Grandpa Ponczoch

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Today my grandpa passed away with his wonderful wife by his side. What an amazing man. It was a bittersweet time for me. I am so grateful for all the time Grandpa had on this earth and am amazed at all his accomplishments but I am also so sad that it really happened and for the grief my grandma will be dealing with as well as his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on.My Grandpa and Grandma owned The Little Pink Restaurant in Wisconsin Rapids they did very well for themselves but must say that they would tell you their biggest accomplishments were their family. I definitely feel very blessed to be a part of the family I am. Family has always been a huge part of my grandparents life and it definitely shows. I look back at all the times we got together at the restaurant and how I just thought every family did that, it wasn’t until I got older that I realized how blessed I was and how close knit our family really was.I have so many memories of grandpa and his humorous ways. He had the best sayings and jokes and would be sure to go around to all the tables at the restaurant to tell his jokes. He had this sly little smile that makes me smile to just think of it. One memory I will never forget is when I would help out at the restaurant on Fridays. I would go around with my grandpa to deliver the delivery orders to the mill and he would tell me all sorts of stories. I gained a great appreciation for him and that time together. I will also never forget when he let me drive his car while I had my temps and I totally stalled the car and then couldn’t start it up again. For those of you who knew grandpa, you also know he had a temper and he let me have it that day, well ok if you know me you know if someone even raises their voice at me I cry :) Well I of course cried and stormed off into the restaurant feeling all sorry for myself. Grandpa came in and after awhile came over by me, he sat down and apologized and told me he loved me, his voice even cracked a little it really made me appreciate him even more ┬ábecause that wasn’t a side of grandpa I was use to.Up until the day he passed he showed his great love for my grandma wanting her by his side at all times.I am proud to call him my grandpa! I love you grandpa!!!! Say hi to dad.

4 Responses to “Grandpa Ponczoch”

  1. SueBoo Says:

    What a lovely post, Charity. You are so lucky to have had so much time with him growing up. I met your grandpa once, at the restaurant. He was wearing striped overalls. He teased my girls in the classic grandpa style. He will be greatly missed!

  2. Judy Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to one of the first special men in your life. As I read it it confirmed to me the reason your family is the heart of our neighborhood. You learned from the best! You already show many of the caring traits your grandfather taught you by example. He will live on in you, your children, and your children’s children.

    You must share more of your memories with me.

  3. Marci Says:

    Grandpa Ponczoch will truly be missed! I feel privileged to say that I knew him. It was always so wonderful to go to the restaurant and immediately feel like I was a part of the family. I know the values and importance of family he has instilled in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is alive and well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and hope you find comfort in the memories and love you shared with him and one another.

  4. Katharine Says:

    Thank you for writing this up and posting his picture. We realized we really have very few pictures (group shots), since we have only seen him a few times in the last decade. What a guy - He will be missed!

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