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December 9, 2018

11/24/2018 7:30:00 AM
Barbara M. Kruger

Barbara M. Kruger, age 88, of Rhinelander, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at her home. She was born May 2, 1930, in Rhinelander, to William and Marie (Mineau) Stefan.

Barb graduated from Rhinelander High School and was employed by Rhinelander Telephone Company. She married Kay Kruger in 1948 and in addition to raising her family Barb would assist Kay in the operation of Kruger Insurance Company. She also was employed at Alvena's Fabric Store and was a frequent babysitter.

Barb was a faithful member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, assisted with the hot lunch program at the church school, and served in other areas of need at the church. She was a 4-H leader, teaching sewing and knitting to young people. Barb was also a Weight Watchers leader. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, baking, and the Green Bay Packers. She will be greatly missed by her family who take comfort knowing she is home with her Lord and Savior.

Barb is survived by three children, Pam (John) Gnewuch of Fort Atkinson; Jane (Tom) Meyer of Rhinelander, and Bill (Marcia) Kruger of Madison; eight grandchildren, Michael (Faith), Mark (Beth), Mary (Nate), Jennifer (Ben), Jaclyn (John), Jessica, Austin, and Chavonne; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Barbara) Stefan of Indiana; as well as other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kay, on Feb. 17, 2010; a daughter, Peggy; sister, Rose; and brothers, Fred and Bill.

A memorial service for Barb will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Krahn officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Inurnment will take place in Forest Home Cemetery. Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414 / is assisting the family.

A memorial will be established in Barb's name for the benefit of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church and contributions may be directed in care of her family.

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