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Wilma A. Krueger

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LANCASTER — Wilma A. Krueger, 92, of Lancaster and formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy, on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Born in Shickshinny on June 20, 1921, Wilma is survived by her son, Wayne Koepke, and daughter-in-law, Bernice, Sarasota, Florida; daughter, Nancy Grand, and son-in-law, Stanley, Lancaster; her sister, Alverda Turley, Whiting, New Jersey; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sons, Carl W. Koepke Jr. and Mark D. Koepke; husbands, Carl William Koepke Sr. and Carl E. Krueger; sister, Louise Wade; and brothers, Willard and Edward Kemrite.

Wilma attended Nanticoke public schools and high school in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, Women of ELCA and the Shawnee and Firwood seniors clubs. She worked in the garment industry prior to retirement.

Dedicated to community service and education, she was a founding member and past president of the Lee Park PTA. She had also served as chairperson of the United Way, Hanover Township, president of Civic Improvement, which she helped organize, and as a Red Cross volunteer. She also taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir.

Wilma gave generously of her time to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she volunteered in the office and served on the property committee. In addition, she was a member of the residential committee and volunteer at Washington Square Apartment Building, where she resided for 27 years prior to moving to Lancaster in 2013.

Wilma loved playing cards, especially pinochle, with friends and family. She enjoyed reading and word puzzles and was an avid gardener. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, generous and a delight to be with. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Peter Kuritz, pastor, presiding. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Wilma's memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125; or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Condolences can be made at www.kniffenfuneralhome.com,


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Published in Times Leader from May 30 to May 31, 2014
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