Loretta Cronk

September 28, 1930


December 29, 2020

Loretta Cronk

September 28, 1930


December 29, 2020

A life well-lived! Full of sweetness, fun, and grace, Loretta Cronk has left us with a space in our hearts that will be hard to fill. As one of three children to Ben and Hazel Smyk, she was born on Sept. 28, 1930, and raised in Coutts, Alberta. She married Dewey Cronk in 1950 and had a loving family of three children and their spouses: Randy and Marcia, Ni-Ni and Greg, and Tammy and Steve. Her four grandchildren and their families filled Loretta’s heart. And Megan, who shared a special bond with Loretta, has become a loving member of our family. She resided in Broadview for 70 years, and she and Dewey proudly loved the connections, friendships, and support of a small community.

While it is hard to say goodbye, Loretta was fortunate to have lived such a full and long life … and while living with Parkinson’s for the past 20-plus years, it did not define who she was. In her 90 years, Loretta taught us all many things and lived by example. She was always a generous host, with coffee always on. She loved her gardening and celebrated the harvest with impressive canning! She loved to sew, paint, and was an accomplished upholsterer. For those who played with her, you always knew how much she loved playing cards (and winning)! And most importantly, she taught us how to live with a kind and loving heart. Her big smile said it all.

Loretta was a wonderful and dedicated mother — to many! Always guiding us through our many passions and challenges, she was a constant ally, source of knowledge, strong guiding hand, and cheerleader when we needed it most.

She had a love of travel … especially around Montana. Whether in a tent, trailer, motorhome or hotel, she was up for adventures on the road. She was skilled at packing us all up as a family (plus many friends) and making each trip a truly comfortable adventure … with home-cooked meals and all!

As the family of Loretta, we wish to deeply thank and acknowledge the love and care we have all received over the many years from so many … the Billings healthcare teams — especially Dr. Neal Sorenson and his wonderful crew; the attention and expertise from Stillwater Hospice, “angels on earth”; the constant support and heartfelt caring from the Broadview community; and our wonderful friends from all around. Thank you for being a part of Loretta’s life … and ours too.

We will come together to celebrate Loretta at a later time, when it is safe to be together again, and we can share stories, laughter … and a cup of coffee! If you wish to honor Loretta now, donations to support the Broadview Community Center would be appreciated … or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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8 thoughts on “Loretta Cronk”

  1. What a lovely tribute to Loretta. She was one of a kind and loved by many. You captured her kindness and spirit with your words. It made us smile to read this. We’re proud of the way you supported Loretta, loved and enjoyed her. We will miss her and send love and hugs to your family.

  2. Loretta was a very special person and although I haven’t seen her in years I can still hear her wonderful voice either reprimanding us Stanley kids and Randy Or calling us in from play.

  3. Loretta was one of my favorite people during my time in Broadview!!!

    Many hours were spent together along with Dewey, and the kids!!!
    I could always count on her support , be it school, sports or just day to life.
    Please let us know when you have planned the memorial service.
    Love and Prayers,
    Paul Strosky

  4. Judy Badgett Schneider

    So sorry for your loss. Loretta was a splendid woman to know. Always reached out to visit. There is a new angel in heaven today.

  5. Tony & Bethany Cronk

    A fitting tribute and celebration of a beloved Grandmother and her life… she was the epitome of country hospitality and charm. A woman of generosity, she shared her time, talents, and humor with all. A lifetime of fond memories… fishing/hunting/camping trips, family vacations, and our cherished Grandma-Grandson walks to the service station to get Apple Pop Tarts. While she will be missed, our time apart is merely temporary… “God be with you till we meet again.”

    We love you.

    – Tony & Bet

  6. Michael D. Busch

    Tammy….a wonderful tribute to your mom. What an amazing woman! You all were so blessed to have her as your mom. Thoughts and prayers for comfort to you and your family. No doubt she is experiencing that joy of the eternal right now….. God Bless. Mike

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