Lucille Craig, 96Lucille Josephine Craig, 96, Alexandria, died Monday, December 17, 2012 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria, where she was a resident for the past four years.
Lucille Josephine Craig, 96, Alexandria, died Monday, December 17, 2012 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria, where she was a resident for the past four years.
Lucille was born November 17, 1916, the daughter of Charles and Bessie (Vacek) Chermak. She was born in Pope County, Ben Wade Township on the family farm homesteaded by her grandparents in the 1800s, where her father was also born. Lucille was baptized at St. John’s Nepomek Catholic Church at Lake Reno on May 27, 1917 by the Rev. Frank J. First.
Lucille was raised on the family farm and was a member of Go-Getters 4-H Club and showed Aberdeen Angus beef in the Pope County Fair, winning a purple ribbon and a trip to the State Fair in St. Paul. She attended Pocket Lake School through eighth grade. Lucille also enjoyed raising singing canaries when she was a young girl and sold many to friends. What beautiful music in the house when they all sang. Lucille enjoyed music and singing, playing the piano and loved to dance.
On July 20, 1943, she was united in marriage to Leonard Craig at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, where she was a longtime member. Leonard and Lucille made their home on a farm near Holmes City, where they raised their family.
Lucille was a member of St. Mary’s Christian Mothers and Daughters of Isabella. Her faith in God was very important to her and evident in her life as a loving and devoted farm wife and mother. She instilled this faith and Christian values in her children and extended that to all her family and everyone she knew. Prayer was a part of her daily life. She was an active member of the Holmes City School Mother’s Club, where her six children attended grade school.
Lucille enjoyed planting and tending her flowers. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and raising chickens, ducks and geese on the farm. She also enjoyed sewing, having sewed many dresses for her daughters and snowsuits for her sons. She devoted her life to God, her husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Family members preceding her in death were her husband, Leonard, on November 24, 2012; her parents; brothers, Walter, Robert and Edward Chermak; brother-in-law, Albin Trousil; infant grandson, Harlan Craig (1968); son-in-law, Dennis Lillis (1970); niece, Dorothy Chlian; and nephew, James Chermak.
She is survived by her six children, Marvin (Susan) Craig of Holmes City, Maxine (Steven) Sonstebo of Fergus Falls, Joyce (Harlan) Janssen of Holmes City, Ronald Craig of Holmes City, Dennis (Gail) Craig of Holmes City and Wayne (Marilyn) Craig of Alexandria: 16 grandchildren, David (Wendy) Craig, Gerald (Jennifer) Craig, Jennifer (Rodney) Floding, Dale (Sarah) Craig, Kevin and Daryl Sonstebo, Lynette (Michael) Bauer, Rollin (Molly Fahlin) Janssen, Crystal (Kris) Sayre, Darrin (Shannon) Craig, Jeffrey Craig, Kasey, Trevor and Landon Craig, Callie and Trista Craig; and 18 great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Jerry Craig, Melanie Craig, Mitchel and Alisah Floding, Briana, Morgan and Quiyn Craig, Chase and Cole Sonstebo, Luke and Wyatt Bauer, Abigail Janssen, Taylor, Ashton and Makena Sayre, Kadin and Kendal Craig; one step-great-grandchild, Melissa; sisters, Emily Trousil of Alexandria and Charlotte Seeman of Maplewood; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Chermak of St. Paul, Alice (Chermak) Roseum of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, December 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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