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Maria Crnich


August 1, 2019

Maria Crnich, 84, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A former longtime resident of Rock Springs and resident of Colorado Springs, Maria died following a lengthy illness. 

She was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Mrkopalj, Yugoslavia, the daughter of Josip and Ema Butkovic.

Maria attended schools in Croatia earning a bachelor's degree in business.

She married Fred Crnich in Rock Springs June 15, 1969, and he preceded her in death May 27, 2004.

Maria was employed by School District No. 1 for 17 years as a custodian retiring in 1997.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community and Council of Catholic Women. Her interests included cooking for everyone, knitting, gardening fishing and camping. 

Survivors include her son Dennis Crnich and wife Krystal of Colorado Springs, Colo .; step-son Fred Crnich and wife Teri of Rock Springs; eight grandchildren; Shawn Crnich, Shane Crnich, Carrie Crnich, Violet Crnich, Kayla Crnich, Billy Gallagher, Isabelle Crnich and Adrianna Crnich; cousins Maria, Tony, Natalie, Izabel, Josip, Zeljko, Yadranka and Eni Kanjer. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, step-son David Crnich and several aunts.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at the Saint Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 633 Bridger Ave., Rock Springs.

A vigil service with rosary will be recited at  6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at the church. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 5 p.m. until time of the rosary and again at the church on Friday morning one hour prior to Mass.  

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