Roman A. Glemba Sr.
WWII vet, coal miner enjoyed playing bluegrass
Roman A. “Gumby” Glemba Sr., 93, of Charleroi, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in the home of his daughter, Deborah, in Granger, Ind., after a lengthy illness.
He was born February 23, 1920, in Van Voorhis, a son of the late Joseph and Kathryn Tystan Glemba.
Mr. Glemba was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 3010th Ordinance Base Depot Company. He served in campaigns in Rome Arno, Northern Apennines. For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and World War II Victory Ribbon.
Mr. Glemba worked as an underground coal miner for 40 years, with 39 of those years working for Bethlehem Mines Corp., Ellsworth Mine 51.
He was a member of Mary Mother of the Church in Charleroi and a member of United Mine Workers of America.
Mr. Glemba enjoyed playing bluegrass music and especially enjoyed playing his banjo and guitar.
On December 28, 1943, he married Elizabeth Nonack, who survives.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children, Roman A. Glemba Jr. (Nadine) of Brighton, Colo., Joseph S. Glemba (Elizabeth) of Charleroi, Deborah Marcum (William) of Granger, Ind., and Paul C. Glemba of Morbridge, S.D.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Glemba of Ellsworth; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, Thomas Michael Glemba, who died August 10, 2000; two sisters, Hermana Bulla and Julia Gersna VanVoorhis; and a brother, Joseph A. Glemba.
Mr. Glemba was the last of his immediate family.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, with the Rev. Gerald Mikonis officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Bentleyville American Legion Post 165, Bentleyville. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.