In memory of
Karen D. Cratty
In memory of
Karen D. Cratty
GALESBURG - Karen D. Cratty, 65, Galesburg, died at 7:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. Karen was born Aug. 16, 1955, in Galesburg, the daughter of Max Gerald and Marilyn Joan (Phillips) Boynton. Karen married Michael E. Cratty on July 15, 197,8 in Galesburg. Mike preceded her in death on March 12, 2012. Karen is survived by one daughter, Debbie Cratty of Galesburg; two sons, Sean (Emerald) Cratty of Lake in the Hills and Mark (Taylor) Cratty of Galesburg; her mother, Joan Boynton of Galesburg; and five grandchildren, Hailey, Michael and Hannah Cratty and Elise and Logan Cratty. Karen is also survived by two brothers, Kevin (Jean) Boynton of Rothschild, Wisconsin, and Kraig Boynton of Galesburg; and one sister, Kristy (late, Steve) Johnson of Galesburg. Along with her husband, Karen was preceded in death by her father and an infant sister, Rhonda. Karen graduated from Carl Sandburg College with an AAS in accounting. She worked at Gates Rubber Co. for several years and was a show hostess for Home Interiors before joining her husband at Cratty Insurance. She worked alongside Mike at Cratty Insurance for more than 30 years. Karen also worked as a Realtor for Century 21 in Galesburg. Karen was active in her community. She was a longtime member of PEO Chapter MG, serving as treasurer, as well as being active in the HOPE Group. She and Mike were active at Costa School while their children attended. She clerked many auctions that Mike auctioneered and could always be found assisting Mike for his numerous charity auctions. She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and past member of the Women's Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Karen loved to host people at her home, including most family holidays. Her door was always open no matter what. She was a caring, compassionate woman and was mother-like to many. Karen was a proud past member of the Galesburg High School Marching Band and enjoyed playing in many different bunco groups. Most of all, Karen was proud of her family and was now a proud Mimi to her five beloved grandchildren. The rosary will be prayed at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg, with visitation following from 3 to 7 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks, social distancing and limited occupancy will be observed. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Father William T. Miller will officiate. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place. The funeral Mass will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/watsonthomasfh. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg. Memorials may be made in Karen's memory to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Costa Catholic Academy or the Discovery Depot. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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Karen D. Cratty
GALESBURG - Karen D. Cratty, 65, Galesburg, died at 7:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. Karen was born Aug. 16, 1955, in Galesburg, the daughter of Max Gerald and Marilyn Joan (Phillips) Boynton. Karen married Michael E. Cratty on July 15, 197,8 in Galesburg. Mike preceded her in death on March 12, 2012. Karen is survived by one daughter, Debbie Cratty of Galesburg; two sons, Sean (Emerald) Cratty of Lake in the Hills and Mark (Taylor) Cratty of Galesburg; her mother, Joan Boynton of Galesburg; and five grandchildren, Hailey, Michael and Hannah Cratty and Elise and Logan Cratty. Karen is also survived by two brothers, Kevin (Jean) Boynton of Rothschild, Wisconsin, and Kraig Boynton of Galesburg; and one sister, Kristy (late, Steve) Johnson of Galesburg. Along with her husband, Karen was preceded in death by her father and an infant sister, Rhonda. Karen graduated from Carl Sandburg College with an AAS in accounting. She worked at Gates Rubber Co. for several years and was a show hostess for Home Interiors before joining her husband at Cratty Insurance. She worked alongside Mike at Cratty Insurance for more than 30 years. Karen also worked as a Realtor for Century 21 in Galesburg. Karen was active in her community. She was a longtime member of PEO Chapter MG, serving as treasurer, as well as being active in the HOPE Group. She and Mike were active at Costa School while their children attended. She clerked many auctions that Mike auctioneered and could always be found assisting Mike for his numerous charity auctions. She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and past member of the Women's Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Karen loved to host people at her home, including most family holidays. Her door was always open no matter what. She was a caring, compassionate woman and was mother-like to many. Karen was a proud past member of the Galesburg High School Marching Band and enjoyed playing in many different bunco groups. Most of all, Karen was proud of her family and was now a proud Mimi to her five beloved grandchildren. The rosary will be prayed at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg, with visitation following from 3 to 7 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks, social distancing and limited occupancy will be observed. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Father William T. Miller will officiate. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place. The funeral Mass will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/watsonthomasfh. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg. Memorials may be made in Karen's memory to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Costa Catholic Academy or the Discovery Depot. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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