Dr. Edward F. Grodecki Jr., (Uncle Eddie, Downtown Eddie) of North Olmsted, Ohio formerly from Ravenna, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 from complications to a long struggle with lymphoma. Dr. Grodecki Jr. was an ageless restaurateur, probation officer, caregiver, uncle, brother and dear friend to many. Born in upstate New York on July 23, Dr. Grodecki Jr. was the first born of the late Dr. Edward F. Grodecki Sr. and Lucia (see Anielski). He leaves brothers Dr. Thomas (Paula) Grodecki (retired) of Mesa Arizona, Mr. Jan (Judy) Grodecki (retired) of Ravenna Ohio, sisters Mrs. Karen (Chris) Moon (retired) of Grapevine Texas, and Dr. Annette Stone of North Olmsted, Ohio (teacher). He had many cousins who were dear to his heart (especially Halcia Lawson, Linda Kovach, Arty Wojtas, and Chet Psygoda), and many dear friends who were extended family (Ms. Margo Castellucci, Dr. Richard Magello, Ms. Mary Retberger). Uncle Eddie was the self proclaimed family historian keeping accurate and authentic birth and death records of his well extended family, living from New York to California, New Zealand, Australia, and Poland. He lived his favorite motto throughout his life "smile to everyone, secrets to the grave". As an avid Pittsburg Steelers Fan he always indicated in a jovial manner that the only team to play football in Cleveland were the Steelers. Dr. Grodecki Jr. was a graduate of KSU (Kent, Ohio) with a BA in Sociology, received his Master in Anthropology (with interests in Magic, Religion and Kinship Analysis) from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio), and his Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from DePaul University (Chicago Ill.). Dr. Grodecki Jr. traveled extensively assisting in the opening of new restaurants in the USA and was known in the restaurant circle as "Downtown Eddie". Memorial Services will take place Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Richards Catholic Church Lorain Rd. North Olmsted, Ohio at 10:00 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cleveland Free Clinic (where he was a volunteer), and Veterans group, or any pet rescue. Sto Lat: WOLNOSZ! Condolences and memories may be shared at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.
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