Dr. Joseph E. Cronkey, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend died after a sudden illness on Tuesday at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. His wife is the former Yvonne Augustine. The couple celebrated 44 years of marriage in July.
Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Dr. Cronkey was the son of Joseph F. and Helen Breno Cronkey. He attended Scranton Preparatory School and earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Scranton, where he graduated with honors in 1968. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and returned to Pennsylvania, where he completed his internship, residency and fellowship in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
In his youth, Joseph developed a passion for the outdoors and athletics, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and excelling in both baseball and basketball throughout high school and college. As an adult, Joseph’s enthusiasm for sports grew to include tennis, an interest that resulted in numerous championships. He was also an avid golfer, who loved playing with his wife, family, and friends. Joseph’s love for athletics led him to a career as an orthopaedic surgeon, an occupation that allowed him to help others participate in the activities which they so enjoyed.
Dr. Cronkey began practicing orthopaedic surgery in Scranton in 1977. Throughout his career, he was an innovative physician. His commitment to his patients and his profession inspired him to run a practice that was forward-thinking in both technology and care, and his dedication touched the lives of many.
Joseph was a member of the Country Club of Scranton and the Waverly Country Club, and a parishioner at St. Gregory’s Church in Clarks Summit.
Joseph is remembered most as a loving son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. In addition to his wife Yvonne, he is survived by his mother Helen Cronkey; his daughter Erica Cronkey Galles and husband Dan; his son Damon Cronkey and wife Carrie; and his four grandchildren Cade, Colin, and Avery Galles and Caitlin Cronkey. He is also survived by his sister Janice Morkel.
He was preceded in death by his father Joseph F. Cronkey, his brother Ronald Cronkey, and his infant son Aaron Cronkey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory’s Church on 330 N. Abington Rd. in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Monday morning from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 452, Allentown, PA 18109.