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Henry S. Jaran

1925 - 2021


Henry Stanley Jaran

Born - Nov 12, 1925, Erie, PA

Died - Oct 25, 2021, New Hyde Park, NY

Henry (Hank), was born in Erie, PA, the eldest son of Stanley Mathew Jarantowski and Blanche Jarantowski. He is survived by his love, Ethel Krumholz of New Hyde Park, and his sons, Chris (Karen) Downingtown, PA, and Peter (Julie), Budd Lake; NJ, seven grandchildren: Scott, Heather (Wouter), Sarah, Stach, Jana, Rye, and Li; and many nieces and nephews. Hank had two younger brothers, Robert Jaran and Ronald Jaran, who pre-deceased him. The family moved to Elmhurst Queens, NY when his father’ job with GE was transferred to Brooklyn, NY. Prior to his hospitalization in September 2021, Hank was last in the hospital when he was 6 years old and got struck by a car and broke his ankle. At the age of 17, Hank enlisted into the US Navy at the height of WWII and was assigned to learn to be a radioman/tail gunner on a Douglas Dauntless bomber, training in Jacksonville, FL and San Diego, CA before shipping out to the Pacific. He saw duty on the USS Shangri-La aircraft carrier, flying combat missions. When the war ended, he came back to Brooklyn and got a job at Chase Bank, where he met “the prettiest girl on the floor”, Anderine (Rene) Felice Manson, who he married on September 11, 1949. They bought one of the new Levitt Houses in Hicksville for $6,000 in the 1950’s. Hank and Rene had three boys: Bruce (deceased), Chris, and Peter. Hank and Rene were married for 52 years. After Chase Bank, he landed a job with an ad agency and then an architect in NYC. One of their projects was the new United Nations Building. While working for the Architectural firm, he attended Columbia University at night to get his bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He applied for and got a job at the United Nations, where he spent the rest of his career until his retirement in 1984. Over his career he moved up the ladder in the UN becoming the Director of Buildings Management Worldwide. He had a wonderful Assistant named Ethel Krumholz. He moved the family from Hicksville to Peekskill, NY in 1963. Upon retirement, he and Rene split their time between Cape Cod and Oahu, traveling back and forth every year. When he was asked why he had homes in those locations, he stated that he wanted to be near the Ocean. For many years, he hosted a themed “Festivus” birthday celebration for his kids families on Cape Cod. When Rene passed in 2001, Hank found Ethel again and she has been his constant companion for the last 20 years. Ethel was the perfect foil for his personality, often putting him in his place with a sharp retort. Ethel climbed on the bandwagon, traveling between New Hyde Park, Oahu, and Cape Cod yearly. When asked to make a decision involving the both of them, he would say “whatever Ethel wants”. Hank loved to fish, do the NY Times crossword, read Robert B. Parker books, and eat good food. He told wonderful stories about his youth (he loved to roller skate with his friends), experiences in World War II (that time the sub had to sneak into Japanese waters and out is a good one), and traveling around the globe for work (next time you are in Rome say hi to his favorite chef just by the Colosseum). He was always there to give advice, couching his response with “But it’s your decision to make”. And whenever it came time to give a toast, the first thing he always said was about how grateful he was for his family. Some of his other sayings included “This too shall pass” and “Everybody’s got to be somewhere”. He had a big presence and an even bigger heart.


Thursday, October 28

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

New Hyde Park Funeral Home

506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY


Thursday, October 28

12:30 PM

New Hyde Park Funeral Home

506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY

Private Cremation


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