December 22, 1917 ~ December 30, 2007
Harry Francis Sroka, born to Josephine Delestowicz and Frank Joseph Sroka on December 22, 1917 in Bay City, Michigan, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family Sunday, December 30, 2007.
He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1940 with a Bachelors degree in Business and is where his life long passion for sports led him to the position of sports page editor for the school newspaper. Upon graduation he went to work for General Motors as an Assistant to the General Manager. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940 but was discharged after crash landing several airplanes. He subsequently re-enlisted and served in the South Pacific as a Lieutenant (J.G.) on a submarine chaser until the end of the war.
He re-located to Los Angeles in 1947 where he met the love of his life Palmarose Notari. They were married in June of 1951. My Father's love of sports continued and he would quite regularly score 250 while bowling and was a 6 handicap golfer. He retired in 1983 after 35years with Dun & Bradstreet as a Business Analyst. In his retirement he spent many happy years with life long friends, traveling extensively through the United States and the world with his wife, following Notre Dame football (Go Irish!) and spending time with his granddaughter. His family and granddaughter were his passion and his greatest sources of joy and happiness. He lived a full and rewarding life and he will be deeply missed.
Harry is survived by, son Michael, daughter-in-law Rosie and granddaughter Isabella. Other survivors include sister, Pat TenEyck of Springfield, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Thursday January 10, 2008 at 7:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Friday, January 11, 2008 at 1:00pm with reception following. Burial with full military honors will take place at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday January 14, 2007 at 11:15am.
The family requests that lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Palmarose Sroka Endowment Fund 1900 South Prospect Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90277 or a charity of their choice.
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