will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2771 Oakwood Drive, on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 9:30 am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am with Rev. Paul Demuth officiating. Military honors will follow. Entombment will be at Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Mitch's name.
A special thank you to Heartland Hospice, Comfort Keepers and Dr. Raymond Bachhuber for their care and compassion.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 24 to June 26, 2014