In Memory of

Merlyn M. Cronin

August 8, 1923 - January 28, 2013
Merlyn Mary (McIntire) Cronin, the daughter of Clair and Mildred (Goodburn) McIntire, was born in Cherokee County, Iowa on August 8, 1923. Her childhood years were spent in the Marcus, Iowa area. She graduated from Marcus High School in 1941. She then attended Westmar College, and received her teaching certificate. She taught in country schools near Marcus. With her mother's passing, Merlyn gave up teaching to stay home and care for her younger siblings. On April 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to William J. Cronin. They made their home on a farm near Marcus where they raised cattle, hogs and sheep. Life on the farm kept her very busy, whether she was helping Willie with the chores, working in her vegetable and flower gardens, canning produce for the family, sewing and mending clothes, or doing embroidery. She also loved to read in her spare time. Following a brief illness, Merlyn passed away On January 28, 2013 at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus. She reached the age of 89 years, 5 months, 20 days. She was preceded in death by her husband Willie; her daughter Patricia; son-in-law Dennis Eckhoff; grandsons Brad Eckhoff and Donald M. Treinen; sister and brother-in-law Lila and Carl Miller; brother and sister-in-law Elmer and Twila McIntire; brothers Eldred, Lyle, Harold and Earl McIntire; in-laws Lloyd and Germaine Cronin, Donald Egger, Charles Beaton, Joseph and Marie Cronin, Francis Cronin and Kenneth Cronin. She is survived by her daughters: Mary (Don) Treinen of Remsen, IA, JoAnn (Tony) Ehrig of Cleghorn, IA, Jeanene (Keith) Kunkel of Remsen, IA, and Karen (Chuck) Hansen of Johnston, IA; 15 grandchildren: David Treinen, Mike (Jen) Treinen, Janet (Mark) Brown, Julie (Doug) Schmidt, Jeremy Ehrig, Jodi Ehrig, Joel (Beth) Ehrig, Emily (Tasso) Sideris, Jason Kunkel, Ryan Kunkel, Jared Kunkel, Brett Hansen, Derek Hansen, Jena Hansen, Kristy (Shawn) Speck; 5 great-granddaughters and 1 step-great grandson; sisters Norma Egger of Hubbard, IA and Eleanor Beaton of Phoenix, AZ; brother Bob (Glenda) McIntire of Clive, IA; sisters-in-law Marj McIntire of Marcus, Jean McIntire of Warren, OH, Peg Worthington of Batavia, NY, Barb McIntire of Marcus, Mary (Bob) Mai of Remsen, Joan Cronin of Marcus, Norma Cronin of Holstein, IA; a step-sister, Katheryn Nordlie of Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus.
Father Dan Guenther
David Treinen Michael Treinen Jeremy Ehrig Joel Ehrig Jason Kunkel Ryan Kunkel Jared Kunkel Brett Hansen Derek Hansen
Visitation will be AT THE CHURCH beginning at 3:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening. There will be a prayer service following the visitation at 7:00 P.M. Thursday night at the church.
Organist - Steve Smith Vocalists - Holy Name Funeral Choir, Jeremy and Jodi Ehrig 'Be Not Afraid' 'Gentle Woman' 'I am the Bread of Life' 'On Eagles' Wings' 'I Can Only Imagine'
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery - Marcus


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“We are thinking of you and praying for peace in your hearts. I remember your mom to be a kind and loving person with lots of energy! ”
- Karen Nilles-Conlee
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“To the family of Merlyn Cronin. May the good Lord take your mother to everlasting light. May God bless all of the Cronin girls. I will keep her in my prayers. ”
- James F Kellen
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“JoAnn & family,
You have my deepest sympathies for the loss of your Mom. Having just gone through it I know exactly how you must be feeling. It is never easy losing a parent especially a MOM Hoping to see you Thursday night!
Love to you.
Luci Ferrin”
- Luci Ferrin
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Nickie Spears”
- Nickie Spears
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