Joseph Gronsky 91, of Scranton died Sunday morning at The Gardens of Green Ridge Memory Care Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Dolores Tinti in 2008.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Sam and Anna Gronsky, he was educated in the Scranton School System. He was employed by The Trane Company for 32 years. He was elected union president for 16 of those years. As president of The Plumbers Union International he attended conventions in Denver CO, Las Vegas NV, and Naples FL with his wife Dolores.
Joe was a navy veteran of World War II. He enlisted at 17 and served for the duration of the war, reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. He was stationed on Okinawa when the war ended.
Joe was an avid outdoorsman, he was secretary/ treasurer of Troup 57 of the Boy Scouts of America. He spent many years camping with his sons with the Boy Scouts. But his true outdoor love was fishing. Nearly every weekend was spent fishing, first with his brother Mike, then with his sons, and later in life with his dear friend Tom Lewis. He later gave up this love to be the devoted caregiver to his wife Dolores. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he spent vast amounts of time with them and attended their many activities.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Linda Williams who cared for Joe prior to his stay at the Gardens. The family would also like to thank the staff of the Gardens of Green Ridge for the excellent care he received over the past two years, and a special thank you to Tracey and Kelley for their compassion and devotion to Joe in his time at the Gardens.
He is survived by his sons Dr. Joseph A Gronsky and wife Eulaine, North Abington Township, Dr. David R. Gronsky and wife Karen, Danville, five grandchildren Jesse, Jake, Sarah, Matthew, and Nathan, a brother Edward (Ohio) and a sister Mary (Florida). He was preceded in death by a brother Mike and a sister Ann.
A blessing service will be conducted on Saturday at 10:30 am in the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc. 1030 N. Main ave. Interment will follow at Cathedral cemetery .
Family and friends may call Saturday at the funeral home starting at 9:00 am until the time of service
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509.