Cronise, Virginia

June 13, 2008

VIRGINIA STOLTE HYNES CRONISE passed away in her sleep on June 3, 2008, while in Hospice care in Ellicott City, her home with her daughter, Carole Hynes Fisher. Gin was the treasured and loved wife of T. Vincent Cronise for over 43 years, a second and very happy marriage for them both, with a home in Catonsville. Vincent passed away in 1989. Both Gin and Vince worked hard all of their lives and played by the accepted rules of life always, dedicated workers, good neighbors, good friends and deeply devoted to their families. Gin's mother and father, Harry and Jenny Horn Stolte were married in 1907 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Ellicott City, and Gin was born in 1909. Sadly, Jenny Stolte died in 1916, when Gin was 6 years old and Gin's beloved sister Mildred was 3. Mil survives Gin, and lives in Columbia. As Mil was the baby, she was kept at home and Gin spent the next several years with relatives, and in foster homes and orphan homes. She returned home when she was 15, and old enough to work and help with expenses at home. No one questioned these arrangements since life was terribly hard for many families in those years. Gin started working at Hutzler Brothers' in 1924, making $1 a day as a wrapper, leaving school after the ninth grade, going to night school for her GED at the age of 45. Gin never worked a single day any where but at Hutzler's the finest department store in Baltimore for many years. When Gin retired, she was the Director of Personnel for the entire chain of Hutzler's stores. Vince retired from Monumental Life Insurance Company. Gin was first married to Herbert Hynes, and they lived in Irvington for some years. They had one child, Carole, who has five children, Jeanne, Karen, Tom, John and Mark. Vince was the father of one child also, Ronald Vincent Cronise, and Ron is the father of two daughters, Amy and Beth. Like so many families today, these two families, of Fisher and Cronise, changed and grew, and gave Gin and Vince their two children, their seven grandchildren, seven Fisher Great-grandchildren, Laura, Maura, Josh, Joe, Jonathan, Millie, Alissa and a Cronise great-grandson, Leo Cronise-Mead. Family and work were the cornerstones of the lives of these two very special people, who are now united together forever. Great appreciation is due to Dr. Laurence Gallager for his compassionate care of Virginia, and to Yvette Bailey, who was her invaluable home health aide for over two years. Care from Gilchrist Hospice allowed Virginia to remain at home with her family until the end. A memorial service and wake in honor of our parents will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Ellicott City, 3 P.M., on Sunday, June 15. In lieu of flowers, donations to Gilchrist Hospice at 555 W. Towsontown Boulevard, Towson, MD, 21204, would be very much appreciated.

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