Mr. Kroupa was a retired butcher and meat cutter and was a proud U.S. Navy veteran. Joe served on the USS Midway and the USS Mindoro during the Korean War. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an usher and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Golf may have been his passion, but his love for his family was the most important thing in his life.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha, nee Havel, Kroupa.
Surviving are loving wife of 61 years, Christine M., nee Culella, Kroupa, whom he married on February 4, 1956 at Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Louis, MO;
one son, Brian Kroupa of St. Louis, MO;
one daughter, Marianne (Jim) Moore of Belleville, IL;
and three grandchildren, Kristen Kroupa-Hauser, Dorian Hauser, and Cameron Frauenfelder; and his great-granddaughter, Allison.
Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly and Fr. Matt Elie concelebrating.
Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss – he raised an amazing family!
Michelle Brugere, , ,
Our thoughts and prayers to your family on the loss of Joe. We were next door neighbors on Sheraton Drive.
Larry & Jeanette Bielicke, Edwardsville, IL, 62025
I have many happy memories of growing up at 9454 West Main, and one of them includes Joe. I was five or six when I went out into the backyard to see Joe painting the fence between our homes. As I inched up closer to watch, he asked if I wanted to help. Of coarse I Did!! He gave me a brush and that started our friendship. I also think he helped us kids retrieve the balls that flew over into his dad’s vegetable garden by the garage. His dad was never in a good mood when those “bombs” came in.Funny, the things you retain from your childhood.
John Carpenter, Belleville, IL, 62226
Brian and the entire Kroupa family, my thoughts and love are with you all at this time and always. We’ve known each other along time and my heart breaks with yours right now. Love you all David Hechenberger
David, Swansea , Il, 62226