Edward A. Kronenburg Sr., 81, tree expert, owned trucking firm

July 31, 2000|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

Edward A. Kronenburg Sr., a longtime Baltimorean who cared for trees and owned a trucking business, died Saturday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was 80 and will be buried Wednesday, which would have been his 81st birthday.

He was born in Baltimore and lived in and around the city all his life, family members said. He moved from his birthplace on Morling Avenue in Hampden to Baltimore County, Carroll County and back to the Hampden area 21 years ago, where he lived until his death.

Mr. Kronenburg attended St. Thomas Aquinas School and finished the sixth grade. He also attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where he was baptized.

Mr. Kronenburg earned his living doing various jobs, nearly all of which he taught himself to do, family members said. He worked as a railroad foreman during World War II and then for Bethlehem Steel Corp.

He spent many years in the tree business - climbing, pruning and shaping and caring for trees in neighborhoods and for businesses.

Family members said Mr. Kronenburg taught himself about trees, reading books and studying various kinds of trees and how to care for them.

"If a tree was infested with something, he knew how to take care of that," said his daughter, Thelma M. Brown, of Hamer, S.C.

Mrs. Brown said her father's work with trees spawned an interest in bees, which became a significant part of his business as companies and homeowners would call him to remove pesky beehives from their property.

"It got so that he learned so much about bees," Mrs. Brown said, "he even had honey hives when he lived up on Falls Road."

Mr. Kronenburg eventually went into the trucking business, driving trucks for various companies until he opened his own trucking business - E.K. Trucking - about 20 years ago, family members said.

Mr. Kronenburg married Thelma Irene Wilt in 1939, the day after her birthday. The couple had five children.

He loved crab cakes and oysters and reading books of all sorts, Mrs. Kronenburg said.

"It didn't take him any time to learn anything," she said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1008 W. 37th St., at 10 a.m. Wednesday .

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Kronenburg is survived by another daughter, Pamela J. Cole of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

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