Skaneateles: Krebs' evolution

A continuous cycle of hard work, hospitality and charity centered on good food:

"I didn't lose a wife, I lost a partner," Larry Loveless said of his wife Jan's passing, "we were together 24/7 except for when she was in the hospital having a baby."

Finding a roommate can be difficult.

Finding a reliable business partner; that's not easy.

Finding a successful life partner, well, after the law of attraction, there is compromise, trust, deep love, hard work, good sense, timing and a lot of luck along the way.

Now find a partner that seamlessly fills all these roles; that's rare. But that's exactly what Larry and Jan Loveless developed in their nearly 50 years together as husband and wife, business partners, parents and good friends. They were married for 46-years (this September), and before that together for two years meeting at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks.

"This was the plan," Larry said of his recent sale of their three properties on W. Genesee Street in the village of Skaneateles that includes the Krebs Restaurant. "I'm just upset Jan isn't here to enjoy it."

What were they going to do?

Get in the car and go rustle up some fun, Larry said. "We'd never had a summer off together."

But now Larry is winding down his last season at the landmark restaurant without her. His last day will be Sunday Oct. 17.

The Krebs, the Perkins, The Loveless Family

Fred Perkins lived across the street from Fred and Cora Krebs. The story goes that young Perkins went over to Krebs for a dish of ice cream one day and never left. He liked the action at the restaurant and the Krebs liked him. So much so that when his parents decided to move to Geneva, and asked if Perkins could stay with the Krebs until they got settled, the Krebs readily agreed.

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