Rev. John M. (Jake) Crable, 84 a resident at Meadowbrook Nursing Home, Plattsburg, NY, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012. He had been in failing health for some time. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at St. Johns Church in Plattsburg at 3pm with the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg, presiding with priests of the diocese concelebrating. Father Crables body was received at St. Johns Church at noon on Thursday with calling hours continuing until 2:30 pm. Following the mass, the burial took place at St. Johns Cemetery. All arrangements are with the Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburg.
Fr. Crable, son of the late John and Ruth 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. Marys Cathedral by Bishop Bryan J. McEntergart on May 30, 1953.
Following his ordination, Fr. Crable was appointed pastoral associate at St. Patricks in Watertown. In 1957 he was appointed associate at St. Patricks in Brasher Falls. He also served as associate at St. Bernards in Saranac Lake and later at St. Marys in Clayton. In 1962 Father was appointed pastor in St. John the Baptiste in LaFargeville and this was followed by a brief pastorates in St. Lawrence in Louisville, St. Vincent DePaul in Rosiere and St. Ritas in Deferiet. In 1969 Fr. Crable was made associate pastor of St. Anthonys Church, Newton Falls. That same year he was named administrator of St. Elizabeths in Elizabethtown, NY. He was appointed as pastor of St. Elizabeths 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. Johns in Plattsburg 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.