larry gryskevich
Larry Gryskevich, 67, of Weirton, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2006 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born December 23, 1938 in Weirton, he was the son of the late Alex and Anna Kushlak Gryskevich. Larry was also preceded in death by his brothers John and Alex and sisters Jeannie Beniak, Dolores Evkovich and Zanovia Criss. With 34½ years of service, he retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a millwright in the Hot Mill. He also worked for the Security Department at the Post Gazette Pavilion. He was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. Larry played football and baseball for Weir High School where he was chosen for All State. He also played football for Memphis State and played professional baseball in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox. Locally, he played softball for Marino’s and served as a coach for his son’s baseball, football and basketball teams. He was a dedicated family man who was a very proud grandfather of 12, loved to cook and was an avid gardener. Larry’s survivors include his wife Theresa A. (Komorowski) Gryskevich of Weirton; son Larry Gryskevich, Jr. and his wife Deena of Greer, SC; daughters Lori McCullough and her husband Greg of Greer, SC, Vicki Truex and her husband Charles of Weirton and Jennifer McCardel and her husband Michael of Fort Hood, Texas; sisters Mary Fornari of Deltona, FL and Shirlee Baltich and her husband Mitch of Weirton and 12 grandchildren Jeremy, Peyton, Keeley, Haley, Hannah, Tera, Abbey, Mathison, Emily, Jack, Madelynn and Harrison. Larry will also be dearly missed by his loving companion, Bear. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10AM Friday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father Tony Thurston presiding. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Please consider a contribution in memory of Larry to the Weirton Baseball Association, Post Office Box 2844, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes with his family at Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. To the family of Larry Gryskevich. I was saddened to read in the paper the passing of Larry. I was born and raised on Weir Avenue and it was always a blessing to see and talk to Larry when I was visiting Weirton. Even when I played sports at Weir High he always reminded me that I was from Weir Avenue,and I should always represent. He never stopped giving me pointers and support on how to be a better athlete. He will be in my memory. The last time I saw him was about five years ago and was surprised that I remembered him. It’s hard to forget friends, he will be missed! Bob Kelley

  2. Larry and Family, I am so sorry to see that your father has past away. Larry, you popped into my head for some reason today and I did a quick search on the Internet and saw of your dad’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Greg

  3. Larry, and Family, You all know how special that man was to me, like a father, and a role model. I will always remember him and that green truck, his green windbreaker coat, and his smile. He is dearly missed and will ALWAYS be thought of. I MISS YOU BIG LARE!!!

  4. Uncle, you can’t imagine how I feel right now. We just spent the most memorable times together watching the Steelers in the playoffs, and win the Super Bowl. Watching the Steeler games will never be the same without having you there with us, and I will forever cherish those Sundays that you spent with my parents and me. You had such a huge heart, and you touched everyone in your life in such a special and unforgetable way. You loved Aunt Theresa, your children and 12 grandchildren in a way that I’ve never seen before (and Bear too). You know that my Dad loved you like you were his own brother, and right now, my Mom’s heart is broken in two, and can’t believe that you’re gone from her life. The only comfort that I have right now is knowing that you’re in heaven with Uncle John, Uncle Alex, Aunt Jennie, Aunt Doe and Aunt Zanovia. I will miss you more than words can say, and I love you with all of my heart. Love, Jan

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. “G”. My condolences to each of you (Theresa, Lori, Larry, Vicki and Jen). I was so shocked to hear of the news. It made me start to think of how much time has really slipped away since those innocent days of my youth. I am reminded of so many fun times at the ball field, at your home and at other activities that Mr. “G” was present at. I wish I could be physically present with you to let you know how saddened I am of this untimely event. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Theresa, Lori, Larry, Vicki & Jen, We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Larry’s sudden death. Larry truly was a wonderful person and will be missed by many people. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Words can’t express how sorry we are. I wish we could be there with you but as of now, I don’t think we are going to be able to. Our love and prayers are with you all. May God Bless all of you. Love, Doree and Dave

  7. Family of Larry, I am very saddened by the loss of your father, husband, brother and grandfather.Larry was always a personal friend and i worked at pool with him and played baseball for Weir with him for one year. All i can say is what a great guy . He always supported me when I ran for Brooke school board and he followed young Larry every game. I will miss him too . Sorry I can not be there to comfort all of you. love Jerry Hamill

  8. Aunt Teresa; My sincerest condolences and apologies for not being able to attend the funeral home. My work has me in Iowa this week arriving late Friday. My prayer would be that God grants you comfort in the coming days. Sincerely, Roy

  9. To the Gryskevich family – My deepest condolences are with you during this sadden time. My fondest memories as a youth include playing baseball at the WBA. Mr Gryskevich is a reason for such fond recollection. The memories of the times our families spent together in Weirton, Follansbee, Boomer WV, etc playing a game we all enjoyed will last with me forever. Mr Gryskevich was always there. Always willing to help. It is always tough to say good-bye to good people. Mr Gryskevich was a Great Person. Sincerely Rob Petrovich

  10. Jennifer, I am so sorry about the loss of your father. I cannot imagine the sadness that you are going through. My father worked your father and always spoke highly of him. Please know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. I know that your family will be there to support you. If you need anything, please let me know, 737-4044. Sincerely, Raquel Welch Malinky

  11. Teresa and family, On behalf of myself , my daughter and family and my sons Michael and John we would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. It has been our pleasure to know Larry and become a part of your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and may the wonderful memories you have of your husband and father help you through this difficult time. With love and affection Linda McDonald and family

  12. As a youngster in Weirton, I have fond memories of Larry playing for the Red Riders, and I would like to add my condolences to the family. My sincere sympathy to all.

  13. Dear Theresa and Family, Growing up next door to the Gryskevich’s on Weir Avenue was a real treat. There were four houses on our side of the street. We were like one big happy family. I can still see Larry with his huge dog, Smitty, in his backyard and I also can see Larry in his baseball uniform playing for Schwerha’s baseball team. So long to a good friend. Tom and Gerry Banketas

  14. Teresa and Family, We were shocked and saddened by the news of Larry’s death. He and Ed shared a lot of fond memories, and it touched him deeply. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and the family. Ed and Carole DeLuca

  15. Lori, I was so sorry to hear about your dad, I know my father will be very upset when he hears that he passed. God Bless! Shelley Sadler-Greenlief

  16. I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Gryskevich. He was a very dear friend of my dad, Bob Wiley. I always thought he was such a nice man. He had a great smile and a big bear hug. I know he will be sadly missed by all of you and by my family as well. My deepest sympathies are with you.

  17. Jen and Family…I am so sorry that Larry has passed away. I can’t even begin to put into words how i am feeling right now. Our families have shared so many great times in WildWood N.J. I can still picture Larry sitting in his lounge chair asking Jen and i what we were up too that day. My prayers are with you! I love you all!!!!! Lisa Moore

  18. Uncle Larry, I will miss and charish all of our times together at “The Lake” Post Gazette Pavilion, you were the gentile giant embassador at my front gate. The only thing bigger than your stature was your heart. I will miss you always.

  19. So sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. I lived several streets over from Larry on Weir Avenue and played Legion baseball with him. Good guy, great man!

  20. Larry, I was shocked to hear the news today about your father from Sal this morning. All the memories I have of your father are wonderful. Of course, they begin with our days as kids playing for the Weirton Steelers. I will never forget that mountain of a man that we all loved to be around. He will certainly be missed. God bless you and your family. Will

  21. Dear Theresa and family, We were shocked to hear of Larry’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Rose Ann and Bill Keller

  22. As youngsters growing up on Weir Avenue, all of the children knew Larry. Most of the kids on Weir Avenue knew his family and especially him. Many of them attended Weir High with him. He will most certainly be missed. We will keep him in our prayers, along with the members of his family. You most certainly have our deepest sympathy. Respectfully, the folks from Weir Avenue.

  23. You will be missed dearly by everyone. There will never be anyone else like you, you were one in a million.

  24. i think about you everyday and wish i could of told you more often what a great father you were. i love and miss you always.

  25. dad, say a little prayer for larrys team- the chicago bears. wish you were here to cheer them along. i love you.

  26. Uncle, I miss you so very much. Watching the Steeler games this past year just wasn’t the same knowing that you wouldn’t be here with my parents and I had they made the playoffs, not to mention the Super Bowl. My last awesome memory of you was watching you play the games during the Super Bowl, and you making me laugh so hard! I have to admit that I put the picture of you and I (taken at my parent’s 50th anniversay) next to me during every Steeler game just so you could watch every game with me. Aunt Theresa called me last night…we spoke for about an hour, but the really odd thing was that when I saw it was your phone number, I had to stop and think that it wouldn’t be your voice on the other end, and I had to hold back my tears. Talking to Aunt Theresa was very comforting , and you must know that she’s hurting so much that I can’t put it into words. My Mom and Dad miss you more than words can say. We talk about you every Sunday at the dinner table, we cry and try to dry our tears, but it’s very difficult to do. A day doesn’t go by that we don’t think about you. My Mom just wishes she could get one more of your 11:30 Sunday morning phone calls. But don’t worry, Uncle, my Dad and I are taking good care of your sister, but I just wish you were still here for her. Her heart just hurts so much. You know you were like a brother to my Dad, and he’s having such a rough time of it too. We still can’t believe you’re gone, and you left us too soon. I love you, Uncle. Jan

  27. dad, you have been gone for almost a year and the pain has not gone away. they say time will heal the pain but i can never imagine that happeing. i miss you so much and i would do anything if you were stll here. emily and maddie always say they miss there pappy. i know they are young but i know they will never forget you. you are the best father anyone could of asked for. i love you dad.

  28. Dad, I miss you every second of everyday. I love you more than anyone can imagine. I know that you know that. I will never be whole again. I just need you to help me be strong for Jeremy, Peyton,Keeley,Mathison and Harrison.Things haven’t been right in my life for a long time and I want you to know I have finally opened my eyes. I just need a little help. I have no one else to turn to. You were always there for me & I know you would be now if you could. I will make it Dad- I will never forget when you told me I was the strongest person you knew. There will never be another one like you. I just pray my sons will grow up to be half the person you were. I love you endlessly. P.S. if you should happen to see your little black and white buddy up there any time soon-tell Belle I miss and love her sooo much. With Love, Lori

  29. dad just wanted you to know i miss you so very much. life will never be the same without you. the holidays are so lonely without you. i know how much you looked forward to them. emily and maddie talk about you all the time, i just hope they truely remember you because you were the best pap and dad ever. will see you oneday and will give you the biggst hug and kiss ever. i love you always. vicki

  30. Dad just wanted you to know how empty my life is without you. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW.

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