Michael Kravitsky III, 81, of Dallas, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday night in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a lingering illness.
Born Oct. 7, 1931 in Kingston, he was the only son of the late Michael and Kathryn (Drugotch) Kravitsky Jr. Educated in the West Side schools, he was a member of the 1949 graduating class of the former Edwardsville High School. He furthered his education by attending the Wyoming Seminary.
Until retiring and continuing the family business with his sons, which he and his wife established in 1964, he was the owner and operator of Grasshopper Lawns Inc., Larksville.
He was a member of St. Mary Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church, Chestnut Avenue, Kingston, where he previously served as a cantor and was a former member of the parish choir. He also was a charter member of Council 3987, Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council of Luzerne; a founding member of the Lawn Care Association of Pennsylvania; a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and was past president of the Party of the Month Club.
Michael especially enjoyed traveling with his wife to various states and countries. He is remembered as being an avid Penn State football fan, in both watching and attending various games over the years, and was an advocate of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. Enjoying the outdoors, he was an avid fisherman, having taken several fishing trips to Canada with his family.
He and his wife, the former Eleanore Poplawski, celebrated 53 years of married life on Oct. 10, 2012. In addition to his wife, Eleanore, at home, Michael is survived by their children, Michele Gorski and her husband, Vic, of Dallas; Michael Kravitsky IV and his wife, Suzanne, of Wyoming; Gregg Kravitsky and his wife, Kim, of Hatboro, and Shawn Kravitsky and his wife, Maryruth, of Dallas; grandchildren, Kristy Kravitsky, Melissa Gorski, Michael Kravitsky V, Savannah Kravitsky, Katie Kravitsky, Sam Kravitsky and Olivia Kravitsky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Kingston. The Rev. Mykhaylo Prodanets, pastor, will officiate. Interment with Rite of Committal will follow in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville. Relatives and friends may join the Kravitsky family Monday for visitation and remembrances from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions are requested in Michael's memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777; the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department, Orange Road, Dallas, PA 18612; or to St. Mary's Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
To send Michael's wife, children and family online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit the funeral home's website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 29, 2013