News on October 25, 2010
Gronsky, a lifetime resident of High Bridge, died peacefully in his home on Saturday,
Oct. 23, 2010. Steve graduated High Bridge High School in 1951 and went on to
becoming a professional baseball player with the Kansas City Athletics, where
he reached Triple A status before serving in the US Army during the Korean War.
True to his entrepreneurial spirit, Steve bought his own milk route and
became well known throughout the county for his friendly banter and dependability.
Steve maintained his connection with baseball by umpiring at all levels
for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman, particularly enjoying hunting and
fishing. He was very involved with the local community, having been a member of
the High Bridge Fire Department and the Auxiliary Police.
Steve was a
founding member of the High Bridge Athletic Association and donated generously
to support community events. In 1978, Steve and his wife, Jackie opened Gronsky's
Milk House, which has become a landmark business known for its spirit and small
town flavor defined by their many regulars who have become close friends. Many
teenagers have found their first job at Gronsky's. Earlier this year, Jackie and
Steve were named as the town ambassadors by the High Bridge Town Council for their
many years of service in the community.
Steve is survived by his wife of
54 years, Jackie; his children, Sheryl, Todd, and Troy, and grandchildren, Hayley,
Tyler, Kyle, and Payton and brothers, Michael and Nicholas. He was predeceased
by a sister, Virginia Hurford.
Calling hours will be Monday from 2-4 and
7-9 at the Naughright-Scarponi Funeral Home, High Bridge, NJ. Funeral Mass, Tuesday,
10:00 AM at St. Joseph's Church, High Bridge, NJ. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery
Memorials to High Bridge Fire Dept. 7 Maryland Ave High Bridge
NJ 08829, High Bridge Rescue Squad 95 West Main St High Bridge, NJ or the Athletic
Association P.O. Box 550 Annandale, NJ 08801.