Elvira Kruse, 98, of Marysville, was born November 29, 1918 and entered heaven January 4, 2017. Visitation was Monday, January 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hanover Mortuary in Hanover. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, northeast of Bremen. Rev. Aaron T. Fenker, Sr., officiated. Kathy Pralle played the organ while the congregation sang “I Am Trusting Thee Lord Jesus”, “Jesus Christ My Sure Defense”, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”, and “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”. The pallbearers were Ryan Kruse, Jerod Kruse, Andy Crowe, Tom Kruse, Alan Kruse, and Josh Kruse. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Elvira was born the daughter of Herman and Sophie (Meyn) Linkugel, and was baptized and confirmed by Pastor J.V. Kaufeld. After graduating from Marysville High School in 1936 and attending summer classes at Kansas State, she began teaching all 8 grades at Bethlehem Lutheran School. She married Wilmer H. Kruse on November 29, 1942. After his service in the military, they returned to Kansas and in 1946 and purchased the family farm where they were engaged in dairy and general farming. Here their 6 children were born. They moved from the farm to Hanover in 1982 where they were involved with the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. In September 2011, Elvira moved from Hanover to Marysville Senior Housing where she remained with her caring neighbors until her death. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School & Special Education confirmation. She was a member of LWML and worked at the Braille Center for the blind. She cherished her memories of their travels. Her passion was delving into the families’ genealogy, and her hobbies were reading, gardening, and flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer; son, Jim; parents, Herman and Sophie (Meyn) Linkugel; sisters, Esther Mauer and Edna Kruse; brothers, Paul Linkugel, Herman Linkugel, and Fredrick Linkugel. Survivors include her children, Carolyn (Bob) Crowe, St. Louis, Dorothy (Bill) Holst, Kansas City, Ron Kruse, Olathe, Mel (Pat) Kruse, Bremen, and Mary Lee Kruse, Greenleaf; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Verla Kruse, Hanover. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of the Hanover Mortuary.
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