The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


March 25, 2013

Walmart greeter's death touches the hearts of many

Ed Krochka was a shopper's delight


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Erin Musgrove: “I had the pleasure of working with Ed. He was always kind and never ever had a mean word to say about anyone. Rest in peace, Ed. Heaven has received an angel, and will accept him with open arms ...”

If you haven’t had a chance, take a few minutes to read the story of Ed’s life. In my nearly 40-year career at The Herald, this has been one of my most interesting experiences - how a kind man of simple means could affect more lives than most of the movers and shakers in our community, many of whom have grabbed headlines for years.

Ed requested no calling hours, instead opting for a Mass at Our Lady of Fatima - St. Ann’s Church in Farrell. It would have been interesting to see the long line of admirers wanting to pay last respects to the kind soul who brightened their day with a smile, a sticker, and a simple message, “Welcome to Walmart.”

Jim Raykie is the executive editor of The Herald and writes this column on Mondays. His email is

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