Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Kruse, 99, of Spencer, will take place at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., today with the family present from 7-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. Interment will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.
Lucille passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Lucille Anna Kruse, the daughter of Charles C. and Bertha Louise (Hampel) Groff, was born Aug. 16, 1908, in Benton County near Blairstown. She received her elementary and high school education in Blairstown Public School. She later attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa part-time in subsequent years. Following her schooling, Lucille taught in Benton County country schools for four years.
Lucille's father died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Following the remarriage of her mother to John F.T. Dahnke in 1930, she moved to Hartley, with her mother and step-father, and continued teaching in O'Brien County.
On Dec. 2, 1934, she was married to Marvin Kruse in Ft. Dodge. To this union were born Penelope Ann and Peter Marvin. The couple lived in Ft. Dodge for one year following their marriage, then moved to Muscatine, which remained their permanent home for 16 years. She lived her life exclusively in the State of Iowa with the exception of the five years that her husband was in the military service during WWII, when they resided in several places in the U.S. For over two years she lived with her sister in Des Moines while her husband was on active overseas military duty. In 1951, the family moved to Spencer, where they resided until 1970. Later they moved to Okoboji, where they lived for 21 years, until returning to Spencer in 1991 to take residence in The Highlands. In her later years, she was a resident of Riverview Terrace Assisted Living and St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer. Lucille was a member of the Methodist Church for her entire lifetime, participating in Women's Society activities and teaching Sunday school. She was also an active leader in Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather; and three sisters.
Lucille is survived by her children: Penelope Geddes of Warrenton, Va., and son, Peter of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.