Obituaries » Brian Anthony Grohowski
October 8, 2018
Brian Anthony Grohowski
October 8, 2018
Brian Anthony Grohowski (Mixey), 62, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Brian passed away of a broken heart, for he lost his son, Jarad on October 6, 2002 and that day Brian died too. He would put on an act that would have awarded him an academy award for all the years he lived on past his son. Jarad was his pride and joy. He would boast about Jarad to all who would listen.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Lynch Grohowski. Brian graduated from G.A.R. Memorial High School, class of 1974 and he considered all of his 174 classmates as his friends. He was an all conference football player, while making the Super 22 team of the Wyoming Valley Conference in 1973 as a defensive tackle. He went to Mansfield State College, where he studied Art Education. Brian was a four year starter at defensive tackle for the Mounties football team.
Brian was an author, writing the book, 77 From Heaven Jarad. It was published May of 2009, a true story of his son’s life through the eyes and heart of his father. Jarad changed our lives twice, in being born we were all so happy and in his passing we were all so sad. Jarad was a person well beyond his age for he cared about things that a normal teenager would not even think about. He affected me and impressed me so much, that I had to write a book about him.
Brian along his wife, Maureen and former head football coach, Tony Khalife and his coaching staff, founded the Jarad Grohowski Foundation in 2003. The foundation raises funds by having an annual fundraiser, The Jarad Grohowski Foundation Texas Hold’em Tournament. This tournament raises money to send G.A.R. football players to football camp and also awards two student athletes with a $ 1000.00 scholarship to further their education in college. Our Motto is “Help Us Help Kids.”
He was an avid artist who sold paintings while at Mansfield State College. He began coaching high school football in 2004 at Crestwood High School. His good friend, Greg Skrepenak, gave him the opportunity to coach and he took it to heart. Brian loved football and the kids associated with the game. He went on to coach at his alma mater, G.A.R. from 2006 until 2012.
Brian worked at HPG in Mountain top for 25 ½ years until the passing of Jarad. He also worked for the Luzerne County Road & Bridge Department from 2005 to 2006and then worked for Wilkes-Barre City in DPW until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jarad Charles Grohowski; by his parents Joseph (Mixey) and Elizabeth (Betty) Lynch Grohowski; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Theresa Majikes; brother-in-law, Ray (Razor) Majikes; uncle, Joe Majikes.
Brian is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Majikes Grohowski. Maureen and Brian were picked by Jarad to be his parents before Jarad was even born in heaven. They once told each other that they loved one another on the same day without even knowing it. Things are just meant to be. He is also survived by his siblings, Alice Bonk, Ashley; Raymond Grohowski Sr. and his wife, Joyce, Ashley; twin sister, Bonita (Bonnie) Tomcho and her husband, Barry, Ashley; and Gary Grohowski and his wife, Heidi, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; many nephews and nieces; godchildren, Janine Zalewski, David Hardy, Teddy and Ellie Richards.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 9 AM from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 AM in Our Lady of Fatima Church, St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call on Thursday from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.
Please send no flowers. The family requests that donations be made to the Jarad Grohowski Foundation, 125 Almond Lane, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
HELP US HELP KIDS
Brian would like for all that knew him not to cry, but to be happy for him for now he is finally at rest with his son, Jarad. This is all he has wanted since October 6, 2002. Be happy for him and cry if you may, tears of joy.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Brian’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.