OBIT-Norine Chilton Cronk |

OBIT-Norine Chilton Cronk


At her request no services are planned for Norine Chilton Cronk, who died Feb. 19, 2001, at Evergreen skilled nursing home in Carson City, Nev., where she had resided for the past 21/2 years. She was 100 years and 7 months of age.

Mrs. Cronk was born July 27, 1901, at San Jose, Calif., to Blanche Husted Chilton and Jay W. Chilton. Her father was a fruit packing company owner and rancher, whose parents had settled in San Jose after coming from Tennessee via covered wagon. She married twice. First, to Kenneth D. Priestley, a rancher and inventor of the Priestley Ridger, and then to Sheldon L. Cronk, a former New York postmaster, who died in 1976.

Mrs. Cronk moved to Lake Tahoe in 1978 from Santa Clara Valley, where she had resided since her birth. She was a popular and loved member of the South Lake Tahoe community and two large birthday parties were held in her honor. The first was at the age of 99 at Lucky’s supermarket at South Lake Tahoe, which was organized by her dear friend, Eddie Montanucci. Last July she celebrated her 100th birthday at the Carson City facility where she resided. The party included cake, ice cream and presents with 40 friends and family members, who gathered to honor the “darling lady.”

Mrs. Cronk was a proud member of the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She worked many years at the Attic Thrift Shop, where she had volunteered more than 10,000 hours. In 1992 she was voted and honored as “Auxiliary Women of the Year.” She loved laughter and joke telling and was famous for her “goobie cake.”

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beryl Priestley Calliat and Ken Calliat of Zephyr Cove, Nev.; grandson, Kenneth D. Calliat, his wife, Diane L., and great-granddaughters, Morgan and Colbie Caillat, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and granddaughter, Joy C. Tonn, her husband, Ed. G., great-grandson, Jarrett, and great-granddaughter, Stephanie Tonn of Roseville, Calif.; and brother, Jay W. Chilton of Orange, Calif. She was predeceased by her sisters, Ruth Chilton Martin and Beryl Chilton Lucas.

There will be no memorial service and private family inurnment is planned. Mrs. Cronk preferred to be remembered for the happy, fun times shared with family and her many friends.

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