She was born on Feb. 6, 1922, in Aurora, Mo., to John Frederick and Zora (Tucker) Lonberg. She grew up in the Verona, Mo., and Miami, Okla., areas and graduated from Verona High School. Following graduation, she came to Parsons to attend Parsons Business College.
On April 9, 1946, she married Leonidas Crooks Jr. in Phoenix. After their marriage, they lived in Beaverton, Ore., Kansas City, Mo., Webb City, Mo., Topeka and El Dorado before returning to Parsons in 1952. He survives of the home.
Nadine worked as a secretary in several places, including First Federal Savings and Loan in Parsons, Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, at banks in Webb City, Mo., and El Dorado and at the Kansas Ordnance Plant. She also worked many years as business manager and receptionist at the family businesses, Town Motel and Leon Crooks Studio.
She played basketball at Verona High School and loved roller skating and dancing. During World War II, she was active in the USO and was chosen to be a USO queen. She was long active at First Baptist Church of Parsons, where she served in numerous capacities. She also had been a member of the Parsons Soroptimist Club.
Other survivors include two sons, Richard Crooks and his wife, Nola, of Parsons and Brad Crooks of Olathe; a daughter, Cheryl Crooks and her husband, Michael Petryni, of Bellingham, Wash.; grandchildren, Matthew Petryni, Marshall Petryni, Timothy Petryni, Sarah Davenport, Andrew Crooks, Erin Doughty, Ryan Doughty, Lauren Doughty and Shannon Doughty; two brothers, Norman Lonberg of Penney Farms, Fla., and Austin Lonberg of Round Lake, Ill.; and two sisters, Lavetta Simon of Rockford, Ill., and Phyllis Stinnett of Bandon, Ore.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Oleta Ward, Hazel Kilbourn and Imogene Wicks.
The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Parsons. Burial will be in South Mound Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.