Friends of Bob Gredlics are invited to join Kathy Gredlics and her family and fellow parishioners at a Celebration of Life Service for her husband, Bob Gredlics, Saturday, Jan. 18, at noon, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 7771 Stringfellow Road, St. James City.
Robert (Bob) Gredlics, 68, of Bokeelia and New Tripoli, Pa., died June 14, 2013, at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare, fast-moving and untreatable brain disease. He was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., the son of Charles and Rose (Rum) Gredlics, now deceased.
He was a graduate of the University of Scranton and spent over 30 years as an accountant for Lehigh Valley/Conrail/Norfolk Southern Railroad before retiring. He and his first wife, Marilyn, owned and operated Vette Finders, a business that located Corvettes. He was a founder and lifetime member of the Allentown Corvette Club, where he served as president and vice-president for several terms. During his lifetime, he was also a member of the National Corvette Restorer's Society (NCRS), the Solid Axle Corvette Club, National Council of Corvette Clubs Inc., the Antique Automobile Club of America, Corvettes of Naples, Southeastern Corvette Club, the British Car Club of Southeastern Florida, the Bokeelia Boat Club, Pine Island Elks Lodge #2781 and the Pine Island Moose Lodge #1954. He also supported VFW Post #4353 through car shows and other fund-raisers, as well as enjoying the post's Sunday night burgers with Karaoke and dancing. He loved to go to various flea markets and garage sales searching for his favorite collectibles.
Robert 'Bob' Gredlics
He spent winters on Pine Island and summers in Pennsylvania, where he and his newlywed enjoyed car shows, road trips, kayaking, water aerobics at the Pine Island Community Pool, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, who will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his feisty personality and as a dedicated Virginia Tech Hokie fan and enthusiastic Corvette collector.
He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn (Freudenberger).
He is survived by his devoted wife, Kathy (Kurtas) and will lovingly be remembered by his daughters, Melissa A. (Jonathan) McCaverty of El Segundo, Calif., and Michelle L. (Jason) Kovac of Blacksburg, Va.; his grandchildren, Marilyn, Ryan and Tyler; and his sister, Betty Ann (the late Cornelius) Enright, Jr of Bethlehem; and three nieces.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (www.hopehcs.org) ; the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, Case Western Reserve University (www.cjdsurveillance.com/donation); or to St. John's Episcopal Church, Pine Island.
Friends may sign the guest book at www.dignifiedcremations.com.