Henry V. Bronczyk, 79, Navy Reserves lifer, Lititz Welcome Center volunteer, enjoyed polka dancing

By on April 19, 2017

Henry V. Bronczyk, 79, of Lititz, passed away April 13, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. He had lived many years with the effects from a stroke, which contributed to his death.

Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Henry A. Bronczyk and Gertrude (Raczykowska) Bronczyk. Henry was the loving husband of 55 years to Marcia A. (Koczur) Bronczyk.

He joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school. After active duty, he joined the naval reserve and was stationed in Philadelphia and in Baltimore and after 30 years in the reserve, he retired with the rank of CWO4. He served on the Destroyer USS Warrington DD843 during his military career.

In 1974, he graduated from Lawrence Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a member of the Dutchland Polkateers Dance Club because dancing was definitely high on his list of fun. Henry was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where he worked as an usher and bingo events. He volunteered at the Lititz Welcome Center and was treasurer for Lititz Sewer Authority. He walked a minimum of two miles a day, no matter what the weather was. Henry enjoyed golfing with his friends from Manheim Township Sunrise Lions Club. He was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey. Henry loved to read, garden, and especially having the grandchildren and his great-grandson around.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Marcia, are three daughters: Linda Sipling, wife of Bruce, of Lancaster; Teresa Wilson, wife of Brian, of East Petersburg; and Carol Bowers of Lititz; five grandchildren: Kyle Wilson, Zachary Wilson, Kristen Sipling, Eric Sipling and Rachel Sipling; a great-grandson: Blake Wilson; siblings: Dr. Bernadette Parker of Long Island, N.Y.; and Dr. Bernard Bronczyk of Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Henry was preceded in death by a sister: Sister Marcia Bronczyk, a St. Joseph nun.

Services were held April 19 at St. James Catholic Church, Lititz. Henry was laid to rest at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, with military honors rendered by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and the Veteran 21 Salute Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

To send online condolences, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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