Craig Steven Kielminski

1953 - 2021


Craig Kielminski, 67, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2021,  Craig was born December 7, 1953 in Point Pleasant, N.J. to Christopher and Leah Kielminski.  He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary,  niece, Heather Ban & family (Rumson, N.J.),  nephew, Scott Jones (Melinda) and family (San Diego, Ca.), and nephew, Ryan Jones (Va.).  His sister, Linda Jones, passed away in 2019.  He was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School (N.J.) and became the Ocean County Chess Champion in 1975 at the age of 22 years old.   After moving to Arizona in the year 2000, he became a chess coach for children for several years before his medical problems began.  He also was a  tennis coach for children in N.J. He was an avid golfer, reader, and,  He obtained certificates after completing courses at The Desert Botanical Garden as a desert landscaper and also completed the Master Gardener program.  Having been a manager of two health food stores in New Jersey, he and Mary established their business, Shore Health Foods in Point Pleasant, New Jersey for 15 years before retiring to Arizona in the year, 2000.  Craig loved to find different hobbies to keep busy.  Among the hobbies were, model railroads, stamp collecting, maintaining fresh and salt water aquariums, reading,  bowling, tennis, and currently, before his medical problems, creating terrariums and working with plants in general.  He was a kind, intelligent, and caring person, willing to share his knowledge on various subjects and to help  a friend or family member at any time.  Although he his gone now, he will always be remembered and loved.  There will be no services, but donations in Craig's name can be made to:  Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Az. 85014 (602) 530-6900; Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, Az. 85041 (602) 997-7585;  The Salvation Army, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 60002, Prescott, Az. 86304.

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Mary Kielminski

April 14, 2021 10:13 AM

Craig, I miss you and will always love you.  You were "the wind beneath my wings" and I pray your dear and gentle soul will rest in peace..  Love,   Mary

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