In Loving Memory of Jane A. Krupa

Jane O'Hara Krupa

Jane O'Hara Krupa

Formerly 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.

Preferred memorial contributions may be made to THE DOUBLE H RANCH 97 Hidden Valley Road Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 or

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Barb Weinschenk
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Thinking of you
Reply #7 on : Thu April 06, 2017, 19:29:37
I am just seeing this. Sympathies to you on the loss of your mother. The memories you hold will be with you always and will help you through this sad time.
EBeth Igoe Klein
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Re: In Loving Memory of Jane A. Krupa
Reply #6 on : Fri March 10, 2017, 23:06:11
Laurie, I am so sorry not to be with you at this hard time. Your mother had a wonderful way of making each child with whom she spoke feel special. This even extended to my own children, who both asked to be remembered to you. I am glad I knew both your parents and your aunt and "Mrs. O'. They were all a big part of my childhood.
Joe McCourt
Posts: 7
With sympathy
Reply #5 on : Wed March 08, 2017, 09:01:31
Gary passed along the news of your mom and just wanted to pass along my thoughts and prayers during a tough time. Im always wishing you the best, but especially now. Blessings to you and your family and friends of your Mom.

Joe Mc
Dorothy Steenback
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Re: In Loving Memory of Jane A. Krupa
Reply #4 on : Sun March 05, 2017, 17:17:20
My sympathy to your family at this sad time.
I was a member of the Bell Telephone Chorus that had the honor of having Jane be our director for many years.
She was a very patient and loving leader who brought the best vocals out from our group and shared her passion of music with us.
Rebecca Walsh
Posts: 7
Great teacher and friend
Reply #3 on : Thu March 02, 2017, 12:46:39
So sorry to hear about your wonderful mother and grandmother. She truly was a gift to all who had her in high school. She was so positive and an inspiration to many. We were blessed to have known her. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.......Rebecca Walsh
Barbara Seymour Bergeron
Posts: 7
Reply #2 on : Thu March 02, 2017, 10:41:55
my deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember her well, since while at Central High Mrs. Krupa was one of my favorites. Sometimes a task master, she was dedicated to her craft and saw in us something only a great teacher does.
Robert Hinds
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Jane O'Hara Krupa
Reply #1 on : Wed March 01, 2017, 11:12:04
What a wonderful life to celebrate. We should all be so blessed. Ms. Krupa's dedication and spirit of enrichment toward others is an inspiration to all. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.