|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1849|
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1930|
MRS. ANNIE CROMER
Mrs. Annie Cromer died Tuesday morning at 9:45 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. F. Brewer, of Algonquin, following a brief illness. Mrs. Cromer who was 80 years of age, was born in Pennsylvania, but had lived in the neighborhood of Big Woods ever since she was seven years old. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the East Big Woods Congregational church, and burial will be in the East Big Woods cemetery.
The Naperville Clarion
February 13, 1930
MRS. ANNA CROMER
Anna E. Steck was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Nov. 23, 1849. At the age of sixteen she came with her parents to Illinois, settling at Franklin Grove, Lee county. A short time later the family moved to DuPage County making their home in the Big Woods community. In 1869 she was united in marriage to Sebastian B. Cromer of Big Woods. To this union were born ten children, two of whom died in infancy. A son C. Lester Cromer, died at Aurora on March 28, 1924. The other seven children who remain are Myron Cromer and Mrs. Lizzie Hartrunft of Iowa; Mrs. Viola Rhoads of Manhattan, Kan.; Lewis J. Cromer of Naperville; Mrs. Susan Daw of Warrenhurst, Mrs. Lula Brewer of Algonquin and Fred B. Cromer of Ardmore, Okla. The first years of Mr. and Mrs. Cromer's wedded life were spent in Chicago, where they lost their home in the great fire of 1871. Soon after they moved to a farm near West Chicago. With the exception of eleven years that the family lived in Kansas, Mrs. Cromer spent the last fifty years of her life in the vicinity of Big Woods. Mr. Cromer met a tragic death at Big Woods, Nov. 18, 1908 since which time she has lived with her daughter Mrs. Harvey F. Brewer who has tenderly cared for her mother in her declining years. After an illness of less than a week's duration the end came very peacefully on Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, 1930, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 19 days. Besides the seven children there also remain to mourn her departure twenty-two grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers and one sister, Andrew and William Steck of Wheaton and Mrs. Jennie Cromer of Big Woods and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Cromer was the oldest member of the Big Woods Congregational church, and when ever circumstances permitted she was a regular attendant at all the services of the church. In former years she was also an active member of the Big Woods W. C. T. U. Her gentle unassuming manner, her devout and exemplary christian life and her enthusiasm in service will ever remain as a benediction to those who knew her. The kindly influence of the life of this mother in Israel will be felt for decades to come.
The funeral service was held at the Big Woods Congregational church on Friday afternoon, February 14 at 2:30 o'clock. A large concourse of people from near and far gathered to pay their last respects to the memory of their departed friend. Prof. Thos. Finkbeiner of Naperville conducted the service and spoke feelingly of the irreparable loss sustained by the entire community. He was assisted in the service by Rev. Charles Platz of Naperville, pastor of the Big Woods church and Rev. F. L. Hanscom of the Algonquin Congregational church. Six grandsons of the deceased acted as pall bearers. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Big Woods cemetery.
The Naperville Clarion
February 27, 1930
Jacob A. Steck (1829 - 1907)
Susan M. Hawbecker Steck (1817 - 1902)
Sebastian Bear Cromer (1847 - 1908)
Myron S. Cromer (1870 - 1954)*
Calvin Lester Cromer (1872 - 1924)*
Susan Grace Cromer Daw (1876 - 1947)*
Lewis Jacob Cromer (1878 - 1957)*
Lulu M. Cromer Brewer (1886 - 1976)*
Annie Elizabeth Steck Cromer (1849 - 1930)
Jane S. Steck Cromer (1851 - 1934)*
Calvin Steck (1853 - 1929)*
William Henry Steck (1855 - 1936)*
Stephen Arnold Steck (1858 - 1928)*
Andrew Philip Steck (1860 - 1932)*
Big Woods Cemetery
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: Jun 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38546162