Anna Marie CroganDecember 12, 1939 ~ November 16, 2017 (age 77)
Anna Marie Crogan , 77, of Gays Mills passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at her home. She was born on December 29, 1939, the daughter of Arnold and Marion (Paulson) McCullick. She graduated from Seneca High School in 1958 and then attended County Normal teachers’ college in Viroqua, WI. She began her teaching career in 1960 in a one-room schoolhouse in Rising Sun, WI, part of the Seneca School District, where she taught all 8 grades (1st – 8th). She taught for 36 years – the first 5 or 6 at Seneca and the rest at North Crawford. She married Richard Crogan on June 1, 1963 at the Mt.Sterling Lutheran Church. They lived in Mt. Sterling until 1987 when the moved just outside of town to the Crogan family farm. They have one daughter, Lisa (Jay) Greene and two granddaughters, Ashley and Nicole, who were the light of her life. She was an active member of the Utica Lutheran Church where she served on numerous committees. Her strong faith played a vital role in her life. Her passions included teaching, going to the musicals at North Crawford, watching movies, reading, and especially spending time with family.
After her retirement Anna Marie was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. She was fortunate to receive a heart transplant on December 15, 2002 at University Hospital in Madison. She gained nearly 15 extra years due to the generosity of organ donation. Being the educator that she was, she spent the next several years traveling to nearby churches to share the story of her transplant journey and encouraging people to consider being an organ donor.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard Crogan, of Gays Mills; her daughter Lisa (Jay) Greene of Gays Mills; her two granddaughters, Ashley and Nicole Greene of Gays Mills; three brothers, Wayne (Nancy) McCullick of Elroy, John (Linda) McCullick of Mt. Sterling, Don (Dixie) McCullick of Seneca; one sister, Mary (Ken) Applegate of Milton, one sister-in-law, Judy McCullick of Mt. Sterling, and two brother-in-laws, Dennis Jordan of Janesville, WI, and Eli Crogan of Watertown, WI; and nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents; a sister, Arlene Jordan; a brother, Alan McCullick; and a sister-in-law, Karen Crogan.
Funeral Services will be on Monday, November 20th, at 11 a.m. at the Utica Lutheran Church with Pastor Nile Sandeen officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Family and friends may call on Sunday, November 19th from 3-6 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. The family suggests memorials be made to the North Crawford Schools Playhouse. Online condolences may be left at www.thorsonfuneralhome.com
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at University Hospital and associated clinics in Madison, Gundersen Health System in La Crosse and Viroqua for their excellent care for Anna Marie over the last several years. Please consider being an organ donor. You are giving the gift of life.