Sylvester Grochowski Jr.

March 17, 1938 – April 11, 2010

Sylvester "Syl" Grochowski Jr. of Waukesha died unexpectedly Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 72. He was born March 17, 1938, in Milwaukee, the son of Sylvester Sr. and Anastasia "Nettie" (Nowak) Grochowski.

After serving his country in the National Guard, Syl worked for more than 20 years at Louis Allis in Milwaukee. Later he received an associate’s degree and began a career in social work. He most recently worked with children at Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center for many years before retirement. Syl had a love of the outdoors and especially enjoyed gardening. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Syl will be deeply missed by his dear friend and former wife, Joan Grochowski of Burlington; his children, David (Jean) Grochowski of Elkhorn, Daniel (Christine) Grochowski of Eagle and Jane (Mark) Collins of Waterford; his grandchildren, Anastasia, Mitchell, Nate and Sammy Grochowski and Christopher and Michaela Collins; and his brothers, Delroy (Barbara) Grochowski of Hancock and Dennis (the late Judith) Grochowski of Wind Lake. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Trudy.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. prayer service Thursday, April 15, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.