June 28, 1917 – November 8, 2019
Anthony (Tony) Grzebyk, 102, of Toms River, NJ, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 8, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, NY to Polish parents. Tony moved to Poland with his parents as a young child and returned to the U.S. as a teenager. He then lived and worked in New York City. One of his first places of employment was in a bakery where he worked overnight for just room and board. Anthony joined the Army during WWll and served in the Northern Africa and European campaigns. He was wounded during the war and was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic service. After the war he worked as a coal miner in Pennsylvania for a couple of years before joining the U.S. Postal Service in Wallington, NJ. During his time as a mailman, he lived in Passaic and Lake Hopatcong, NJ. After retirement in 1983, Tony moved to Toms River, NJ. He was a parishioner at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Toms River and a proud member of the VFW. Tony enjoyed taking care of his house and garden, eating out with friends, talking to just about anybody and enjoying an occasional scotch and soda. He was always a very active man and that, combined with the aerobic demands of his mail route was probably a significant contributor to his longevity. And last, but not least, Tony was a very generous man to both his friends and family. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Tony is preceded in death by his brothers Edward of Rzeszow, Poland and Steve of East Rutherford, NJ; sister Wiktoria Galas of Rzeszow, Poland and his longtime living companion Jeannie Umhauer of Toms River, NJ He is survived by 4 nieces, Krystyna Bucky of Ashford, Va, Myra Grzebyk of Clifton, NJ, Dianna Grzebyk Knowles of Clifton, NJ and Lidia Olejniczak of Rzeszow, Poland; his sister-in-law, Kay Grzebyk of East Rutherford, NJ and cousins.
Visiting hours will be held from 5 – 8 pm on Wednesday November 13, 2019 at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road Toms River, NJ. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 9:30 am at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church in Toms River. Burial will follow at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.quinn-hoppingfh.com.
- VISITATION Wednesday, November 13, 2019
- MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, November 14, 2019
- BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS Thursday, November 14, 2019
November 12, 2019
My memories of my Uncle are very pleasant, loving ones. My father, mother and I (at the age of 3) came to the United States on a ship called the Stefan Batory. We were very poor; we came here with nothing. Uncle Tony was born in the USA therefore was a citizen and invited us here. Since my parents did not know much about this country, my Uncle took us everywhere, various places in NYC, including the Statue of Liberty. I admired him when he was the mailman in Wallington; I'd always look for him cause he always had a smile on his face. He was a happy man that looked at the bright side of things. When he later moved to Lake Hopatcong, he would pick me up and on the way we would always stop at Friendly's. He loved to cook and in my opinion made the best blueberry pancakes in the world. He would take me to amusement parks, and always made me happy. He bought me presents at Christmas which I didn't really get much of. He always had alot of friends and was always on the move, visiting people. He loved people. And I loved and respected him. Later he moved to Toms River and lived with his partner Jeannie. We would always go out to dinner. We'd go strawberry picking, blueberry picking. He was a great man and I miss him and will never forget the good he did for me in my life . He was a beautiful person. His passing is a great loss to me, Do zobaczenie Wujek, ja cie bardzo kocham.
Mira Grzebyk, niece.
November 11, 2019
My Godfather and Uncle
As a little girl I have the fondest memories of your smile and laughter, especially when I began to dance around because my feet would not stop moving. Times shared at your home nearby with Jeanine your beloved companion; Times seeing you at the post office where you worked, seeing you at the taylor shop where I would watch your craft in action, going to Lake Hopatcong during the weekends and having you make us the most incredible blueberry pancakes. I would stand in the corner and peek in until you called me over to drop in the blueberries. You would pick me up high and tell me to drop them in one by one -each blueberry. The best pancake awaited.
My parents, Kay and Steve, will always be grateful to you for bringing them to America along with Myra and myself, who obviously came later.
I am glad you got to spend time with my daughters Iris and Renee and their father, Glenn.
Your 100th Birthday Celebration was a good time for all and your sharing with me within the past 10 years your WWII memories, really helped me know and understand the person you were. I was so proud to hear you were a Bronze Medal of Honor Recipient.
The years went by quickly and we are all collecting the memories to be shared by loved ones in the future. Thank you for helping put them together to pass on for the generations to come.
Smiles and Laughter - Life is Short and Should Always be Enjoyed.
I will always remember ....
-that special twinkle in your eye, your snickering laugh, and that great big smile.