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John A Grubisa, 92, formerly of Tallmadge, Ohio, and recently of Sunrise Senior Living in Poland, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
Mr. Grubisa was born on March 20, 1925, in New Castle to John and Francis. He and his sister, Sauvi, where raised in nearby Bessemer.
Jack attended Bessemer High School where he was a scholar/athlete. He graduated on May 26, 1943, barely one month before joining the Army on June 30, 1943.
Jack graduated from Signal Corps, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, in radio communications. He was later stationed at Fort Myers in wartime. In Washington, D.C., he became a member of the military police. Part of his duties there included escorting German POWs to internment camps across 46 states.
After the war, Jack passed up on a football scholarship at Ohio State University to stay closer to home and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in January 1949.
Mr. Grubisa worked several Jobs, primarily at U.S. Steel for seven years before joining B.F. Goodrich in 1959. Jack rose to the level of senior engineer traveling throughout the United States and Europe before retiring in 1986.
In 1961, Jack married the love of his life, Olga J. Wacikowski of New Castle. At that time, Olga was employed as the payroll supervisor at Shenango China.
Jack and Olga lived in Tallmadge near Akron for their married life. They were active in their church, professional organizations and neighbors and friends around Tallmadge. They both loved to golf, bowl and play Bridge with their circle of friends.
Will Rodgers said "he never met a man he didn't like," and Jack was the same, except for Jack, everyone he met felt the same way about him.
Jack is survived by his nephews, Jerry McCree and his wife, Melanie, Frank McCree, Daryl Jaskoika and his wife, Julie, and their family. Jack also leaves cousins in the states and in Croatia.
Family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St., Bessemer.
A funeral Mass will be held at noon Saturday at St. Anthony Church in Bessemer.
Jack will be laid to rest in SS. James and Phillips Cemetery.
Published on May 24, 2017
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