James W. Krokus

July 10, 1933November 29, 2018
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Krokus Sr., our beloved husband and father, who passed away peacefully at home on Thursday.

Jim was born on July 10, 1933 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. He was one of nine children born to Joseph and Helen (nee May) Krokus. After serving in the United States Army, Jim founded Picture Gardens Landscape Service, which he operated in Teaneck, New Jersey for many years. He married his love, Marie, on March 7th, 1959.

In 1972, Jim and his family relocated to New City, New York, where he opened J. Krokus Nursery. He spent the next 40 years raising his family and growing his business. Garden design was Jim’s passion, and he spent a great many years creating beautiful landscapes for his clients. In the decades he spent growing his nursery, he shared his passion with everyone he came across.

Jim made many friends throughout the years and he was a devout parishioner of St. Boniface. Jim had a special way of leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Jim leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Marie, at home, and his loving children: daughters Patty Stankevich and her husband Scott, Kathy, Debby and her partner Dennis Rocco, Susan and her partner John Gowrie and his son Jim Jr. He also leaves his siblings Paul Krokus, Helen Rittgers, Dorothy Hegner and Robert Krokus. His grandchildren Nicole, Danielle, Brian, Taylor, Jimmy and Jake. Step-grandchildren Marianne, Shawn and Carolyn. Also, his four great-grandchildren Riley, Matthew, Ryan, Vanessa and Amelia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Helen, his sister Veronica and brothers Joseph, Thomas and Donald, also, three infant sons and his beloved dog Rusty.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-9pm at Higgins Funeral Home, New City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at St. Boniface Church Wesley Hill, NY. Interment to follow at Ascension Cemetery Airmont, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Humane Society Hi Tor Anima Care Center 65 Firemens Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY 10970


  • Visiting Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 5, 2018

James W. Krokus

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Paul Georgiou

December 5, 2018

I heard about Jim's passing the same time as his funeral was being held today, December 5, 2018.
Jim was a gentle man, a real gem.
Always friendly and genuinely a GOOD DECENT HUMAN BEING. He loved his family, friends and customers just the same.
I will miss you Jim but I will pray for you every night. May God Rest Your Soul in Peace.
Paul Georgiou
Pomona. NY

Tina Raucci Santoro

December 2, 2018

Mr. Krokus was a great man. He would always open his heart and business to people in need of a job to support their own family. He and His wife would invite the whole family to their BBQ they would put on at their home. Their home was always open to family, friends and all their children's friends.

He was a beautiful man and will be missed dearly. He has many loved ones and friend waiting to greet him at the pearly white gates to pick up where they left off in life. His beloved dog Rusty is also waiting at the pearly white gates with his tail wagging.

Mr. Krokus will always be in our hearts and lives, he is looking over us from heaven.

Joe and Tina Santoro
Phoenix, AZ