Published in Albany
Times Union from January 19 to January 20, 2013
ALLSTON LAKE John M.
Krochina, 83, passed away peacefully at his home, on Wednesday, January
Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Michael and Bessie Krochina
John was a graduate of Wilbur Lynch High School in Amsterdam, and then
Ithaca College and did his masters degree at Jacksonville State University
in Alabama, where he was inducted into the College's Football Hall of
In 1948, John joined the New York Yankees minor league team the Newark
Yankees. He was a US Army 1st Lt., serving with the 24th Infantry Div.
during the Korean War.
John was a Physical Education teacher/coach for the Lansing-burgh School
District for many years, and also enjoyed being a bus driver for Greyhound
for a number of years. He coached, refereed soccer and basketball and
umpired in the Tri-City area, and was a great all around athlete all his
John enjoyed golf with the Dick Lee Memorial League in Clifton Park and
poker nites at "Ernies" every Tuesday for years.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen (Wilson) Krochina of Ballston Lake;
his children, Kyle (Karen) of Maryland, Karen (James) McCrae of Virginia
and Chris (Lorraine) Krochina of Stillwater. Also stepchildren, Elizabeth
Dale of Ballston Lake and Blaine Serven of Clifton Park. Grandchildren
include, Zachary, Jake, Madison, Kathryn (Dan), Blaine, Jr., Andrew, Molly
and Anthony; along with great- grandchildren, Natalia and Daniel Negron,
Also survived by nephews, Pat (Janet) of Alaska and Michael (Patty) of
Hawaii and his niece, Susan (Ed) Burdick of Johnsonville, N.Y.
In addition to his parents John was predeceased by siblings, Joseph and
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church, in Valley Falls.
Interment with military honors at the Saratoga National Cemetery, following
the church service at 12:30 p.m. Calling hours at the DeVito-Salvadore
Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville on Monday, January 21, 2012
from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, John's family asks that remembrances be made to the
Valley Falls Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association in memory
of John M. Krochina.