Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel

5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH


Francis Paul Groleski

September 3, 1928June 25, 2020

Groleski, Francis Paul, born September 3, 1928, age 91, of Centerville, Ohio passed away Thursday, June 25 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Groleski and Marie Studzinski Groleski. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Virginia Ann (Powell) Groleski. He is also survived by his four children: Jeffrey (Michele), Gerald, Martin ( Angie) and Laurie Scramoncini (Markus) and his two loving sisters, Gloria Tolaro (Jay) and Nancy Bedard. Also surviving are his eight beloved grandchildren Jennifer Allen, Amy Bair(Jeff), Kristen Garber (Joshua), Jeffrey Groleski (Autumn), Emily Groleski, Bradley Groleski, Merhawit Scramoncini and Kidist Scramoncini. He has 10 great grandchildren, Austin and Aiden Newdigate, Addison and Collin Bair, Malcolm and Mikah Garber, Zander and Jeffrey Groleski, And Harron and Aimen Scramoncini. Fran had many nieces and nephews and cousins who will miss him dearly.

A memorial mass will be held on July 10, 2020 at 2 PM at the Church of the Incarnation, Centerville, Ohio 45459. Family will receive friends at the church from 1 PM until the mass begins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Fran’s honor.


  • Gathering of Friends and Family

    Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, July 10, 2020


Francis Paul Groleski

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Jim Gallagher

July 8, 2020

Fran was a dear friend ! We first met when our boys--Fran's three and my sonTim--started playing little league ball--baseball and mainly basketball. We were neighbors over the years. He was a great usher at Incarnation and really "worked the crowd" to make sure everyone was seated.
I saw him at Centerville basketball games, where he was a regular fan, and he followed my two local grandsons. He would always ask about Tim, who I believe was the same age as Marty.
Most recently, I would see him at Kroger in Centerville, always pleasant and always asking about
Tim. Fran was a great man. May he rest in peace, Jim Gallagher

Tim Gallagher

July 8, 2020

My condolences on Mr. G passing away. I had seen him at the gym on trips to Ohio in recent years to see my nephew play for Centerville and made sure to say hello to him. I fondly recall my friendships with Jeff, Jerry & Marty... playing ball with you guys over the years. Looking back, Mr. G was part of the "village" that raised us, coached us on and off the courts and ball fields, kept an eye on us during those formative years. I really appreciate that!

Mike and Peggy Taulbee

July 7, 2020

Fran was one of the original and first neighbors we met when we built our homes 18 years ago. We could not have asked for a better neighbors. Our sympathy goes out to Ginny and the rest of the family. RIP Fran.
Mike & Peggy Taulbee
Elise and Emma

Mark Garber

July 6, 2020

A great man that had tremendous love for his family, and always had a smile on his face. Simply a great inspiration on how we should all live our lives. I feel blessed to have known him.

Anthony Massoud

July 5, 2020

Fran and I worked the ticket table every year for the Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry. I loved Fran like everyone else did. He was a loving giant and loved golf.

My deepest condolences to the family!

Rest in Peace Fran,


Leo Scholl

July 2, 2020

Prayer for his wife and family for strength, encouragement, and peace.

Fran was a long time volunteer at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, Centerville. This is where we met and I got to know him. He was an encouraging man to be around. He always was a help to me and a good man to know.

The attached volunteer team photo was taken Oct. 1, 2018, at Yankee Trace.

David and Terri Arrand

June 27, 2020

Fran was so much a part of our family. We will always remember his warm and friendly way of welcoming us whenever we saw him. All our love to Ginny. I know that she will miss him terribly. Also special sympathy goes to his children, grandchildren and his sisters. May he be welcomed into heaven and Jesus' loving arms. Until we meet again.
Hope to see you soon, Terri and David

Patty Kick

June 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Patty Kick