GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                        Saturday, May 26, 2001

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THE BLAINE COUNRY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                               Wednesday, May 30, 2001

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STELLA CRONK

 

  Stella (Monson) Cronk, 88, died of natural causes on Thursday, May 28, 2001, at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Harlem Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in the Harlem Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook was in charge of arrangements.

  Stella was born on November 23, 1912 to Gina (Halingstad) and Martin Monson in Leeds, North Dakota. She was the eldest of six children (five girls and one boy). Her childhood was spent north of Chinook and she graduated from Chinook High School. While working in the J,C, Penney's store in Harlem she met Roger Cronk, and they were married on October 14, 1932, in Malta. The couple spent fifty wonderful years together on the Cronk Ranch east of Harlem.

  Following Roger's death in 1981, Stella moved into Harlem where she enjoyed town life. An avid reader, she was also an accmplished cook, seanstress and gardner. Her beatiful flowers and produce were a source of pride to her, and she enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors. She was one of the original members of The Lucky Thirteen Club, Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, and an active member of the Harlem Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens Center as card playing was a favorite pastime of hers as well.

  Stella is survived by two daughters, Donna Tkachk (Carl) and family of Anaheim, CA and Carol Cronk of Billings; daughter-in-law, Karalee Cronk of Harlem; four sisters, Clara Chapman, Ag Slonaker, Esther Dougherty, and Helem Monson; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Roger; her son, Lee Cronk; and one brother, Melven Monson.

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