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William E. "Bill" Gregoski, Sr.

William E. “Bill” Gregoski, Sr., 77, of St. Paul, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Gregoski was born on Aug. 10, 1935, at Elyria, the oldest son of Anton Leon and Constance (Shimek) Gregoski. He was united in marriage to Emily Waskowiak on Jan. 24, 1959, in Loup City. He is survived by his wife, Emily of St. Paul; three daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Marvin Poss of Elba, Kathy and Kevin Carson of Burwell and Patty and Dale Labenz of Columbus; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Cheryl Gregoski of Elba and Bill Jr. and Mary Gregoski of St. Paul; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, John and Barbara Gregoski of Sanford, NC, Anthony Gregoski of Elba and Francis and Tara Gregoski of Kearney; and one sister, Alice Lilly of Wood River. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Bill attended North Loup and Arcadia country school and graduated from District No. 35 near Cotesfield, walking across the hills to attend country school. As a young man he worked construction, drove semi-trucks and farmed with his mother. He was instrumental in the construction of Sherman Dam, of which he took great pride and joy. After his marriage to Emily, the couple made their home on a farm northwest of Dannevirke. To this union five children were born: Elizabeth, Robert, Kathryn, William Jr. and Patricia. In the Fall of 1990, the couple retired from the farm and moved into St. Paul. He then worked at the St. Paul Co-op Grain Association and was a custodian at St. Paul Public Schools before his retirement. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus Council No. 1918 of St. Paul where he was a former Grand Knight and was also a former District Deputy; he also served on the Cotesfield Elevator Board, Elba Rural Fire Department Board, ASCS Board, and the Elba School board for 20 years, having been the school board President for 12 years. He enjoyed camping at Sherman Dam, his grandchildren, playing the accordion, polka music and having coffee at Pump & Pantry. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Roger Wysocki. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital or to the family's choice.

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For my Brother, Bill.. Yes he was my Brother, and much, much more. Like someone to share a beer with when the weather got to warm. We talked of the farm of family and friends, we looked at the crops from the pickup now and then. We worked together in the fields on the farm, young backs bowed and tired but the work got done. He did his best as a brother and part time father too. I know in this world he paid his dues. Someday when I die, I hope Brother Bill is up there, where he will open the gate, and welcome me home.

Brother John Sep 15 2012 12:26 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy to Emily and family.May God wrap his arms around you and comfort each of you today and always. Dale Elaine Nowak and family

Elaine Nowak Sep 12 2012 10:40 AM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and payers.

Doug & Marti Fosuek Sep 9 2012 8:12 PM

Deepest sympathies to your family in your time of loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Pauline (Johnson) Davis Sep 9 2012 7:21 PM

Patty and Families, I am sorry to hear about your Dad and I want you to know that my thoughts are with you through this rough time.God Bess You!

Angie Gaver Sep 9 2012 5:38 PM

God bless the entire family. Bill was always a kind and caring man. He will be missed. Emily, I love you and am praying for you. Hugs.

Barb Schmidt Sep 9 2012 2:30 PM

Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time,May God's angels guide you and your family always, God Bless you all,Richard & Patricia Jensen, Karlsruhe, ND 58744

Richard & Patricia Jensen Sep 9 2012 11:23 AM

To the entire Gregoski family, especially Betty & family and Patty & family -- My deepest sympathies are with you during this time of grief over the loss of your father, grandfather, husband... Be comforted by all of your wonderful memories...

Jill Sykes-Shea Sep 8 2012 9:15 PM


DEB CRUMLEY Sep 8 2012 4:17 PM

Emily and family, Please know you are in our prayers at this time.

Christine Gregoroski/Bynum Sep 8 2012 2:59 PM

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