Rudolph Grexa

Rudolph J. Grexa

Saturday, March 1st, 1930 - Friday, February 28th, 2020
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Rudolph John Grexa was born on March 1, 1930 to Joseph and Caroline Grexa in the Bronx New York. He passed away in Alpharetta Georgia on February 28, 2020 with his children in attendance. He was the brother of Joseph Jr., Edward, William and George Grexa. He graduated from Manhattan School of Aviation in 1948 and was drafted into the US Army and served in Korea with the 82nd AAA/AW Battalion. During his time with in the 2Nd infantry division he received three Bronze Campaign Stars, during action at Pork Chop Hill and Baldy. He rotated back to the States at the end of March 1953 and was honorably discharged in April of 1953.
On May 30, 1953 Rudy married his childhood sweetheart Jacqueline Furey. Rudy and Jackie moved to Cortlandt Manor to raise their children and be part of the community. They were blessed with four lovely children, Ellen, Carriann, John, Mitchell. Ellen married Christopher Sandoval, Carriann married Paul Allen, John married Donna Dolan and Mitchell married Beth McQuillkin. Rudy also has four wonderful grandchildren Jessica Ritter, Michael Allen, Jaqueline Emerman and Danielle Grexa and one great-grandchild Lucas John Ritter.
After his Military Service, Rudy worked in the banking industry as a Branch Manager and then for the Town of Cortlandt. He worked as the Deputy Comptroller for the Town of Cortlandt before becoming the Purchasing Director. When he retired, he continued to work with the Town of Cortlandt Auxiliary Police and Code Enforcement departments. During his life he was a volunteer member of many organizations where he held a variety of offices. His memberships included the Peekskill/Cortlandt Rotary, Mohegan Fire Department, the Free-Masons, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars and Van Cortlandtville Historical Society. He was an elder and Board of Trustee at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and later became a member of St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Putman Valley. Rudy also was a citizen Volunteer on the Lakeland School Budget committee. He found time for the Town of Cortlandt Zoning and Planning Boards as well.
Rudy was recognized often, as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and received the New York Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and Korean Service Medal. He was inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame for New York for his work with Senator Ball on the behalf of the Veterans.
We meet people in our lives some good, some bad. But that encounter change us in big and small ways. Rudy was one of the good ones who changed or mentored people and was also a gentleman. He was best known for being a loving, kind and proud husband, dad, granddad and great grandad. Everyone who met him loved him.

In lieu of flowers please send donations too:

1.Season Hospice in Cummings Georgia
2.Korean War Association
3.St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Putnam Valley.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Curry & Giordano Funeral Home
    313 N James Street
    PEEKSKILL, NY 10566
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Curry & Giordano Funeral Home
    313 N James Street
    PEEKSKILL, NY 10566
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 10:00am
    Curry & Giordano Funeral Home
    313 N James Street
    PEEKSKILL, NY 10566
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  • Interment

    Hillside Cemetery
    1033 Oregon Road
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Posted at 01:57pm
john Grexa and Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a wonderful life story that Mr. Grexa had. May being with family and friends during this difficult time bring smiles of happy memories to you all.
-Weddington High PE Dept.

Pavone Family

Posted at 03:59pm
We were very sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. We worked with Rudy for many years in his various capacities with the Town of Cortlandt. He always had a smile, a good word or a good story to tell. He was a dedicated hard-working person and always a gentleman. He will be missed. Our condolences to the entire Grexa family. Respectfully, The Pavone Family

Eileen Letzeiser Goldberg

Posted at 07:06pm
Our condolences to the entire Grexa family. Anyone & everyone who knew Rudy always enjoyed his company and his conversations. He was a guy who loved his family & enjoyed many dinners with daughter, Carriann & son in law, Paul & their children after his wife had passed. I too, enjoyed some if those dinners and our cups of tea & good chats about life. Rudy - he shared himself with so many & he had a smile that lit up a room - a handsome fella. May he RIP..


Posted at 06:46pm
To the entire Grexa Family.I am very sorry for your loss.I New Rudy from the MVFD.He was a very dedicated in everything he did an a Nice person.RIP.


Posted at 10:42pm
Rudy was a sweet, kind and very funny man. I worked for him many years at the Town. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren....He loved the Army, Flag and country deeply...we had many talks as my husband did the same Army tour in Korea and Japan. He always was a gentleman but Had a sense of humor like no other. He made our jobs enjoyable and appreciated dedicated work. RIP will be missed as you were one of a kind. My deepest sympathy to the Grexa family.
Fay and Bill Heady

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