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Beatrice Elaine Barberg Kruger

Beatrice Elaine Barberg Kruger, age 86, of Thermopolis, WY, formerly of Cokato, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Beatrice was born March 5, 1922, in Cokato, to I.A. and Johanna Bajari Barberg, the youngest of nine brothers and two sisters. She was raised on the family farm northwest of Cokato.

After graduating from Cokato High School, Beatrice went on to earn a teaching certificate, and taught in a one-room elementary school near Litchfield.

Beatrice married Arnold Kruger of Dassel, July 5, 1944. After living in Dassel, they moved to Grass Creek, WY, where Beatrice was a substitute teacher, president of the PTA, and active in community events.

In 1969, they purchased a ranch in Meeteetse, WY, where they ranched, raising registered Hereford cattle, until Arnold’s death.

In her retirement, Beatrice was active in the World War II Shipmate reunions around the US, painting, and enjoying company who visited their ranch. In 2006, she moved to an assisted living home and then, in 2007, to the Canyon Hill Nursing Home in Thermopolis.

Beatrice is survived by her sons, Randall (Sharon) Kruger, Steven (Nancy) Kruger, all of Meeteetse, WY; grandchildren Samuel, Lee, Stephanie, Kelly Ann, and Jennifer; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers; and two sisters.

Graveside services took place Thursday, Dec. 11 at Meeteetse Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Evans officiating and the Rev. Clarence Eldrige assisting. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice in Beatrice’s memory.