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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  1. I am so sorry for you losses. I truly loved my Uncle Harry and Aunt Palmarose. I always looked forward to them coming to visit. I enjoyed a couple Sunday morning breakfast with them and my grandparents. They always included me in conversation, and I really felt like an adult. I frequently exchanged messages with both of them on AIM. I loved being able to talk with them online, through instant message. I thought it was the neatest thing. They were always so truly interested in what I had to say. They also had a way of invigorating me and giving me a sort of confidence in what I was doing. I’ve missed those conversations, and I will miss them even more now. Much Love- Colleen (Your second cousin, by way of Joelyn.)

  2. Michael, words escape me at the moment. I will truly miss Uncle Harry. Conversations with him were genuine, heartfelt and always so interesting. He made one walk away feeling so uplifted. In a nutshell, I loved your dad, Michael. My sincerest sympathies. Much love, Your Cuz

  3. Harry, you and Palmarose were two of the most special persons we have ever met and we have the fondest memories of both of you. You will be truly missed.

  4. Hello Michael,Rosie and Isabella. We have said good-bye to two great UofD Titans! My mother, Marian, and father, Frank, so enjoyed your mom and dad’s visits. As a child I would hear the laughter from outside. What a wonderful friendship they shared. In their later years it had to be by phone,but it was just as special. As only children, we had 100% of their time. We are very lucky to say that they were our dads. They were each given the gift of time. I hope we will be as lucky! I enjoyed the conversations that I had with you dad. God Bless you in your grief. We share a great loss. I am hoping that someday we can meet again and share the stories that our dads loved to tell. Love, Mary Margaret, Bill, Grace(7) and Clare(4). Please also accept our sympathies for the loss of your mother. She led a wonderful and gifted life and shared it with her family and friends. One day at a time! Take care.

  5. Uncle Harry was a class act; a devoted husband, loving father, faithful friend and always a gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

  6. Michael, I am so sorry for you losses this year. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family through this trying time. Love from your cousin, Barb

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