HARTLETON – Barbara R. Cronin, 81, of 210 Main St., formerly of Weikert, entered into rest at 12:17 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the home of Lyman and Christine Cronin with them by her side.
She was born July 22, 1934, in Hartley Township, a daughter of the late Jonas Barnet and Virginia (Libby) Bettilyon. On May 18, 1953, she married Harold R. Cronin, who preceded her in death September 29, 2013 after a marriage of 60 years.
Barbara was a 1951 graduate of Mifflinburg High School.
She served in the United States Air Force (USAF), from 1952 until her honorable discharge in 1953. The next 19 years she and the children spent following her active-duty husband to bases in Germany, Scotland and the Philippines and to many different locations in the United States until they retired to Weikert in 1972.
Barbara was a devoted lifelong member of the Hironimus Union Church, Weikert. She left a legacy by having “Christ Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane” commissioned and painted by local artist Mrs. Dormann.
She was employed at the Muncy State Correctional Institution, for many years, and prior to that, she owned and operated the Weikert Country Store.
Barbara enjoyed reading her Bible, any other books she could get. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening and cooking for her family until her health prohibited it. She always maintained a positive attitude throughout her many years of adversity.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Lyman R. and Christine D. Cronin of Hartleton, and Patrick E. and Mary S. Cronin of Bellefonte; two daughters and one son-in-law, Chivi M. and Lenny G. Dagg of Universal City, Texas, and Michelle A. Cronin of Millmont; 14 grandchildren, Crysandra and husband Jeff Barlow of Canton, Harold, Desiree, and Donald Cronin of Hartleton; Bobbie Jo and husband D.S. “Red” Gilbert of Converse, Texas, Scott R. Dagg and wife Tina M. of Universal City, Texas; Zachary, Shane, Ty, and Erin Cronin, of Bellefonte; Matthew, Andrew, Brandon and Aaron Murray of Millmont; 3 step-granddaughters, Melissa Williams and companion Daniel Moll of Rand, Jennifer Williams of Weikert, and Patricia Foust of Northumberland; 5 great grandchildren, Cherri, Ashley, and Sarah Jeffreys; Cayden Murray, and Scott W. Dagg; and 8 step-great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Skylar, Briar, and Araya Moll; Akysha and Dustin Mullany; Wyatt and Donovan Foust; and 1 step-great great granddaughter, Carmen Mullany; two brothers and sisters-in-law, August “Pop” and Dolores Barnett of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Lester and Duffy Bettilyon of Brockport, New York; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Cora and Harvey Boop of Millmont, and Gerry Willen of West Virginia.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Barnet, Frank Barnett; and two sisters, Jane Strickler, and Ida Earnest.
There will be no public viewing. Family and friends are welcome from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, at the Hironimus Union Church, Weikert, where the funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., with Pastor Richard DeVett, officiating.
Burial will be in the Hironimus Union Cemetery with military honors by the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410 and area veterans.
Memorial gifts may be made to either the Union County West End Ambulance, 3005 State Route 235, Millmont, PA 17845, or the Hironimus Union Church, Weikert, PA 17885.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.