Theodore Gromosaik of Denville, N.J., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He was 82.
Born on July 15, 1938, to the late Anna Salley (nee Drotar) and John Gromosaik, Ted was raised in Barnesboro, Ps. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves while still in high school. Upon graduation, he proudly served his country for three years, traveling all over the world. Looking back recently, he stated, “It was the best decision I ever made in my life.” He then moved to New Jersey, where he met the love of his life, and earned a degree from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City after attending nine years of night school. His education was followed by 60 loyal years of employment in the accounting field, split between only two companies, Sweda International in Pine Brook and Haverly Systems in Denville, during which time he resided in Parsippany, N.J., and Sparta, N.J., respectively.
Theodore leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Lynn (nee Beighley); son, Kevin Gromosaik (wife, Amanda) of Boca Raton, Fla.; daughter, Kimberly Ryan (husband, Brett) of Sparta; as well as grandchildren who affectionately called him “Pop”: Aiden Theodore, Brady, Colin, Kendyl, Brickell, Cutler Theo and Medley; and his sister Delores of Northern Cambria, Pa.
Both his parents and sisters Agnes, Louise, Theresa, Mary Ann; and brothers, John and Victor, predeceased Ted.
Ted was both a gentle and strong-willed man who was extremely proud of the life he lived and how he lived it. He enjoyed his Pennsylvania heritage with all his relatives and friends, gathering for reunions, golfing (including an official “hole-in-one”), trout fishing, deer hunting, cheering the Pittsburgh Steelers, practicing his Roman Catholic faith, honoring his Slovakian traditions, listening to country music, working around his home, and most of all, spending time with the family who adored him. His loved ones will remember him for his sweet tooth, which included a love of candy and ice cream – particularly banana splits.
Ted’s family would like to thank the aides and nurses “who truly were our angels here on earth, providing him with loving care over the past year. We are forever grateful and may God bless you, always.”
Arrangements were on Friday, Jan. 29, at Goble Funeral Home in Sparta.