The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 16, 2010

William F. Gruneberg, 84, Coal Township


Daily Item

COAL TOWNSHIP — William F. "Peanuts" Gruneberg, 84, of 1731 Park Ave., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at 1:45 a.m. at the Geisinger Medical Center Danville, after being stricken ill at his home on Saturday.

Bill was born April 22, 1926, in Coal Township, a son of the late William C. and Helen (Buggy) Gruneberg. Bill was married on May 21, 1949 to the former Ella B. Krieger for 61 years who survives.

He graduated from Coal Township High School in 1944 and Eckels Mortuary School of Science in Philadelphia in 1952. Bill served his mortuary apprenticeship with Chowka Funeral Home, Shamokin. He was affiliated with James P. Kelly Funeral Home in Coal Township and Robert G. Foust Funeral Home in Trevorton until 1987.

Bill served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He served Northumberland County government for 30 years in numerous jobs but mostly as the Civil Defense Director during the floods of 1972 and 1975.

Bill was an active member of the Salem United Church of Christ, Coal Township for his entire life. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 504, Dalmatia, and the Maine Fire Co., Coal Township. He was a member of Tall Cedars, Lebanon, the Mt. Tabor Lodge, Coal Township, the Shamokin Lodge 255 Free and Accepted Masons, and served for many years on the Coal Township planning commission.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and John R. Brennan Sr., of Coal Township; two grandchildren and their spouses, John R. Jr. and Colleen Brennan, of Pottstown, and William J. and Marise Brennan, of Etters; one great-grandson, John R. Brennan III, of Pottstown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Lou Phillips.

A viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Robert G. Foust Jr. Funeral Home, 841 W. Shamokin St., Trevorton, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Jean Eckrod officiating.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Coal Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Salem United Church of Christ, 1300 W. Pine St., Coal Township, PA 17866.