In Loving Memory of Jane A. Krupa
Jane O'Hara KrupaFormerly of Green Ridge Section of Scranton May 22, 1925 ~ February 22, 2017 Date of Service: March 11, 2017
Jane O’Hara Krupa passed peacefully on February 22, with her loving daughter, Laurie Rosemary Krupa, at her side. With her sharp Irish wit and an indomitable spirit, she loved us and prodded us and helped us laugh and sing for almost 92 years. The heavenly choir will be in tune for many nights to come.
Jane was born in Scranton and raised in St. Paul’s Parish in Green Ridge, the daughter of the late John J. and Rose Golden O’Hara. After graduating from St. Paul’s High School, she completed her bachelors degree in music at Marywood College in 1946, where she majored in piano and organ. After Marywood, she devoted her entire professional career to spreading the love of music. She succeeded her mother as organist and choir director in the same St. Paul’s Parish where she was raised and attended school. Together, she and her mother gave over 40 years of service to their beloved parish. She began her career teaching music in Troy, Pennsylvania. Jane served in a variety of roles at the Scranton Times and at the radio station, WEJL, including music critic, copy-writer and founder of the WEJL chorus. She was also director of two renowned Scranton choral groups, the Bell Telephone chorus and Maennerchor.
For many years, she was the choral teacher and director at Scranton Central High School and later in her career, she brightened the lives of special needs children at Elwyn Institute in Media, Pennsylvania and the elderly at many nearby residences. She also composed, created and produced a compilation of 20 songs for therapists working with children, titled “Looking at You.”
Jane O’Hara Krupa spent her life spreading joy, music. laughter and love. Along with the thousands of students, parishioners and others whom she touched, we thank God for letting us share in her warm company here on earth.
She is survived by her daughter, Laurie, and granddaughter, Allie Rose Krupa, of Oradell, New Jersey, many nieces and nephews as well as countless friends and loved ones. Many of "her kids" from Central High School still live in the area.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Mary F. Pascoe and Rose Mary O’Hara.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday March 11th at 10am in St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue in Scranton. Inurnment will follow in the Dunmore Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 9am until the time of mass.
Arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc.