John Krajsa

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John Louis Krajsa, Jr., Esq., 65, of Lower Macungie Township died suddenly on November 9, 2012, while on a 30th wedding anniversary trip to the Dominican Republic. He was the loving husband of JoEllen Kennedy Krajsa, and is also survived by his daughter, Judith, wife of Paul Cannon and their son Owen of Lansdale, his son, John L. III, a student at Drexel University School of Law, his daughter Mary, a student at Elizabethtown College, his sister, Anne, wife of Christopher Snyder, of New Canaan, CT and his brother, Peter and his wife Paula of Allentown. He is also survived by many cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews. John was the son of the late John L. and Anna Krajsa. John was the President of AFC Reverse Mortgage which he founded in 2004. He was one of only fifty Certified Reverse Mortgage Professionals in the nation. Prior to founding AFC Reverse, John and his brother owned and operated AFC First Financial Corporation, a company founded by their parents in 1947, where John was named Chairman in 1991. He was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School and went on to receive a B.A. from Villanova University where he was a member of the Villanova Singers and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. He earned his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and received an LLM in Taxation from Temple University Law School. After law school, John became a member of The Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association. He served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. where he helped create the rural industrial loan program. John was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and served in the Marine reserves for several years. John returned to Allentown where he practiced pension and tax law before joining his familys business on a full time basis. Active in the community, he was a current member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) and Chairman of the Administration Committee of the LVEDC. He was currently the President of the St. Thomas More Society, a diocesan organization of Catholic lawyers, judges, and political leaders. John was a member of the Finance and Golf Committees of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of the Allentown Area Hospital Authority, past Chairman of the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, past Chairman of the Cedar Crest College Board of Associates, past member of the Lehigh and Northampton Counties Joint Planning Commission, past Chairman of the Banking & Securities and Law Committees of the Pennsylvania Financial Services Association and a past member of the Law Committee of the American Financial Services Association. He was a past Professor of Business Law at Pennsylvania State University. He was a Rotarian and actively engaged in their student exchange program. John was a parishioner of St. Thomas More where he was an involved volunteer and a member of MOST. He was an active volunteer of Meals on Wheels. He was a forty year member of Brookside Country Club. To those who knew him, John Krajsa was the embodiment of trust, kindness, integrity and professionalism. He had a deep love and concern for his family, friends and clients. He was politically astute, a deep thinker and someone who could always be relied on for support or help at a moments notice. But most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend whose kind words and thoughts, infectious laugh, sense of humor and steadiness of purpose and character will always be with us. He was the most wonderful man we knew, and we love him and miss him dearly. Services: There will be a Memorial Mass held for John at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown, at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 17, preceded by a calling hour starting at 12 Noon, Saturday, at the church. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County 4234 Dorney Park Rd. Allentown, PA 18104, or the St. Thomas More Teachers Fund 1040 Flexer Ave Allentown, PA 18103. Arrangements by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.

Published in Morning Call on Nov. 15, 2012