Ralph M. Grossarth Jr.

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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Ralph M. Grossarth Jr., 86, of South Abington Township, died Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, at Commonwealth Hospice of Northeast PA, Scranton. His wife of 32 years is the former Ruth Mary Nyhart.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was a son of the late Ralph M. and Edith Fjellman Grossarth. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany, and was a member of Abington Memorial VFW Post No. 7069.

Prior to retirement, he was a construction superintendent for Bloomingdale Properties of New York City, building many apartment complexes in New England, Northeast Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

He was a member of the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. He loved music, was accomplished in playing the organ and, as a young adult, played in the Floyd Bennett Post No. 1060 American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps in Brooklyn.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Ziess, Sommerville, South Carolina; two stepsons, Kurt O. Lewis and his wife, Lorelei, Newmanstown, Pennsylvania, and Karl P. Lewis, South Abington Township; two grandchildren, Christopher Ziess, Nicholson, and Matthew Ziess and his wife, Kristen, Sommerville; three step-grandchildren, Savannah, Lacey and Garrett Lewis, Newmanstown; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Scarlett Ziess; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road, Clarks Green, with services by the Rev. Brent Stouffer, pastor. Interment with military honors followed at Shady Lane Cemetery, South Abington Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Clarks Green United Methodist Church; or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411.

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Published in The Abington Journal from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2014
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