Obituary of Willena H. "Bobbie" Cragg
Willena Frances Henry Cragg ("Bobbie"), 96, died on October 2, 2019 at home after a short illness. She was born on October 23, 1922 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada to the late William Henry and Della Dundon Henry.
Bobbie attended high school at Mt. Mercy Academy, Buffalo, NY graduating in 1939 and went on to study Home Economics at New York State University at Buffalo, graduating in 1943. She taught high school Home Economics for several years before joining Sears, Roebuck and Co in their "Personnel" Department. In 1947 Bobbie accepted a transfer to the Allentown, PA. Sears Store. It was here that she met her future husband, John William (Jack) Cragg. They were married February 12, 1949. Jack passed away in June, 2017, after 68 years of marriage.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister and best friend, Ruth Phillips Schultz and her brother, Henry O Phillips.
She is survived by her four daughters, Dara Hanna (Henry), Cathy Breuer (Jim), Patty Reed (Richard) and Connie Crim. She also leaves 5 grandchildren, Andy Breuer (Amy), Connie Palleria (Rob), Charlie Breuer (Lauren), Cal Crim and Trish Crim, as well as 8 great grandchildren; Max Breuer, RJ Palleria, Jack Palleria, Willena Breuer, Lily Bea Crim, Parker Breuer, Brodey Breuer, and Beau Breuer. She will also be missed by her 16 nieces and nephews whom she adored.
Bobbie was the quintessential wife and mother of the 1950's and 60's. Due to Jack's position with Sears, the family moved many times during those years. She became an expert at picking up and establishing a home in a new community and putting down some shallow roots, since in another 2-3 years the process would be repeated. Her family and friends meant everything to her. Whatever activities her daughters were pursuing, Bobbie was "all in" to support and provide guidance for their efforts. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and was a wonderful and gracious hostess. She was loving and kind and full of wisdom. Her family and friends will miss the beautiful notes of heartfelt sentiments written for special occasions or on holiday cards.
Her faith was a most important part of her life. She was a member of St Peter's Episcopal Church since 1968, and a long-term member and a past Director of the Altar Guild.
A Memorial Service of Holy Eucharist will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, MD, the Rev Adele Hatfield, officiant. Friends and family may visit 1 hour prior to the service in the Parish House of St Peter's Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church 115 St. Peter's Street, Salisbury, MD 21801