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Ronald J. Krolczyk

Born: Sun., Dec. 19, 1954
Died: Wed., Jul. 8, 2020


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 14, 2020
Location: St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church


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Ronald Joseph Krolczyk, 65, of Mesquite,Nevada, passed away on 
July 8,2020.  Born in Chicago to his late parents Joseph and Josephine Krolczyk, his childhood was spent in both Texas and primarily in the Bridgeport neighborhood, graduating De La Salle High School in 1973.  Ron is survived by his sister Karen (Michael) Hosman, and nieces Tara Michelle Hosman (god-daughter), Claire Ella Hosman, and Pearl Anne Hosman. 
 
As a third-grader in Texas, miraculously recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, he became one of the first students to experience remote learning from home using a specially designed intercom. This even caught the attention of President Kennedy, who wrote Ron a letter.  Back in Chicago, Ron served as an altar boy while attending St. Mary of Perpetual Help elementary school.  (He enjoyed washing cars at Pomierski Funeral Home!)    He was a paramedic for the City of Chicago, and was honored to be one of the first responders when Mayor Richard J. Daley had his massive heart attack.  After the strike under Mayor Byrne, he went on to become a Respiratory Therapist, working at Mercy Hospital and then Edward Hospital, receiving recognition for his friendly, professional and compassionate care.  When his beloved parents retired, Ron relocated to Nevada to help care for them (though he never stopped craving Chicago and Polish food).  He subsequently enjoyed his own retirement at the Highland Manor of Mesquite, where he was known as a very pleasant, respectful, thankful, optimistic and jovial person.
 
He was an avid sports fan. He loved listening to his radio programs and music. He loved dogs (overcoming his fear after being bitten by one), cars, humor and jokes; watching old Laurel and Hardy shows; Catholic prayers and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He had overlooked creative talents in illustrations and story-telling.  He had a penchant for medicine, known to match wits with his doctors.  His ever-present smile (which often got him into trouble as a youngster), rich voice, big heart, brotherly advice and comfort will be missed.
 
Family and friends will gather Friday, August 14th at 11:00 am for a mass of Christian burial at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, 1039 West 32nd Street in Chicago. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. (773) 927-6424
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Deb Campbell
   Posted Sun August 09, 2020
"I will tell you he was very big about cleaning his own room. More than once we found him using the mop and mopping his floor. He loved the old western shows (Matt Dillon) Lone Ranger,etc. Loved 50-60 music..Beatles. Loved Christmas because of the lights and we would decorate your tree. He was also a man of faith. Liked researching the medicine he was taking on the internet. Of course being from Chicago he was very excited to find out that Mesquite had a new Chicago Greek Restaurant. Favorite was the Chicago Dog, Gyro with Greek fries. We had talks about family and obviously the love for his Mom and Dad was his life. I am sure you knew he was a paramedic...he also had a very contagious laugh. It was my privilege to get to know him."

Barbara Guminski Weiler
   Posted Sun August 09, 2020
To my dear cousin, Karen, Michael and daughters, I'd like to express my deepest condolences. I have good memories of Ronnie back-in-the-day of living in Bridgeport (May St. and Aberdeen). That was a very long time ago. As our lives took turns, we lost track of one another. . . something I had no control over and deeply regret. You have my prayers and wishes of good memories of your brother. Looks like he will be missed by so many people who had the good fortune of knowing him. God bless his soul. He will be in my prayers. . . and so will you, Karen, and your family. Hugs.

Sue Panosh
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. Please message me when things settle down.

Bob Lystrup
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
Ron was my friend, and I miss joking around with him.

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