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Celebrating the life of
Robert "Bob" P. Grefski
March 06, 1941 - January 13, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • 12391 Mercy Blvd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31419

  • 912-925-4839

May the thoughts of knowing that friends and family share in your grief be of comfort to the Grefski family for the loss of your dear loved one. Please know that God is close to the broken-hearted. He will continue to help you get through these most difficult times “Psalm 147:3” and “John 5:28,29”

Sheila, Lawrenceville ,

I will certainly miss our dear friend Bob. Always ready with a joke or two even when you knew he was hurting. Was always amazed at his knowledge of Scripture and the ease with which he shared his faith! Trinity Church was indeed blessed when the Grefski family moved to Savannah. Our love and prayers to Sharon and the rest of the family. Take comfort in the fact that we will ALL meet again one day in HEAVEN !

Arlene Crofoot, Savannah, , Ga.

Dear Sharon, Family, Church Family & Friends of Bob, We were heartbroken to hear of Bob’s passing this week and have been reflecting upon his beautiful life. Bob was genuine/authentic, smart, humble, kind and a good friend. He had a great love for God, church, his family and life in general. We miss him. We remember Bob’s wisdom beyond words. While it has been many years since we have been in Sunday School with him (we moved), we can still remember many of his profound teachings (which to him might have just seemed like casual conversation). Even with his extreme level of knowledge, Bob had an uncanny ability to reach and relate to everyone around him. He was gracious and treated all of us like family. Together, Bob & Sharon exuded warmth and hospitality. They’re incredibly amazing parents and grandparents to their family and beyond. Our lives are far richer to have known them. We will remember Bob’s eyes, no, not just his eyes… we will remember Bob’s whole face lit up with happiness and interest. Most, if not all of you, know that look we write about. That lit-up look he often wore. Upon reflection, that look was undoubtedly a derivative of God’s light. We will remain inspired by Bob’s true joy. We are thinking of you. We pray for God’s peace to comfort you and give you strength in the days ahead. Love, Jim & Jill Winkelman (Amelia, too) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

The Winkelman's, Zionsville, IN

Bob Grefski and Sharon are so loved by the "Trinity Family." Bob was a respected Bible Scholar. Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss. Barbara Prieto

Barbara Prieto, Savannah, GA

I was very fortunate to have had my Uncle Bob in my life and I will carry my wonderful memories of him forever. For those memories are of a quick witted, funny, engaging father and uncle. He was an inimitable figure and I am ever so grateful to have known him. My heartfelt condolences to my Aunt, Chip and the extended Grefski family.

Amy Prestianni Bryde, North Port, FL

Bob was such a good friend to us. We shared many good times with Bob & Sharon's family over the years and we enjoyed each others company immensely -- He's always been 'Uncle Bob'to our kids. We will miss his wit and his devilish smile whenever he told a joke or riddle. Heartfelt condolences to Sharon and her family. We love them all just as we loved Bob.

Joe & Karen Prestianni, North Port, FL

Dear Sharon and family, It was truly grieving for me to learn of Bob's passing...a natural and normal initial response to the news of the loss of a life long friend. Fond memories of Bob throughout my formative years and early adulthood came flooding back... I had great admiration for his steadfastness and sense of responsibility early on in his journey to accomplish his future goals...I recall vividly (unknown to Bob) seeing him walk to his Post Office job from Lehigh St. to So. Hackensack, many times, and thinking of how long, and in all kinds of weather, how he endured the discomforts of the trek, after putting in a full day at school, and other responsibilities he took care of before walking a good distance to go to work. Very telling as to the quality of ones character. All the signs of success in the making...the foregoing tribute to Bob, his secular and spiritual accomplishments, wonderful years with you and your children and beloved Church Family eased the sorrow and added joy and thanksgiving in it's place. I praise God for having known and shared a part of Bob's life and look forward to rejoicing with all our loved ones in the Kingdom Our Heavenly Father has prepared

Teresa Bassano Monesmith, Newton NJ, NJ 07860

we were to sad to hear of Bobs passing but to know his is with his holy father is a grate gift to all.we enjoyer working with Bob at the church he made you fell loved HE WAS A GRATE FRIEND TO US

john & ellen osborne, bloomingdale, ga

Deb and I are blesaed to know Bob and to have had opportunities to share time with him because we were all members of Trinity Lutheran. The first thought, the strongest impression anyone can have about him is that he is a Christian gentleman. Though Bob never fails to articulate his thoughts and views, over the years I have always heard him doing so with a kind and gentle demeanor. Humor? Oh yes! I really love his "pun-laced" humor. My laughter at Bob's jokes has always been matched by Deb's appreciative, head-shaking groan. There is simply no doubt that Bob is seeing our Lord and Savior in person. I don't know if we will be having theological discussions in heaven, but if we do we both want to be in the same discussion group with Bob.

Deb and Rod Stephenson, Savannah, GA

It's a grievous loss to all of us who knew him; a remarkable, generous, unfailingly kind, self-effacing and good-natured soul; a real lover of life. My remembrances of him with be with me forever. Rest in Peace, my brother in the Faith.

Albert Bassano, Jackson, New Jersey

Sharon and family; Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. My heart is breaking for you all. My wish for you is Peace and beautiful memories for your comfort. Martha

martha swindelle, savannah, GA

You will be missed, thank you for being my friend and teacher.

Pam T Edwards , Savannah , Ga

You were one in a million and truly appreciated...bad jokes and all! You will be missed greatly! We love you Bob!!

The Monahans, Seattle, WA

Our prayers pour out to the Grefski families. Not only do we share a grandchild with Bob, over the years we have been like a family to this family. We have so many wonderful memories with them and he will be missed by us along with his many families at Trinity Lutheran Church,

Jim and Dorothy Perks, Black Creek, Ga.

Bob, or “Grandpa” as I knew him, has always been like a second father to me. I remember he would pick me up from my elementary school every Wednesday, and I would go to his house and he would help me with my homework, after which we would play games on the computer or do physics experiments out of a book until Grandma got home. The 3 of us (sometimes 4 or 5 when mom and/or dad were there) would sit at the table and have very thought-provoking conversations about the Bible, he universe, or really anything else. Grandpa always loved doing everything that we loved to do, and was open to trying new activities all the time. In retrospect, while I am certainly sad about his passing and his memory will forever live on within me and the rest of my family, I and happy that he passed peacefully in his sleep. I remember Grandma telling me on the day of his passing that they had prayed aloud the night before that he would be able to attend church that Sunday, which he certainly did in heaven.

Charles “Chad” E. Grefski Jr., Savannah , Ga

Bob was a mainstay of the church and will be sorely missed...prayers for those left behind

Karin Edwards, Savannah, GA

bob was a blessing to all who knew him he left many wonderful memories for robert and me to cherish much love to sharon and the whole family

marty and robert murray, savannah, ga

Dear family, Bob was loved by all who met him...... there were no strangers! He loved people of all ages. Jack, Mike and I were blessed to have Bob as our first Elder at Trinity, 2007. I enjoyed his wit, humor and laughter! His Biblical knowledge was unsurpassed. I will miss you, dear Bob. Share some more jokes with Jack! Love and prayers of comfort, healing and peace be with Dear Sharon and family.

shirley lewis, savannah, Georgia

In the short time that I knew Bob he left a lasting impression. Bob loved God's Word and he loved teachng God's Word. While his life here has come to an end, his real life has only begun. May his family find comfort in the hope that we share m Jesus. RIP Mr Bob! Knowing you was my privilege!

Robert Besalski, Gainesville, Fl

What can we say about Bob, we loved him like a brother. Bob is now in the hands of God. We will talk about Bob for years and rememember him with how much he gave to all of us. Rest in the arms of God, Bob

Bill & Ellen Lutes, Savannah, Ga.

Words cannot suffice . . . Bob (will always refer to him in the present tense) is a wonderful, lifelong Friend and I send Sharon and the rest of Bob's Family love, prayers and condolences. He will never be forgotten . . . God Bless You.

Carmine Bassano, New York City, NY

Robert "Bob" Grefski, 77, of Savannah, Georgia, husband of Sharon Grefski, died peacefully at his home Sunday morning, January 13, 2019.  Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Stanley and Lillian Grefski.  Bob was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  In addition to his parents, his son, Michael P. Grefski, preceded him in death.

Bob had a zest for life.  Though retired from Public Service Electric and Gas of New Jersey after 35 years, he never retired from life.  Bob stayed busy, inside the church and out.  An avid and eclectic reader, he loved to study.  He enrolled in numerous continuing education classes at the local college, no doubt teaching a thing or two to those who were charged with teaching him.  He loved to draw and was quite adept at it, providing completed works of which he was particularly proud to friends.

Bob loved a good joke.  And a bad one.  With an almost childlike delight, he loved to share a seemingly endless supply of the latter.  Real groaners, those with whom he shared them often rolled their eyes or shook their head ... fuel, of course, for Bob to share yet another.

Unlike many men, Bob loved to cook.  He was a Food Network aficionado.  Sharon, as well as friends and family, often reaped the benefits of his culinary endeavors.

He enjoyed talking with everyone, about everything.  Because he was so well read, it came easily.  He often helped with deliveries of food baskets and flowers throughout Savannah.  Married for 51 years, he and his beloved Sharon so enjoyed embarking on near and far away adventures, often visiting parks and points of interest.

For those who knew Bob, it goes without saying he was the consummate grandfather.  He knew the time and experiences shared with his grandchildren Chad and Eve far exceeded anything that could be bought with mere gifts or money.  Most importantly, they knew his love for them, and he of theirs for him.

For Bob, a life well lived meant a life of service.  Service to his family, and service to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Bob was knowledgeable and well versed about many things, but his passion was Scripture, its many translations, and the Greek and Hebrew languages that formed it.  Moreover, he was a gifted teacher.  He had a higher calling to educate those who thirsted to learn.  Bob loved to share God's word with others, and he did so often and without pause.  He was quickly recognized and acknowledged in his church as one of the most respected authorities on the Bible, and God used him mightily to help educate others.

No matter the question, Bob was almost always ready with an answer.  On the rare occasion he wasn’t, or if challenged, he would immerse himself in discovery, researching and verifying his facts.  So many of his fellow church members greatly benefited from Bob's studies.  He gave freely of himself and his time.  He was a powerful tool in God's earthly arsenal.

Bob also was active in many other facets of church life.  He supported and encouraged his wife's ministries and he was the official artist for the church's annual VBS program.  He so loved helping with the church's Comfort Dog Ministry, providing words of comfort and the love of Jesus to those in need.  The bottom line was that if there was a need within the church, Bob was there to serve.

Those who had the privilege of knowing Bob rest unequivocally assured of Bob's reward.  They know his name is written in the Book of Life.  He now enjoys the promised reward of an eternity to be spent in the company of the One who made that promise.  Bob has now seen the face of God.  He resides in His kingdom and experiences no more pain, no more tears, and no more sickness.

Though loved and missed by all who truly knew him, Bob has gone home.  And upon his arrival, he was most certainly greeted with the words by him whose love and forgiveness knows no bounds, "Well done, good and faithful servant!".

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Sharon Grefski of Savannah, Georgia; son Charles E. Grefski of Edgewater, Florida, and wife Amy; brother Herbert Grefski; grandson Charles Edward Grefski, Jr. and his mother Leann Grefski; and his granddaughter Eve Grefski and her mother Amanda Grefski.  The memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Savannah, Georgia, at 11:00am on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The family wishes to extend their sincere and heartfelt thanks to friends and neighbors who have supported them through this difficult time. Please share your thoughts about Bob and his life at www.foxandweeks.com.

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May the thoughts of knowing that friends and family share in your grief be of comfort to the Grefski family for the loss of your dear loved one. Please know that God is close to the broken-hearted. He will continue to help you get through these most difficult times “Psalm 147:3” and “John 5:28,29”

Sheila, Lawrenceville ,

I will certainly miss our dear friend Bob. Always ready with a joke or two even when you knew he was hurting. Was always amazed at his knowledge of Scripture and the ease with which he shared his faith! Trinity Church was indeed blessed when the Grefski family moved to Savannah. Our love and prayers to Sharon and the rest of the family. Take comfort in the fact that we will ALL meet again one day in HEAVEN !

Arlene Crofoot, Savannah, , Ga.

Dear Sharon, Family, Church Family & Friends of Bob, We were heartbroken to hear of Bob’s passing this week and have been reflecting upon his beautiful life. Bob was genuine/authentic, smart, humble, kind and a good friend. He had a great love for God, church, his family and life in general. We miss him. We remember Bob’s wisdom beyond words. While it has been many years since we have been in Sunday School with him (we moved), we can still remember many of his profound teachings (which to him might have just seemed like casual conversation). Even with his extreme level of knowledge, Bob had an uncanny ability to reach and relate to everyone around him. He was gracious and treated all of us like family. Together, Bob & Sharon exuded warmth and hospitality. They’re incredibly amazing parents and grandparents to their family and beyond. Our lives are far richer to have known them. We will remember Bob’s eyes, no, not just his eyes… we will remember Bob’s whole face lit up with happiness and interest. Most, if not all of you, know that look we write about. That lit-up look he often wore. Upon reflection, that look was undoubtedly a derivative of God’s light. We will remain inspired by Bob’s true joy. We are thinking of you. We pray for God’s peace to comfort you and give you strength in the days ahead. Love, Jim & Jill Winkelman (Amelia, too) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

The Winkelman's, Zionsville, IN

Bob Grefski and Sharon are so loved by the "Trinity Family." Bob was a respected Bible Scholar. Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss. Barbara Prieto

Barbara Prieto, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Diane, Erik and Jason Schmid — South Carolina

I was very fortunate to have had my Uncle Bob in my life and I will carry my wonderful memories of him forever. For those memories are of a quick witted, funny, engaging father and uncle. He was an inimitable figure and I am ever so grateful to have known him. My heartfelt condolences to my Aunt, Chip and the extended Grefski family.

Amy Prestianni Bryde, North Port, FL

Candle tribute lit by Gary Yates — Georgia

Bob was such a good friend to us. We shared many good times with Bob & Sharon's family over the years and we enjoyed each others company immensely -- He's always been 'Uncle Bob'to our kids. We will miss his wit and his devilish smile whenever he told a joke or riddle. Heartfelt condolences to Sharon and her family. We love them all just as we loved Bob.

Joe & Karen Prestianni, North Port, FL

Dear Sharon and family, It was truly grieving for me to learn of Bob's passing...a natural and normal initial response to the news of the loss of a life long friend. Fond memories of Bob throughout my formative years and early adulthood came flooding back... I had great admiration for his steadfastness and sense of responsibility early on in his journey to accomplish his future goals...I recall vividly (unknown to Bob) seeing him walk to his Post Office job from Lehigh St. to So. Hackensack, many times, and thinking of how long, and in all kinds of weather, how he endured the discomforts of the trek, after putting in a full day at school, and other responsibilities he took care of before walking a good distance to go to work. Very telling as to the quality of ones character. All the signs of success in the making...the foregoing tribute to Bob, his secular and spiritual accomplishments, wonderful years with you and your children and beloved Church Family eased the sorrow and added joy and thanksgiving in it's place. I praise God for having known and shared a part of Bob's life and look forward to rejoicing with all our loved ones in the Kingdom Our Heavenly Father has prepared

Teresa Bassano Monesmith, Newton NJ, NJ 07860

Candle tribute lit by Julie Paul — Georgia

we were to sad to hear of Bobs passing but to know his is with his holy father is a grate gift to all.we enjoyer working with Bob at the church he made you fell loved HE WAS A GRATE FRIEND TO US

john & ellen osborne, bloomingdale, ga

Deb and I are blesaed to know Bob and to have had opportunities to share time with him because we were all members of Trinity Lutheran. The first thought, the strongest impression anyone can have about him is that he is a Christian gentleman. Though Bob never fails to articulate his thoughts and views, over the years I have always heard him doing so with a kind and gentle demeanor. Humor? Oh yes! I really love his "pun-laced" humor. My laughter at Bob's jokes has always been matched by Deb's appreciative, head-shaking groan. There is simply no doubt that Bob is seeing our Lord and Savior in person. I don't know if we will be having theological discussions in heaven, but if we do we both want to be in the same discussion group with Bob.

Deb and Rod Stephenson, Savannah, GA

It's a grievous loss to all of us who knew him; a remarkable, generous, unfailingly kind, self-effacing and good-natured soul; a real lover of life. My remembrances of him with be with me forever. Rest in Peace, my brother in the Faith.

Albert Bassano, Jackson, New Jersey

Sharon and family; Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. My heart is breaking for you all. My wish for you is Peace and beautiful memories for your comfort. Martha

martha swindelle, savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Amy Grefski — Florida

You will be missed, thank you for being my friend and teacher.

Pam T Edwards , Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Monahans — Washington

You were one in a million and truly appreciated...bad jokes and all! You will be missed greatly! We love you Bob!!

The Monahans, Seattle, WA

Our prayers pour out to the Grefski families. Not only do we share a grandchild with Bob, over the years we have been like a family to this family. We have so many wonderful memories with them and he will be missed by us along with his many families at Trinity Lutheran Church,

Jim and Dorothy Perks, Black Creek, Ga.

Bob, or “Grandpa” as I knew him, has always been like a second father to me. I remember he would pick me up from my elementary school every Wednesday, and I would go to his house and he would help me with my homework, after which we would play games on the computer or do physics experiments out of a book until Grandma got home. The 3 of us (sometimes 4 or 5 when mom and/or dad were there) would sit at the table and have very thought-provoking conversations about the Bible, he universe, or really anything else. Grandpa always loved doing everything that we loved to do, and was open to trying new activities all the time. In retrospect, while I am certainly sad about his passing and his memory will forever live on within me and the rest of my family, I and happy that he passed peacefully in his sleep. I remember Grandma telling me on the day of his passing that they had prayed aloud the night before that he would be able to attend church that Sunday, which he certainly did in heaven.

Charles “Chad” E. Grefski Jr., Savannah , Ga

Bob was a mainstay of the church and will be sorely missed...prayers for those left behind

Karin Edwards, Savannah, GA

bob was a blessing to all who knew him he left many wonderful memories for robert and me to cherish much love to sharon and the whole family

marty and robert murray, savannah, ga

Candle tribute lit by Karin Edwards — Georgia

Dear family, Bob was loved by all who met him...... there were no strangers! He loved people of all ages. Jack, Mike and I were blessed to have Bob as our first Elder at Trinity, 2007. I enjoyed his wit, humor and laughter! His Biblical knowledge was unsurpassed. I will miss you, dear Bob. Share some more jokes with Jack! Love and prayers of comfort, healing and peace be with Dear Sharon and family.

shirley lewis, savannah, Georgia

In the short time that I knew Bob he left a lasting impression. Bob loved God's Word and he loved teachng God's Word. While his life here has come to an end, his real life has only begun. May his family find comfort in the hope that we share m Jesus. RIP Mr Bob! Knowing you was my privilege!

Robert Besalski, Gainesville, Fl

What can we say about Bob, we loved him like a brother. Bob is now in the hands of God. We will talk about Bob for years and rememember him with how much he gave to all of us. Rest in the arms of God, Bob

Bill & Ellen Lutes, Savannah, Ga.

Words cannot suffice . . . Bob (will always refer to him in the present tense) is a wonderful, lifelong Friend and I send Sharon and the rest of Bob's Family love, prayers and condolences. He will never be forgotten . . . God Bless You.

Carmine Bassano, New York City, NY


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