Funeral services were held Monday, July 30, 2007 at the United Methodist Church at Marathon. Interment took place at Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon.
Frederica Helen Shepherd, the daughter of Silas and Ethel A. (Tout) Shepherd, was born on a farm south of Laurens, on May 13, 1926. Freddie lived her youth and received her education at Laurens, graduating from the Laurens High School in 1943. Following graduation, she worked in a grocery store and also the Laurens State Bank.
On Aug. 5, 1946, Freddie was united in marriage to John Kruse at Jackson, Minn. This couple was blessed with three children: Jon, Barry, and Cindy. Following their marriage, John and Freddie lived at Madrid, for one year and then moved to Marathon in 1947 where they owned and operated a grocery store until 1967. In 1966, Freddie became the secretary to the superintendent and Board of Education of the Marathon School District. She served in that role for 20 years. Freddie was also the Marathon city treasurer from 1990 until June, 2007.
She was an active member of the Marathon United Methodist Church and had been a treasurer for many years of the Church Circle. Freddie served as a 4-H Leader for seven years. She was a 30 year member of the Rebekah Lodge, 500 card clubs, the Unique Club, and the Birthday Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, in 1999; her step-mother, Pearl Shepherd; one sister, Violet; and her half brother, Fredrick.
Frederica is survived by her children: Jon Kruse and wife, Colleen of Storm Lake, Barry Kruse and wife, Debra of Fostoria, Cindy Parrish and husband, Eric of Spencer; a special friend, Duane "Denny" Anderson of Spencer; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a step-sister, Edna Kellim of Jackson, Tenn.
The Sliefert Funeral Home of Marathon was in charge of the arrangements.