Obituary for Allen Croone

Allen N. Croone (1933 – 2019), long-time resident and business owner in Northfield, died peacefully May 23 at home. Al is survived by his wife Eleanor Gustafson Croone, his daughters Kirsten Croone and Kia Croone, his sister Betty Croone Johnson and his brother Ron Croone (Rita), nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His journey through life began early with 4-H and carried on through his trip to the U of M Arboretum in the days before his death. Al lived the 4-H Creed: My head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health […]

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Allen N. Croone (1933 – 2019), long-time resident and business owner in Northfield, died peacefully May 23 at home. Al is survived by his wife Eleanor Gustafson Croone, his daughters Kirsten Croone and Kia Croone, his sister Betty Croone Johnson and his brother Ron Croone (Rita), nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His journey through life began early with 4-H and carried on through his trip to the U of M Arboretum in the days before his death.

Al lived the 4-H Creed: My head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, which he applied to all aspects of his life, along with the 4-H motto: to make the best better. Al was an educator, principal and superintendent across Minnesota, and wherever he traveled. His love of learning turned every place he went into a classroom for his family or anyone who was nearby. Those classrooms spanned the United States, Mexico, Greece, Iran and the many other places he journeyed to.

The Croones moved to Northfield in 1983, and purchased Northfield Greenhouse and Floral. Four years later, they opened the Paper Petalum at the Archer House. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Northfield community.

In Al’s world there were no strangers, just friends he had yet to meet. His smile and handshake welcomed all.

A celebration of Al’s life will be Monday, June 10, 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 418 Sumner Street East, Northfield. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service. Sunday visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Lunch will be served at the church following the service. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery, New London, Minnesota at 3:30 p.m.

Memorials are preferred to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Northfield Hospice, the American Swedish Institute or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

June 10, 2019 - 10:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield
418 Sumner St E Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

June 9, 2019 - 5:00 PM - 8:00PM

St. Peter's Lutheran Church - Northfield
, Get Directions

6 Comments

  1. DarleneBratberg

    Dear Eleanor and families, I was so saddened to read of Al’s passing I will long cherish the 55 Cardinal Class reunions and having wonderful visits! Your surprise visit at my 75 BD! Praying during this difficult time! DarleneBratberg

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  2. brian Thorson

    Al Croone was absolutely the best teacher and principal any student could ever could have asked for. Few people have meant more to me in my life than Mr. Croone. Without Mr. Croone, I am not sure where I would be today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
    Brian Thorson, CRNA, MA, Department of Anesthesiology. Hennepin County Medical Center

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  3. Robert Boettcher

    It was a surprise at 6AM one morning to hear about Al’s passing. The last time al had called me he didn’t sound very good. I have known Al for over 50 years as we met in Bozeman MT at Hope Lutheran Church and sang in the Choir there. Many fond memories of staying at 812 Nevada on my travels on Amtrak. I still remember the Look on Al and El’s faces when they came down the stairs at their 40th Aniversery. Al and El come to mt several years ago and I took them out to a field where my son earl was driving a large combine which Al got to ride and there were pics taken of this which I am sure Al showed when he got back home. It is always difficult knowing you will not see a good friend like this again. Earl and my deppest sympathy to Eleanor and Kristen and Kia.

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  4. Jean and Dean Campbell

    Our sympathy to the family. I remember the years you were in Bird Island. Our families sat in the same area at Our Savior’s Lutheran. May God grant you peace.

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  5. Jan Gilbertson

    Al was a beloved teacher and 4-H leader in Parkers Prairie. My parents, Doris and Elvin Arvidson loved having him over for Sunday dinner. I think they were are your wedding. Was it in Willmar? My heart goes out to you and your family.
    Jan Gilbertson

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  6. Bob & Gretchen Tjossem

    Dear Eleanor, Kirsten & Kia,
    We remember Al from UMC & all the two of you did for Crookston. Please know we are thinking of you & hoping happy memories will sustain you all.

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