Averill Park- John C Kronau, 86, entered into eternal life on Monday, October 18, 2021, at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Born February 9th, 1935 in Albany, NY. John was the son of the late George H. and Marion P. Kronau and the beloved husband of Christine Frokedal Kronau for 65 years.
John attended Averill Park schools, graduating in 1953. He had a passion from an early age for automobiles. His career began in their home garage, learning from his father George. His passion followed him throughout his life, as he worked for Yeager Pontiac, Wendell Cadillac, and eventually owning his own garage, Kronau's Body Shop until his retirement. After retirement, he worked for Troy Country Club as a groundskeeper, until 2018.
John loved music, playing the piano, organ, and accordion, as well as enjoying live music concerts, especially in Chatham, Cape Cod. John had a love for model building, especially radio-controlled airplanes. He was a member of the Hoosick Aeromodelers, along with his nephew Gregory Kronau, where together they spent many hours flying. He also enjoyed baseball, playing for Averill Park High and with which he shared many dates with Christine. During his retirement, John shared his talent for auto body with his daughter, son, son-in-law and grandsons, restoring an MG and Dodge pickup truck.
John and Christine were married in 1956 and together they had seven children. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his children Mary C. Kronau of Burden Lake, Jay C. Kronau of Wilmington, NC, Michael H. Kronau of Pulaski, NY, Jeffery W. Kronau (Victoria) of Albany, NY, Kiki M. Hart (Robert) of Poestenkill, NY, Kristi K. Kronau (Kirk Gansky) of Poestenkill, NY, and Jennifer L. McIntyre (Rondell) of Amsterdam, NY, along with 13 grandchildren, Mijo, Mandi, Ashlee, Maddy, Andrea, Cassie, Isabella, Katy, Bailey, Kyle, Madison, Chase, and Grady, three great-grandchildren, Noah, Caden, Mila, and expecting his fourth great-grandchild. John is also survived by his three siblings, G. Lawrence Kronau (Dee), Kevin W. Kronau (Dale), and Stephanie M. Kronau, and several nieces and nephews.
John was most happy when surrounded by his dogs and family at his home in Burden Lake.
Relatives and friends may call at the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 4392NY150, West Sand Lake on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 11AM - 1PM with a funeral service at 1PM with Deacon Robert Pasqarelli, officiating. Face covering and social distancing are required if not vaccinated.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of John C. Kronau to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204 or Sand Lake Ambulance, 3642 NY-43, Sand Lake, NY 12153.
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Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands NY 12204