Alice Mae Kroells, 80

Alice Mae (Klaustermeier) (Heinen) Kroells died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Waconia.

She was born May 26, 1933, in Princeton, the daughter of Rueben and Catherine (Molenaar) Klaustermeier. Alice was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in her faith Jan. 19, 1975, by the Rev. Schafer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.

Alice received her education at a country school near Princeton.

She married Merton Heinen May 24, 1960. Alice and Merton made their home in rural Cologne, and their marriage was blessed with two children, Julie and Douglas. Alice and Merton shared over 35 years of marriage until Merton died July 4, 1995.

Alice was united in marriage to Hillard Kroells April 28, 2001, by the Rev. Dean Mahlum at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. Alice and Hillard made their home in Norwood Young America, and shared over 12 years of marriage. Alice’s life was blessed with Hillard’s children, Ronald, Cynthia, and David.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Alice worked at Masonic Nursing Home in Shakopee in the late 1950s. She also worked at Core Printing and Young America Corporation in the 1980s.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg.

Alice was an avid reader, reading many books each week. She purchased many books for young children to encourage them to learn and enjoy reading.

Alice loved horses, and hearing the stores her granddaughter would tell her about horse shows. When she lived on the farm, Alice raised hundreds of chickens and sold eggs directly to restaurants and individuals.

She had a huge garden and either canned or preserved most of the family’s food each year. An excellent cook and baker, Alice created a small business of baking and decorating cakes for weddings and other special events.

She especially cherished the time she spent with family and friends.

When Alice needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Good Samaritan Society in Waconia.

In addition to her first husband, Merton, Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Rueben and Catherine Klaustermeier; a son, Douglas Heinen; and a brother, David Klaustermeier.

She is survived by her husband, Hillard Kroells; daughter Julie Heinen; stepchildren Ronald Kroells and his wife, Linda, Cynthia Kroells, and David Kroells; eight step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Klaustermeier; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg, with interment in the church cemetery. Pastor Daniel Schnabel officiated at the services, and the organist was Sandy Kroells. Congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Amazing Grace,” “Softly and Tenderly,” and “I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say.”

Casket bearers were Gary Fahrenkamp, Mark Krautkremer, David Kroells, Ronald Kroells, Dennis Pressnall, and John Brusehoff.

Arrangements were handled by the Paul-McBride Funeral Home in Norwood Young America.

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