Joseph Gresock Jr., 90

Joseph Gresock Jr., 90, of Tonawanda, N.Y., passed away at home Thursday, July 12, 2012.

He was born June 3, 1922, in DeLancey, a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Mary (Kromaus) Gresock.

Being one of eight children, Mr. Gresock, as a young man, stayed behind and worked on the family farm for a number of years while his brothers were serving in the military.

He also worked for a short while for the state and in a local coal mine.

During his childhood, he met and eventually married Hazel Cramer Jan. 16, 1954. She would become his lifelong soulmate and mother of their five children.

In 1957, they moved to Tonawanda, where Mr. Gresock soon went to work for and later retired from Spaulding Fiber.

He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family, along with hunting and working in the garden.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include four children, Eileen Young and husband Gary and John Gresock, all of North Tonawanda, N.Y., David Gresock and wife Renee of Hendersonville, N.C., and Mary Gregg and husband Paul of Oakville, Ontario, Canada; seven grandchildren, Gregory, Steven and wife Crystal, Jessica, Stacey, Alex, Sarah and Rachael; a sister, Irene Phillips, and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Gresock, both of Punxsutawney; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary, March 28, 1969; two brothers, George and John; and four sisters, Margaret Larko, Mary Skarbek, Elizabeth Morris and Anna Phillips.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Mr. Gresock’s memory to the American Cancer Society or Erie County (N.Y.) Hospice.