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Merck, Anna Marie
B: 06 Apr 1923, Fargo, North Dakota
D: 11 Mar 2003, at her home
M: 03 Aug 1942, (1) James Michael Whalen, in Ada, MN. James b. 27 Sep 1919 d. 22 Dec 1974 in Spokane, WA. He was buried in Portland, OR. They later divorced.

M: 1969 (2) Robert R. Craik b. 06 May 1922 d. 13 Sep 1992, St. Cloud, MN, buried in St. Cloud, MN.

FN: Anthony J. Merck
MN: Margaret J. Jerome

Children of James Michael Whalen and Anna Marie Merck:

1. Mary Jean (Anita) Whalen, Sister, OSB (Her name changed from Mary Jean to Anita when she took vows as a Sister in the Order of Saint Benedict at Mount St. Benedict, Crookston, Minnesota. She later became a dentist and set up practice at Warren, Minnesota.
B: 03 Jun 1943, Ada, Minnesota.

2. Daniel Anthony Whalen
B: 19 Apr 1947
M: 30 Dec 1975, Katharine Conroy, in Jacksonville, FL

Children of Daniel Anthony Whalen and Katharine Conroy:

1. Matthew Jerome Whalen b. 1982

2. Anna Conroy Whalen b. 16 Jul 1986

3. Michael Campbell Whalen b. Jan 1990

3. Loretta Marie Whalen
B: 05 Oct 1948
M: Thomas John Danzl, in St. Cloud, MN. Thomas b. 17 Jun 1947.

Children of Thomas John Danzl and Loretta Marie Whalen:

1. Jean Therese Courtney Danzl b. 27 Mar 1991 (twin)

2. Margaret Mae Chelsea Danzl b. 27 Mar 1991 (twin)

4. Thomas Michael Whalen
B: 10 Dec 1951
M: Coni Unknown

Children of Thomas Whalen and Coni Unknown:

1. Michelle Whalen

2. Kelly Whalen

Anna Marie Craik


St. Cloud Times

March 11, 2003

Funeral services will be 11 AM on Friday, March 14, 2003 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Anna Marie Craik, age 79, of St. Cloud who died on Tuesday at her home as a result of chronic emphysema. The Rev. Tim Baltes will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery. Friends may call between 5-8:30 PM on Thursday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 10 AM on Friday at St. Paul's Catholic Church. St. Paul's parish prayers will be Thursday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home in St. Cloud.

Anna Marie was born on April 6, 1923 in Fargo, ND to Anthony J. and Margaret J. (Jerome) Merck. She grew up in Humboldt, MN and graduated from Ada High School. She married James Michael Whalen on August 3, 1942 in Ada, MN. While her husband was serving in the Pacific during WWII, she was employed by the Great Northern Railroad in Grand Forks and Noyes, ND. They later divorced and she raised her four children as a single parent. James died in December of 1974. She married Robert R. Craik in August of 1969 in Watertown, S.D. She worked as an accountant in Warren, MN and East Grand Forks, MN prior to 1965 when she moved to St. Cloud where she was employed by Dan Brutger, Madalyn Gempeler and later the Geoff Gempeler law firm. In the early 1970's she also owned and operated The Potpourri, a retail gift shop, in downtown St. Cloud. She was a member of St. Paul's parish, past member of Holy Spirit parish and St. Mary's Cathedral parish and a past member and officer of the Business and Professional Women's Organization. Anna Marie's Shelter, the women and children's shelter in St. Cloud, is named in her honor. She is survived by her children: Sister Anita (Mary Jean) Whalen OSB of Crookston, MN, Daniel and his wife Katharine and children Matthew, Anna and Michael of Oakland, CA, Loretta Whalen Danzl and her husband Thomas and children Jean and Margaret of St. Cloud, MN, and Thomas and his wife Coni of Fenwick Island, DE and children Michelle and Kelly, grandchildren Sophie, Aslan, Amanda, Katlin and Abigail; brothers and sister: Leo of Wilmington, NC, Lawrence of Eagan, MN, Robert of St. Cloud, MN, Edward of Jacksonville, AR and Sister Catherine Merck OSB of Crookston, MN.

She was preceded in death by her father in December of 1964, mother in June of 2001, husband Robert in September of 1992, and brother Anthony in July of 1943. Memorials are preferred to Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, MN or Anna Marie's Shelter.

Funeral arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.