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9850 West Thunderbird Road
SUN CITY, AZ 85351
Phone: (623) 875-7500
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Robert Kroll

Robert Patrick Kroll

Thursday, March 17th, 1938 - Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
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On St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, 1938, in Detroit Michigan, a baby boy was born to Mary (Gustaw) Kroll and Stanley Kroll. They named their first-born Robert Patrick with his middle name honoring St. Patrick. It is rumored that proud mom Mary had visions of her son growing up to be a Bishop. It looked like she might be right as he excelled scholastically while he attended St Francis of Assisi Grade School and Sweetest Heart of Mary High School. Seven years later a new baby boy was born, and they named Bob's brother Joseph. As grown men, Bob and Joe have developed a deep loving friendship. Bob's childhood recollections included delivering newspapers. In high school, he got involved with traditional Polish dance. He participated in costumed dance productions. Also in High School, he made friends whom he treasured throughout the remainder of his life. Because of his scholastic excellence combined with the fact that his dad worked for Ford Motor Company, Bob received a scholarship to attend the University of Detroit. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He married and fathered three children. His mother, Mary made peace with not having a bishop as a son when she became a proud grandmother. Bob worked in Telecommunications throughout his career. His career found him moving his family around the country. When his contracted position in Arizona ended, the family moved to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Bob lived in Minnesota for 20+ years, while fondly remembering the snowless climate of Southern Arizona. In the late 1980s, he was given a chance by his employer, commonly known as Ma Bell, to move to Phoenix Arizona. He moved despite leaving behind family and friends in Minnesota. After retiring, Bob got involved in activities in Sun City West and became a dedicated volunteer. He is a long-time men's auxiliary member of the Grandmothers for Peace as well as a volunteer at St. Mary's Foodbank.

Despite numerous health challenges over the years, Bob's death was unexpected and leaves us shocked, stunned and grief-stricken. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Bob is survived by wife Joan and his dear friend/brother Joe (Cheryl) Kroll. His bereaved children include Sons Keith (Laura) and Brian (Julie) Kroll, and daughter Cathleen (Curt) Olson. Bob's stepdaughter Pam (Dennis) Lowry is also grieving the loss of the best "evil"' stepfather ever. Keith is the father of Bob's five grandchildren - grandsons Jeff (Ashlee) and Spencer, and granddaughters Mallory, Brittney, and Victoria Kroll. Brittney is the Mom of Bob’s three great-grandchildren: McKinley, Ellie, & Silas. At home, a fuzzy golden kitty named Soxy is puzzled about why his daddy isn't feeding and brushing him.

The family has found solace in the fact that Bob’s arrival in heaven coincided with his father’s birth date (1909) as well as Joan’s mother’s birth date (1919).

Bob was a generous man and was a faithful volunteer at St Mary's Food Bank for over 15 years. We request that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance of Phoenix. Great comfort was provided by the Chaplains at Banner Thunderbird Hospital. Donations can be sent to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Please put "spiritual care department" in the memo.

There will be a non-ceremonial cremation of Bob's body.

Funeral Mass will be held at Bob's home parish
Our Lady of Lourdes
19002 N. 128th Ave.
Sun City West, AZ 85375
Thursday, May 9th at 10:00 AM
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    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 10:00am
    Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
    19002 N. 128th Avenue
    Sun City, Arizona 85375
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Wanda Majeski

Posted at 06:48pm
A new Angel is now in Heaven and Bob really earned his wings during his lifetime. Working with him at US WEST in Construction and Design Engineering Department for 10 years was a pleasure being his support person. His knowledge helped build new Company sites as we expanded into new areas that were growing like mad with new infrastructure and homes. Our Company provided Phone Services to so many folks because we had the future buildings already there with services hard-wired and ready for the families and businesses that needed MA BELL. Bob was a great team player and planner for so many others as Phoenix Metro expanded. I am very proud to have known him.

Steve Brundy

Posted at 06:35pm
Dear Bob,
May your spirit soar in Heaven, and your soul drift in peace. Love Joanna

Dear Joan,

I am so sorry. Bob was kind, sweet, and generous. He and God will make sure you will be together again. Love Joanna

Barb Glover

Posted at 12:38pm
My heart hurts for Joan and all of us that were blessed to know Bob on a personal level. When Bob would call I could hear that smile on his sweet face. He would come by the office and no matter how poorly his health was, he never complained, just always smiling. We need more Bob's in this world and he is one that will be dearly missed. God Bless you Joan and the Kroll family. My deepest and most sincere condolences are with you.

Richard Truskowski

Posted at 08:19am
So long my friend. Although the miles kept us apart we still kept in touch. I felt blessed since we met in grade school to have a friend such as you. I'm so glad we had time together, on the phone, for your last birthday. Go in peace my friend you will be missed but remain in my prayers. Your friend Richard Truskowski

Mike Beck

Posted at 11:54pm
So sorry to learn of the passing of Bob during the last week of April. He was a fellow "Bell System" engineer in another department at Mountain Bell and I counted him as a personal friend long after our respective retirements. I attended a few of the luncheons at Manuel's restaurant where he frequented, and from time to time would see him out on the street corner on Bell Road campaigning for a better, safer world. I will surely miss him, his gentle good natured humor, and his positive attitude. Rest well !

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