City police officer helped those in need

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

As a Pittsburgh police officer and member of the vice, arson and narcotic squads, Mike Kroner felt a call to duty.

Robert Kroner of Brookline remembered his father as a man who spoke from his heart and was always there for those in need, a trait his sons inherited.

“Dad never let the years he spent in the zones or with the squads harden him,” Kroner said. “He also stressed to my brother, Mike, and myself to always look out for your family and friends.”

Michael Robert Kroner of Brookline, formerly of Lawrenceville and secretary and treasurer of the Policemen's Relief and Pension Fund for the city of Pittsburgh, died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Grove City Memorial Hospital. He was 57.

Born and raised in Lawrenceville, he was one of five children of Robert Kroner, superintendent of Allegheny County police, and Anne Kroner.

After graduating from Lawrenceville Catholic High School, where he played baseball and basketball, Mr. Kroner began working as a boilermaker and became a member of Boilermakers Local 154.

In his desire to emulate his father, Mr. Kroner joined the Pittsburgh police force, where he would remain for 28 years. He married Sharon Sabatasso in 1982.

“Our mother was the rock of our family,” his son said. “Being the wife of a police officer is difficult. She never knew when Dad would be called out, especially when he was assigned to the squads, but she never complained.”

In addition to his son Robert and his wife, Sharon, Mr. Kroner is survived by his son Michael of Brookline and siblings Sandra Micknowski of Baldwin Borough; Robert Kroner Jr., of Canfield, Ohio; Kathleen Bailey of Shaler; and Beverly Hill of Denver.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Beinhauer, 2630 W. Liberty Ave. in Dormont. The Fraternal Order of Police will hold a service at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Pius X Church, 3040 Pioneer Ave., Brookline, where the family are members.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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