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Dennis G. Cronk 1940-2009

Aug 4, 2009

A memorial service for former arear resident Dennis G. Cronk of Miami, FL will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. Rev David Moore will officiate.

Inurnment will follow the services at Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cronk, 69, died May 17, 2009, in Split, Croatia.

Dennis G. Cronk was born Jan. 15, 1940, in Buffalo Center, IA. Dennis and Virginia Varcoe were married at the Methodist Church in Emmetsburg in 1963 and lived in Milwaukee, WI, where the couple raised three sons. Dennis was employed by General Motors, working on the Apollo Space Program and later manufacturing car components.

Upon his retirement in 1989, Dennis and Virginia divided their time between Hot Springs, AK and the Florida Keys until they moved to Miami in 2001.

He enjoyed his family, delighting in visiting, buying gifts and e-mailing his six grandchildren. He also enjoyed photography and was an avid world traveler, recently completing trips to Central and South America before he died while on a Mediterranean cruise with his wife Virginia, and their son Brian and his family.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, sons and their families: Mark and Jane, Jenna, Wyatt, Julia and Carli of San Antonio, TX; Scott of Santa Rosa, CA; Brian and Bobbie, Jonathan and Katherine of St. Joseph, MO. Also surviving are two brothers, Charles Cronk of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Bill Cronk of Alexandria, MN.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene ?Gilbert Clark, step-father Joy Cronk and father Harry Thorsheim.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com