Barbara Jean Cronk, 94, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  The funeral service for Barbara Jean Cronk will be 1:00pm Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at First Congregational Church, Rutland. Burial will follow the service in Parish Road Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service at the church beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Barbara passed away Monday, Nov. 29, at home. She was 94 years old.

Born Sept. 8, 1927, in Utica, a daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Bohling) Cole, she was educated locally. She worked as a homemaker to her family.

She married Everett E. Cronk May 31, 1948, at the Brownville Methodist Church. Mr. Cronk passed away Friday, May 4, 2001.

Barbara enjoyed cooking, gardening, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. She was a member of the Rutland Congregational Church, and a former Daughters of Rebekah member. Barbara also volunteered for several years at Watertown’s Urban Mission.

She is survived by a son, Lawrence E. Cronk, Watertown; her grandchildren, Jeremy Cronk, Tylerville, Joshua and Jennifer Cronk, Watertown, Aaron Cronk, Dexter, Miranda Cronk, Lowville, and Brandon Cronk, Watertown; a brother, Walter Cole, Pamelia; her beloved dog, “Buddy”; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Everett, she was predeceased by a son, Joel Cronk (2006); and two brothers, Brainard Cole and David Cole.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 -or- Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, New York 13601.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.