Harry Joseph Grochowski, Jr.

  • Born: July 30, 1945
  • Died: May 28, 2017
  • Location: Powder Springs, Georgia

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Harry Joseph Grochowski, Jr., 71, beloved son, husband, father, brother, and Gramps, passed away Sunday morning May 28, 2017. He was surrounded by loved ones in his home in Powder Springs, GA.
Harry was born in Chicago, Illinois July 30, 1945 to Rita Rose Nowaczyk and Harry Joseph Grochowski Sr. He graduated from Bogan High school in 1963 and enlisted in the Air Force where he studied Electrical Engineering.
During his enlistment, he met the love of his life Darlene Mildred Schoenherr. After Darlene stole one of his beers at a party, they became engaged 6 weeks later. He took his first job at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA and they married in Omaha, Nebraska where they had their first child Christine. Harry took a position with AT&T as a Communications Craftsman and moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois where they had their middle daughter Heather. While working his way up to area manager, Harry and Darlene jumped at the chance to transfer to sunny Florida where they had their youngest daughter Shawne. After another transfer to Atlanta in 1983, he retired in 1997. He then took a consulting role with Lucent Technologies where he traveled the world working year-long assignments in places such as Romania, Amsterdam, Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and London.
Harry's children meant the world to him and he saved every penny he made to give them experiences they could share together as a family. He jumped at the chance to make wonderful and lasting memories while camping at places like Disney World, Dollywood, and Busch Gardens. This only intensified when he became our beloved "Gramps" making summers a priority on the lake via houseboat, ski boat, and camper. He was the family patriarch and created family traditions that will live on with us for years to come.
To know Harry was an honor. He was the happiest when surrounded by family, but even when he was in and out of the hospital, he always maintained his sense of humor and concern for others above his own needs. He cared deeply for everyone he knew, touching their lives and instantly making genuine friendships.
He is survived by his wife Darlene Grochowski of 50 years, sister Diane Halagera, and brother Michael Grochowski. He leaves behind his three daughters Christine Galpin, Heather Cramer, and Shawne Townsley as well as four grandchildren, Riley, Elizabeth, Maya, and Connor.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to:
Hope Center Foundation
The Hope Center
Attn: Wendy Bailey
100 Marketplace Blvd.
Suite 102
Cartersville, GA 30121


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Though I did not get to see him often and it unfortunately was usually in times of distress, I was always happy to see my cousin, Harry. Many times we met in hospitals when my dad or his mom was ill. He could always make them smile. He was so kind and thoughtful and always had a story or two to tell about my dad, his Uncle Rome. I too worked in technology and we would always spend some time talking 'shop'. I wish I had the opportunity to visit him in Georgia, he sure looks great in his beach chair. I will remember him fondly and miss him dearly.
My deepest condolences to his wife, Darlene and family. I apologize for my late response, as I've been dealing with my own health issues, lately.
With deep sympathy and love,
Karen Dodaro (Nowaczyk)

Posted by Karen Dodaro - Chicago, IL - family   August 27, 2017

I recently learned of Harry's passing and it broke my heart. As mentioned in the obituary, to know Harry was an honor. I met him when we worked together at Lucent. On assignment in Hilversum, NL, we spent a lot of time becoming "fluent" in Dutch. Just the thought of our "fluency" makes me laugh to this day. Fast forward and most recently, he volunteered to help my colleagues test a mobile phone or two. We still laughed about our experiences on the road together. I'll always miss his humor. <br /><br />Condolences to Darlene, his children, grandchildren, and all who loved him.

Posted by Kyndall Lassiter - Newark, NJ - friend   June 22, 2017

Just now hearing about Harry. I worked with him on a few projects over the years, we had our own mutual admiration society, but I think his side of it was trying to make sure I didn't give him tight deadlines!! He wrote an "ode to Cindy" not sure if you remember painting the lovely mount for that, its got purple flowers. His "ode" starts out "heads up everyone you better run..." His attempt at iambic pentameter? He rolled his sleeves up funny, the cuffs were inside. The only person I knew who did that. He charmed the dickens out of a very demanding customer, and of course, charmed everyone else as well. My memory of him will always be in that light, a charming professional. Or a professional charmer? I hope these thoughts fill a small part of the hole that is left without him. How lucky we all were to have a bit of Harry in our lives!

Posted by Cindy Doklan - Gillette, NJ - Coworker   June 20, 2017

We are so sorry to hear about Harry passing. He was a fine man. Our prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Bascombe Hughes - Lake Wilderness, GA - Neighbor   June 02, 2017

Our deepest condolences to Aunt Darlene and the entire family. Harry was a remarkable fellow and I have many fond memories of him. He was always happy and my parents always spoke highly of him. Only the passage of time can bring ease your loss.

Posted by Richard and Connie Vogelzang    June 02, 2017

To my unforgettable brother, Thank you for all of the unforgettable moments. I will miss you.

Posted by Charlie - Brother   June 01, 2017

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My most profound condolences to Shawne and her entire family. May the healing power of time and faith bring solace and a blanket of fond memories to you all.

Posted by Clark Bateman    June 01, 2017

We are grateful for the time we spent together, my kids have such fond memories of this day.

Posted by Amy Calkins - Family   May 31, 2017


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We are grateful for the time we spent together, my kids have such fond memories of this day.