OBITUARY

Glenn H. Grundtisch

October 29, 1926April 14, 2019
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GRUNDTISCH - Glenn H. April 14, 2019, beloved husband of Marcia (Studer) and the late Maureen (Donigan) Grundtisch; dear father of Gregory (Naomi), Mark (Liz), Paul (Ann) and the late Gary and Cynthia Grundtisch; step-father of Gregory (Lisa) Graesser, Catherine (Michael) Brogan, Ann (Martin) Finn and Christine Gertner; also survived by 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother of the late Donald (Grace) Grundtisch and Lois (late Steve) Graczyk. Friends may call Saturday, April 20th, 3-8 PM, at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the King RC Church (Main St. at Lamarck Dr., Snyder), Monday, April 22nd, at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Glenn H. Grundtisch, to the Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1134, Buffalo, NY 14205, or a charity of your choice. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Glenn Grundtisch was born in Buffalo on October 29, 1926 and passed away on April 14, 2019 after a short illness. He was a life-long resident of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of Bennett High School. After which he joined the Army and served honorably during the 2nd World War between 1944-1946 as a logistics technician on the Island of Japan.

Following his service he attended Canisius College on the GI Bill and graduated as a member of the DiGamma Honor Society. He was a student at the University School of Business administration and went to become a Vice President of Hewitt Robbins, where he was instrumental in developing the hosing that was used to provide in-air aeronautical fueling.

In the early 1970s when the Buffalo Sabres were awarded a National Hockey League franchise Glenn and a business partner decided to build and operate Ice Hockey Rinks. In 1972 he developed Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park , NY initially and then purchased Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga, out of bankruptcy in 1975. Both of these rinks have been privately operated continuously since he took over. These are the only 2 of over 30 private ice rink facilities initially proposed that remain in operation without government assistance.

Glenn was also an avid Golfer, Tennis player a lover of political discussion as well as a Master Bridge Player. He was also the former chairman of the CEF (Christian Education Fund) and has always been a strong advocate of school choice, and a parents right to choose where their children are educated. Glenn extended his love for education to his children, grand-children and great grand-children and his legacy of fairness and love will remain strong for generations.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 20, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 22, 2019
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Glenn H. Grundtisch

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Robert Barnd

April 21, 2019

Paul,
You and I graduated from Neumann together and were in a number of classes together. I just wanted to offer my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your Dad sounded like an amazing man, and I never knew that he was involved in attempts to save the school. I drive by the building everyday to and from work, and it always brings back memories. Your Dad definitely made his mark and left his mark. May you find comfort in faith and family during this difficult time.

Bob Barnd
Amherst, NY

Dick Lynch

April 20, 2019

Dear Greg, Paul, Mark and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was much more to me than the person who gave me my first job. From the mid-1970’s, making $20 per week (and sometimes a roll of hockey tape and a hockey stick, wooden Northland model RTX19K) and through the later years as one of his first Zamboni drivers. Your Dad helped put me through continuing education and helped me achieve the career I’ve had for the last 35 years or so. I met my wife at the rink and my family and I have continued the passion of the sport of hockey as a volunteer for a very long time. Your Dad instilled in me the work ethic I still have and the commitment to help others. He will be sadly missed by all and I will always remember my roots and the person that allowed me to plant my first seed.
God Bless,
Dick Lynch and Family

Benjamin Weppner

April 19, 2019

Glenn and I, along with Patrick Lucey and Harold Boreanaz worked on a Committee trying to save Neumann High School from a sudden closure by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese in 1979.
For many months the four of Us met with Bishop Head but our efforts were
basically ignored! And the School closed! Tim Weppner was a Senior, and Matthew a sophmore. My sons John, Mark and Andrew were planning to attend Neumann also. It was a sad time for our family and I know Glenn felt the same.

The Courier Express Newspaper for Feburary 26, 1979 carried our committee's work and Individual pictures of the four of us on the Front page of Sunday's edition !

Susan Edmonds

April 19, 2019

One of my fondest memories was going with my sisters and all of the Dongian cousins to the spend the day at the cottage. Uncle Glenn convinced me Jersey cows produced only chocolate milk. Took my parents some time to make me stop believing the story. He will be missed.

Susan Edmonds
Mendon, Massachusetts

Ralph Galanti

April 19, 2019

Dear Paul, Mark and Family,
I am very sadden to hear of the loss of your father. He was a good man. I got to know him in 1975 when ECC started hockey and I came to him to buy ice time for the college's team. That started a friendship I enjoyed for over 40 years. Negotiations with him for ice time was an "Experience". I would always tell him how poor the school was, we didn't have that much money and had other sports at the college that needed money too! Then it was Glenn's turn. He spoke so eloquently about the troubles of running two rink establishments, that he was trying to give his employees enough money to feed their families, that he had personal financial concerns for his family's welfare and on and on, that after a hour of negotiations, not only did I concede to his ice time charge but told him to add a few more dollars to help his buisness out! I missed those days with him. Glenn was a true gentleman and I know he will do a good job running those ice rinks in heaven.
Ralph Galanti

Donald Yung

April 18, 2019

To the Grundtisch Family, Sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Remember and cherish all the good times and memories. The Suburban Emergency Room Crew.

Valerie B.

April 18, 2019

Paul and Family - So very sorry about the loss of your father. Losing a parent is so very hard - my own dad passed away in early March. May memories bring you peace and comfort. Valerie

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April 16, 2019

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Biography

Glenn Grundtisch was born in Buffalo on October 29, 1926 and passed away on April 14, 2019 after a short illness. He was a life-long resident of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of Bennett High School. After which he joined the Army and served honorably during the 2nd World War between 1944-1946 as a logistics technician on the Island of Japan.

Following his service he attended Canisius College on the GI Bill and graduated as a member of the DiGamma Honor Society. He was a student at the University School of Business administration and went to become a Vice President of Hewitt Robbins, where he was instrumental in developing the hosing that was used to provide in-air aeronautical fueling.

In the early 1970s when the Buffalo Sabres were awarded a National Hockey League franchise Glenn and a business partner decided to build and operate Ice Hockey Rinks. In 1972 he developed Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park , NY initially and then purchased Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga, out of bankruptcy in 1975. Both of these rinks have been privately operated continuously since he took over. These are the only 2 of over 30 private ice rink facilities initially proposed that remain in operation without government assistance.

Glenn was also an avid Golfer, Tennis player a lover of political discussion as well as a Master Bridge Player. He was also the former chairman of the CEF (Christian Education Fund) and has always been a strong advocate of school choice, and a parents right to choose where their children are educated. Glenn extended his love for education to his children, grand-children and great grand-children and his legacy of fairness and love will remain strong for generations.

Survivors include his wife Marcia Studer Grundtisch. 3 sons, Gregory, Mark & Paul. Pre deceased by a son Gary and daughter Cynthia. Step father of Gregory Graesser, Catherine Brogan, Ann Finn, Christine Gertner. Also survived by 15 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren. Pre deceased by his first wife Maureen Donigan Grundtisch a sister Lois and brother Donald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday April 22nd, 9:30 am at Christ the King RC Church Snyder NY, followed by Military Honors.