John A. Gribosky
November 17, 1923 - August 24, 2016
John A. Gribosky 92 passed away August 24, 2016 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. A first generation American John was born to Louis and Elizabeth (Kovach) Gribosky on November 17, 1923 in Vintondale Pennsylvania. He was the eleventh child of twelve. John graduated from Norwalk high school and married Sophia Raad in November 1951.
John was compelled to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in December of 1942. John was a Corporal while in the service. His tour of duty included Midway Islands. He was 1 of 3000 who volunteered to fight at Majuro and Kwajlelin (Marshall Island). Receiving an honorable discharge December 25, 1945.
John started his roofing business in June 1955 and retired 1990. John was involved in swimming, diving, boxing and fencing and was a member of the Norwalk fencing club. He won the Connecticut AFLA’s Saber Championship in 1963 and he took second place in the foil and at one time was a fencing instructor. Other hobbies that he enjoyed were pencil sketching, sculpting and gardening. John like his father had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He sang as the First Tenor at the United Congregational Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was always quick with a joke, a song and a smile. He was the best dad a bunch of kids could want.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Sophia, brothers Louis, Joseph and Stephen Gribosky, sisters Bertha Newman, Helen Novak, Elizabeth Capuano and Margaret Ferris.
He was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by his daughters Belinda Fedeli of Waterford Ct., Jeannette Gribosky of Oxford, Ct., Elizabeth Stabile of Brookfield Ct. and a son John L. Gribosky of Norwalk, Ct. and his trusted four legged companion Chloe Gribosky. Grandchildren Joseph (Meghan) Stabile, Michelle (Jeffery) Meade and Nicole Stabile. Great grandchildren Lauren, Aiden, Gavin, Vincent and a sister Barbara Capuano.
The family will be receiving visitors Saturday August 27, 2016 from 9 – 11 at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, Ct. Burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery.