Pauline C. Krawick, 92, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, entered her eternal reward in the magnificent Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, All Souls Day.
She was born in an old, poor, long-forgotten shantytown, Glen White, and was the last surviving member of 10 children of European immigrant parents, the late Rosila (Turek of Yugoslavia) and Stephen Burick (Czechoslovakia). She was married to the late Albert P. Krawick for 52 years.
She is survived and loved dearly by her four children: Donna J. Taddy and husband, David L., of Gallitzin, Carol A. Rodgers and husband, Peter T., of Altoona, Joseph A. and wife, Rosanne (Ritchick), of Duncansville and Steven M. and wife, Kimberly (Feathers), of Loretto. Her fifth child, Christopher, did not survive the pregnancy, and she was very much looking forward to meeting him in heaven.
She is also survived by two granddaughters: Lisa Taddy and Angela Rhett and husband, Edmund; and five great-grandchildren: Katieri, Ashton, Kamryn, Kennedy and Ethan.
Pauline was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Cresson, and a patroness of the poor souls in purgatory. She relentlessly prayed for the poor forgotten souls to enter the promised land, and she continuously encouraged others to pray for all departed souls. How fittingly appropriate it was that she met her creator on the day the church commemorates the poor souls in purgatory, All Souls Day.
She was also an exceptionally active advocate for the poor, lowly, dejected, shunned, forgotten living members of today's society. Through the grace of God Our Father, she helped guide many lost souls back to Jesus Christ, our lord and savior. She helped countless souls to find meaning and purpose in their lives and to know they were loved and never alone or forgotten.
Pauline was the epitome of actively living the Gospel. She lived, breathed and practiced what she preached up to her very last breath. She always exclaimed to put Jesus first and then everything else will fall into place. "God first, then family" was her mantra. She was an unrelentingly dedicated, devoted and loving wife and mother. It was a life's calling that she embraced and relished. How blessed we were to be her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and in-laws and receive the abundance of unconditional love she extended. She softened hardened hearts, guided lost souls and changed lives. The family is thankful to dearest Jesus Christ, for giving them a most precious gift in their mother.
Pauline had an unquenchable devotion to her best friend, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Divine Infant Jesus of Prague, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Mother, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Vincent Pallotti, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Jude, St. John Vianney and St. Faustina. She was an advocate and promoter of the Holy Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Holy Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Mass.
She was a sponsor parent of a child from Quebrada Grande, Honduras. She was also a member of the Seraphic Mass Association, Society of the Little Flower, Association of Marian Helpers, Franciscan Mission Associates, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, The Blue Army, Association of the Miraculous Medal, St. Anthony's Bread for the Poor and the Sacred Heart Auto League.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson, where a vigil service will be held in the evening. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Cresson, by the Rev. Leo F. Arnone. Committal will be made at the church mausoleum.