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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 .
Dear Mary, Brian & Mary Catherine, I just heard of Bruce's passing today. I am sorry to know of your loss. Having been your neighbor for 21 years, it makes me sad. B & MC, your dad was a really good guy. So intelligent, soft spoken, reserved buy always polite & neighborly. I always admired you as a family. I have moved from Carlisle now, but picture your house & the memories. Hugs, Susan
Susan Hoefler Mar 31 2018 12:00 AM
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.
Nancy,Vincent,Kaitlynn,Christina, Andrew & Natalie Corrado Feb 6 2018 12:00 AM
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.
DAVID P & HILARY H ALBRIGHT Feb 5 2018 12:00 AM
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.
Ralph Kneeream Feb 5 2018 12:00 AM
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.
Dieter and Jackie Rollfinke Feb 4 2018 12:00 AM
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.
Everett Hills, MD Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM
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
Hap Miller Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM
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
Don Kovacs, MD Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry for the lost of a very great Doc. I was a one of the many he helped with his medial skills.
James Yarlett Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM
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
Gregory and Mary Kokosko Feb 2 2018 12:00 AM