Mary L. “Mary Lou” (DiDonato) Cronin, 61, of Limerick, wife of John F. Cronin, passed away Sunday at Life Care Hospital in West Chester after a long battle with MS.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Catherine (Gelet) DiDonato.

Mary was a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta RC Church in Royersford. She received her nursing license as an LPN from Sacred Heart Hospital in 1969 where she was both President of her class and valedictorian.  Mary was also very active in the MS Society of Philadelphia where she would spend time calling on others with the disease with words of encouragement.

Surviving with her husband of 40 years is her son Jack M. Cronin, husband of Karen, of Phoenixville, her daughter Jamie L. Bainbridge, wife of Bill, of Exton; her siblings Beatrice Hettrick ,wife of Kenny, of Limerick, Sal DiDonato, husband of Patricia, of Eagleville, and Catherine Croce of Eagleville; and grandchildren Reese, Austin, Raya, Rilyn, and Evan.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 10:30AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Linfield campus, 1228 Main Street, Linfield, with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s RC Church Cemetery, Phoenixville. Visitation will be Thursday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and on Friday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at: 

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