Obituary: Mary Louise Cronkleton


A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Louise Cronkleton, 91, of Donahue, was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Following her wish, the rite of cremation was accorded prior to the service, and inurnment was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, June 22, from 3-6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Social distancing and facemasks were observed.

Mrs. Cronkleton died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Wheatland Manor, Wheatland.

Mary Louise Ream was born June 6, 1929, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Velven and Lola (Johnson) Ream.

She married C. Joseph Cronkleton on June 4, 1949, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. He died Nov. 2, 2016.

She was manager at Don’s Pub, Donahue, for 22 years, retiring in 2003. She also worked at the Scott County Library in Eldridge for nine years.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Long Grove, the Etude Music Club, and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for her 22 years as a member of the Quad City Music Guild. She was also a 58-year member of the 500 Club.

Survivors include her children, C. Joseph (Pam) Cronkleton II and Jeff (Kelly) Cronkleton, all of Donahue, Jon (Sally) Cronkleton, Long Grove, and Cindy (Bob) Johnson, Charlotte; her grandchildren, Nicole, Chad, Courtney, Shana, Samantha, Sydney, Andrew, Rachel, Matthew, Megan, Isaac, and Hannah; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; her adopted kids, Shelly (Keith) Kling and their daughters, Addy and Alyssa; and her sisters-in-law, Jane Cronkleton and Donna Ream.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jackie French, and a brother, Alan Ream.

Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial in her name.

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