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Catharine E. Cronin

March 17, 1938 - July 15, 2017

Service Date: July 19, 2017

Catharine “Kay” Cronin, nee Fretz, 79, of Belleville, Illinois, born Thursday, March 17, 1938, in Union, MO, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Belleville, Illinois.

Kay was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who always put her family first and loved taking care of others. She brought her family together, bringing joyful meaning to every holiday, and she will be dearly missed.

In addition to spending quality time with her grandchildren, her favorite hobbies were gardening and bird-watching. Her sense of humor left our hearts full of fond memories, for which we will always be grateful and we will never forget.

Kay was preceded in death by her:

  • Husband:  Ellsworth “Chub” S. Cronin
  • Parents:  Harry and Loretta, nee Green, Fretz
  • Brothers:
    • Charles Fretz
    • Robert Fretz
  • Sisters:
    • Betty Robinson
    • Camilla Murray

Surviving are her:

  • Children:
    • Steven M. (Shirley) Cronin of Belleville, IL
    • James C. (Janet) Cronin of Belleville, IL
    • Deborah K. (Lance) DeRousse of Millstadt, IL
  • Brothers:
    • Harry (Sandy) Fretz, Jr. of MO
    • Donald (Pat) Fretz of MO
  • Sister: Mary Ann Tampow of MO
  • Grandchildren:
    • Kelly Cronin Bay
    • Steven (Courtney Andres) Cronin, Jr.
    • Shelby (Alex) Watson
  • Great-grandchildren:
    • Stephen Beaulieu
    • Keira Whitney
    • Aubree Cronin
    • Kolin Fults

“The Watcher”

She always learned to watch for us

Anxious if we were late,

In winter by the window,

In summer by the gate.

And though we mocked her tenderly,

Who had such foolish care,

The long way home would seem more safe

Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,

She never could forget!

And so I think that where she is

She must be watching yet.

Waiting till we come home to her,

Anxious if we are late,

Watching from Heaven’s window,

Leaning on Heaven’s gate.

Memorials:  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation: Friends may call from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm , July 19, 2017, at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Pastor Jack Kurrelmeyer officiating.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.