Herman A. Grotzinger

Herman A. Grotzinger, 90, of 435 Evers Avenue, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.

He was born August 7, 1922 in St. Marys, son of the late Ambrose and Margaret Smith Grotzinger.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  He was a retired employee of Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1987 after 43 ½ years of service and owned Grotzinger Agway for 30 years.

On October 7, 1947, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Eleen I. Smith, who survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Susan (Michael) Hoffman of St. Marys and Julia (Rodney) Constable of St. Marys; a son, Thomas H. (Donna) Grotzinger of St. Marys; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and two sisters, Martha Eckert of North Carolina and Letetia Boyle of Florida.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Grotzinger, who passed away in 1972; a grandson, Thomas H. Grotzinger, Jr.; three sisters, Edna Bauer, Marcella Largey and in childhood, Marie Grotzinger; and five brothers, Raymond, Edwin, Jerome, Francis and Harold Grotzinger.

Mr. Grotzinger was a member of the Queen of the World Church, was a veteran of WWII having served in the Army in the 2nd Division having served in Normandy and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.  He was a member of the American Legion and the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club.  He enjoyed playing Cinch and Rabbit, small game hunting and Trout Run.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Jody Vollmer October 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Mr. Grotzinger was a kind man . . . He was one of my favorite customers at Pfaff’s Market. We shared our love of gardening and he gave me great advice. My condolences to the family.

TOM AND ANGIE HAYES October 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

DEAR TOM AND DONNA AND FAMILY,

OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT AGE OUR PARENTS ARE, THEY WILL STILL BE MISSED GREATLY. BUT, YOU’VE HAD QUITE A FEW YEARS TOGETHER AND SOME GOOD MEMORIES.
TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
TOM AND ANGIE

Gale Largey October 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

My condolences. To me, Herman Grotzinger was always a man of consistent integrity, along with a wonderful sense of humor. I was always very happy and honored to have him as an uncle.

Maurus and Rose Sorg October 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Our prayers go out to your family in this time of grieving. Remember the good times and never forget that we are sent here for a purpose. Herman lived a full and rewarding life and blessed this world with loving children and grandchildren. That is the legacy that he leaves.

Charlotte Walker October 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Want to express my deepest sympathy to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
JULIE.. you were always such an amazing friend, please know I am thinking of you. Take care and God Bless.

Byron Bell November 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I was saddened by the news of Uncle Herman’s passing. I remember him from our many childhood visits to St. Marys as a kind and gentle man who always made us feel welcome in his home. My God keep him in His care and bring peace to his family.

Victoria Detsch Barker November 14, 2012 at 1:01 am

Dear Tom, Donna and family,
Your father was a very kind and sweet man. We bought our lawn fertilizer from him. He was always so friendly and we looked forward to seeing him yearly. Please know that Bill and I are thinking of you and offer you our sincere sympathy. God bless you.

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