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Death in our diocesan family: The Rt. Rev. John Palmer "Jack" Croneberger

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The service will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

The Rt. Rev. John Palmer "Jack" CronebergerWith sadness we share the news of the death today of the Rt. Rev. John Palmer “Jack” Croneberger, 84, peacefully with his family by his side.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 12 noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court Street in Reading, PA. (Directions.)

Bishop Croneberger was elected Bishop Coadjutor on June 6, 1998 and consecrated on November 21, 1998. He became Bishop Diocesan upon the retirement of Bishop John Shelby Spong on January 29, 2000 and served as 9th Bishop of Newark for seven years, until the consecration of Bishop Mark M. Beckwith on January 27, 2007.

Before his election and consecration, he served for 18 years as Rector of Church of the Atonement, Tenafly. During that time, he served as Deputy or Alternate to five General Conventions and on the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, the Budget & Finance Committee, the Christian Education Commission, the Camp and Conference Center Board, and the Committee on Congregational Development, Renewal, Church Growth and Evangelism. Read his full obituary.

Bishop Croneberger was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn, in 2013. He is survived by their five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to:
Judy Innis
1079 Old Bernville Road 
Reading, Pa. 19605

Good and gracious God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, you sent your servant Jack to be a priest and bishop in your Church to feed your sheep with your word and to guide them by his example; give us the grace to keep the faith he taught and to follow in his footsteps. We entrust him into your unfailing mystery of Love and Hope through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Updated Mar. 8, 2023.