Warren H. Grucza, age 85, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at his residence in Erie. He was born in Erie on June 5, 1927, son of the late Frank J. and Gertrude SeelingerGrucza. Warren was a lifelong parishioner of St. Patrick R.C. Church where he attended St. Patrick School. He was a graduate of Strong Vincent High School, Class of 1946. He was employed with Erie Malleable Iron until his retirement. Warren served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Benson. He was a Knight of St. Patrick; a member of American Legion East Erie Post #771, Sacred Heart Ushers Club and the Zukor Club, and a founding member and past director of the Northwestern PA Duck Hunters Association. Warren was an avid hunter and fisherman. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan M. Smith Grucza; his twin brother William, and two other brothers, Frankand Jim Grucza; and one sister, Martha Bauer. He is survived by three sons, Marc A. Grucza (Cheryl) of Waterford, Kevin E. Grucza of Erie, and Scott E. Grucza (Jessica) of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Jeanne McLaughlin of Erie and Ann Marie Day (Don) of Appleton, Wis.; one brother, David Grucza (Cynthia) of Findley Lake, N.Y.; five grandchildren Jason Joseph Grucza (Stephanie) of West Melbourne, Fla., Daniel K. Grucza and Matthew B. Grucza (Michelle) all of Erie, Elliot B. Grucza and Mallory Saylor Grucza both of San Diego, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Michael Anthony and Madyson Taylor Grucza; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., West, 536 West 10th Street on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Monday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Hedwig R.C. Church at 10 a.m. Interment, Erie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family in care of the funeral home. A full military service will be conducted at the cemetery by American Legion Millcreek Post #773. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 13, 2012