October 13, 2021
Leroy Frederick Gramza age 87, of Manistee, Michigan, died at his home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 with Helen at his side.
He was born on May 21, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ethel (Pomeroy) Gramza and his step-father Jerome "Chappy" Gramza. Leroy served in the United States Army during the Korean War, from November 19, 1953 until October 29, 1955. He married Charlene Joan Rybicki in Manistee, Michigan on May 5, 1962. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2004. His working career began at the age of 9, with his first job being at the Edge Water Bowling Lanes, he had also worked at the Club Bolmor Bowling Lanes and managed Cassopolis Lanes in Cassopolis, Michigan. After being discharged from the army, he worked for Michigan Iron Works, also known as Michigan Tool which became Excelo. He took correspondence courses in drafting completion and lock smithing, he would travel to Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing, and Cleveland for classes to further his education and keep up with todays technology as a Lock Smith. He owned and operated Leroy's Lock Shop since 1970. He was also a licensed Ham Radio Operator and taught himself to play the accordion, and piano. Leroy was a life member of the Walsh Post #4499 V.F.W. of Manistee.
One of his proudest accomplishments was composing and publishing a song on the piano, named the Helenmari B, in honor of his long- time companion of Helen Marie (Livingston) Bradford. After the passing of both spouses, Leroy and Helen both being, from the same area and knew each other from much younger days, by chance met each other and are still together 16 years later. Leroy is also survived by his daughter and son in-law, Jody Ann Beck (Alan Ross) both of Onekama, two grandsons, Tony and Donald Beck, both of Ludington, five great grandchildren, Roland, Landon, Addylynn, Javin and Jacob and his sister and brother in-law, Linda (Skowronki) and Ron Skvarla of Montague, Michigan. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Leroy was also preceded ion death by his brothers, Jerome and Gary Gramza and by his sisters, Doreene (Stiller) Parn, Donna (Stiller) Kragor and Glory Ann (Stiller) Lafreniere.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM, at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee with Chaplain Kirk Myers officiating. Military Honors will also be given by the members of the Manistee County United Veterans Council; Ritual-Team. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Published by Manistee News Advocate on Oct. 18, 2021.