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Mark Aloycious Krahe

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Mark Aloycious Krahe, of East Springfield, Pa., passed away peacefully at the age of 91, on February 20, 2014. He was born in Erie, Pa., the son of Christian and Beatrice Krahe, on February 18, 1923. Mark was the 9th born of 12 children, and was raised in Erie and Pittsburgh, Pa.

He met the love of his life and his future wife, Phyllis Elaine (Nagle), while attending Academy High School. They married on December 2, 1944 and had ten children together (all surviving), daughters Maureen (Gail) Eastman of Albion, Mary Ann (Ron) Salisbury of East Springfield, Phyllis (Dave) Merritt of Albion, Dede (Jim) Shumake of Albion, son Mark (Melinda) Krahe of Harborcreek, daughters Nancy DeMichele of Springfield, Lorie (Mark) Alexander of Albion, Tracy Swift of North Carolina, and sons Scott Krahe and Bob (Lori) Krahe, both of Springfield. Mark is Grandpa Krahe to many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, who will miss his love and wonderful sense of humor. He is dearly loved by so many, including his wife Phyllis of 69 years, who survives him at home.

Mark was preceded in death by both his parents, Christian and Beatrice; and a granddaughter, Melanie Jo Krahe Richter; as well as nine of his brothers and sisters, Mercedes, Regis, Rose, Joseph, Rita, Christian, Bernard, Claire, Cathryn, and is survived by Richard and Beatrice.

He was, and continued to be, a very proud United States Marine. He will be remembered for his love of family, making chocolate candies, gardening, his fruit trees and lawn, and his koi pond. He and his wife Phyllis enjoyed living life together, even participating in Tai Chi in their mid 60s. They were joint owner-operators of PhylMark Pet Shop. Mark worked for several years with his brothers in Krahe Brothers Painting, and was part of Alexander Krahe Construction, where he used his joy and expertise as a cabinet maker and a finish carpenter.

There will be no public visitation, but a private prayer service will be held for the family. To allow others to enjoy what he loved, they asked that in lieu of flowers or other memorials, that you would plant a tree, flowering bush, or flowers in his memory . . . something that would allow others to keep sharing his joy for years to come.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edder Funeral Home, Inc. To send condolences, visit edderfuneralhome.com.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 23, 2014
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