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Mildred Kruse

December 5, 2011 — December 5, 2011


April 8, 1918
Paullina, Iowa
December 5, 2011
Cherokee, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Thursday, December 8, 2011
Zion United Church of Christ; Calumet, Iowa
Grandson Rev. Matt Nieman &
Rev. Barb Weier ~ Officiating

5 – 7 P.M. Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Family present from 5 – 7 P.M.
Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina, Iowa

“The Lord’s Prayer”
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
Sung by: Steve & Denise Dunnick
Organist: Florence Rehder

Jenni Nieman Vicki Nieman Sheila Weaver
Tricia Ellsworth Kelly Kruse Kristin Johnson
Kindra Domsch Kari Sweet
Jennifer Kruse Mindy Johnson
Matt Nieman Mark Nieman Wade Weaver
Jason Kruse Damon Ellsworth Durell Johnson
Jeremy Domsch Jason Sweet
Kevin Kruse Marty Robinson

Liberty Township Cemetery

Calumet, Iowa

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa


Mildred Arlene Kruse, was born April 8, 1918, in Paullina, Iowa to Albert and Katherine (Dreesen) Steffen. Mildred had four brothers, Ray, Clarence, Harold and Ed and a sister, Frances. Mildred attended Lutheran school in Paullina. On February 22, 1939, she married Raymond (Ray) Herman Kruse at her parent’s home in Paullina. To this union four children were born, Beverly, Gary, Bill and Randall. Mildred shared her life with Ray for 62 years before he passed away on October 25, 2001. They made their home on two different farm places near Calumet and moved to a newly built house in Calumet in 1977.Mildred loved to play cards with her lady friends who gathered regularly throughout her adult life for card club. For years Mildred and Ray enjoyed card games with several couples who would meet at each other’s homes. Many nights of laughter were shared. Mildred also enjoyed playing cards and checkers with her children and grandchildren. She never lost a game on purpose. She was an excellent cook with many specialty dishes that are vividly remembered by her family and friends. The grandchildren’s best memories would be centered around “staying night” at Mildred’s and Ray’s home and the holiday gatherings.
Mildred had moved to the Countryside Estates in Cherokee to make her home and she passed away there on Monday December 5, 2011 reaching the age of 93 years 7 months and 27 days.
Those left to mourn her death are her three children and their spouses and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Beverly and Fran Nieman of Orange City, Gary and Maureen Kruse of Calumet and Bill and Joan Kruse of Storm Lake; grandchildren Matt(Jenni) Nieman, Mark (Vicki) Nieman; Sheila (Wade) Weaver, Jason (Kelly) Kruse and Tricia(Damon) Ellsworth; Kristin (Durell) Johnson, Kindra (Jeremy Domsch and Kari(Jason) Sweet, Kevin (Jennifer) Kruse; Marty Robinson and Mindy Johnson, great grandchildren: Jacob & Joseph Nieman, Jori and Spencer Nieman; Andrew and John Weaver, Evan, Colin and Tate Kruse, Bailey and Landon Ellsworth; Harry and Billy Johnson; Maysa Kruse, Payton and Lennie Johnson along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, son Randy who lost his life in a work related accident on November 24, 1987; parents and brothers and sister.
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