Gerald Gronau, former Daily Variety mugg, passes

Gerald Lee Gronau, 61, passed away July 2, 2007, after battling prostate cancer.

Gerry was retired from his long career as a newspaper editor which included The Herald Examiner and Daily Variety. For the past several years Gerry and his wife, Cathy, managed a storage facility in Simi Valley.

Gerry loved vegetable gardening and was most proud of his Maui onion crops. He also loved to grow lettuce, chard, tomatoes, corn and butternut squash. He was a history buff and loved trivia. He also had a passion for flying in planes and didn’t care where he was going as long as it was in a plane.

He is survived by his mother, Edna Gronau; his loving wife, Catherine Gronau; children, Michelle Bellamy and Christian Gronau (wife Susanna); sister, Sandy Hollow; and his beloved grandchildren, Sydney, Juliana and Sean.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401,

Upon hearing the news of Gerry’s passing, Mike Silverman wrote us the following: “Gerry was a longtime DV copyeditor, and worked side-by-side with Pete Pryor for many years, up to and including the Cahners acquisition phase. I remember him as a truly nice guy, a competent editor who never had a cross word to (or about) anybody he worked with. He’ll be missed.”