Monday, May 16, 2022

Carolyn M. Cronk, 79

Belmont, NY – Carolyn M. Cronk, 79, of Milton Street, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born in Elkland on December 5, 1942 the daughter of Thaddeus and Stella (Zremski) Zdanowki. 

Carolyn was a long-time resident of Belmont. She was a 1960 graduate of Elkland High School. She continued her education at the Rochester Business Institute. She found her career working for Allegany County and retired after many years of service. She was a very active member of Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont. She served the church in many capacities, including the Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, knitting, sewing, and crafting in general. 

She is survived by: a son, Michael (Jodi) Cronk of Hilton; three daughters, Melissa (Michael) Belden of Mansfield, CT, Julie (Kevin) Borden of Belfast, and Karen (Brett) Comstock of Wake Forest, NC; 11 grandchildren, Amanda, Gabby, Ben & Ryan Cronk, Justin, Michaela & Matt Belden, Kayli & Jessica Williams, Rylea & Kyle Comstock; coming soon to the family, a great-granddaughter, Avery; a brother, James (Eileen) Zdanowski of Troupsburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.  

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4 -6 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11 AM in Holy Family Catholic Church, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY, 14813. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Dementia Society of America, via mail, PO Box 600 Doylestown, PA 18901, or online, To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Deepest condolences on Carolyn’s passing. I enjoyed working with her at the County, as well as being her neighbor. Prayers for comfort to her family and friends.

  2. Thank you very much ,from her brother James Zdanowski

  3. God Bless love from your loving brother,until we are together with mom and dad

  4. James zdanowski thank yoMay 17, 2022 at 6:34 PM

    Thank you very much from her brother

  5. Dear Karen and family
    I am truly sorry for your loss and I hope you find peace in the founds memories of the time you spent with Carolyn.

  6. I went to school at Elkland with Carolyn; she was one of my best friends. We had the best times cutting out pictures of flowers and pasting them in a scrap book while making up all sorts of stories about what they were trying to tell us. One time at a school reunion, she reminded me of a time when I got grounded which I had completely forgotten about. The other thing we did was take walks out back on the farm and look at the live flowers. When they moved to Osceola, she was my closest neighbor so we spent time together. She and her mother introduced my family to spaghetti by teaching me how to make spaghetti sauce; they made the best ever! She was a lovely person with a deep love of life in her heart. I feel privileged to have had her in my life throughout school. May you all find Peace in her passing. Judith Mull Wilson Allen who used to live in Osceola where the Mull's Greenhouse was, now living in Boise, Idaho.

  7. Carolyn was a kind and thoughtful friend and mother . She will be missed.
    R Patello