THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
A celebration of life was held on Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Kingsford, Mi., for Bill Gronert, 76, of Niagara. Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain, Mi. served the family. He died on Tuesday, March 12 at Woodland Village Nursing Home in Suring.
Born on Feb. 19, 1937 in Niagara, he was the son of the late William and Alice (Saler) Gronert. He attended Niagara High School, leaving early to serve in the United States Navy.
Following his discharge he returned home and opened a Sinclair Service Station. He later returned to school and graduated in 1961. He married Diane Ponzio on Oct. 31, 1964 and the couple shared 48 years of marriage. He owned and operated Culligan Water Conditioning of Iron Mountain for nearly 20 years before retiring in 1999. In his spare time he loved to fish in Lake Superior, tend his garden, play with his grandkids and hang out at BBs. He never missed an opportunity to tell a story or a joke and will be remembered for his huge heart and sense of humor.
His wife, Diane survives, along with sons, Michael (partner, Tom Paulikas) of Milwaukee and Scott (Emmy) of Iron Mountain, Mi.; two grandchildren; a brother, Gordon (Hazel) Gronert and several nieces and nephews.