Tony Gribb, 90, son of the late John and Sadie Gribb, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in the Hanover section of Nanticoke and attended Nanticoke public schools. Upon graduation from Nanticoke High School, he was drafted into the United States military and served with the 401st Field Artillery Battalion in France, Germany and Austria during World War II
. Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. Gribb entered the University of Scranton, from where he graduated in 1950.
After graduation, Mr. Gribb joined Pomeroy's Inc., where he had the distinction of serving as general manager of all three stores: downtown Wilkes-Barre, Midway Shopping Center and eventually the Wyoming Valley Mall, where he became the first general manager of the store that is presently owned by the Bon-Ton.
During his lifetime, Mr. Gribb also served in numerous service organizations. He served on the board of directors for the first Redevelopment Authority of the City of Nanticoke; was a member of Nanticoke Post 350 American Legion and was a member of the Wyoming Valley Country Club for many years. He also served as president of the Wyoming Valley Mall Merchants Association.
After retirement, Mr. Gribb taught for 18 years at Hanover Area High School as a substitute teacher.
Mr. Gribb was a member of St. Faustina Parish, formerly Holy Trinity Church, Nanticoke, where he served as an usher and altar server. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward, Leon, Kaz and Joseph, and sister, Amelia.
Mr. Gribb is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 63 years; son, James; daughter, Joan Sholtis; brother, John; and grandson, Jacob Sholtis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from Charles V. Sherbin Funeral Home, 630 Main Road, Hanover Green, Hanover Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. in St. Faustina Church on Thursday. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the St. Faustina Parish Building Fund or the