Alice R. Cronk, 100, passed away peacefully on June 16, surrounded by family at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Alice was most recently a resident of The Waters of Eden Prairie and formerly a long-time resident of Edina and Ridgway, Pennsylvania.
Alice is survived by two children: Theodore “Ted” (Carol) Cronk of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and Cynthia Cronk of Johns Island, South Carolina. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Caroline (Jayme) Meyers of Edina, and Caitlin Cronk of New York City, as well as one great-grandson, Luka Meyers.
Alice was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Homer and Ethel L. (Kerrick) Kohlhepp. Alice graduated from the Ridgway Centennial High School, class of 1941. On Aug. 27, 1945, Alice married D. Wayne Cronk, who preceded her in death on April 28, 1993. Alice and Wayne were members of Trinity Methodist Church in Ridgway. Following the death of her husband, Alice relocated to Edina to be closer to her family.
Alice was the last living member of her immediate family and was preceded in death by her brother, Dean Kohlhepp and sisters, June Taylor and Ethel Mae Quiggle.
Upon relocating to Minnesota, Alice spent time with her two granddaughters, whom she cherished. She readily made many new friends, enjoyed an active social life, and worked part-time at the Methodist Hospital gift shop for several years. She was an active member and volunteer at Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Edina. Alice was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading history and biographies. Knitting was a life-long love of Alice’s, and she created beautiful sweaters for family and friends. In 2011 Alice moved to The Waters of Eden Prairie, an assisted living residence, where she became a much-loved and active participant in The Water’s community.
Alice was known for her positive outlook on life and will be remembered by many for her faith, friendship and loving smile.
A Celebration of Eternal Life will be held at The Waters of Eden Prairie on Friday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. A private family burial will take place at Thayer Memorial Cemetery in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, in the fall. Memorials may be made to Prop (People Reaching Out to People), 14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
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