Bruce Vincent Gronkiewicz

Born: Tue., Feb. 12, 1957
Died: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 02, 2018
Location: Hollinger Funeral Home


Funeral Service

Sat., Feb. 03, 2018
Location: St. Patrick Church


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Dr. Bruce Vincent Gronkiewicz, 60, of Carlisle, PA, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on February 12, 1957 to the late Henry C. and Virginia (Czyzewski). In the early 60's the family moved to Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Gronkiewicz graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his M.D. from Saint Louis University in 1983.While in medical school, Bruce joined the U.S. Navy and upon graduation was assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in VA. After completing his internship, Bruce was assigned as the General Medical Officer aboard the USS LaSalle. While stationed aboard the LaSalle, Bruce visited numerous countries in the Middle East and Africa .Bruce returned to Portsmouth Naval Hospital where he completed his residency in Urology and met his future wife Mary, a Naval nurse at the hospital. They were married December 3, 1988. After completing his residency, the couple was assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa , Japan, for two years. They were then transferred to Jacksonville, Fl, where their son Brian was born in 1992. In 1993, Dr Gronkiewicz left active duty and moved to Carlisle, PA where he joined a Urology practice at the Belvedere Medical Center, and later formed the Watershed Urology Practice. His daughter, Mary Catherine was born in 1996.Bruce continued his service with the U.S. Navy Reserves until he retired as a Captain in 2004, with over 24 years of service

         For the last three years of his career, Bruce worked for Summit Urology, Carlisle. He was a member of The American Board of Urology, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Government Service Urology Association, and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Bruce served as a Cub Master for his son Brian's Cub Scout den and as the  Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 168 of St. Patrick Church, where he was a parishioner. Bruce was an avid, lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed the Washington Nationals, Johns Hopkins lacrosse, Navy football, Formula 1 racing , rugby and the Tour De France. He had a passion for traveling and ventured all around the world throughout his life, visiting 6 of the 7 continents. Bruce was a black belt in Aikido and loved to read, particularly about Naval history. He adored animals, especially his dogs. Bruce was also known for his dry sense of humor and quick wit.

 Bruce  is survived by his loving wife, Mary F. (Wagner) Gronkiewicz of Carlisle; son, Brian V.  Gronkiewicz of Fairfax, VA; daughter, Mary C. Gronkiewicz, a student at JHU in Baltimore, MD; two brothers, Dean Gronkiewicz and wife Laura of Tampa, FL, and Earl Gronkiewicz and wife Patricia of Millersville, MD and their daughters, Julia Lebowitz, husband Jonathan, and Mary Kokosko, husband William He is also survived by a grandniece Sophia and numerous extended family members.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the St. Patrick Church, 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle, PA 17013 with the Very Rev. William C. Forrey and Rev. Adewole Olusola as co-celebrants. A viewing will be held Friday, February 2, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. Burial will take place at a later date. The family requests that donations be made to: The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, attn: The Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer,401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231; Military Officers Association of America, attn: MOAA Scholarship Fund, 201 n Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314; or the Naval Academy Athletic Association, 566 Brownson Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402. For condolences to the family, please visit www.hollingerfuneralhome.com.

           


 

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Matt and Carol Culbertson
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
A great family man, Navy veteran, Eagle Scout, supporter of the Boy Scout troop and with a deep faith. Always there to help anyone. I will miss him greatly. God Bless you Bruce.

Cindy Swarner
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
Please accept my condolences on the passing of A man that helped save my daughter’s life when she was only age 3. After visiting many many doctors with our daughter for the first 3 years of her life and being told we were crazy we went to see Dr Gronkiewwicz and he was so caring and without his help our daughter wouldn’t have survived to be where she is today. She was diagnosed with a birth defect and without his help couldn’t have survived To be a happy 23 year old and has completed college and is a teacher all because Dr Gronkiewicz cared enough to do testing on our little girl when other doctors wouldn’t. We owe her life to his care. Rest In Peace to a wonderful doctor ! Prayers to his family.

Carrie Pankowski
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Denis Aunt Ruth Sobie Carrie Pankowski Vicki Sobie and families

Joselin Martin and Joe Jackson (USNA Football fans)
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
Mary and family -- we are saddened to learn of Bruce's passing and the end of a life well lived. We were both heartened each time he was able to make it to Navy Marine Corps stadium over the past two years and really enjoyed cheering with him. We'll certainly miss that. Thank you both for your friendship and service to the Nation. We wish you all peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Joe Black
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
Prayers to the family.. We lost a great doctor..He was my doctor for years and I had the utmost respect and trust in him..God Bless Him and God Bless his family.

Ivan E Beachy MD
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
So very sad to say a final farewell to a colleague, friend , and physician. God be with you.

Bob Herncane
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
He started as my doctor-and became my friend. In 1997,he saved my life. God Bless him and his family. Bob Herncane

Tom Kane
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
Bruce was a great man and I will miss him. He has a wonderful loving family and it only makes sense since he was such a loving and wonderful man. He could be funny and serious and often only he knew which he was being. I remember going camping with him and the scouts at West Point; I an Army Officer and he a Navy Officer. We were billeted in a large open tent and Bruce began building what he called his boat around him with his poncho. I asked why he was doing that. He said, "In case it rained he wanted to be prepared to be high and dry in his boat." The Army guys all laughed at him. It rained all night long and Bruce remained high and dry and some of us did not. He needless to say He had the last laugh. It is things like that, that I will remember and how he valiantly fought his terrible disease. I salute you former brother in arms and look forward to seeing you again.

Earl Gronkiewicz
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018

A GARDEN PATH was sent by The Earl Gronkiewicz Family.

With all of our love to an incredible brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great-uncle. We miss you so much! God Bless you always, Earl, Pat, Julia, Jonathan, Sophia, Mary and Bill


Carrie Ewing
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018

Thoughts of You was sent by Carrie, Katie, and Shannon.

Mary, Mrs. Gronkiewicz, and Brian, From New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, we are thinking of all of you! We're so sorry for the loss of your wonderful father and husband. Love, Carrie, Katie, and Shannon


The O'Donnell family
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
Nurse Mary, you and the whole family are in our prayers. I am sure that he was comforted to have you by his side throughout your lives together, and that he is proud of the beautiful family he leaves behind.

Barry and Adele Group
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Gronkiewicz. He was my doctor for several years and I have received excellent care under him. The community has lost a great, well respected man and doctor. Keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Tom and Joan Weiss
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
We extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Gronkiewicz. I have been a patient of his for a very long time. He was an excellent doctor and will be greatly missed.

Debi Alexander
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
My heart breaks for you Mary, your children, church family and the community .
I treasure the help in assisting Bruce with his tokens of love he so wanted you to have as a constant reminder of his love and affection. May the light that sparkles from the rare precious gems bring some peace in knowing your beloved will always remain close and watch over you. God Bless

Greg Kurtz
   Posted Thu February 01, 2018
I am very sorry to hear of Dr Gronkiewicz's passing. He was a great physician and a wonderful person!

Lillie Foster
   Posted Thu February 01, 2018
I was sorry to hear of the Doctors' passing. He doctored my 90 year old Mother this past summer and now she is doing well due to his care. Our Deepest Sympathies.

Diane and Dave Thomas
   Posted Thu February 01, 2018
Our deepest condolences for your loss. We so enjoyed spending time with you and Bruce and the family at Thanksgiving. We pray that all your wonderful memories help ease your pain at this time.

Paulette Lebo
   Posted Thu February 01, 2018
Mary,Bryan and Mary C., My heart goes out to you and I am very sad. Dr G was a dedicated husband, father and doctor. My time as his office manager was wonderful. He was always kind and considerate to his office staff. I, for one, know how much he loved his family. You can rest assured he is with our Lord and is free of pain and suffering. I will pray for you and your family. May peace be with you.

Paulette

Tawnya and Brian Sullivan
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
I am at a loss for words after hearing of Bruce's passing. May God bring you all the healing and comfort that you need. Mary, he loved you with every ounce of himself and it showed every moment you were together!! Brian and Mary Catherine, you were always loved more than you could ever imagine. He was so proud and spoke so highly of you both!! Although he did not get as much time here on Earth as we would have hoped, know that he will be waiting with open arms when you all are called home too!! Much love to each of you!!!

David Wetzel
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
So very sorry for your loss.
-- David, Colleen, Caitlyn, and Samuel Wetzel

Don Rickards
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
A great highly dedicated doctor. A physician extraordinaire. A solid ten.
As a patient we are so much better for having him in our lives. Aloha Bruce,
til we meet again.

Christie Dick
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
I was an ICU nurse at the old Carlisle Hospital for many years. Dr. Gronkiewicz would often stop by the unit after he had finished a case in the evening. He had the most wonderful dry sense of humor and best stories to tell. He was a much respected surgeon and had recommended him many times.
I will miss him in my heart and glad to have known him.

Gregory and Mary Kokosko
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We know Bruce was dearly loved by his brother Earl and family. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg and Mary Kokosko

James Yarlett
   Posted Sat February 03, 2018
Sorry for the lost of a very great Doc. I was a one of the many he helped with his medial skills.

Don Kovacs, MD
   Posted Sat February 03, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of a fine medical colleague who always helped the patients I referred to him. He will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched as a physician, friend, and family man.

"Death cannot kill what never dies, nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle." ~William Penn

Hap Miller
   Posted Sat February 03, 2018
Dr G was a good doctor and friend. I was one of his first patients after he moved to the Carlisle area. He helped me through numerous kidney stone episodes and also prostate surgery a number of years ago. I was impressed not only by his medical skills and advice, but also his sincere interest in other aspects of my life. He will be deeply missed. My sympathy and thoughts are with his wife, son and daughter.

Harold "Hap" Miller

Everett Hills, MD
   Posted Sat February 03, 2018
To the Gronkiewicz family,
I am deeply saddened to have just learned of Bruce's passing and had to convey my condolences to you. I well remember Bruce from freshman year at Hopkins. He was in the adjacent dorm to mine and we were in a few classes together. My recollection is that he was one of the smartest people I ever met in a school filled with immensely smart people. But he seemed like a genuine "down-to-earth" kind of guy. Over the past several years, we've shared a few patients and all of them spoke very highly of Dr. Gronkiewicz. I regret that our lives didn't cross paths but I had to smile reading that he was a Committee Chairman for his son's troop (I was, too.) and for his love of Hopkins. My prayers go to you in this difficult time and I will always have a special place in my heart for the memory of Bruce.

Dieter and Jackie Rollfinke
   Posted Sun February 04, 2018
We are so sorry to have to say goodbye to such a wonderful and caring doctor. Bruce Gronkiewicz was Dieter's urologist for many years. He took great care of Dieter and the two of them bonded because they both had degrees from Johns Hopkins. Since Dieter had taught German for many years, every time he came for an appointment Bruce proudly told him about the latest international adventures of daughter Mary C.

Our relationship became even closer when Jackie developed stage four pancreatic cancer last August and the two of us started attending the pancreatic cancer support group. As soon as we arrived both Bruce and his wife Mary reached out to us and offered us any help we might need. We are so grateful for this kindness. We will have very fond memories of both Bruce and Mary for the rest of our lives.

Ralph Kneeream
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
Dr. Gronkiewicz saved my life. Shortly after I moved to Carlisle in 2005, I became a patient of Dr. Gronkiewicz. He diagnosed my prostate cancer and he cured me over a six-month period. As of today, February 5, 2018, I have not had a recurrence. He was a wonderful doctor and a fine human being. At the time I met him, we both had Golden Retrievers, and during my visits to his Office, we shared stories of our dogs. He was a great Urologist and he will be missed by our community.

DAVID P & HILARY H ALBRIGHT
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
Bruce was a valued colleague on our medical staff and member of the "old" BMC brotherhood. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts are with you.

Nancy,Vincent,Kaitlynn,Christina, Andrew & Natalie Corrado
   Posted Tue February 06, 2018
Dear Mary, Brian and Mary Catherine,
We are all so very sorry to hear of your loss. Bruce was a wonderful husband and father. Your love for him will live on in the memories and hearts of all who lives have been touched by this very special angel. Our Deepest Sympathy.

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