Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

109 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA


Steven Edward Grodensky

September 13, 1956July 18, 2020

After a 12-year battle with brain cancer, Steven Edward Grodensky, 63, passed away on Saturday, July 18th, surrounded by family at his home in Martinsville, Virginia. He was born in Miami, FL on September 13, 1956, to Al Groden and Marilyn Berg.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Grodensky; father and stepmother, Al and Darleen Groden; stepfather, Gilbert Berg; brother, Howard (Connie) Grodensky; sister, Edith (Chris) Falwell; and six children: Joel (Catherine) Grodensky, Danielle (Saurabh) Sain, Kenny Sloan, Kim Sloan-Snider, Brandi Keatts, and Jason (Josh) Grodensky. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and who affectionately called him “Poppy.” One of his greatest pleasures was watching his children and grandchildren open the numerous presents he and Phyllis gave them at Christmas. As a young man, Steve moved to the Raleigh, NC area in the early 1980’s, started a family, and continued in the tradition of the family business as a successful hotel owner/operator. Later he moved to Martinsville, VA where he and his brother took over ownership of the Dutch Inn from their father, keeping the hotel in the family for over four decades. They also opened the Hampton Inn - Martinsville. Steve was interested in politics too, and served on the town of Garner‘s Board of Aldermen.

Steve was known for his dry sense of humor, which he kept to the end. Often visitors would ask Steve how he was feeling. “With my fingers,” was always his ready response. He loved to travel, especially with his wife and family, and he organized many family vacations. Steve also enjoyed playing games and was a formidable card player. For years he enjoyed hosting a regular poker night with some of his closest friends and even played in the World Series of Poker.

Steve also loved to golf and met his wife of 23 years, Phyllis, on the golf course. He was a devoted husband and father, and will be dearly missed by many.

The family will hold a memorial to celebrate his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers they ask that donations be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or to the Chordoma Foundation.

Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com


  • Memorial Service at a later date


Steven Edward Grodensky

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Nelson Martin

July 29, 2020

Howard and Phyllis, so sorry for your loss.

Debbie Pryor

July 21, 2020

Condolences to the family. Touched many in the Martinsville area & proudly took the true family name. He always greeted me fondly & welcomed me home whenever I visited. He will be tremendously missed by many.

Clif and Pam Wade

July 21, 2020

Our deepest condolences to your family. Stephen had his struggle and now he is in a better place. May he Rest In Peace!

Joseph May

July 20, 2020

Just want to send condolences to Howard and Connie and the rest of the Grodensky family. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we miss seeing you.

Sincerely, Joe and Juanita May

Peggy Rogers

July 20, 2020

Phyllis, my sweet friend , just want you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers !🙏 I am so sorry ! ❤️ Peggy

T. G. Balabanis

July 20, 2020

To the Family of Steven Grodensky:

With deepest sympathy

Steven was a great friend! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God bless

Ted & Ruby Balabanis

Nancy Arnold

July 20, 2020

So very sorry for your loss.
You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy and David Arnold


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