In Loving Memory

Joseph C. Kralik, d. Sept. 23, 2014



In Loving Memory

December 5, 1941 – September 23, 2014


Joseph Kralik Photo

Fairhope, AL

Joseph “Captain Joe” Carrol Kralik, 72, a native and lifelong resident of Fairhope, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends. Joseph loved being on the water and spent many years shrimping in Mobile Bay and captaining crew boats in the Gulf of Mexico for Marine Transportation Services, Panama City, Florida.

Joseph was preceded in death by his father, Joe Kralik.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Joanne Kathryn Kralik; four children, Matthew (Diane) Kralik of Fairhope; Elizabeth (Matthew) Koenig of Buford, GA; Amanda (Gary) Donovan of Fairhope and Dianna (Joe) Wolchina of Fairhope; three step-sons, Fred (Dawn) Spaulding of Michigan; Will (Patty) Spaulding of Michigan and Chris (Shannon) Spaulding of Fairhope; mother, Elener Kralik of Fairhope; two brothers, Louie Kralik of Defuniak Springs, FL and David Kralik of Fairhope; two sisters, Susan Nelson and Shirley Langley both of Fairhope; eight grandsons and seven granddaughters; as well as many relatives and friends including former wife, and lifelong friend, Elizabeth Ann Kralik.

A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00p.m.on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Joy Tabernacle in Foley. Fellowship will follow at the home of Joe and Dianna Wolchina’s in Fairhope. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Joy Tabernacle Food Pantry in honor of Joe Kralik. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.



  1. Julie, Mark, Chandler, and Kelsey Moore

    Liz and family,
    We are so saddened by the loss of your Dad. We are here for you, back in Georgia, if you need anything. He sounds like an amazing man and wonderful father and grandfather. We will honor him by giving to the food pantry, what a wonderful charity for his community.
    We send a lot of love and many hugs to you all.
    The Moores

  2. Patty spaulding

    So sorry to hear about joe. Take care and love u mom

  3. Jennifer and Mark Mazur

    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying peace and comfort in this time of sorry. We love you all. Joseph is walking those streets of gold.

  4. Kevin Cross

    I am very sorry for the loss to your family. My prayers are with you.

  5. Mike Wallace

    Although I did not know Captian Joe, I know his daughter Amanda. Amanda I am sure is a reflection of her Father. She helped me and my family get settted here on the eastern shore when I first started work at the Grand Hotel. I canot tell you how much that meant to me and my family. She has been helpful and always there for you when you need her no matter what. She is always ready to listen if you have a problem and give you encouragement.Since Amanda is a reflection of her father I know he was a fine man indeed. Our Prayers go out to you and your family. God will give you the strenghth to get through this difficult time. Chef Mike & Family.and Culinary Crew.

  6. Casey/George Litten

    God Bless (brother-in-law) Joe on his journey home to God’s Kingdom. It was our pleasure to meet him. God watch over JoAnne in this time of sorrow. Also all the families. With love and prayers.

  7. Marilyn & George Rathke

    Sending our love along with lots of prayers for you, Joanne, and your family. Wish we could be there for you…but we’ll be there in spirit.

  8. Lori and Gloria (mom) Fugere

    Liz (and family),

    Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you during this difficult time. Mom and I definitely want you to know that we will always be here for you and praying for you! The love that OUR daddies gave us is beyond measure and limitless! Just know that memories will definitely help you get through this time, but allow yourself to grieve. As you know…it is definitely a whirlwind of feelings. You spent those last moments with him, and you know as well as we do, those were the most important and most precious moments possible! Continue to trust in God, and be happy to know that your father is spending his eternity with no pain and free from any suffering. God bless you Lizzie…and know that ANYTIME you want to talk, day or night, please do not hesitate to call me!!! We are ready to open our arms with hugs, our heart to love, and our ears to listen! Love you Dizzy Lizzy! With all of our love!!!

  9. Brenda Henderson Andresen

    Mathew, Elizabeth, Amanda, Diana and family,

    My heart is filled with love and sympathy for each one of you. It is very big to lose our father’s and I am thinking of each of you in this time of loss. Know that he will always be near, tho not in the body. He will always be close at heart. May Divine Mother lift him onto her lap and may he rest in peace.
    Your loving cousin,

  10. Patterson Dental Employees

    Diane & Mathew:

    All of our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

    Your Friends at Patterson Dental-Daphne

  11. Buddy and Kay Wimpee

    We have all lost a good friend, But we all share wonderful memories. Joe will be waiting for us who know the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you even though we are so far away.We send our love and know that we will be there in spirt.


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