Obituaries

Michael Charles Craney

July 8, 1965 - January 11, 2019

Michael C. Craney, age 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11, 2019, surrounded by family at home in Batavia, Illinois. He was born on July 8, 1965, in Montgomery, Indiana, to Jack and Margaret (Healy) Craney, and was the youngest of eight kids. Mike was a 1987 graduate of Indiana University, and received his MBA from DePaul University in 1995. He married Danice (Holler) Craney on May 12, 1990, in Bloomington, Indiana, and together they had four children. Mike worked with several generic pharmaceutical manufacturers over the years, most recently as President of Sales and Marketing for Pharmaceutical Associates, Inc. He often joked, “They told me there was no future in selling drugs, but they were wrong!” 

A devoted husband and father who created many cherished memories with his family, Mike always lived his life to the fullest, and was especially intent on seizing every moment after his cancer diagnosis. In his final weeks, he said that he had lived a life beyond anything he could have imagined. He enjoyed spending time with his kids, walking Sampson (his dog), cooking, vacationing with family, watching Hoosier basketball, attending concerts with friends, fine dining, inappropriate jokes, and adventures both near and far. Mike was a long-time, active member of Batavia United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher and a counter. His warm smile and friendly greetings on Sunday mornings will be missed by a congregation who adored him.

Mike is survived by his wife, Danice (Holler), and his mother, Margaret (Healy) Craney. He is also survived by his four children: Caroline (Jake), Katharine, Connor and Carter; and seven siblings: Suzie Craney, Terri Buehner, John Craney, Tony (Vicky) Craney, Julie (Terry) LaMar, Chris (Elaine) Craney, and PJ (Laura) Craney. In addition to his immediate family, Mike will be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John (Jack) Craney, in 2014. No doubt Jack was there at Heaven's gate, waiting to greet his son.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Batavia United Methodist Church, 8 North Batavia Avenue in Batavia. A Funeral Service will be held at the church at 1:00 p.m. with Pastors Cynthia Anderson and Mike Stoner officiating. Internment will be at Westside Cemetery in Batavia immediately following the service. All are invited to attend a reception at 3:00 p.m. at Lincoln Inn, 1345 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, IL, to celebrate a life well-lived.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center at 442 Williamsburg Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134. The family would like to thank the staffs at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Delnor and Season’s Hospice for their care and attention throughout Mike’s journey.

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  • Janet Brandenburg Danice I am so shocked. Do glad I ran into you two at the doctors office. Mike will truly be missed. He was a very strong man and you his support. God Bless you and your family. Hug each other tight just like Mike would hold you.
  • Kevin Craney Our sincerest condolences to the Michael Craney Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin, Lauren & Liam
  • Joe Judy krissel So sorry
  • Samuel Lum It has been an honor to know, work and socialize with Mike through the years. He has always been a supportive and positive individual, very caring about others and seeing things typically glass half full. He and his smile will be dearly missed but always remembered.
  • Diane Schmitto the industry will miss his smile
  • Dan Keltner Mike was a great man and I am so grateful to have met and worked with him. His smile will be greatly missed. Deepest sympathies to Mike's family for your loss.
  • Wade Eppes You will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers for the Craney family.
  • RH So sorry for your loss. Soon sickness and death will be no more according to God’s promise at Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:4
  • The Smith's Truly one of the greatest men we have had the pleasure of knowing. We will cherish our time together. Our deepest sympathies to Mike's amazing family. We love you.
  • Jim Black Deepest condolences to the Craney family. Mike was a great man who could always bring a smile to our faces on the soccer sidelines. You fought the noble fight my friend...rest in peace.
  • Donna Hall To the family, with a heavy heart I send my sincere condolences to all of you. What a great man! His wonderful personality will be missed. I will always remember him for saying....Top of the morning. If I was any better I couldn't stand myself. R.I.P my friend.
  • Beverly Tierney With deepest sympathy to you and your entire family in this time of sorrow. Mike was such a courageous man, always with a smile on his face and saying I'm doing fine. He fought till the bitter end and we will miss him terribly. God Bless the ones he leaves behind.
  • Beverly Mellars-Craney So very sorry for your loss. Hopefully the fond memories you have made will give you some comfort during what I know is a difficult time. See you soon.
  • Connie Roberts Danice and family, I was so sorry to hear about Michael's passing. He was a wonderful person. We will all miss him. I am glad that you have the memories of him that you shared here. Thank you for reminding me of him with them. You are in my prayers and my thoughts.
  • Doris Elliott Schuler Condolences to all of the Craney family on your loss. Prayers for comfort.