Daniel C. Kronenwetter

Daniel KronenwetterDaniel C. Kronenwetter, of 203 Grandview Road, St. Marys, died on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from complications of esophageal cancer.

He was born October 12, 1952 in St. Marys, son of the late Carl M. and Dorothy G. Wendel Kronenwetter.   At the time of his death, he was living with Lois and John Scott and their family and receiving treatment in Lancaster.   He began his treatment in California earlier this year.  Dan had grit to be sure.  His determination to live in spite of the difficulties associated with his disease was admirable.  With quiet grace, he pursued all avenues to help himself.  His pleasures in life were golfing, fishing, hunting, and caring for his canine friend, Chuckles.  He particularly enjoyed spending time with family and friends and rarely said no to a request from anyone.

Dan graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in chemical engineering.  Throughout the years, he brought his problem solving abilities and engineering aptitude into everyday life, repairing and building a wide range of items for himself and others.  After retiring, he enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels and working part-time at the Bavarian Hills Country Club.

Dan was loved deeply by his sisters, Carol Kronenwetter of Mill Valley, CA, Cheryl Hutchens of Tucson, AZ, and Lois Scott of Lancaster, PA.  He will be sorely missed by all who loved him: his brothers-in-law, Lawrence Lanes, Rex Hutchens, John Scott, and his nieces and nephews, Aaron and David Lanes, Jon and Kim Hutchens, and Julia, Geoffrey, Charlotte, and Rebecca Scott.  They all respected his kindness, fortitude, and ingenuity.  He was preceded in death by his twin sister Janet, his father Carl, and his mother, Dorothy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 5:30 till 8:30 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 403, St. Marys, PA  15857.

The Erich Family October 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

To the Kronenwetter family,
Condolences are sent from the Erich family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

Larry Walker October 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Dan was a great friend from my high school years. I remember him as a little guy with a big laugh and an even bigger heart. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and extend my condolences to his family.

Dale & Alice Armanini Slottje October 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Carol and Cheryl,
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your brother. Know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

Alice Armanini Slottje

Meagan October 13, 2013 at 7:54 am

Dear Family,

My name is Meagan and I was Dan’s student nurse on Thursday, 10/10/13. I spent the whole morning and afternoon with him and I got the pleasure of getting to know him in that short time. His smile was both beautiful and contagious. I was with him during his procedure as well. It was really important to me to make sure he was not alone and it is important to me to let you know he was not alone. I have been thinking about Dan and your family ever since. I am very sorry for your loss. I am praying for all of you.


Dick & Carol (Welton) Pistner October 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Carol & Chip,
So sorry about your loss of Dan. Remember him as a cute little kid
running around your house. Amazing how much he resembled your dad.
Remembering & thinking about you with prayers & condolences.


Don Gearhart October 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Dan constantly told me there was nothing he couldn’t take apart, then put back together again at least as good as it was before he started. I’d heard this so often I couldn’t help but believe that it applied to his affliction as well.

My best friend; my camp and hunting companion; my reminder that there is always something to look forward to.

He was so proud of his family; younger brother to the Twins, and
“big bro” to the Doc. Every time we were together he gave a recount of how everybody was doing. To him, the sun rose and set on his nieces and nephews.

For Dan, the glass was always half full. Even through the trials and tributes of this past year, there was never a waiver in his outlook that he would beat this thing. I respect and admire him for that. His approach has made me a stronger individual, and I know, that whether sitting on the camp porch, watching his beloved Pirates, or hunting the elusive white tail, Dan will always be there with me.

His departure from this world is a hardship at the moment; memories of him will last forever.

Rose and Rick Gabbianelli October 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Carol, Cheryl and Lois:
My husband and I are unable to be there for the viewing and funeral, but wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Dan was a good man and you were all wonderful caregivers for him during his illness. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Lou and Denny Ohlin October 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

To: Danny’s Family,
I wanted to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of your brother Dan. I had just recently heard about his illness and then got the call from Buzzy about his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this most difficult time. It sure sounds like he gave it his all in trying to beat this disease and had lots of support.
Love to all of you!!!!

Bill Schiavi October 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Dan was my first office mate when I joined NARCO in 1977. He was a faithful friend both inside and outside of our workplace. He spoke so often and so fondly of his family that I still recall much of the detail long since our paths separated. I was blessed to see him once again last month at his camp. I will hold Dan and all of you in my prayers.

Vicki Wendel October 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

Dear Carol, Chip, Lois and families,
Though I am very sad to know that Dan is gone, I have only the fondest memories of him, growing up, as one of our extended family and one of Sonny’s good buddies. There are many wonderful memories, but even so, I am very happy that I made an effort to see Dan when he was here in California fighting this battle. Though he could not talk a lot while I visited, he made it quite clear that my visit meant a lot to him.
I am hoping that he also knew how much it meant to me. Rest in peace, Dan-you were a strong and spirited man with a genuine smile for all.
My deepest sympathy to you all.

Jim Kronenwetter October 15, 2013 at 7:54 am

Dan was a great guy and we will miss him. I’m sure he will be still looking for the big buck in his happy hunting ground.

Lorraine Defranco Garbic October 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Carol, Chippy, Lois and families,
I am so sorry that I didn’t make it to the viewing. Would have been nice to see you all again and relive some old memories of Dan’s time with us. Although we have grown apart since playing football in the backyard, I am sorry to hear of his illness and death. He is in the great beyond with your parents probably catching up on old times, having a few drinks and talking about golf. Take good care of you and yours.
Lorraine Defranco Garbic

Philip A. Wright November 14, 2013 at 6:26 am

My sincere condolences Cheryl on the passing of your Brother Dan. I never had the opportunity to meet him but I do recall that you spoke highly of him on numerous occasions.

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