Margaret M. Cronauer

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September 9, 2012

Mrs. Margaret M. Cronauer, age 84, a resident of Shavertown, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, September 9, 2012 in the Inpatient Unit, Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Cronauer was born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Henry and Esther Eckenstien Whipple, and was a graduate of the Class of 1946, James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. She had worked in the marking room of the former Pomeroy's Department Store, Wilkes-Barre, for some time and was later employed by the Burger Barn, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, and the Wyoming Valley Mall. She had also been a sales lady for Avon Products.

Margaret was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, and had been a member of the former Christ Lutherans Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she had been a Sunday School teacher and had produced each Sunday's bulletin for the church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Doris Whipple.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Robert Cronauer, at home; sons, Robert W. Cronauer and his wife, Yvonne, Waterbury, Connecticut; and Kenneth E. Cronauer, at home; brother, Howard Whipple, and his wife, Cookie, Harveys Lake; and a nephew, Howie Whipple, and niece, Heather Grebeck, and her husband, Mike.

A private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Peter D. Kuritz, pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, will officiate, and interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. There will be no public calling hours or service.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Published in Times Leader on Sept. 11, 2012