Norman M. Grumsey, 85, of Springfield, Mass., after a 16-year struggle battling the effects of a stroke that left him paralyzed and blind, peacefully entered God’s embrace on Friday, September 2, 2011.
He was born February 23, 1926, in Hudson, Pennsylvania, and was a son of the late Joseph and Angela Arciszewski Grumsey.
Norman was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served his country from 1944 to 1946.
On October 18, 1947, he married Julia Kalemba in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township.
During his life, he was a very hard worker and provider for his family. Norman was employed at the A & P Bakery, Springfield, Mass., for many years and then as a maintenance man for the Springfield School District until his retirement.
For recreation, he was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Norman was a man who loved his family and the simple things that life had to offer. He was a communicant of the former Our Lady of Hope Church.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julia, on January 2, 2003; sisters, Joan Harchar and Helen Walsh.
Norman is survived by sons, Norman J. Grumsey, who lovingly cared for his father at home over these years of convalescence and Fr. Dennis J. Grumsey, OFM Conv., Pastor of St. Casmir Church, Baltimore, Md.; brother, Stephen Archer, San Antonio, Texas; many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Norman’s funeral will be conducted at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Mark V. Yanaitis Funeral Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township, with his son, Fr. Dennis J. Grumsey, OFM Conv., officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Plains Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A Christian Vigil Service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday.
Condolences may be sent or directions accessed at www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.