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Ellen S. (Waystack) Cronin
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  • Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
    585 Lebanon St. Attn Development Office
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“Jerry and Family: I am so very sorry for your loss, Ellen was a beautiful person that I had the great pleasure of know for the early days of...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: JIM CORTESE - MELROSE, MA

“I wish to offer my sincere sympathy to all the Cronin family especially Deb,Gerry and the boys. May she rest in peace. Respectfully, Mrs. Paul...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“I was very fortunate, as a first year youth hockey coach, to have Kevin as my center ice man. He brought his wonderful parents to the program and...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Gerry one of life's wonderful men I had the pleasure to know. That said the love you have with Ellen is one people look sometimes forever for and you...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Donna Mayberry - Everett, MA

“Hi Gerry,just saw passing of Ellen,my condolences, remember bumping into you guys at Highland here and there,so sorry,Claire's son ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Hathorne - Family Friend

“Dear Family,Chick and I send you all our sincere sympathy a this difficult time. We know her long ordeal is over but now yours just begins in...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Mrs Charles (Frances) D'ENTREMONT - FL

“Dear Jim,We here at SAO send our condolences on the passing of your mom to you and your family Bill Duggan ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: WILLIAM DUGGAN - DERRY, NH

“Jerry and Family, My sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Cronin....Many years ago we were neighbors, I hope all the memories of Family...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Dorman (Laughton) - Peabody, MA

“I am sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to your family. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Cameron DeCroteau - Melrose MA, MA

“My sister Ellen .....The most beautiful girl in Melrose. Always a natural beauty with no false fronts.Married to the hardest working and loving man...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Stephen Waystack - Salem, NH

“Sorry for your loss .Prayres for your famil ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Connelly (Murphy) - MA

“Rita ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Cronin - PA - Family

“Dear Gerald and Family, So sorry to hear of Ellen's passing.May the love and memories you have Of her, help you through this verydifficult time...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Lee Erndl - Daytona Beach, FL

“Sorry to hear the pasting of Ellen You could allways find her with a Smile where ever you would run into Gerry and her. A world traveler she was she...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: john pike - melrose, MA

“Remembering Ellen fondly and thinking of the Cronin and Waelde families. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Michelle and Barry Campbell - MA

“We have great memories of Ellen enjoying her family at 14 Blueberry. She will be missed. Love, The Doherty's ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“I have many great memories of "Mrs. C". She was always so kind and giving. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Debbie, Mr. C, Jimmy and...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Bruce Taylor - Pepperell, MA

“My condolences to the whole family. May she rest in peace and may you all savor the many happy memories of your lives with her.Andrea Taffe ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Andrea Taffe - North Palm Beach, FL

“Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We had many fun times together with Ellen and she will be missed by all. She will remain in our...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Charles Healey - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Ellen Shannon (Waystack) Cronin passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on January 19, 2019 after having suffered the challenges of dementia. She was surrounded by love everyday of her short 77 years.

She is survived by the love of her life for almost 58 years, Gerald J. Cronin. She was the loving mother of Deborah Cronin-Waelde & her husband Richie, James Cronin and his wife Karen, and Kevin Cronin and his wife JulieAnne. She was the cherished grandmother of Kerrianne Pippy and her husband Andrew, Megan Martin and her husband Dillon, Amanda, Hanna, Johnathan , Molly and Kara Cronin. She was the proud great grandmother of Landon Martin and Liam Pippy.

Ellen was born in Arlington and pre deceased by her parents Edward and Rita Waystack. She is the loving sister of Edward and Simone Waystack, Peter and Nora Waystack, Stephen and Karen Waystack and Susan Waystack. She was the dear sister in law to John and Sandra Cronin and the late George F. Cronin. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as the many dear friends she made along the way.
Ellen was happiest being joined at the hip to Gerald on their many adventures. She left this world knowing she was loved and adored by him. She also found joy and comfort surrounded by her children and grandchildren on our many trips, meals, and celebrations. We ask that you remember her fondly and with the dignity that her disease could not rob her from.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 3:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday Morning January 23rd at 9:00AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Burial will follow the Mass at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, attn: Fund Development Office, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose, MA 02176.