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In Memory of

Michael Toland Grondzik

January 8, 1976 - September 4, 2016

Obituary


Michael Toland Grondzik, beloved son of Carol S. and Walter T. Grondzik, passed away suddenly in Phoenix, Arizona on September 4, 2016 of complications from a lifetime of health issues. Despite battling Crohn's disease since middle school, Michael was vibrant, energetic, self-reliant, and possessed a wonderful wit. He never let his disability get him down.

Michael was born 40 years ago on the 8th of January 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri. He will be dearly missed by his parents, his younger sisters Tasha, Nikki, and Kelsey, his nieces Abigail and Leela, nephew Max, and...

Michael Toland Grondzik, beloved son of Carol S. and Walter T. Grondzik, passed away suddenly in Phoenix, Arizona on September 4, 2016 of complications from a lifetime of health issues. Despite battling Crohn's disease since middle school, Michael was vibrant, energetic, self-reliant, and possessed a wonderful wit. He never let his disability get him down.

Michael was born 40 years ago on the 8th of January 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri. He will be dearly missed by his parents, his younger sisters Tasha, Nikki, and Kelsey, his nieces Abigail and Leela, nephew Max, and extended family in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Michael loved to travel and explore; to continually seek to see what was around the next bend. He was fortunate to have lived in and experienced Missouri, Oklahoma, Saudi Arabia, Utah, California, and Florida (his home for most of his adult life). He was also fortunate to have visited 16 countries, the 48 contiguous United States, and six Canadian provinces.

Michael was a true Seminoles fan and an avid student of sports of all types. He played Little League baseball in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and played for the Firefighters team in Tallahassee. Cal Ripken and the Baltimore Orioles were particular major league favorites. He was thrilled to have had the opportunity to attend the FSU championship football game in California in 2013. He was also a great trivia game player.

The world will be a less interesting place without Michael. Luckily he was able in his 40 years to have an impact on many relatives, friends, and acquaintances through an irrepressibly gregarious nature. "The Gronz" as he called himself made an impression on people across the country and around the globe.

If gifts are to be made, Michael would appreciate donations to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, 733 Third Avenue, Suite 510, New York, NY 10017, www.ccfa.org.