Geraldine Krakoski | 1923 - 2008 | Obituary

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Geraldine Krakoski

Born: April 26, 1923
Died: September 25, 2008

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September 25, 2008


Mrs. Geraldine Krakoski, age 85, of Bethlehem, formerly of Dushore, PA passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Holy Family Manor in Bethlehem, PA.

Gerry was born April 26, 1923 to the late Floyd and Agatha Middendorf Hembury on the family farm in Cherry Township. She was raised, along with her twin sister Agatha, by her aunts and uncle, Victoria, Helen, and Julius Lusch, on the Lusch farm on Ringer Hill. Gerry attended St. Basil’s High School, class of 1941, where she and Aggie, affectionately known as “the twins,” entertained friends and classmates with their infectious smiles, mischievous antics, and carefree spirits. She was a sprightly teenager, arresting young woman, devoted wife and beloved mother. She married John “Harder” Krakoski on April 25, 1946, and they raised their seven rambunctious children in her family’s farmhouse, where she lived until moving to Allentown, PA in 1981. She was a longtime dedicated member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Dushore, and later attended St. Simon’s Catholic Church in Bethlehem, PA.

Gerry is survived by her daughter Carolyn (Richard) Gryska of Elmira, NY, son John (Kay Evelyn) Krakoski of Dushore, PA, son David (Deborah) Krakoski of Spring, TX, daughter Kathy (John) McKinley of Glenmoore, PA, son Kenneth Krakoski of King of Prussia, PA, daughters-in-law Patricia and Diane Krakoski, and sister Gertrude Lantz of Venice, FL. She was lovingly known as “Nana” to her grandchildren Stephanie, Phillip, Audra, Jessica, Elaine, Sarah, John-Michael, Emma, and Claire Krakoski and numerous nieces and nephews. Gerry is predeceased by her husband John Krakoski (May 27, 1975), daughter Cheryl Krakoski (June 13, 1998), son Thomas Krakoski (May 17, 2003), brother Joseph Hembury (December 30, 1991), and sister Agatha Aldridge (June 15, 1988) and Mary McEwen in 1976.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:30a.m. at St. Basil’s Church in Dushore, PA with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery. Memorial donations in Gerry’s name may be sent to Holy Family Manor (1200 Spring Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018).

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.

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