Patricia “Patty” Ann (Porter) Cronk

Patricia “Patty” Ann (Porter) Cronk went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, after losing a long, brave battle with cancer. Patty was born in Tipton, Ind., on Nov. 5, 1955, to Robert and Evelyn Porter.

Her family moved to Wilkinson Ind., where she remained a lifelong resident. Patty graduated from Eastern Hancock High School in 1974, where she was in the National Honor Society among other clubs and activities. She went on to graduate from Ball State University in 1978, with a degree in elementary education. She later went on to obtain her masters degree in education from Ball State as well. She returned to Eastern Hancock School Corporation where she taught fourth and fifth grade until her retirement after 30 years of service.

Patty married LeRoy A. Cronk in June of 1978, and remained his devoted wife and best friend until her passing. Patty was a long time member of the Wilkinson Church of Christ where at various times she taught Sunday school, served in the nursery, and taught vacation Bible School.

She is survived by her mother, Evelyn (Shelton) Taylor of Shirley, Ind. Patty was a dedicated and supportive mother to her two children, Sarah E. (Matthew) Wilfley of Cumberland, and Erik R. Cronk also of Wilkinson. She was a very and proud loving grandmother to her only grandchild, Brooklyn Wilfley. She is also survived by her brother Michael C. (Ann) Porter of Elkart, Ind. and two nieces; five nephews; two great nieces; and four great nephews.

Patty was preceded in death by her father Robert Porter.

The visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the Wilkinson Church of Christ . A celebration of her life will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the Wilkinson Church of Christ. Patty has requested that rather than flowers that contribution’s be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Condo & Son Funeral Home Wilkinson.

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