SAMUEL GRESOCK of the Province of Cincinnati died in
the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 18,
1999, in Dayton, Ohio, in the 85th year of his age and
the 65th year of his religious profession.
Samuel Joseph Gresock was born in Sagamore,
Pennsylvania on August 17, 1915 as Simeon Joseph and
baptized at St Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Church in
Punxytawney. Sam was always called Sam, so the
priest must have written Simeon. He took Joseph as his
religious name and then a few years later his brother
Joseph age 16 drowned, so he felt it would hurt
his mother so he asked to
go back to Sam and has been ever since.
He entered the
postulate at Marianist Preparatory School in Dayton,
Ohio in 1931 and graduated from there in 1934 when he
entered the Novitiate. He professed his First Vows on
August 15, 1935, at Dayton, and Perpetual Vows on July
16, 1939 at Honolulu, Hawaii, and received a B.S. in
Education from the University of Dayton (1951).
his early years of Marianist life he served as an
elementary school teacher at St. Joseph School in San
Francisco (1936-37), Cathedral School (1937-1940)and
St. Louis College (1940-42; 1946) in Honolulu, St.
Anthony School(1942-45) in Wailuku, St. John's Home in
Brooklyn and Rockaway, New York(1946-47; 195359),
Immaculate Conception School in Washington, DC
(1947-48;1949-53), and Colegio San Jose in San Juan,
Puerto Rico (1948-49). At the time of the sixtieth
anniversary of his vows, his subtle humor was
manifested as he recalled an incident in his first
community. "When we left Mount St. John we were
given shirts with plastic collars. The collars were
irritating, and one Brother from San Francisco begged
the director for permission to buy cloth collars. Not
only did we get new cloth collars, but then he went
around demanding all the plastic collars be given to
him for a ceremonial burning As the smoke ascended
into the air, we all knew it was the last time we
would wrap a plastic collar around our neck!"
1959 on Brother Gresock served in Ohio, mainly in
Dayton, as a chauffeur and maintenance worker at Mount
Saint John (1959-67), postmaster and chauffeur at the
University of Dayton (1967-73), maintenance worker at
Governor's Island at Indian Lake (1974-78), and
Marianist Mission employee in Dayton (1978-9
his final illness required him to transfer from the
Marianist, Alumni Hall Community at the University of
Dayton to the Franciscan at St. Leonard.
simple man, Brother Sam dedicated himself to whatever
ministry he was assigned. He evidenced an unfeigned
tenderness particularly in caring for his mother
during her final illness and in his devotion to the
Blessed Virgin Mary
entered the Society of Jesus (Dayton, Ohio) as a
brother. He was teaching in Hawaii when Pearl
Harbor was bombed in World War II, and due to the war
situation was unable to come back to the mainland US
until after the war ended. When he came back, he
bought various exotic items like grass skirts back for
The picture below shows
Sam (middle) with his mother Ellen, Al Margetta, Sr.
Ellen Gresock, Sr. Adalaide Sargent and John Gresock
at his sister's Mary Helen's funeral in 1974.
The picture below shows
Samuel with his mother and siblings (approx 1920).
From left: John Jr., Joseph (baby sitting on mother),
Ellen Kuzma Gresock (mother), Ethel (hands-folded), Samuel,