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Raymond F. Cronauer

July 18, 2019


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Raymond F. Cronauer

July 18, 2019


Raymond F. Cronauer, 92, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday at his home.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Clarence and Mildred Miller Cronauer.  Ray was a 1945 graduate of St. Nicholas High School in Wilkes-Barre.  He formerly owned and operated Clarence B. Cronauer and Son Electric. Ray served as the Chairman of the Examiners Board for Electricians for the City of Wilkes-Barre and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Electrical Contractors Association.


Ray was a member of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre.  He was a member of St. Therese’s Church in Wilkes-Barre, prior to its closing, where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the CYC in Wilkes-Barre.  Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council# 302 and a 4th Degree member of the Bishop William J. Haffey Assembly.  He was a member of the Catholic Knights of St. George, Branch# 75 and he was a former Director and member for 58 years of the Catholic Laymen’s Retreat League.  Ray loved music and was a member of The Big Band Society.


He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Basler Cronauer in 1995 and by his second wife, Mary Ellen McCabe Woods Cronauer in 2019.   He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence and Robert Cronauer; brothers-in-law, Claude, Joseph and Matthew Basler; sister-in-law, Marion Basler; stepdaughter-in-law, Sandy Woods and stepson-in-law, Neil Wolsieffer.


Surviving are his children, Judith Belles, Duryea; Raymond F. Cronauer Jr., Naples, Fl; Barbara Krieger and her husband, Rob, Palm Coast, FL; Rick Cronauer and his wife, Lynne, Wilkes-Barre; Daniel Cronauer and his wife, Michelle, Mountain Top; Karen Pavlichko, Dallas; Maury Steinkirchner and her husband, Michael, Langhorne and Nancy Hooper and her husband, Brian, Ocean Pines, MD;  sister, Mary DeLong and her husband, John, Center Valley; stepchildren, Mary Beth Kenny and her husband, Tom, Charlestown, MD; Nancy Atherton and her husband, James, Mountain Top; Raymond Woods and his wife, Gina, Lewisberry; Sharon Lavan and her husband, Brian, Wilkes-Barre; Dr. Michael Woods and his wife, Mary Jo, Longmeadow, MA; 27 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 am in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Family and friends may call from 8:30 am – 10 am on Monday at the Church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701; the Wilkes-Barre CYC, 36 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701 or St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Raymond’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.