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Catherine McBride Crocoll

Nov 11, 2008

A Mass of Christian Burial for Catherine (McBride) Crocoll, 70, of St. Paul, Minn. and formerly of Emmetsburg, will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Emmetsburg.

The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg where there will be a Catholic Daughter’s Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a vigil service at 6:30 p.m.

Catherine McBride was born October 2, 1938 to John and Kathleen (Hendricks) McBride, one of eight children. With her children at her side, Catherine was called home to rest on November 8, 2008. This day commemorates her victory over cancer following a courageous four-year battle.

After graduating from Lakefield High School (MN), she moved to Washington, DC, where she was employed by the U.S. Naval Department. She became a military wife and the proud mother of four children. She loved the military life and over the years, the family moved often. Her special gift was her ability to make a house a home, no matter the location. During this period of her life, she worked as a teacher’s aide in various school districts.

In 1974, the family moved to Emmetsburg, Iowa. There, her children were given the roots, and then later, the wings to accomplish their goals. She was extremely proud of their accomplishments. She took great pride knowing that her parenting skills, developed over a lifetime, had been passed to the next generation and that her influence on the family would continue in the future.

Using her homemaker’s skills, she did private home care to assist the homebound. She later joined the Palo Alto Public Health Department and became a Certified Home Care Aide. she was also employed at Iowa Lakes Community College as a television proctor. She was also a certified volunteer of CAASA.

Her life was full and rewarding. She retired in 2003. In 2004, she accompanied her daughter Tracey to Kazakhstan where Tracey adopted a baby girl. They remained in Kazakhstan for six weeks to complete the adoption. This adventure was one of the highlights of Catherine’s life. Her newest granddaughter, little Catherine, was welcomed home. She took her place among her new family, which includes her cousins, aunts and uncle.

Catherine was a member of Holy Family Parish. She faithfully supported the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Paralyzed Veterans and MOCA (Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance). She was a proud member of the “Red Hat Society” along with her sister friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Sherry, Tracey, Jeffrey, and Laura; sisters Mary and Ann and brother Donald; nine grandchildren: Jeffrey, Anna, Emily, Joshua, Kenny, Destiny, Jacob, Christian, and Catherine; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Kathleen, brothers James, Richard, and John, Jr., sister Delores, and nephew Patrick.

Online condolences: www.joycefuneralhomes.com