We regret to announce the death at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on February 2, 2011, of Christian Joseph Kronbauer, at the age of 88 years. Chris was born in Rutland in 1922. Chris served in the Canadian Army during WW2 and saw action in North Africa, Italy, and Holland. After the war Chris moved to Vernon and, in 1947, married Sophie Malysh. They were married for 63 years.

In 1948, Chris was hired by Canada Post and was “Chris the Postman” to many Vernon residents. He retired from the Post Office in 1981.

Chris was a reserve member of the BC Dragoons and rose to the rank of Sgt. Major. Chris was an active member of the Canadian Legion and held most offices including President. Chris was a great crib player, loved to camp and was well known for his quirky sense of humour.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Sophie; daughters Carol Kronbauer of Victoria and Kathie (Dwayne) Arychuk of Edmonton; and grandchildren Greg and Jordan. He is also survived by brother, Charles (Ena) of Vernon and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Chris was predeceased by brother, Joseph, and daughter Christine.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 10, at 1:00 p.m. at St. James’ Roman Catholic Church, with Father Dale Normandeau officiating. Friends wishing to do so may make donations in memory of Chris to either the BC Lung Association, Box 34009, Stn D, Vancouver, BC V6J 4M2, or Kidney Foundation of Canada, #320 – 1600 W. 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.

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