CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 2, 2010

Joseph R. (Smokey) Greshok: In Memory—January 19. 2010

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

JOSEPH R. (Smokey) GRESHOK: IN MEMORY January 19, 2010

    Smokey. Gentleman’s gentleman. Skilled at sleight of hand card tricks.

    Words people use to describe Joseph R. Greshok, who passed on January 19, 2010, at the age of 85 years. He was the owner of the Eastwood Inn on Rt. 30 east of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     His grin spread from ear to ear as he flipped his cards, sharing a trick with me while I interviewed him for a newspaper article. His smile, casual attitude, and gentle demeanor belied his business side, characterized by a sternness and dogged firmness.

     “Smokey” didn’t know the origin of his nickname, although he knew it had been his moniker “forever.” His older brother, Frank Greshok, filled in the story:

     When Joe was (more…)

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May 28, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

This is installment 6 of the series on Holocaust Survivor Robert Mendler, 82 years old. For previous segments click on

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

Seven months later Mendler was in the first group of prisoners assigned to Krakow Koncentration Camp in Plaszow, Poland. This is the site of the movie, Shindler’s List. (He wasn’t (more…)

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