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Roman P. "Romie" Kronenwetter, 89, of 430 Maple St., St. Marys, died Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 3, 1922 in St. Marys, son of the late Benedict J. and Anna Rose (Wehler) Kronenwetter.
On Sept. 2, 1950, in the St. Mary's Catholic Church, he married Genevieve (Sue) McIntyre Kronenwetter, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area, having been educated in the local Catholic schools and graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1940. After graduation, he began working at the local A&P supermarket as a meat cutter. He then moved on to a series of positions of increasing responsibility at the GTE Sylvania plant in St. Marys, where many of the employees knew him over the 43 years he worked there before retiring. Of course they may also have known him by one of his many nicknames-- Romie, Whitey, Bumpy, and Tony. All who knew him appreciated his sense of humor and strong work ethic.
Outside of his work and in his retirement, he relished spending time with his family and friends at his beloved series of hunting camps over the years. He was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his sons and grandsons.
When his sons were in Boy Scouts, he spent many years as a Committee Leader, making numerous camping trips with them. He was a talented woodworker and loved polka music. He was a devoted husband, a devout Roman Catholic, a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Catholic Men's Fraternity (CMF), and the Knights of Columbus, where he was awarded "lifetime" status when he reached 65 years of membership.
Besides his wife, he is survived by four children, Jane M. Kronenwetter of St. Marys, Patrick J. Kronenwetter (Marybeth) of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Mark J. Kronenwetter (Anne) of St. Marys, and Rose M. (Richard) Gabbianelli of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Craig, Meghan, Kevin Kronenwetter of St. Marys, and Joseph Kronenwetter of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; four step-grandchildren, Angelo (Beth, step-great-granddaughter Cassandra, of Chicago), and Dominic (of Atlanta), Anthony (of Pittsburgh), and Alessandra (of Pittsburgh) Gabbianelli.
Besides his parents, Roman was preceded in death by his siblings, Harold, Bernard, Helen, Laurence, Arthur, Urban, Carl, Cyril, and James.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Roman P. "Romie" Kronenwetter will be celebrated at the St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 30.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Church, 144 Church St., St. Marys, PA 15857; or the Elk County Catholic School System; or to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be offered ay www.lynch-radkowski.com.