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Donald J. Croarkin - 84

2/12/1933 - 10/11/2017

Chicago Heights

Donald J. Croarkin age 84 of Chicago Heights, formerly of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. U.S. Army National Guard Veteran. Don attended St. Brides, Chicago, Quigley Prep Seminary, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (BA), Loyola University Chicago (M.Ed), Dominican University (MLS) and the University of Vienna. Over the years he was employed by Chicago Public Schools, Springfield Ave. Jr. High in Midlothian and Bloom Township in Chicago Heights. Don Spent 36 years as Librarian at Bloom Trail H.S., where the library was named for him. He was the Co-Director of Bloom Alumni Association since 2000 and served on the Bloom H.S. Credit Union for 30 years. Member of the IEA, NEA and Knights of Columbus. Don was honored with the Christi Fidelis Award by the Chicago Archdiocese. His hobbies included golf, stamp collecting, family genealogy and foreign travel, especially to Ireland and Italy. Don was a giving, selfless, faithfull loving man always willing to provide a helping hand to anyone. Son of the late Eugene Croarkin and Rose Croarkin-Metzinger nee Staskiewicz. Brother of the late Jeannine (Larry) Leaveck and infant Richard Croarkin. Uncle of Suzanne (Joseph) Trujillo, Sean (Angela) Leaveck, the late Laurinne (Michael) Kinney, Timothy (Debbie) Leaveck, and LiAnne Leaveck. Nephew of the late Albert (late Wanda) Nyholt, Monsignor Walter Croarkin, Albert (late Mary) Benson, Rudolph (late Rita) Cross, and Gerry (late Mildred) Croarkin. Special cousin of David (Joyce) Croarkin, Daniel (Chris) Croarkin, MaryRita (Joe) Janz, Martha (Bill) Brennan, the late Tom (Mary Therese) Croarkin and Albert (Sharon) Croarkin. Best friend of Mary Prendergast nee DiGiovanni. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Friday October 20th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral Saturday morning 9:15 am to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. In lieu of flowers, memorial in Don’s name to the American Cancer Society, 17060 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL, 60477 would be appreciated by his family. For further service information contact 708-481-9230 or


  • Brenda

    on 10/14/17

    One of the nicest teachers ever at Bloom Trail. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Mr. Croarkin.
  • Jackie McCallum

    on 10/18/17

    Don Croarkin was truly a caring man who will be greatly missed. He was loved by all who knew him and was dedicated to serving his Bloom and Bloom Trail family. The Bloom Alumni Association has lost its best friend and leader.
  • Brittany

    on 10/18/17

    I wanted to send my love and condolences to the Croarkin family. I am so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that your dear loved one is safe inside of God's loving memory with the beautiful hope of being resurrected and reunited with family and friends. (John 5:28,29)
  • R. Ross

    on 10/23/17

    My heartfelt condolences to the Croarkin Family for the loss of your love one Donald. May Jehovah God, continue to provide your family the strength to endure and comfort from the wonderful hope he has promised us through his Word, the Bible found at Isaiah 25:8.
  • Teresa

    on 11/02/17

    My deepest sympathies to the Croarkin family. May you find much comfort from the promises from God. One scripture that is very dear to my heart is Revelation 21:3,4 where he promises to do away with pain and suffering and even death. Sincerely, Teresa
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