Elizabeth “Sally” M. Crogan, 93, of Aberdeen, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Avenue SE, Aberdeen, with Father Mark Lichter as Celebrant.
Burial follows at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at the mortuary, with a liturgical wake service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour before Mass at the church on Thursday.
Family and friends may sign Sally’s online guestbook and also view her service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Elizabeth M. Walker was born February 20, 1926, in Aberdeen, SD to Fred and Margaret (Vaughan) Walker. She was raised and attended school in Barnard, SD, graduating from Barnard High School with the Class of 1943. Sally then furthered her education at Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen and began teaching in a one-room country school at Bates 26-7 in Bates Township. After three years of teaching country school, she taught primary grades 1-4 in Westport, SD for five years. Sally spent her summers attending Northern State and eventually earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Sally met her husband, Alfred J. Crogan, on New Year’s Eve in 1949. They were united in marriage on November 18, 1950, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Rectory in Aberdeen. The couple moved to Elk Point, SD, where they were both employed as teachers. After two years, they returned to Aberdeen and then moved to Ft. Totten, ND, where they both taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A.). Sally and Al then relocated near Belcourt, ND and both accepted positions with the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Boarding School. They then made Alaska their home and were employed at Wrangell Institute until the institute closed. The couple continued working for the B.I.A. at both Cherry Creek and Eagle Butte until their retirement. Over the years, Sally and Al travelled extensively to many places overseas. They then fulfilled their dream of owning and operating a fishing boat in Alaska. For six years the couple spent summers in Alaska living on their boat and winters in Aberdeen until Al’s health conditions required them to live in Aberdeen permanently. Al passed away on March 7, 1990, and Sally continued to reside in Aberdeen until the time of her death.
Sally was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen. She volunteered much of her time to many local organizations, especially the Retired Federal Employees, where she was named Volunteer of the Year. In her spare time, Sally enjoyed working in her flower gardens, playing cards, and reading.
Blessed to have shared in Sally’s life are her brothers, Allan (Shirley) Walker of Sun City, AZ and Richard (Carol) Walker of Summerfield, FL; her sister, Margaret “Peg” DesCamps of Aberdeen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sally is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Al Crogan; her parents, Fred and Margaret; two brothers, Vaughan and William; one sister, Isabel Haywood; and her special friend, Erv Bader.
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