Ruth E. (Harms) Krueger, age 86, of Cologne, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Auburn Home in Waconia.
She was born Feb. 14, 1931, at the Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis, the daughter of Walter M. and Esther M. (Rolf) Harms.
Ruth was baptized the day of her birth in the hospital. She confirmed her faith March 25, 1945, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne with the Rev. R.W. Rottmann officiating.
Ruth was united in marriage with Henry Krueger June 26, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church by the Rev. John Melchert.
Ruth was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She loved attending as many of their activities as possible, and cherished every family get-together.
She was known for baking her famous coffee cake, and her love of cardinals and collecting them. She proudly sold Stanley Home Products for over 40 years.
Ruth will be remembered for her gentle, kind, and loving spirit.
She taught at the Woodlake Lutheran School in rural Woodlake, and the Zion Lutheran School in Cologne. A faithful member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne, Ruth was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and sang in the church choir.
She also belonged to the AAL and Lamplighter, where she had served as secretary and treasurer for many years.
Ruth was also a strong supporter of Mayer Lutheran High School, where she chaired the annual rummage sale for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Esther (Rolf) Harms; son-in-law Herb Schewe; several infant siblings; and step-mother Dora Harms.
Ruth is survived by her loving family; husband Henry Krueger; children Sharon Schewe of Eagan, David (Marianne) Krueger of Ypsilanti, MI, Helen (John O.) Schrupp of Norwood Young America, and Paul Krueger of Cologne; grandchildren Laura (Joel) Stender, John H. Schrupp, Amanda (David) Deering, Emily (Dan) Hove, Alicia Krueger, Katie (Stephen) Collins, Joe Krueger, and Thomas Krueger; great-grandchildren Evelyn Stender, Joselyn Stender, and Henry Deering; step-sister Marcella Hansen of Minnetonka; beloved cousins; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Her funeral service took place Monday, July 31 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Benton Township, rural Cologne, with the Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, July 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a prayer service at 6 p.m.; and visitation continued Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Laura Stender, John H. Schrupp, Amanda Deering, Emily Hove, Steven Roland, and David Hillesland.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Memorials preferred to Zion Lutheran Church - Cologne; or Mayer Lutheran High School.