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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 14, 2007

Herbert E. Kronsberg

Herbert Kronsberg, a caring man who worked as a draftsman and served as a soldier, died on June 9, 2007. He was 79.

As the oldest of three children, Mr. Kronsberg was a very caring, supportive older brother, said Alida Rapp, his sister. Mr. Kronsberg taught both of his younger siblings to swim in the ocean near their home on Long Island, she said.

He was the son of the late Herbert E. Kronsberg and Johanna (Van Solingen) Kronsberg.

At the age of 18 or 19, Mr. Kronsberg joined the Army, his sister said. "It was the thing the boys did," she said of World War II-era America. He didn’t talk much about his time overseas, Mrs. Rapp said, but he did talk about his little black and white terrier that he had when he was stationed in Italy.

When he came home, he married Gladys (Walker) Kronsberg. One year later he was called back to action and sent to Korea, his sister said. There, he saw "a lot of bad action," she said. He was in Korea for about two years, part of which he spent as a prisoner of war.

He reached the rank of Sergeant with the 2nd Infantry Division and became a member of the Altamont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

After he returned, Mr. Kronsberg began working as a draftsman for General Electric, said Mrs. Rapp. His family moved from Long Island in 1949, she said, and he began building his life in Altamont. He traveled often for his job, and he spent much of his life in Rhode Island.

"He was very caring, very supportive in everything we ever did," said Mrs. Rapp of her brother.

Mr. Kronsberg is survived by his wife, Gladys (Walker) Kronsberg, and their six children: Herbert F. Kronsberg and his wife, Judy; Gary A. Kronsberg and his wife, Diane; Brian A. Kronsberg and his wife, Sue; Nancy J. Davol and her husband, Steve; Kathleen M. Jaglowski and her husband, Adam; and Margaret A. Logan and her husband, Davis.

He is also survived by his brother, Robert H. Kronsberg and his wife, Eileen, and by his sister, Alida Rapp and her husband, Joseph, as well as by 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on June 13, with arrangements by the Boule Funeral Home of Fall River, Mass. Interment was in the Pocasset Hill Cemetery in Tiverton, R.I. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

— Saranac Hale Spencer

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