Tricounty News

Clarice Kruger, 88

Clarice Kruger of Litchfield died Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 2012, at Ecumen of Litchfield. She was 88.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home at 316 South Sibley Ave. in Litchfield, and will continue one hour prior to the services Wednesday, at the church. Interment will be in the Lake Ripley Cemetery.

Clarice Adell Kruger was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Watkins to Clarence and Alice (Gulso) Rice. She received her education in Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School in 1941. She continued her education for one year following high school and became a school teacher. In 1943, she was married to Allen Schultz in Forest City. She lived in rural Watkins and taught in various rural district schools in the Forest City area before taking a teaching position in Kimball. After five years of teaching in Kimball, she began teaching elementary school in Litchfield. She returned to college and received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University. Allen died in April 1971.

She married Stanley Kruger in June, 1972. They moved from the farm near Watkins to Litchfield. She taught in Litchfield for 20 years before retiring. While living near Watkins, she was a member of St. Matthews Church in Forest City. She then attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Litchfield before becoming a member of First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. She was a member of WELCA and the Quilters Group. She was a member of the Eagle's Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and the outdoors. She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She spent time with her mother, making it easier for her mother to remain in her home in her later years. She also spent many hours with her brother George, sometimes simply sitting with him to give him support.

Clarice was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Allen Schultz and Stanley Kruger; brother George; and stepson Stanley Kruger Jr.; and son-in-law Leland Fischer.

She is survived by her son Ralph (and Judy) Schultz of Kimball; stepchildren Lorie Fischer of Litchfield, Sharon (and Neil) Meyer of Lake Park, Minn., and Carol (and Elbert) Minchey of Litchfield; grandsons Kirk (and Jeanie) Schultz, Kevin (and Lorina) Schultz; stepgrandchildren Barb (and Jeff) Unterburger, Lisa (and Wade) Gerten, Brian (and Sue) Gustafson, Todd Hoelmer, Jon (and Nan) Hoelmer, Sarah Anderson, and Mark Fischer; four great-grandchildren, and 10 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Clarence "Gene" (and Jan) Rice of Kimball, and Jerry (and Delores) Rice of Watkins.