Virginia A. Grzywa

Virginia A. Grzywa

November 15, 1930 – June 3, 2019

Preceded in death by husband, Florian A. Grzywa; infant daughter, Mary A. Grzywa; parents, Margaret and Frank Cummings; brother, George “Doc” Hill.  Survived by children: Terri McLaughlin (Tom), Dan Grzywa (Michelle), Janet Hraban (Jerry), and Ken Grzywa (Kris); nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Donna Hill and Joan Wawrzynkiewicz (Paul); many nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to the Staff at Brookestone Village and St. Joe Villa Hospice for their care and support.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 9th from 4pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, June 10th at 10am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4002 “J” St.  Interment, St. John Cemetery.  Memorials to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church or Gross Catholic High School.


Virginia A. “Sis” Grzywa

Virginia was born to Margaret and Cliff Hill on November 15, 1930, in Omaha, NE.  She graduated from Omaha South High School.  Her father passed away when she was very young.  Margaret, her mother, raised Doc, her brother, and Virginia with the help of her parents, Henry and Anna Ruemping.  Her mother Margaret married Frank Cummings in 1940.  He was an awesome stepfather in the eyes of Virginia and Doc.  At a young age, Virginia played sports to survive and compete with her brother Doc.  She excelled at basketball, softball and tennis.  She even won a city tennis title.

Virginia met her husband, Florian Grzywa at a polka dance.  They were married on June 9, 1956 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Omaha.  Together they raised four children.  Their children are: Terri (Tom) McLaughlin, Dan (Michelle) Grzywa, Janet (Jerry) Hraban, Mary (deceased infant), and Ken (Kris) Grzywa.  Virginia enjoyed her nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  They are: Terri and Tom’s son Matt (Shelbie) McLaughlin; Dan’s children Brandon (Alexa) and their sons Emmet and Harrison Grzywa, Danielle (Scott) Jakopovic and their daughter Hattie, Anne Grzywa and Grant Grzywa; Janet and Jerry’s girls Mikayla, Cassidy and Nicole Hraban; Ken and Kris’s son Tyler Grzywa.  She always seemed to have something funny to say to make them laugh.

Virginia and Florian were lifelong active members of St. Stanislaus Parish.  Many parishioners remember our mom working the “Pickles Booth” at the parish festivals.  Rain or blazing hot weather, Virginia would spend hours working the festival.  Virginia continued with her love of all sports throughout her life.  She could name players and game statistics.  If any of us kids missed a Husker game, she could give us the breakdown of the good and bad plays.  She was the go-to for game summaries.

In her later years at Brookestone Village, she found that BINGO wasn’t that bad of an activity.  The staff always commented on how pleasant and friendly Virginia was during her years there.  She died peacefully on Monday, June 3rd surrounded by family.  She will now join her husband Florian who passed away in 2015.  We Love you, Mom!



  • Jolene Vander Sluis Posted June 6, 2019 2:09 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to say goodbye to a parent, especially a mother.

  • Laurie Petruconis Caito Posted June 6, 2019 8:13 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing . It is never easy to lose a loved one . Thoughts and prayers to the family

  • Kelly Ann Coffey Posted June 9, 2019 11:55 am

    Janet–I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your Mom.

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