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For Lynnfield soldier, home is where the heart is

Michael Croke, second from left, hugs his wife, Siobhan, and his mom, Debbie. He was also welcomed home by his sister-in-law, Ryan, and her husband, Tim, Michael’s brother. His niece, Braelyn, got a front row seat with Santa Claus and the family dog, Cooper. (Anne Marie Tobin)
LYNNFIELD — Michael Croke came home to holiday lights, his smiling family and a warm coat after spending 10 months serving with the Massachusetts National Guard in Africa.  “I am so happy to be home, but I think I forgot how cold it can be,” Croke told the crowd gathered for last Saturday’s town holiday…

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