Michael J. "Jiggs" Cronin, 87, of Belmont, W.Va., passed away Oct. 25, 2012, at his residence.
He was born, Oct. 28, 1924, in Pleasants County, a son of the late Michael K. and Jennie Ellen Hanlon Cronin. He was a member of the French Creek Baptist Church, where he had served as a Deacon. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of World War II. He served in the European Theatre in the battle of the Bulge, and the battle of the Bridge to Remagen. He was retired from the former Quaker State Oil Refinery after over 38 years. He was a musician and loved to play string instruments, especially the guitar. He would play at various functions and church gatherings.
He is survived by four children, John (Tina) Cronin, and James (Terri) Cronin of St. Marys, and daughters, Patricia (Mike) Johnson of St. Marys, and Janet (Richard) Poling of Elkins; nine grandchildren, David (Sharon) Johnson, Brian Cronin of St. Marys, Cheryl (Anson) Fritz of Euclid, Ohio, Ryan (Kimberly) Poling of Garner, N.C., Jamie (Terry) Taylor, New Cumberland, W.Va., Michael (Felicia) Cronin of Grantsville, James Cronin and Jennifer Cronin of Pennsboro, and Jay (Carrie) Cronin of Ellenboro, 11 great grandchildren, one sister, Emma Fox of St. Marys, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Garnet Wolfe Cronin on June 26 of this year, one sister, Grace Cunningham, and three brothers, Frank, Harl, and Blaine Cronin.
Services will be held Sunday 3 p.m. at the French Creek Baptist Church, with Pastor Arthur Cox officiating. Interment will be in the Cronin Family Cemetery in Pleasants County with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the church. An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com.