DANVILLE - June Marie Cratz, 89, of Danville, passed away at 8:51 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at her home in Danville, surrounded by her family.
June was born December 18, 1928, the daughter of Harry S. and Lillie E. (Whitlock) Hanks in Brocton, Ill., on her family farm. June attended Eastern Illinois University for two years, studying business.
June married Charles H. Cratz on December 23, 1950, in Brocton. He preceded her in death on May 8, 2007.
Survivors include her children, Elizabeth (Harry) Baxter of Champaign, Ill., Rebecca (David) Ainslie of Pinehurst, N.C., and Brian (Tammy) Cratz of Brentwood, Tenn.; one sister, Nora Decker of Burr Oak, Kan.; five grandchildren, Sarah (Mitchell) Wilson, Brent (Megan) Baxter, Drew Ainslie, Karl (Katy) Ainslie, and Erik (Taryn) Cratz; as well as three great-grandchildren; Henry and June Wilson and Charles Baxter.
June is preceded in death by her parents; son, Andrew Bruce Cratz; three sisters, Helen Hanks, Pauline Hanks, Mae Wilcoxon; and grandson, Charlton Cratz.
Charlie and June moved their family from Champaign to Danville in 1956. Raising her family came first to June, but she also found time to serve at Ridgeview Baptist Church where she was a long-time member. She served in many capacities and felt a special calling as a Deaconess.
After her children left home she was an accountant for Charlie's business and managed her family farm. She was an excellent seamstress, a wonderful cook and especially loved being a grandmother to her six grandchildren. June will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know her.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 3838 N. Vermilion St., Danville. A Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Pastor Mark Keyser will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville.
Memorials may be made to Ridgeview Baptist Church, 3838 N. Vermillion St., Danville, IL 61832. Please join June's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on May 16, 2018