Nadine Criqui

The funeral service for Nadine Criqui, 84, Lawrence, KS will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Lyndon Cemetery in Lyndon, KS.  She died on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on November 10, 1925 in Lyndon, KS, the daughter of Lyall and Martha Charlotte “Lottie” (Schoepflin) Swisher.

Mrs. Criqui graduated from Lyndon High School in 1943.  After graduation, she passed the state examination and was one of the last to receive a Normal Training Certificate, which qualified her to teach in the elementary schools of Kansas.  She taught at Highland, Richview, and Wolf rural schools in Osage County, KS; Chamness, a rural school near Emporia, KS, and introduced music at Grainfield Grade School in Gove County, KS.

She retired in 1987 after having worked twenty one years in quality control at Hallmark Cards in Lawrence.
Mrs. Criqui was active in 4-H and was a Girl Scout leader.  She belonged to the Lawrence First United Methodist Church, Kaw Valley Corral of Westerners, Lawrence Knife and Fork Club, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Williams Educational Fund.  She was an active member of the Lawrence Pilot Club and served as its president in 1996.  She joined Kappa Kappa Iota in 1958 and held most of its offices and was president many times.

During the war, Nadine rode on a troop train from Kansas City to San Diego for her wedding.  She married Orvel A. Criqui on June 3, 1944 in San Diego, CA.  They lived in Lawrence since 1956.  He preceded her in death on November 12, 2008.

Survivors include one son, Eugene “Anthony “  and wife, Lisa Criqui, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, one daughter, Kathleen Marie, and husband, James Golden, of Lancaster, CA, four grandchildren: Michael, Christina, Andrew, and Timothy Golden and five great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Pilot Club or the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence and sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family will greet friends from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

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  1. Kathy Bourgeois on October 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I knew of Nadine through Dr. Criqui. He was my principal and I’ve taught over 18 years in the Ks school districts. My mother, Ruth M. Pugh spent many years @ South Jr High and thought so much of your family. She died over a year ago, but I consider the Criqui family a huge piece of her life, and mine also. My condolences.

  2. Shirley Galinski Ball on October 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Kathy, I was so sorry to hear of your recent loss. I, of course, remember your dad from when we were in high school and while he was a principal at a local school, and I remember meeting your mom. They were both lovely people. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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