John M. Krochka, 90, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 27 after a series of illnesses. |
John was born in Sharon, Pa. to Libor and Rose (Piacek) Krochka on March 27, 1923. He attended parochial school at the former St. Anne's and graduated in 1941 from Sharon High School. He was employed by Westinghouse before enlisting in the Army in February of 1943. He served in three branches of the armed forces, seeing combat in the European Theatre where he was held as a prisoner of war, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart, before being discharged in 1946. Upon returning home, he attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wharton School of Business. He was employed by Whitman's Chocolates as a salesman for thirty-plus years, retiring in 1983, and was affectionately known as "The Candy Man."
John had a love of sports and actively participated in several softball, bowling and golf leagues in the Cuyahoga Falls area. He played on teams for the Silver League for many years. He also was a member of Falls Masquers, where he enjoyed doing community theater; was a long-time volunteer for Mobile Meals; and was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. John was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and very involved in IHM School when his children were enrolled there. He was an avid garage sale fanatic, usually visiting area sales with a grandchild in tow.
Preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Catharine, Albert, Joseph, Mary and Edward; John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Grace Krochka; children, Karen (Phil) Marcinkoski, Richard Krochka (partner, Steven Schmidt), Mary (William) Keating, Daniel Krochka, Joseph Krochka, Michael (Judy) Wright; grandchildren, Steven Marcinkoski; Laura, Sarah, Christopher and William Keating; Elizabeth, Douglas, Amanda and John Krochka.
Calling hours will be held Weds, May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 810 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., Thurs, May 2, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1905 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls; Interment to follow at Chestnut Hill Cemetery where American Legion Post 281 will conduct military services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Summa Hospice, or The Ignatian Fund at Walsh Jesuit High School.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Apr. 30, 2013