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James J. Kronewitter

August 5, 1938 — September 19, 2016

James J. Kronewitter

James J. Kronewitter, age 78, of Hays, passed away Monday, September 19, 2016 at Hays Medical Center. He was born August 5, 1938 in LaCrosse, Kansas to Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. He graduated from Schoenchen High School in 1956 and he attended Fort Hays State University. He married Patricia Louise Brungardt on November 19, 1960 in St. Josephs Catholic Church in Hays.

Jim was a part owner of Hays State Bank and had worked at various other area financial institutions as well as being the Ellis County Treasurer. He was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church, 3rd degree Knights of Columbus Schoenchen Council and the Elks Lodge where he served as Exalted Ruler.

He is survived by his wife Patricia of Hays; two sons, Brian Kronewitter and Mark Kronewitter and wife Kim all of Hays; two daughters, Colleen Gorden of Wichita and Joleen Pianalto and significant other Russell Johnston of Hutchinson; three sisters, Jane Kisner and husband Steve of Pfeifer, Ruth Zimmerman and Carol Legleiter both of Hays; two brother-in-laws, Marvin Rajewski of Great Bend and Linus Werth of Hays; eight grandchildren, Justin Pianalto and wife Heather, Jessica Sawatzky and husband Jake, Sheldon Kronewitter, Booker Rohlf, Keenan Rohlf, Dylan Smith, Melissa Goldsberry and husband Sean and Travis Gorden; 3 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Berniece Werth and Betty Rajewski and two brothers-in-law, Roy Zimmerman and Tony Legleiter.

Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, September 23, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hays. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday 4 PM - 8 PM and Friday 9 AM - 9:30 AM at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

There will be a Schoenchen council Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30 PM Thursday followed by a parish vigil at 7 PM.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph Rectory Remodeling Fund.

Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com











Service Information









Visitation Thursday

September 22, 2016

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM



2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601









Knights of Columbus Rosary Thursday

September 22, 2016

6:30 PM



2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601









Vigil Service Thursday

September 22, 2016

7:00 PM



2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601









Visitation Friday

September 23, 2016

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM



2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601









Funeral Mass Friday

September 23, 2016

10:00 AM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

210 W. 13th

Hays, Kansas 67601

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