OBIT: Emeric Edwin Gruchalla
Emeric Edwin GruchallaEMERIC EDWIN GRUCHALLA, loving husband, father and grandfather passed into eternal life on September 1, 2007.Emeric was born January 19, 1924 to Peter Paul Gruchalla and Mary Nowak Gruchalla in Waller, Texas where he lived and worked on the family farm. After graduation from Waller High School, he served in the United States Naval Air Corp. Subsequently, he went to the University of Houston where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1949. After graduation, Emeric joined and worked as a principal engineer at Houston Lighting and Power Company, now CenterPoint Energy, from 1951 until his retirement in 1987. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and was a member of various engineering societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Following retirement, Emeric spent many hours on his favorite hobby, repairing antique watches and clocks. He and his wife Myrtle moved to Presbyterian Village North in Dallas in 2005 after living in Houston for over 60 years. Emeric was a caring, gentle man who loved and was loved by his family and many friends.He is survived by his wife Myrtle of 63 years, son Michael and wife Elizabeth Gruchalla, both of Albuquerque, NM, daughter Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla of Dallas, and two grandchildren, Kenny Gruchalla and wife Michelle Guy of Denver, CO and Dr. Kathryn Gruchalla of Albuquerque, NM. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 2 PM at Presbyterian Village North in the Auditorium, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX 75243. A private burial will take place at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.Memorial donations may be made to the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, 302 Engineering Building 1, Houston, TX 77204-4028, Attention Vita Como. Sparkman/Hillcrest 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX 75225 214.363.5401
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 9/9/2007.