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barbara gronas I miss you more each day! April 29, 2017
 
barbara gronas I miss you! January 1, 2017
 
The Stilettoes In Memory April 14, 2013
 
Steve “The Count” passed away October 2009.


His brother, George passed away December 2011.

Both brothers were associated with several nostalgia groups throughout the years. "The Count" and George "Daddy O" and are together again in Doo Wop heaven.
They both will be missed by The Stilettoes and all who knew them.

Jerry Eagon
 
I'm so sad. I just found the news about Steve's death. After all these years, I kick myself for not making an effort to see him again. I am Jerry Eagon, a member of the Invictas band, and played with Steve, Denny Sabo, and Bob Ternyak in 1960-62. I played rythym guitar and did most of the vocal work. Denny was lead guitar, Bob played Bass. Denny & I went to California & then got drafted. I had not known that Steve carried on with his own group(s) and kept the music alive.
I'll NEVER forget the laughs and fun we had rehearsing down in the basement of the Gronas house (on Westwood?) with Steve's Mom & Dad listening to us. His Dad would refer to his drums as "Swingerlands"! His Mom fed us till our bellys popped. We played all over the Detroit area - record hops, roller rinks, The Thunderbowl, etc.
I wasn't sure it was Steve, until I saw the video of him dancing with his daughter. It brought tears to my eyes as I remembered his crazy sense of humor, and his broken syntax way of saying things. I would love to see some photos of the band in the old days, as I didn't have any, and haven't found anyone who did.
I think I still have some home movies of Steve and us playing in my folks basement in Elkhart. When they were taken I don't remember - early 60's I guess.
If someone close to Steve reads this, I would LOVE to hear from you and share some old memories of the old Invictas.
With a sad heart,
Jerry Eagon
Mrs Count
 
Hon, I tell everyone I am happy and doing fine but I'm not.  I cant feel you here with me and I miss you so much. Today was Ronnie's birthday and we went to dinner and I started to cry at the restaurant.  I cried back at their house.  I dont think I can go on much longer.  I only want to be with you and I dont care about anything else. I am miserable without you.  Why did you give up, why did you let me give you up.  I didnt want to let you go.  I loved you more than life itself and I am sorry I didnt tell you more often.  I took you for granted.  I thought you were coming home and I was going to tell you at home.  I would do anything to turn back the hands of time and I would hold you and kiss you and tell you how much you mean to me and never let you go.  You deserved more.  I should have stood up and taken you home and we could still be together.  Its my fault, I am sorry.  Please be with me.  I need you more than ever.  I love you!!!!
You will see him again.
 

Barb,

I read your " Life Story" post. First of all, Steve did love you and Brandy very much. He told me so many many times. Sis, there was nothing you did to cause Steve to leave here any sooner. God knew when He was gonna take Steve before he was born. I know that the thoughts of "If only I would've" are there every which way you turn around, but remember, God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground. He is in control. I have to thank Him for His mercy, because if we were in control, I bet our life span would be much shorter. Steve knew Jesus, and by your words it sounds as if you do too. You will see Steve again. The blood of Jesus is His promise.

 

May His blessing of peace be with you and Brandy and the rest of Steve’s family.

Lots of very big hugs your way,

Johnnie Sue Bridges

 

Marilyn Imber
 

Steve my best memory of you is when I came to the hospital and asked you if you were ready to meet your maker and you said yes . I then aked if you wanted me to pray with you . You said yes. So together we prayed the sinners prayer .   I know without a doubt you are with your Lord and Savior resting in his presence and His peace. Can't wait to see you there walking on streets of gold and spending enternity togehter.  You were a good person Steve  and a wonderful husband and father and giving of yourself to others . You will always be in our hearts.

Love your sister -in -Law

               Marilyn

Ralph Terrana
 
Remember this night in Detroit with The Count and Tommy Good(taken from soulful detroit website)
Joe Butera
 

I met Steve through his brother George at the Kontinentals Cruise Night the summer of 2004. He was class act.

I was sorry to hear of your lose.

 

With respect,

Joe Butera

Richard Perez
 
Hi my name is Rich and I'm from Pontiac Mi. I never knew Steve in Michigan but I met him in Las vegas..he was here doing a car show and he wandered into a bar where my group The NiteKings was playing...we sang a song that I learned in Detroit by the Enchanters called "There Goes a Pretty Girl"...When we finished i walked to the bar and stood next to Steve and to my amazement he said that was one of his favorite songs and asked me where I learned it(never ran into anyone who knew that song but me) but as they say "the rest is history" We saw each other everytime he came to town...we talked about all the musicians we knew back in Detroit..I will miss those visits and those great talks..Steve knew a lot of music and I'm sure he blowing a tune or two now. God Bless and condolences to family and friends Rich
Mrs. Count
 
Here is an excerpt from soulful detroit to Lynn Bruce when he got sick and had to get chemo. Remember this picture last year at SUBU's,
that was July 10, 2005 see the bandages on my neck from the biopsy, 2wo weeks latter was the bad news and look at me now. (nov 25, 2006)
We will rap some more when we get together or kall me.
Hey, i see your new girlfriend got that job at metro airport,
SNIFFIN LUGAGE.
Maximum Ink Magazine
 
This is from Maximum Ink Music Magazine Obituaries of Rock Stars..see October 2009 notices
Steve Gronas (aka The Count) - Died 10-22-2009 - Lymphoma (Rock) He was 64 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Five Invictas - Worked with Jamie Coe And The Gigolos, Del Shannon and The Royal Tones.
PAMELA A BROWN KOVARIK
 

       STEVEN,

YOU WILL BE MISSED MORE THAN YOU KNOW. EVERY NIGHT AT 10 PM WHEN YOU TAKE MY HAND AND WE SAY OUR PRAYERS. I KNOW I HAD A FRIEND THAT I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REPLACE. EVER. SEE YOU WHERE THE BIRDS SING, FLOWERS ARE IN FULL BLOOM AND SMELL OH SO GOOD.MANY TIMES I TOLD YOU THE LORD ONLY WANTS THE BEST OF THE BEST. YOU WERE IT. MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND, AND SO MUCHMORE.

SEE YOU TONIGHT.

LOVE,

 

YOUR PRINCESS

Jerry Still
 
I met Steve about 1999 through Jimmy (The Weasel) Orlando. I've never met a person like Steve in my whole life (68).

He loved everybody and everybody who ever came in contact with him loved him. In the ten years that I knew him, I never herd him say a bad word about anyone.

He is the most talented high I.Q. person that I ever knew. He designed, built and painted beautiful custom cars/rods and bikes. He was a radio disk jockey at one time. Drummer in the 50's for the Teen Angels. His work found the covers of many hot rod magazines. He was president of the Dearborn MI Kontinentals custom car club. He was a do whop singer. He had the quickest mind and the best sense of humor on this earth. These are only a few of his many talents.

My deepest sympathies to his wife, daughter, and all the people that he has touched with his friendship in his short time on this earth.

I wish that I would have just called one last time to talk with him. I'm really hurting...Go with God, my brother. You well surely be at the Lord's side.

The world has lost a very, very special person.

Jerry Still
Steve on Drums playing Black and Blue
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04bkKVUbW-E
Steve playing drums at at a Kontinentals dance
Steve dancing with Brandy
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59x8rK1SC_I
Here is a video on youtube with Steve dancing with his daughter at her wedding July 2009
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