Craig M. Monroe, the loving husband of Shirley Krsinich, died on Friday, December 1st from young onset Lewy Body dementia, a debilitating disease that he had for more than 8 years. He was 67 years old.
Craig grew up in Queens and during college, was a lifeguard at Jones Beach, outside of New York City (a.k.a. "Bay Watch," but definitely more realistic). His passion for swimming continued through the majority of his life.
Before moving to Wisconsin, Craig received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of
Florida. He worked as a psychologist at Wisconsin Northern Center and a forensic psychologist at Mendota Mental Health Institute and Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, for most of his professional career. For a brief time, he was also a family therapist in Sauk City, WI.
Craig was always interested in people's personal stories and was deeply aware and accepting of
the human condition. He was a good listener, and a mischief maker. His dry wit could bring
laughter to a party or to a serious meeting.
He was a formidable opponent, with the confidence of an accomplished athlete, and the street
smarts of a kid from Queens. He loved being part of a team, whether that be master swimmers,
other psychologists, or work groups that included the 980 team, nursing staff, social workers, and health care professionals. And he also loved traveling with family and friends in the past decade to such places as the Grand Canyon, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and Northern Italy.
Craig loved being with his friends, especially at Manna Café and Bakery. He appreciated its
great food, wonderful staff and sense of community. As a younger man, he had fond memories of time spent at The Joint in Eau Claire, WI.
He was loved and supported by his wife Shirley Krsinich, his friend Neil Halverson, his "care partner in crime", and for the past two years by the outstanding caregivers at Badger Prairie Health Care Center and Heartland Hospice. He and Shirley want to thank all of his doctors, especially Dr. Bradley Boeve, who runs the Lewy Body dementia study at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Drs. Michael Siebers, Gerald Pankratz, and Art Walaszek in Madison for their help, their kindness and respect. They would especially like to thank the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin for their expertise, support groups and dementia education, especially in explaining young onset dementia and ways to best live with it. Please make any donations to:
Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
517 N Segoe Rd #301
Madison, WI 53705
Friends and family will gather on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 from 2-4:00 at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue, Madison, WI. Please share a memory at www.CressFuneralService.com.