The Obit For Steve Gronsky

Steve Gronsky

Courier News on October 25, 2010

Steve 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 Clinton, NJ.

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.