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Peter J. Wroblewski


Last updated 2/12/2020 at 4:52pm

Peter J. Wroblewski, 78, passed away Feb. 10, 2020, in Akron, Ohio, after a very courageous battle with throat cancer.

He and his wife, Joyce Ryan, lived in the Brevard area for more than 20 years. For several of those years, he taught math at Brevard College, and he was the Transylvania Times community reporter for Little River.

The story of his life began in 1942, while war was raging, but William (Bill) and Mary (Pete) Wroblewski had been married for several years, and were ready to start a family. Their row house in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., had room for one more. His father was a butcher for the state, and his mother was a nurse.

He was a quiet boy, who preferred reading to sports or clubs. That carried over to academics, especially math and science, in which he excelled. He attended St. Joseph’s School, and Samuel F.B. Morse School, for the elementary grades, St. Patrick’s High School, in Newburgh, N.Y., and the State University of New York Maritime College, in Bronx, N.Y. He also earned a master’s in systems engineering while living in California.

His longtime fascination with the sea and ships continued, so for the following six years, he served as an engineer in the United States Merchant Marines. Noisy and boring were how he described that duty, but it paved the way for a career with several engineering companies in California and the Washington, D.C., area.

For over 25 years, he was with the Mitre Corporation in McLean, Va., where he worked on air traffic control engineering and GPS. During that time, he also became a private pilot, and sailed the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1985, he met his wife, Joyce, and they married, living in Virginia with her daughter, Kelly, until her accidental death in 1994. Their lives were never the same. Both took early retirement and moved to Brevard.

Some happy years, nonetheless, ensued. He fulfilled a lifelong desire to teach mathematics, starting with algebra at Brevard College, and later at community colleges in Ohio and Florida. They always returned to Brevard, however, finally leaving in 2019 for Akron, Ohio, to be near his wife’s family.

He wanted to be remembered as being kind, quiet but thoughtful and modest. Although he was extremely knowledgeable about many erudite and often arcane subjects, he was never showy or arrogant.

He was very close to his sister, Ellen Jacobs. In addition to his wife, Joyce, he is survived by Ellen (Ted); his niece, Sheryl Pratti (Steven); nephew, Brian Jacobs (Shannon); and precious grandnephews, Cameron and Carson Pratti, and Matthew Jacobs. He had a special bond with Cameron.

In addition he is survived by his cousins, Kristyn Reid, Edward Wroblewski, John Kuhn, Thomas Pettersen and Timothy Carbary.

A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at a later date in Poughkeepsie. He wanted any donations in his memory to go to Doctors Without Borders.


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