Margaret Cronin, 74

Margaret Therese Cronin, age 74, of Colon, passed away Friday, April 17, 2009, after several months of failing health.

Therese was born March 4, 1935, in Chicago, a daughter to the late James W. and Catherene (Schultz) O’Connor.

Therese graduated from St. Gabriel High School with the Class of 1951.

On June 17, 1955 she married her husband of 59 years, Godfrey E. (Gotch) Cronin in Chicago.
Therese and Gotch started coming to Palmer Lake in Colon in 1976 and made it their permanent home in 1985 coming from Markham, Ill.

Therese was a homemaker, a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church of Colon, Colon Lioness Club, Colon Kiwanis and Colon Garden Club.

She is survived by her husband Gotch Cronin of Colon; children, Maureen (David) Marthaler of Crete, Ill, Colleen (Mark) Muench of Chicago, Peter Cronin of Jolliet, Ill., and Godfrey Thomas (Theresa) Cronin of Chicago; five grandchildren; brother, James O’Connor of St Petersburg, Fla.; three sisters, Mary Arrigoni of Orland Park, Ill., Betty Ward of St. John, Ind., and Patricia Ruberry of St. John, Ind., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Bernadette Arrigoni; and a brother, William O’Connor.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Colon with Rev. Fr. Richard Fritz officiating. Cremation will follow.

If desired, the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Therese to the Colon Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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