Edward Louis Gronlund Jr. of Elizabeth Township died at the age of 86 on Sunday, November 27, 2022. Born March 10, 1936, he was the son of the late Edward Sr. and Dorothy Campbell Gronlund. A printer by profession, he was an employee/owner of Wivagg Printing in McKeesport, where he worked over 50 years. Ed’s life is defined by his work ethic, service to his country & community, and his ability to entertain others with his storytelling and humor. He served in the US Army, was a lifetime member & president of Central Volunteer Fire Company, served on the Elizabeth Township on the Board of Commissioners, supported numerous local and national organizations, coached little league baseball, co-founded his beloved Boar’s Nest hunting camp, and was always willing to lend his time and talents to others in need.
Ed is survived by his sons Edward S. (Maria) Gronlund of Harrisburg, and Shawn P. (Suzanne) Gronlund of Elizabeth; grandchildren Ashley (Derek) Shugar, Zach (Frenchie) Gronlund, Samantha (Jordan) Angelo, and Jessica Gronlund; great grandchildren Owen & Gwen Shugar, and Bowie & Archer Angelo. Ed is also survived by his brother Ralph Gronlund, sisters Carol Cowell, Dorothy Baumgartner, Sally Michaels, numerous nieces and nephews, and Dee Waligura, his girlfriend and companion for over 30 years. Friends are welcome Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 2-4 & 6-8pm and Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 10-12pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 12:00pm in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse officiating. Inurnment will be held at Mount Vernon Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested Memorial Contributions may be made to Central Volunteer Fire Hall, or Suncrest Hospice. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published November 28, 2022.