Life Story for Rev. John Crable
Rev. John M. (Jake) Crable , 84, a resident at Meadowbrook Nursing Home, Plattsburgh, NY, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012. He had been in failing health for some time. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at St. John’s Church in Plattsburgh at 3 PM with the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg, presiding with priests of the diocese concelebrating. Father Crable’s body will be received at St. John’s Church at noon on Thursday with calling hours continuing until 2:30 pm. Following the Mass, burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery. All arrangements are with the Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh.
Fr. Crable, son of the late John and Ruth Kane Pernal Crable, was born in Schenectady, NY on January 31, 1928. He was educated at the LaSalle Institute in Troy, and graduated from Niagara University. He studied for the priesthood at Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Niagara. Fr. Crable was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart on May 30, 1953.
Following his ordination, Fr. Crable was appointed pastoral associate at St. Patrick’s in Watertown. In 1957 he was appointed associate at St Patrick’s in Brasher Falls. He also served as associate at St. Bernard’s in Saranac Lake and later at St. Mary’s in Clayton. In 1962 Father was appointed pastor in St. John the Baptiste in LaFargeville and this was followed by brief pastorates at St. Lawrence in Louisville, St. Vincent DePaul in Rosiere and St. Rita’s in Deferiet. In 1969 Fr. Crable was made associate pastor of St. Anthony’s Church, Newton Falls. That same year he was named administrator of St. Elizabeth’s in Elizabethtown, NY. He was appointed as pastor of St. Elizabeth’s in 1971. In 1973 Father worked as Alcohol Rehabilitation Assistant with the Division of Alcoholism of New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. In 1978 he was made associate pastor of St. John’s in Plattsburgh and in 1979 he was appointed as Chaplain at Champlain Valley Physicians’ Hospital, a position he held until he retired in 1998.
In addition to his parents, Father Crable was predeceased by a sister, Jean Sullivan. He is survived by a nephew, Thomas Sullivan of Indiana and nieces Mary Armstrong and Margaret Hill of Missouri. He is also survived by cousins Joseph Malone, Cornelius Malone, and Jean McQuide of the Albany area and Brian Warner of New Hampshire.
Contributions can be made to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, 622 Washington St. Box 369, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, (518)-561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.