John S. Gromaski, 91, formerly of Christian Lane, Whately, died
early Monday morning, March 20, 2017, at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke MA.
John was born on August 23, 1925 in Whately, the daughter of Alexander
and Mary (Serafin) Gromaski. He was educated in the Whately school system.
John was proud
to be a United States Marine Corps Third Division WW 2 veteran. John fought for his country in the ferocious
battles on Iwo Jima and Guam.
John married Lucy M. Szych of Hatfield, on January 29, 1949. He retired from the Massachusetts Division of
Fisheries and Wildlife after 35 years of service. He enjoyed many outdoor sports including
hunting and fishing.
John was predeceased by his wife Lucy on December 13, 1983, his
parents Alexander and Mary (Serafin) Gromaski, sisters Alice, Rose, Lydia,
Florence, Mary and brothers Leslie and Aleck.
He is survived by his son, David J. Gromaski and wife Susan of East
Longmeadow and a grandson Matthew D. Gromaski and wife Christie of
Westfield. John also leaves his beloved
great granddaughter Julianna. He is also
survived by sisters Eleanor Smith of South Deerfield and Blanche Gromaski of
Sunderland and by many nieces and nephews and family members.
A special thanks goes out to the staff of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home who honorably cared
for John during his final six months.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 27th from the Wrisley
Funeral Home, Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield with a religious service at
11:00 AM with Fr. Randolph Calvo officiating. Calling hours will be held from 10:00AM until
12 Noon at the funeral home. A reception will be held in the Pope John Paul
Burial in Holy Name of Jesus Church Cemetery will take place
later in the spring at a date to be announced. Donations in his memory may be
made to the Holy Name of Jesus Church, Thayer Street, South Deerfield.
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