John Stephen Krajnak, Jr. passed away on August 6, 2016 with his loving wife, Ruth, by his side. He was born on May 30, 1936 in Long Island, New York to Clara (Reiner) Krajnak and John Stephen Krajnak, Sr. At the age of five he and his sister, Claire, moved with their parents to Fairfield, CT. where his Dad, a plasterer by trade, built a lovely home for his family. John attended Holland Hill Elementary School and graduated from Roger Ludlow High School in 1954. After graduation he worked at several different companies doing a variety of jobs. He married Grace Convertito of Fairfield in 1962 and they had two beautiful daughters: Gale and Jennifer (the apples of his eye). After 10 years of marriage he and Grace divorced. Then, in 1975 he was hired by Richardson-Vicks in Wilton to manage a new Mail Service Center, which provided materials and products to all of the Richardson-Vicks sales forces. His excellent organizational skills and creative thinking made the Mail Center a success. He also worked with another R-V employee, Joe Delfino, in organizing the National Sales Meetings for all three sales forces. This provided some wonderful travel experiences to the various meeting locations, including four weeks at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
In 1977 he married Ruth Moran of Bridgeport, CT and they moved to a condominium in Bethel. After retiring from Richardson-Vicks John spent several years working part-time at Goodyear Tire in Danbury. John was an avid animal lover and one day he and Ruth brought home Buttons, a two year old miniature schnauzer. Although Ruth fed Buttons and walked him and groomed him, it was John that he sat next to on the couch. There was a deep mutual love there. Then, in 1996 they moved to a condominium in New Preston.
John was a man who spoke his mind, but he was also a big tease and really enjoyed life. His wonderful hugs and tender kisses are already greatly missed. His laugh had that “something special” and his love of family was unsurpassed. He was so very proud of Gale and Jennifer and the grand-children and great-grand-children they provided. John and Ruth had over 39 years of marriage that were filled with a love of each other that was clearly evident to everyone.
John is survived by his wife, Ruth Krajnak of New Preston, his daughter, Gale Bike, of Canton and his daughter, Jennifer Krajnak, of Easton. Also his two grandsons, Gregory Bike and his wife Katie, and Benjamin Krajnak. A granddaughter Amanda Bike and her fiancé David-Michael Viens. His sister, Claire Lavender, of Tavares, FL., and his nieces Christie, Cathy, Carol, Cindy and Lori and their spouses. Additionally, a great-grandson, Owen Viens, and twin great-granddaughters, Skylar and Addison Bike. Also Grace Lee, former spouse, and her son, Henry Lee and his wife Ashley and their daughter, Harper Frances Lee. A sister-in-law, Leah Moran, a niece, Fallon Moran, a nephew, Joshua Moran and his wife Melissa and their two children, Brianna and Adam.
Each day will be a little less bright without John, but we will hold him in our hearts and have lots of fun recounting all the stories he helped make. We love you, Honey Bunny. Until we meet again.
Calling Hours will be held on Friday August 12, 2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm with a 1:00pm funeral service at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. The internment will take place at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in John’s name to the New Milford Animal Welfare Society, Inc. at 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT. 06776.