Genevieve Josephine Kruger, 76

Published 10:41 am Friday, March 4, 2011

Genevieve Josephine Kruger, 76, of Conger, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at her home.

Genevieve Kruger

Genevieve Josephine Kruger was born on May 31, 1934, at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin to Louis and Anne (Vomacka) Chapek of Oakland Township. She was a 1952 graduate of Austin High School. On June 20, 1954, she was united in marriage to William E. Kruger at Oakland Lutheran Church and resided in Albert Lea. In 1962, Genevieve and William moved to rural Conger. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Conger, the WELCA and Miriam Circle. She served in various capacities in the church and enjoyed the fellowship with her church family. She had been a past employee of the Register of Deeds in Austin, County Recorder in Albert Lea, Wilson and Company Office, Albert Lea Abstract Company and Albert Lea Medical Center. Genevieve treasured family gatherings, reading, swimming, walking, and recently found pleasure in learning to play hymns on the organ. She took pride in canning vegetables and fruits from her husband’s garden and orchard to share with her family.

Survivors include her husband, William E. Kruger; children, Ronald Kruger and wife Jane of Conger, Debra Mortensen and husband Benjamin of Albert Lea, Robert Kruger and wife Shari of Lonsdale and Katherine Kruger and Leo Lastovica of Blair, Neb.; grandchildren, Kelly (Kruger) and husband Matt Watkins of Pipestone, Amanda Kruger of St. Paul, Paige and Logan Kruger of Lonsdale; great-granddaughter, Shelby Watkins of Pipestone; sisters, Louise Peterson of Blooming Prairie and Joyce Petersen of Albert Lea; sisters-in-law, Joyce Chapek of Albert Lea, Lois Chapek of Albert Lea, LaVonne Froiland of Oakland and Helen Pearson of Owatonna; brother-in-law, Harold Kruger and wife Charlene of Oakland; aunt, Rose Foss; uncle, Stanley Vomacka; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arthur Chapek and Alvin Chapek; brothers-in-law, Richard Peterson, Kermit Froiland and Wayne Wood; sister-in-law, Delores Wood; nephews, Randy Chapek, Andy Chapek, Gary Peterson, Stephen Froiland and John Wood; and niece, Pamela Peterson.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Conger. The Reverand Daphne Hamborg will officiate. Interment will be at the Conger Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to Genevieve will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Blessed be her memory.