Peter J. Dronzek

May 12, 1935June 14, 2014

Peter J. Dronzek of Yonkers died on Saturday June 14, 2014 at age 79. Born on May 12, 1935 to Peter and Josephine (Mynarski) Dronzek in Yonkers where he was raised and attended St. Casimir’s Grade School, Saunders High School and Manhattan Community College. Mr. Dronzek was a printing teacher at Saunders Trades and Technical High School for over 25 years retiring in 1990. On June 20, 1959, he married Grace Smatko in St. Joseph’s Church; she survives. Peter was a parishioner of Christ the King Church, former member of the Colts Boys Club where he served as Baseball Director. While at Saunders, he coached girls basketball, softball and volleyball and in 1986-1987 he won the “Triple Crown” as city champs in all 3 sports. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his time at “Evergreen Acres” in Cold Spring. Several of his prize fluke are immortalized on the “Willy Wall” in the Hamptons. Mr. Dronzek was a member of the Navy Reserves. Besides his wife Grace he is survived by his 4 sons, Peter J. (Elaine), David (Caryn) (YFD), Eric (Joan) (YFD), and Kenneth (Virginia) (YFD) Dronzek. He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren, Amanda, David Jr., Ryan, Erica, Kevin, Jessica, Emma, Kenny Jr., and Krista, his 2 brothers, Paul and Joseph and his 3 sisters, Teresa Linkowski, Mary Ann O’Connor and Rosemary Dronzek. He was predeceased by 3 sisters, Agnes Pryzgoda, Josephine Popovic and Dorothy O’Buck. Visiting hours will be at the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Monday June 16th from 7-9pm and Tuesday June 17th. from 3-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday June 18th at 10am in Christ the King Church with interment to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Avenue Yonkers, NY 10703 914-965-5488


  • Visitation Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Christine Comerford

July 8, 2014

Dear Mrs Dronzek and sons,
I just came across this notice while looking at the Whalen & Ball website. I was so saddened to read of Mr Dronzek's passing. What a wonderful man he was!
Mr Dronzek, along with your son David, worked with my son Zachary in the colts club. Mr Dronzek touched so many lives and will be fondly remember and greatly missed by many people.
May you all find peace in your hearts during this difficult time and remember it's not goodbye but until you meet again.
With much sorrow, Christine Comerford and family (formerly from Dr Sindy Solomon's office).

Amy Evans

July 4, 2014

Today is my parents 54th wedding anniversary- Betty Sitzler Evans and Jerry Evans. They were just talking about people who were at their wedding. We'd like to send Condolences to Grace and her family. We looked up info on them on the internet and were saddened to find Peter's recent passing. Blessings and Peace to your family during this difficult time, and they remember you and Peter fondly.-- Amy Evans

Lisa Longo Wojda

June 21, 2014

To The Dronzek Family,

I was part of Mr. D.'s last teams at Saunders before his retirement and learned so much about him for the yearbook dedication in 1990. I have often thought about him through the years and am very sorry to hear about his passing. He will be remembered fondly.

My deepest condolences go out to you all.

June 20, 2014

To Aunt Grace and our Dronzek cousins and wives:

How blessed we were to have Uncle Pete in our lives. The world was made a better place by his presence, and we will always cherish our memories of him.

All our love, Bob, Linda and Rachel Pryzgoda

Rob Thoma

June 19, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with thae Dronzek family.I enjoyed your friendship and will always have fond memories of your family. You were truly loved and will be missed. May you rest in peace!

Sarah (Whitten) Nittoli

June 19, 2014

Our sincere condolences to the Dronzek family. Mr. Dronzek was a great teacher, coach, and family man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

June 19, 2014

A great person and Teacher ..R.I.P I give my condolences to all his family and friends . It is always so sad to hear of a good person leaving us. Sincerely, a Saunders student, class of 77 . Maritza Muniz (Yonkers NY)

Linda Strong

June 19, 2014

To The Family:I only knew Peter a few short days while he was a resident at the nursing home, but I was completely smitten with him. I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories of Peter bring a smile to your face in the days to come. Peter is now smiling down on us. You all are in my thoughts!..Linda

John Thoma

June 19, 2014

Sorry to hear about Mr. Dronzek. Great teacher at Saunders and great neighbor in Yonkers. Our sympathy to his wife and children.

Steve Pisarek

June 18, 2014

Just wanted to say you were an incredible teacher,mentor and a wonderful person. Thank you for being apart of my life.