Marilyn J. Kreger, 77, of Hanover, KS, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Centennial Homestead in Washington, KS.
A graveside funeral service was held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Hanover City Cemetery. The service was conducted by Jonathan Koehler.
Marilyn Kreger was born September 2, 1934 in Toledo , Ohio. She married Paul F. Kreger at the Walled Lake Baptist church, Walled Lake, Michigan. She joined the Novi Police Department in 1974, as a dispatcher but quickly advanced to a patrol officer, making her one of the first female police officers in the State of Michigan. She wrote numerous articles for the Novi Police magazine and had a very eventful career.
She then moved on in 1977, to become a highly respected Union Steward in the community of Novi.
Marilyn moved to Commerce in 1984 and served as the park ranger in Kensington State Park and in Dodge State Park No. 4. She loved working in the parks.
Marilyn moved to Hanover, Kansas in 1992, where her daughter Rhoda lived. Since then she traveled often to spend time with family, always returning to Hanover where she enjoyed her little home on Main Street. She delighted in visiting and storytelling with her many friends and family.
She was a gifted singer, poet, writer, artist and avid gardener. In her younger years, she sang and played folk and country songs. Marilyn was an animal lover; she had horses, dogs cats and even parrots.
Marilyn loved to read and write, she was a published poet and writer. Her most recent poem “The Barn” can be found in the July 2010 issue of Reminisce Magazine.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Paul; infant daughter, Christine Marie; and brother, Joel Still.
She is survived by children, Lon E Vanderslice Kreger, Rhoda M. Koehler, Paul F. Kreger III, David J. Kreger and Marilyn “Bird” Schramm; brothers, Jeffory Still, Brian Still and Richard “Mac” Still; twelve grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established in her name. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary, Marysville, Kansas.