Oct. 13, 1939-Dec. 3, 2005 JoAnn M. Kruger, 66, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 3, 2005 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. JoAnn Marie Leines was born to Joseph and Agnes (Sather) Leines on Oct. 13, 1939 near Gary, Min...
Oct. 13, 1939-Dec. 3, 2005
JoAnn M. Kruger, 66, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 3, 2005 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes.
JoAnn Marie Leines was born to Joseph and Agnes (Sather) Leines on Oct. 13, 1939 near Gary, Minn. She lived on the family farm until junior high age, when she moved to Oregon with her family for a couple of years. They then moved to Bejou, Minn., where JoAnn lived until she married. She graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1957.
After graduation, JoAnn went to work at Ness/Wild Rice Auto in Mahnomen. She married Kermit Kruger on Aug. 16, 1958 in Bejou. In 1959, the couple moved to a farm south of Audubon, and JoAnn worked for Peter's Meats in Detroit Lakes. In 1964, they bought a farm near Callaway. In 1971, JoAnn went to work at Rural Minnesota CEP. She retired in February of this year, after 33 years of working there. JoAnn also helped run the family farm until they quit farming in the spring of 2004. In July 2004, she and Kermit moved to a home just north of Floyd Lake by Detroit Lakes, where she lived until her death.
JoAnn was an avid bowler, softball and volleyball player throughout the years, until her illness stopped her from participating. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's sporting events and activities, as well as taking trips with family members.
Surviving JoAnn are her husband, Kermit Kruger of Detroit Lakes; daughters Arlyce (Dale) Cucich and Karen (Eugene) Husted, both of Detroit Lakes, Gail (Ron) Jasken of Long Prairie, Minn., and Cheryl Jones of Detroit Lakes; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Conrad (Alice) Leines of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Darrell (Cindy) Leines of Plymouth, Minn.; a sister, Audrey (John) Burdick of Lengby, Minn.; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Leines of Moorhead. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Agnes Leines; a brother, Luverne Leines; and an infant son, Curtis.
Visitation is set from 5-8 p.m. today (Wednesday), with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, in West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, and will continue for one hour prior to Thursday's services at the church.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Dan Babine officiating. Active casket bearers will be Kyle Kruger, Philip Kruger, Frank Burdick, Jesse Kruger, Mike Leines and Chad Leines. The Zorbaz Women's Softball Team will serve as honorary bearers. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Arrangements were entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.