Herman A. Grotzinger, 90, of 435 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 7, 1922 in St. Marys, son of the late Ambrose and Margaret Smith Grotzinger. On Oct. 7, 1947, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Eleen I. Smith, who survives.
Mr. Grotzinger 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 43.5 years of service, and owned Grotzinger Agway for 30 years.
He was a member of the Queen of the World Church and a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army in the 2nd Division, and 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.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 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.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Grotzinger, who died 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.
A Mass of Christian burial for Herman A. Grotzinger will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at noon, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com .