Three Deaths with Strong Westwood Connections this Past Week

Here is a list of Westwood residents or former residents who dies this past week. Service information is included where applicable.

If you know of any current or former Westwood residents who have died recently that aren't listed here, add them to the comments field.

Edward "Ed" Grokulsky of Westwood, formerly of Chicago, IL, died September 10. He was the beloved husband of Marcella "Marcie" Grokulsky for 47 years, as well as the loving father of Stephanie of Canton, Gregory of Westwood and Douglas and Philip, both of Memphis, TN. He was the devoted grandfather of Charlene Burke and Piper Grokulsky. Brother of Ronald Grokulsky of Chicago, IL, Marianne Zitella of Addison, IL, Stanley Grokulsky of Jacksonville, FL and Julie Bush of Lake Geneva, WI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's memory to VNA Care Network & Hospice, c/o Development Office, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Debra Lynn Connor of Westwood died on September 12 after along and courageous battle with cancer. She was 51. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. She is survived by her husband, David; children, Lauren and James; her mother, Sonya Roeberg Gross, and late father Rodman Gross, of Wilmington, Delaware; her sister, Terri Heinrich, brother-in-law, Martin, niece, Ally, and nephew, Jack, of Washington DC.

Donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with Debra's family in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St. (off Route 109) Westwood on Friday evening September 21st from 5-8pm.

Madelyn (DeRose) Groton of Westwood, formerly of Rye, NY, died of cancer on September 11. Beloved wife of Calvert C. Groton, Jr. for 24 years. Maddi was the loving mother of Edward "Teddy", Elizabeth "Betsy", Katherine "Kate" and Abigail "Abby" of Westwood. Beloved daughter of James and the late Barbara(Glavin)DeRose of Ponte Vedra, FL, sister of Paul DeRose, Naperville, IL, James DeRose, Ponte Vedra, FL, Leslie (DeRose) Welhoelter, Rye NY and Kristine (DeRose) O'Shea, Ponte Vedra, FL. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She taught at Greenwich Country Day School, Meadowbrook School, Westwood Elementary Schools and was an Assistant Librarian at Westwood Islington Branch Library.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St., (Route 109) Westwood on Monday Sept. 17th at 10am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Madelyn's memory to BIDMC Melanoma Research Fund, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.


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