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June 19, 1922 – Saturday, December 31, 2011

Service Information
Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, MN
Sunday, January 15, 2012
3:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Sunday, January 15th, 2012
1-3 P.M.

Lydia Viona Kruschke, age 89, and formerly of Lester Prairie passed on to be with her Personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at The Glencoe Regional Long Term Care.

She was born on June 19, 1922 in Plato the daughter of Friedrich “Fred” & Dorothea (Dau) Wuetherich.

Lydia was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato.

She attended school in Plato.

On November 16, 1950, Lydia V. Wuetherich & Marvin H. Kruschke were joined in holy marriage in Northwood, Iowa. 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 Lydia’s retirement, she traveled to the following states: Oregon, Washington State, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Northern Minnesota.

Her special interests were her family, grandchildren, great granddaughters and eating out.

Lydia loved nature and watching birds. She loved to cook, entertain, sew and sewed many outfits for her twin daughters. She had a special ministry of sending cards for birthdays, anniversaries, get well, sympathy and encouragement. If she knew about the occasion, she would mail a card.

She loved watching The Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, listening to Old Time Music 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. She always reminded her children 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.

Lydia had a heart of gold, lived and showed her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On any given day, you would see her giving thanks for the day and reading her Bible.

She was a faithful member of Prairie Community Evangelical United Church of Christ Church in Lester Prairie. Lydia was a member of the choir, a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Church Camp Counselor, Women’s Guild Member and Officer, Couples Club Member, in Bible Study Groups and was also the Church Janitor along with her family.

Survived by her children: son: Eugene “Gene” Rennells of Minneapolis, Minnesota; twin daughters: Rosalie “Lee” (Bernie) Bullert of Cottage Grove, Minnesota and Rosalind “Lin” (Reverend Ronald) Ziemer of Danville, Illinois; grandsons: Brent Bullert of San Diego, California, Kurt Bullert (friend Lisa McEnery) of Oakdale, Minnesota and Chad (Dawn) Ziemer of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; a granddaughter: Dana Ziemer Haas of Bend, Oregon; great granddaughters: Tahlia Haas and Grace Pruitt of Bend, Oregon; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Dorothy Wuetherich of Lester Prairie, Minnesota, Arlaine Schiebe of Rockford, Minnesota, Germaine Kruschke Beaudry of Albertville, Minnesota, Ethel Kruschke of Buffalo, Minnesota, Vera Fruetel of Lester Prairie, Minnesota, Dorothy (Edwin) LaMott of Silver Lake, Minnesota, Lily Dammann of Lester Prairie, Minnesota and Orlin Graupmann of Plato, Minnesota; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband: Marvin H. Kruschke on April 22nd, 2007, granddaughters: Faith & Paige Ziemer, her parents: Fred & Dorothea (Dau) Wuetherich, sisters and brothers in law: Stella & Fred Templin, Alvina & Helmuth Fenske and Dorothy & Melvin Kroells, brothers and sister in law: Harold & Gladys Wuetherich and Fredric Wuetherich, parents in law: August & Lillie (Maenke) Kruschke, step mother in law: Augusta Kruschke, brothers in law & sister in law Willard Kruschke, Irvin Kruschke, Gilbert Kruschke, Loren Schiebe, Alvin Beaudry, Wilmar Dammann, Virgil Fruetel, and Ella Graupmann, nephews: Lester Templin, Earl Kruschke, Michael Fruetel, and Jerry Fruetel.

Funeral services for Lydia Kruschke will be held on Sunday, January 15th at 3:00 P.M. at The Prairie Community Evangelical United Church of Christ Church in Lester Prairie, Minnesota. Reverend William Baldwin and Reverend Ronald Ziemer will officiate.

Pianist will be Chad Ziemer. A vocal quartet of Dana Ziemer Haas, Chad Ziemer, Dawn Ziemer and Reverend Ronald Ziemer will sing “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry” and “Going Home”. Earl Ehrke and Reverend William Baldwin will sing “Just As I Am” and “Church In The Wildwood” accompanied with their guitar and harmonica. Marvin Westermann 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 Lester Prairie Public Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Church on Sunday, January 15th from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service at 3:00 P.M.

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, BrianWuetherich and Kerry Wuetherich.

Memorials and Condolences – Please mail to Lin Ziemer, P.O. Box 64, Danville, Illinois 61834-0064.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kim Sandlin

    I just wanted to express my condolences again for your loss. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Much love!


  2. steve wilson

    Lin and Ron; You have my sympathy and prayers. She finally made her transition to be with her Lord.

  3. Sister joanne Vander Heyden

    What a beautiful life. The obituary includes many friends and that is a great testimony besides Lydia’s many church activities.

    May she now enjoy the fullness of life and watch over all her loved ones.

  4. Leigh Cohrs

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


  5. Karen Hansen

    I appreciated Lydia so much. I haven’t seen her since April 9 when I retired from GRHS Long Term Care. When I went in her room she liked to talk and loved company. She will be missed.
    Karen Hansen

  6. Amy Kuta

    I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts during this time.


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