Oct. 17, 1918-May 27, 2013
Lois M. Cronk, 94, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo.
Celebration of Life Services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Reverend Brenda North officiating. Vis-itation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Lois Marie Wait was born to Chauncy and Al-ice (Ostlund) Wait on October 17, 1918 in Fergus Falls. At the time of her birth, her father was in France serving as a sup-ply sergeant in World War I. After he returned home in 1919, the family moved to Hannaford, N.D., where he owned a Mobil Oil gas station and bulk delivery franchise.
Lois graduated from Hannaford High School in 1936 and then entered St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo, where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse. She then worked in Crookston and Fargo.
Lois was united in marriage to Wesley Cronk on May 31, 1940 in Moorhead. They lived in Detroit Lakes for a number of years and then moved to California, where Wesley worked for the City of Westminster and Lois worked for the Bank of America.
Following their retirement, they spent winters in California and summers at Lake Melissa near Detroit Lakes. Lat-er, they moved back to Detroit Lakes full time. At the time of Wesley's death, December 17, 2005, they had been mar-ried 65 years.
Lois was always active in church and charitable organizations. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the Ameri-can Revolution.
Lois was very talented. She loved to knit and cro-chet. She taught herself the skill as a young wife. She knitted scarves and gloves for the troops dur-ing World War II.
In 1992, she won the first place award for her knitted afghan at the Herschners Grand National Afghan Exhibition in Des Moines, Iowa, and Grand Champion at the Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes. She was always donating articles and afghans to bazaars at church and charitable organizations as well as to family and friends.
Lois was an avid reader, a faithful letter writer, a dyed-in-the-wool cross-word puzzle fan and also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and word games.
Lois was a joy to visit with. She always had in-teresting things to talk about; even the silly things. She will be dearly missed by her family. She was a loving mother and caring friend.
Survivors include her daughter, Carole (Ronald) Morris of Detroit Lakes; two sons, Roger (Shari) Cronk of Punta de Mita, Mexico and David (Beverly) Cronk of Eden Prairie; four grandchildren, Kathryn (Craig) Wessels of Sandusky, Ohio, Michael (Rebecca) Morris of Detroit Lakes, David (Rebecca) Cronk II of Conway, Ark., and Singapore, and Brian (Serene) Cronk of Apple Valley; 10 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a sister, Beth Jacobs of Reno, Nev.
Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; two brothers, Alan and Mark; and a sister, Vonna Lou Jahner.
The David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes can be shared at www.daviddonehower.com.