Robert John Krajnyak, 87, of Apalachin, entered the kingdom of heaven on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Guthrie Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was born in Queens, NY on April 10, 1936, to John and Martha (Labancz) Krajnyak. He grew up in Belrose, NY. He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1953 and then pursued a degree in Chemical Engineering from City College, New York where he graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree. He also attended Syracuse University, earning an additional master's degree.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marie (Affourtit) Krajnyak. They married in 1958 and would have celebrated their 65th anniversary on November 8. In addition to his wife, he survived by three daughters Catherine Krajnyak, Vestal, NY, Christine Krajnyak, Davenport, FL, and Desiree Krajnyak-Baker (Christopher), Port Jefferson Station, NY, two sisters Carol Krajnyak and Vivian Vowinkel, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Robert is predeceased in death by his oldest daughter, Donna Krajnyak Greene, his parents, as well as his in-laws Peter and Marie Affourtit.
Robert worked for IBM Corp, Endicott, NY, for over 30 years where he retired in 1993. Post-retirement, Robert shared his passion for learning with the younger generation acting as a substitute teacher for Vestal and Union-Endicott School Districts until 2020 at the age of 84.
Robert was quite a sports fan and was a loyal NY Yankee and NY Giant's fan. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching horse races. Robert loved to laugh and share jokes with anyone around him. Most importantly, Robert was a devoted family man and cherished the time he spent with those he loved. He found the bright side of every situation and loved unconditionally. Robert's joy and compassion was contagious. Anyone who crossed paths with him was lucky and he will be sorely missed.
There will be no visitation and a private memorial will be held at the family's discretion at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in his memory can donate to the National Lung Cancer Partnership, 222 N. Midvale Blvd. #6, Madison, WI 53705/www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org or Make A Wish Foundation America at: www.wish.org.