December 31, 2010
December 31, 2010
Name: William C. Groucaski
Date of Death: Friday, December 31, 2010
Residence: Rome, New York
Obituary: William C. Groucaski, 88, of Rome, formerly of Barefoot Bay, FL, and Copiague, L.I., passed away on Friday, December 31, 2010, at Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility where he had been a resident for the past four years. He was born on September 21, 1922, in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Clement and Sadie Brown Groucaski. He married Virginia Eisele on December 9, 1945. Virginia passed away on April 19, 2000.
William graduated from Lindenhurst High School in June 1940. William was employed by Amityville Battery, Amityville, NY, and Ed’s Auto Supply in Lindenhurst, NY.
In December 1942, William enlisted in the United States Army. Shortly after arriving in England, he was injured in maneuvers preparing for the Normandy Invasion. He spent several months in a hospital. He took part in the invasion of Normandy on June 7, just one day after the first American landed. He served in campaigns in Normandy, Central Europe, Northern France, and Rhineland. William returned home to Copiague two and a half years later, the day after Thanksgiving, on the troop ship, Pomona Victory, which docked in New York. As an infantry solider, he was awarded five battle stars along with the EAME Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
William was an active boater and a member of the Captree Power Squadron where he held several leadership positions. William spent many of his summers with his family living on a boat docked at Gilgo Beach, Long Island. He took many boat trips on the eastern shore of Long Island and Mystic, Connecticut. During his time in Florida, he became very active in the VFW of Barefoot Bay.
William is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Bill Schatz, of Lee; two grandsons and their wives, William and Megan Schatz, of New York City, and Michael Schatz and Emery Mikel, of Huntington, L.I.; and two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Kathryn Schatz, of New York City. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Doyle and a brother, Henry Groucaski.
The family would like to express their appreciation and give thanks to the staff at 3North of Rome Memorial Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care.
Services: Funeral services with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2010, at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, at 11:30 AM where the Rev. Lucian Urbaniak will officiate. Entombment will take place in the family mausoleum at Fountainhead Memorial Park in Palm Bay, FL. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. You may view the obituary and send a message of sympathy at www.nunnandharper.com.
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