Mary M. Croatt

Mary M. Croatt, 61, of rural Granville passed away on Saturday September 28, 2013 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa

Services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday October 4, 2013 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in HOSPERS, Iowa Father Tim Hogan will officiate with burial in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in HOSPERS

Visitation will be after 4 P.M. with the Family present at 5 P.M. and a scripture wake service at 7 P.M. all at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in PRIMGHAR

The Eldridge Family Funeral Home of Paullina is in charge of arrangement.

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Mary Margaret (Shea) Croatt was born September 10, 1952 in LeMars, Iowa to Roman and Vivian (Sudtelgte) Shea of Granville, Iowa. Mary graduated from Spalding Catholic High School in 1971 and completed her LPN nursing degree in 1972 through Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. On June 2, 1973, she was united in marriage to Dennis Anthony Croatt at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Granville, Iowa. The couple spent the next 40 years of their wonderful and happy marriage farming throughout Minnesota and Northwest Iowa, with 32 of those years in the Paullina area, where they raised their four children, Carrie, Nathan, Joshua and Matthew. Mary spent her life as a devoted homemaker and caretaker for her family and working as a nurse and dental assistant in Paullina and Primghar. She loved traveling to visit family across the U.S., browsing antique stores, flea markets and spending time on the farm. She also enjoyed hosting visitors and family gatherings especially around the holidays, where there was never a lack of food or good conversation. Her favorite among these were her 9 grandchildren who always found a welcome spot on Grandma’s lap and open arms for hugs. Mary was a steady rock of advice, love, and reason for Dennis, her four children and their families. Her smile, laughter, quick wit and especially her love for the simpler things in life will be missed. Mary passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City reaching the age of 61 years and 18 days.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dennis of Granville; children, Carrie and her husband, Aaron Moore of Boise, ID; Nathan and his wife, Jennifer of Cloverdale, IA; Joshua and his wife, Ashley of Hospers, IA and Matthew and his wife, Jodi of Glenwood, IA; nine grandchildren, Elliott, Madeline, Anthony, Keaton, Aubrey, Marnie, Shelby, Jacob and Joshua; and Mary’s siblings, Dave Shea, Jack (Maxine) Shea, Karen (Jim) Smith; Jim (Betty) Shea; Dan and (Kate) Shea; Pat (Rita) Shea; Mike (Donna) Shea; sister-in-law, Becky Shea also nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roman and Vivian Shea; brother, Tim Shea and sister-in-law, Pamela Shea.