Maryann V. Kralovic

Maryann V. Kralovic, 91, of Gloversville, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home.

She was born on March 31, 1926, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Palkovic Valachovic.

Maryann was a graduate of Johnstown High School. She was a secretary for many years for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. After returning to Johnstown, she then was employed at the former Kennedy Gloves. Mrs. Kralovic was of the Catholic faith, a longtime communicant of the former St. Anthony’s Church and also the current Holy Trinity Church. Maryann was a member of the Catholic Sokol. Mom loved the Lord with all her heart and soul.

She is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Kleist (Richard) of Gloversville and Michelle Rauch of Gloversville; one sister, Marguerite Slusher of Johnstown; eight grandchildren, Scott Douglas Phillips (Tammy), Christopher James Phillips (Natalie), Daniel Edward Phillips (Toni), Kirsten Lauren Kleist, Rachel Allison VanSlyke, Bryon Valachovic (Jen), Stephen Patrick Rauch and Jessica Ann Rauch; thirteen great-grandchildren, Alyssa Phillips, Owen Phillips, Aspen Phillips, Ayden Phillips, Paige Miller, Preston Phillips, Parker Phillips, Sadie Broadway, Joshua Broadway Jr., Isabella Valachovic, Isyss Eason, Jenna Eason and Mark Eason; two great-great-grandchildren, Bryson Burke and Brielle Burke; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Kralovic was predeceased by her husband, Stephen E. Kralovic, whom she married on August 30, 1947, and who passed on January 20, 2000; three siblings, Alfred Valachovic, Helen Schultz and Andrew Valachovic; brothers-in-law, Garold Slusher, Ted Kralovic; and one son-in-law, Henry Rauch.

Maryann was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She cherished every moment she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending her summers on their boat on the Great Sacandaga Lake with her parents, her husband Steve and her daughters Stephanie and Michelle. She enjoyed taking rides on the boat, going to the island, walking around the island with her girls, sitting around a campfire, visiting, eating, roasting marshmallows and singing songs in English and Slovak.

Mom spent a lot of time with her sister Helen. They would have tea and visit. She helped with the girls and Andy. They laughed a lot and had such a good time playing cards.

Mom and Dad spent a lot of time with her sister Marguerite and her nieces and nephew. Especially when her sister’s husband Gary died. They made a lot of happy memories playing games and cards. The kids loved playing King in the Corner and having tea parties.

Mom would go to her brother Andy’s and sister-in-law Rosemarie’s and would help out with the twins Mary Shawn and Adam. Mom enjoyed helping out with them and all the other children, it made her happy to do it.

My Mom’s brother Alfred lived in Long Island with his family. So some of the holidays he would come home and it was such an exciting time for us growing up. Mom just loved spending time with him and his wife Maryann and the children.

Mom and Dad spent a lot of time with Dad’s brother Ted and his wife Emily. They would go every year to Florida for a two week vacation. Dad and Uncle Ted both had a great sense of humor so they had a lot of laughs. Mom and Aunt Emily loved listening to Neil Diamond together and relaxing with a Manhattan.

Mom would go with her mother to Czechoslovakia to see family and friends. Mom got to see where her mother lived, went to school, went to church and where she played as a child. She would go see her cousin Eddy and his wife Vera who was an opera star and they would they go to see her perform in Prague. She would also spend time with her mother’s sister Aunt Stephie and they had many beautiful memories together.

After Dad retired he took Mom to Florida every year. They so looked forward to going and seeing the sunrise or sunset, the seagulls or pelicans, walking on the beach and collecting seashells.

When Mom was in the nursing home, my sister Michelle and I would bring my grandchildren Preston and Parker for a visit two or three times a month. We had a lot of fun playing Old Maid and we made a lot of memories.

Mom loved us all more than all the grains of sand on the beach and she will be dearly missed.

Maryann’s wish for her family and friends would be to do something kind for someone every single day to make them smile and make the world a better place.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, Glebe Street, Johnstown in the spring.

Spring interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Johnstown immediately following the Mass.

Contributions in Maryann’s memory may be made to the Holy Trinity Church Memorial Fund, 207 Glebe Street, Johnstown, New York 12095.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown.

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