Roman J. Gronkowski
Roman J. Gronkowski Roman J. Gronkowski, Former Treasurer of the City of Southfield, MI, passed away on Wednesday, September 28th in Palm Springs, California surrounded by his wife and children. He was 79-years-old. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Ann Gronkowski of 32 years; sister Angela Ciarkowski; children Adele (Phil) Dupont, Roman A., Nicholas, and Juliette; step-children Thomas, Stephan, Anne Marie; 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Roman was born on February 17, 1937 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Throughout his life, he was extremely proud of his polish heritage. He attended Orchard Lake St. Mary's and graduated from University of Detroit. Roman moved to the City of Southfield in his early 20s working as an investment counselor. In 1967, he began his career in Southfield Politics. After serving two years as a councilman, Roman made a successful run for city treasurer; a post he held for 36 years until 2005. Roman won every campaign that he entered and remained the incumbent in his position until his retirement making him the longest serving treasurer in Southfield's history. The next year, Roman and Judy moved to Palm Springs to enjoy the warmer weather and to be closer to his children. Despite suffering serious health issues, Roman remained optimistic and he continued to enjoy the simple things in life. He never lost his sense of humor or his will to live. Roman loved his family and friends and was loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed golf, reading, and spending time with his wife at their summer cottage in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. There will be a funeral held in his honor on Saturday October 22nd at Our Lady of Solitude, Palm Springs at 12:00 noon. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: desertsun.com/obituaries .
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