Krajewski remembered fondly at funeral

“She had a sense of who she was and what she was all about that was very spe­cial.” — Rev. Joseph Campel­lone  

Joan Kra­jew­ski was re­membered fondly at her fu­ner­al last week.

Joan Kra­jew­ski was a good and faith­ful ser­vant of God who did or­din­ary things ex­traordin­ar­ily, the Rev. Joseph Campel­lone said in his homily dur­ing the vet­er­an city coun­cil­wo­man’s fu­ner­al Mass last week.

“She had a sense of who she was and what she was all about that was very spe­cial,” Campel­lone told mourn­ers on Sept. 4 at Christ the King Cath­ol­ic Church in Mor­rell Park.

Kra­jew­ski worked in the city De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue be­fore run­ning for Coun­cil in 1979. A Demo­crat, she rep­res­en­ted the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict from 1980 to 2011 and was also Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 65th Ward for many years. She died on Aug. 29 at age 79 after a long battle with chron­ic ob­struct­ive pul­mon­ary dis­ease.

Among her biggest achieve­ments was cre­at­ing the pop­u­lar Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram (CLIP).

Over the years, she earned many hon­ors, in­clud­ing be­ing in the charter class of the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame. She’s in Phil­adelphia magazine’s “Best of Philly” Hall of Fame. She’s even in the Hall of Fame of the all-boys Fath­er Judge High School, where Campel­lone serves as pres­id­ent.

The John F. Givn­ish Fu­ner­al Home on Academy Road hos­ted two well-at­ten­ded view­ings pri­or to the fu­ner­al Mass.

Among those who at­ten­ded the Mass were May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter, mem­bers of City Coun­cil and her former staff mem­bers.

Buri­al was at Re­sur­rec­tion Cemetery.

Campel­lone was a close friend of Kra­jew­ski, who was a big help to Fath­er Judge on sev­er­al ini­ti­at­ives. He said she served with in­teg­rity and cred­ited her with con­duct­ing im­promptu of­fice hours at places such as Kmart, neigh­bor­hood diners and along Frank­ford Av­en­ue. He re­called her love of fam­ily and staff, adding that she was an “old-school” politi­cian.

“I’m glad she was old school,” he said.

Campel­lone called Kra­jew­ski a simple per­son who was a doer, not a talk­er.

“She rep­res­en­ted us well,” he said.

Michele Kra­jew­ski, her daugh­ter-in-law, called the tough-talk­ing coun­cil­wo­man a “softie” with her grand­chil­dren, who lov­ingly called her “Mem­om.”

She also noted that her moth­er-in-law favored a Laura In­galls Wilder quote that goes, “Re­mem­ber me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will re­mem­ber you all. If you can only re­mem­ber me with tears, then don’t re­mem­ber me at all.”

“Joan, we love you and will miss you dearly,” Michele Kra­jew­ski said.

Kra­jew­ski is sur­vived by sons Casimer Jr., Mi­chael and Thomas; grand­chil­dren Al­is­on, Mi­chael Jr., Thomas Jr., Kyle and Kaitlyn; sis­ters Sis­ter Helen Kline and Re­gina Kar­belk; and nieces and neph­ews.

Me­mori­al con­tri­bu­tions in her name can be sent to Spe­cial People In North­east Inc., 10501 Drum­mond Road, Phil­adelphia, PA 19154. ••

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