Obituary: Thomas J. Grochowsky

Thomas J. Grochowsky, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Asbury Park in Newton.

He was born April 2, 1939, the son of Vincent J Grochowsky and Julia Buckman Grochowsky. Tom attended St. Mary’s School and Newton 
High School.

Tom married Kay Sadowski on Feb. 4, 1960, and they had three children. Early in their marriage, Tom worked in the oil fields on a drilling rig and then operated a service station on Washington Road. In 1971, he began his employment with Hesston Corp. and retired 
31 years later. Tom enjoyed fishing very much. After moving out east of Newton in 
1986, gardening became his major hobby. He particularly enjoyed growing tomatoes and delighted in sharing with friends and family. He enjoyed spending time with his family very much.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Grochowsky, brother Michael Grochowsky, son Keith and Laura Grochowsky of Overland Park, and daughters Jodi and Bobby Jackson of Gardner and Leann and John Uhlrich of Newton.

He had seven grandchildren, Leslie and Christian McNolty, Nathalia Kinzie, Ian and Erin Grochowsky and Alex and Karen Thompson. He also had seven great-grandchildren.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Julia, brother Patrick Grochowsky and sister Carolyn Cox.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m.Friday, Jan. 12, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with the rosary preceding it at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery following the Mass.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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