Joseph Gronkowski

Joseph Gronkowski, 92, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.

Joseph was born in West Nanticoke on July 19, 1920, a son of the late Frank and Rose Gronkowski. He was employed for 45 years as a mechanic as well as a body-and-fender man at Motor Twins in Wilkes-Barre, prior to his retirement.

Joseph was a devoted member of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude R. Gebhardt Gronkowski, 1985; son John Gronkowski, 1998; great-grandson, Jacob Swiderski Middaugh, 2002; sisters, Lottie Gronkowski, Julia Medura, Anna Krasnavage, Pearl Wishnefski and Violet Visocki; and brothers, Edward, Benjamin, Stanley, Leon and Frank.

Surviving are his children Arthur Gronkowski and his companion, Elaine Turner, Ashley; Joseph Gronkowski and his wife, Debbie, Wilkes-Barre; Richard Gronkowski and his wife, Frances, Ashley, and Martha Middaugh and her husband, Charles, Ashley; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Powell, Hanover Township; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 14, 2013