Laura Crocco

Laura B. Crocco, who taught school in Falmouth for many years, died November 26 at Cape Cod Hospital. Ms. Crocco was 86.

She was a graduate of Bridgewater State College, from which she earned degrees in education.

Ms. Crocco, the former Laura Batista, moved to Cape Cod in 1956 and began her teaching career that year at the former Village School, now Mullen-Hall Elementary School.

In 1958, she married Michael V. Crocco, who was a 5th grade teacher at the school. After their marriage, Ms. Crocco continued to teach 2nd grade and work toward obtaining her master’s of education degree. Once she earned her degree in 1961, she left teaching to raise a family.

When she returned to teaching in 1971, she was hired as a 2nd grade teacher at North Falmouth Elementary School, where she remained until her retirement.

In an interview at the start of her final month of teaching duties in June 1999, she said wanted to leave behind a lasting gift when she retired from the North Falmouth school. She said the current playground had been built nearly 20 years earlier, when enrollment at the school was only 250 students. The number of students had doubled since that time.

“I really want to give back to the children of Falmouth,” Ms. Crocco said, and shared her dream of building a new playground at the school. “I have been a teacher in this town for 33 years, and Falmouth has been a wonderful place to live and raise children. I want to do something nice for the town in return.”

Several of her colleagues and parents of students supported her vision and formed the North Falmouth Playground Committee, which hosted a Career Celebration Day in honor of Ms. Crocco and kicked off a fundraising drive for the playground. Donations to the fund eventually surpassed $35,000 and with a vote of additional money from the town, the new handicapped-accessible playground was completed in 2001.

Ms. Crocco also served as treasurer for the Falmouth Educators’ Association for more than 20 years, and was a member of the Old Stone Dock Association and the Falmouth Cultural Council, serving as treasurer for both groups.

After teaching, Ms. Crocco began a second career as a caregiver for the elderly and handicapped. She also operated a small, handmade notecard business called Feathered Friends Note Cards from her home.

She enjoyed international travel and visited Portugal, Italy and Ireland.

She leaves two sons, Denis M. Crocco of Manchester, New Hampshire, and David C. Crocco of Boston.

She was preceded in death by her son David A. Crocco, who died in 1963; and also by her former husband of 50 years, who died in 2016.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 29, at noon at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.

Burial will be private.

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