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“Dear Bill and family:The sorrow I felt in learning of Marilyn’s passing cannot bemeasured. Having known her and yourfamily as...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Sylvia Lavey (Kidwell)

“We are so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Crotty's passing. We enjoyed taking care of her and Mr. Bill over the years when they were on Hilton Head Island...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: The Hair-Designers

“Dear Bill and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Marilyn. You are all in my prayers. She is your angel in heaven now. Fondly, Tricia...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Tricia Suttmann - Ann Arbor, MI

“So sorry for the loss of your Beautiful mother .I worked for VanDynn Crotty 17 years and she would always make the break room so Beautiful Christmas...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Peggy Sue Combs - Dayton, OH

“Dear Bill, Kevin,Karen,Brian,CathleenSiblings, Spouses and Families,It is with sadness, immense respect, and admiration that I learned of the loss of...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Darlene Gutmann Marlowe

“Mr. & Mrs Crotty brightened the restaurant and my day waiting on them for years on HHI. Thank you for the treasured memories. Sending positive...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Jodie

“Marilyn was a wonderful friend and a true lady. We admired her many attributes and talents. We feel so fortunate to have had Marilyn and Bill for...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Lou and Larry Stein - Scottsdale, AZ

“In God's care rest in peace ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Dwayne Bickham, Sr.

“SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, SHE WAS A SPECIAL LADY.CINDY HILL FORMALLY VDC DIRECT ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the Crotty family during this difficult time. -- Your friends at Meixner Builders & Remodelers...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: - Centerville, OH

“A great "lady" of grace, beauty and love. She taught us how to live! We deeply respected her, gleaned much from her, and have an indelible mark on...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Sherrie Lea Crotty

“In God's care rest in peace ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Dwayne Bickham,Sr. - Dayton, OH

“Our prayers are with the entire Crotty family at this very difficult time. Cherish her memory and celebrate her wonderful life.With Deepest Sympathy...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Diana Clark

“Kathy, sorry for your loss. Your mom was always kind to me. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Ken Reichert

“Our prayers are with your family. She was well thought of by our family. A lot of great memories. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Charles Kuntz, Jr.

“Dear Bill and Family,Linda and I are so saddened to learn of Marilyn's death. She obviously was a magnificent wife, mother and grandmother. As well...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Linda and Rich Miller

“Bill and family,God Bless you through this difficult time. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Mark Kraus

“Bill: We were so sorry to learn of Marilyn\'s passing.You and your family have our condolences.Karmen and Tony Vradelis ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Karmen and Anthony Vradelis

“I have so many wonderful memories of Marilyn Crotty and the entire Crotty family. My prayers are with the entire family. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Dave Grabeman - Pawleys Island, SC

“My condolences to the entire Crotty family. Marilyn was a gifted and strong person and I am sure these attributes are alive in her grandchildren and...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Douglas Hauer - Boston, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: John Lecomte - Dayton


CROTTY, Marilyn Ann (Hauer), age 83, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2015 at Hospice of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Marilyn (Boots) was born on June 14 1931 in Mentor-On-The-Lake, Ohio to parents Michael and Ann Hauer (Servaites). The Hauer family was actively involved with Saint Agnes Parish located in the neighborhood of Dayton View. A graduate of Julienne High School, Marilyn continued to pursue studies at the University of Dayton where she would earn her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1953. It was while she was a student at the University of Dayton where she would meet her future husband, L. William Crotty. They were married on April 18 1953 at Saint Agnes Catholic Church. Together they raised a family of seven children in Kettering, Ohio in a home that was always filled with laughter, love and an enjoyment for life that emanated from the couple's commitment to family, faith and each other. For many years, from 1983 to 2014, Marilyn and William were part-time residents of Hilton Head Island, SC with a home in Wexford Plantation. Marilyn's remarkable legacy of devoted spouse and mother was a direct reflection of her grace and the giving nature of her spirit. She was also actively involved in local community organizations that included the Dayton Children's Hospital Association and the Saint Joseph Children's Home of Dayton. She chaired and directed several successful fundraising events for both organizations, including the annual Cha-Cha Ball that provided significant contributions to the growth and expansion of Dayton Children's Hospital. Known for her unique combination of creativity, artistic vision and love of nature Marilyn was a master gardner. A member of the Four Seasons Garden Club of Dayton her gardens in Kettering were frequently opened for public tours due to the impressive display of horticultural artistry. The nurturing care and attention to detail were clearly evident in the natural beauty and peace that filled the green spaces touched by Marilyn's loving hands and her deep appreciation for the gifts of nature. Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of nearly 62 years, L. William Crotty, age 87. Her bothers Gerald and Donald. Her children and spouses, Kathleen Ann, Daniel William and Cindy, Kevin Michael and Karen, Robert Sean and Jane, Shane Fergus, James Patrick and Brian Francis and Cathleen. Seventeen grandchildren and spouses including Bridget Crotty of Dayton, OH, Dugan and Heather Crotty of Alexandria, VA; Kelly and Casey Hall of Dayton, OH, Kerry and Matt Bruggerman of Dayton, OH, Katie and Sean Duple of Dayton OH; Colin and Emily Crotty of Cincinnati, OH, Melissa and Dave Berry of Park City, Utah, Sean Crotty of Salt Lake City, Utah and Michael Crotty of Park City, Utah; Caroline Crotty of Atlanta, GA; Philip DeFraties of Denver, CO, Emma Crotty and Chloe Crotty, of Frisco, TX; Jack Crotty and fiancee' Courtney of South Lebanon, OH, William Crotty of Dayton, OH, Keegan Crotty and Carson Crotty of Hilton Head Island, SC. Eleven great-grandchildren including Willow and Scarlett; Stella, Penelope and Sophie; Kendall, Cameron and Caleb; Brayden, Bryce and John Patrick. Visitation will be Monday evening, March 30th 5PM to 8PM at the Routsong Funeral Home on Stroop Road in Kettering, OH. The funeral Mass, held on Tuesday March 31st at noon, will be presided by Fr. Jim Manning at St. Albert the Great Church in Kettering, OH. Pallbearers include Daniel Crotty, Kevin Crotty, Robert Crotty, Shane Crotty, James Crotty and Brian Crotty. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the Hospice of Dayton Foundation. The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from friends and the community, and especially the exceptional and loving care of Hospice of Dayton. Let love hold. Through the passing of seasons, through the distances of the goodbyes, through the shadowlands of separation. Let love hold. Against all fear, all pain, all sorrow. Let love hold like a fortress in our hearts and endure like the sun.

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