Lydia Viona Kruschke, age 89, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed on to be with her personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Glencoe Regional Long Term Care.
Funeral services will take place Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Prairie Community Evangelical United Church of Christ Church in Lester Prairie with the Revs. William Baldwin and Ronald Ziemer will officiating.
Pianist will be Chad Ziemer. A vocal quartet of Dana Ziemer Haas, Chad Ziemer, Dawn Ziemer, and the Rev. Ronald Ziemer will sing “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry” and “Going Home.” Earl Ehrke and the Rev. William Baldwin will sing “Just As I Am” and “Church In The Wildwood,” accompanied with their guitar and harmonica. Marvin Westerman will sing a solo “Jesus Still Lead On,” which was Lydia’s favorite Sunday school song.
Congregational hymns will be “Take My Life and Let It Be,” “In The Garden,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment will be at Lester Prairie Public Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church Sunday, Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
Honorary casket bearers will be a grandson, nephews, nieces, and three special friends of Lydia’s: Brent Bullert, Daryl Kroells, Duane Kruschke, Arthur Templin, Kenneth Templin, Guy Wuetherich, Carol Jean Dammann, Debra Kirby, Vickie Kruschke, Mary Schiebe, Betty Ann Stuedemann, Sharon Williamson, Shirley Wuetherich, Elvera Brelje, Delores Spiering and Mabel Tonn.
Casket bearers will be a grandson and nephews: Kurt Bullert, Roger Kruschke, Alan Schiebe, Wayne Templin, Brian Wuetherich and Kerry Wuetherich.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com
Memorials and condolences may also be mailed to Lin Ziemer, P.O. Box 64, Danville, IL 61834-0064.
Lydia was born June 19, 1922, in Plato, the daughter of Friedrich “Fred” and Dorothea (Dau) Wuetherich. Lydia was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato.
She attended school in Plato.
Lydia and Marvin H. Kruschke were joined in holy marriage Nov. 16, 1950, in Northwood, IA. God blessed their marriage with three children: a son, Eugene, (“Gene”), and twin daughters, Rosalie (“Lee”) and Rosalind (“Lin”).
Lydia lived in Plato, Minneapolis and St. Paul, California, Oregon, Lester Prairie, Orchard Estates in Glencoe, and since January of 2005, was a resident of Glencoe Long Term Care.
She was formerly employed at Weise and Kuhlmann, Tonka Toys, and various places in Minneapolis/St. Paul and California.
After her retirement, Lydia traveled to several states. Her special interests were her family, grandchildren, great-granddaughters, and eating out.
Lydia loved nature and watching birds. She loved to cook, entertain, and sew, and she sewed many outfits for her twin daughters. She had a special ministry of sending greeting cards and whenever she knew about an occasion, she would mail a card.
Lydia loved watching the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings, and listening to old time and Christian music. She enjoyed reading, especially the weekly newspapers, and keeping up on her local community of Lester Prairie.
Lydia was a hard-working and dedicated person. Having struggled in her early years with raising her three children, she taught them to always reach out and help others, reminding them that they should never forget where they came from and keep their faith in God.
Her family meant everything to her, and she would do anything for them. She had a heart of gold, and lived and showed her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On any given day, you would see Lydia giving thanks for the day and reading her Bible.
A faithful member of Prairie Community Evangelical United Church of Christ Church in Lester Prairie, Lydia sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school teacher, church camp counselor, women’s guild member and officer, Couples Club member, and was active in Bible study groups. She was also the church janitor, along with her family.
Lydia is survived by her children: son Eugene “Gene” Rennells of Minneapolis; twin daughters Rosalie “Lee” (Bernie) Bullert of Cottage Grove, and Rosalind “Lin” (the Rev. Ronald) Ziemer of Danville, IL; grandsons Brent Bullert of San Diego, CA, Kurt Bullert (friend Lisa McEnery) of Oakdale, and Chad (Dawn) Ziemer of Coon Rapids; a granddaughter, Dana Ziemer Haas of Bend, OR; and great-granddaughters Tahlia Haas and Grace Pruitt of Bend, OR.
She is further survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Dorothy Wuetherich of Lester Prairie, Arlaine Schiebe of Rockford, Germaine Kruschke Beaudry of Albertville, Ethel Kruschke of Buffalo, Vera Fruetel of Lester Prairie, Dorothy (Edwin) LaMott of Silver Lake, Lily Dammann of Lester Prairie, and Orlin Graupmann of Plato; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Lydia was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin H. Kruschke April 22, 2007; granddaughters Faith and Paige Ziemer; her parents, Fred and Dorothea (Dau) Wuetherich; sisters and brothers-in-law Stella and Fred Templin, Alvina and Helmuth Fenske, and Dorothy and Melvin Kroells; brothers and sister in law Harold and Gladys Wuetherich and Fredric Wuetherich; parents-in-law August and Lillie (Maenke) Kruschke; step mother-in-law Augusta Kruschke; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Willard Kruschke, Irvin Kruschke, Gilbert Kruschke, Loren Schiebe, Alvin Beaudry, Wilmar Dammann, Virgil Fruetel, and Ella Graupmann; and nephews Lester Templin, Earl Kruschke, Michael Fruetel, and Jerry Fruetel.