LUCRETIA JANE CREGAR, 84, died from complications from surgery on June 18th, 2021, in Bloomington, IN. with family by her side. She was born March 3rd in 1937, near Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Richard and Marguerite Stephens. Lu graduated from Lakewood High School in the class of 1955. Following graduation, she attended Rockford University and achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Early and Secondary Education. After graduation, she attended Western Case Reserve to obtain her Masters in Secondary Education.
She married James M. Cregar and they relocated to Ypsilanti, MI where Lu was a first and second grade teacher for over 35 years with the Ypsilanti Public School System. She was active in the Union and was the MEA President for her District as well. LU was awarded Teacher of the Year for Michigan at the end of her long and impactful career. Jim and Lu celebrated over 50 years of marriage before the passing of James in 2013. She remarried and survived her second husband Tom Persing who she loved very much.
Lucretia was a loyal member of the Women’s Democratic Caucus and the Indiana University Club, where she served as president too. Lucretia was incredibly active in ALL elections up until the end of her life! Politics was her passion and she actively did her civic duty as a volunteer with running the polls and voting at the university for several years. Lu was famous for helping those in need and mentored and sheltered many souls and welcomed them into her home.
Surviving Lucretia are her daughters: Deborah Jane Frey and Diana Lucretia Cregar; granddaughters: Erin Lucretia (Ryan) Luppo and Whitney Danielle (Paul) Breen, and grandson Hayden James Charles Frey. Lu also was survived by 2 great grandchildren: Charlotte Ellouesse Breen and John Gunnar Breen. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Indiana University Club in the Fall (Oct 2, 2021 with details to follow later). Those who wish to remember Lucretia in a special way can send donations to the Women’s Democratic Caucus in lieu of flowers.
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