After beating breast cancer on two occasions, Marily Ann Krueger (nee Kutz) passed away peacefully in the late evening hours of Monday, March 10, 2014, at the age of 67, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., following a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer with Gerald Krueger, her devoted husband of nearly 45 years, at her side.
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Born to Harlow and Ruth Kutz (nee Guetzlaff) in Fort Atkinson, Wis., June 14, 1946, Marily attended St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and school followed by Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills, Wis., before Milwaukee Lutheran Teachers College in Milwaukee, Wis. and then Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. Following graduation she began her lifelong work of serving her Lord by sharing his love with children in the teaching ministry. She taught at several schools, including St. John's Evangelical Lutheran School in Waterloo, Wis. for 25 years and 10 years at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran School in Beverly Hills, Fla. She retired from her divine call in the summer of 2011.
Gerald proposed marriage one short month after meeting Marily. They were wed Aug. 16, 1969, and were blessed with three children, Lisa (Russell DeGidio), Chad (Paula) and Alan (Jennifer). One of her greatest joys was spending time with her eight grandchildren, Ben, Noah (sons of Lisa and Russ); Colin, Eli and Dylan (sons of Chad and Paula); Justin, Kate and Greta (children of Al and Jennifer).
Marily is survived by the above family, as well as her older sister, Ellen Krueger of Cape Coral, sister-in-law, Beverly Farnsworth of Lake Mills, Wis.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Marily's visitation (3 to 4 p.m.) and memorial celebration service (4 p.m.) will take place Sunday, March 16, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6150 North Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465. For family and friends located in Wisconsin, a memorial service will take place at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Waterloo, Wis., 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14. As the spouse of a Vietnam Era veteran, her final resting place will be Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family asks that memorials be contributed to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran School in Beverly Hills or Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, Wis.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 15, 2014