Dorothea Kruse

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The family of Dorothea C. Kruse celebrate her life by announcing that she has passed into an eternal life of peace. Born in Baltimore, Dot was raised, along with her sister Ruth, by two loving parents who taught them the importance of kindness, generosity, laughter, and faith. It did not take very long for Dot's parents to realize their daughter was born with tremendous musical talent, for she was born with a songbird's voice and perfect pitch. Dot taught herself to play piano, and could read music as well as play by ear. Dot began her musical career at the age of 14, becoming the director of the junior choir at St. John's Lutheran Church. From that moment on, her career spanned her entire life and touched upon a wide variety of talents, including a decades-long ride as the alto soloist for St. Mark's Lutheran Church, vocal performances in cities along the Atlantic Seaboard, teaching voice lessons, and directing and producing variety shows at Holy Family Catholic Church in Randallstown, MD. Probably some of Dot's finest and best musical moments were when she was simply entertaining family and friends in her home. In 1942, Dot married her beloved Ross, a childhood friend who turned into her perfect love. Together they were a dynamic and delightful couple. It truly was kismet - each gave to the other a quality each needed, and together they truly sparkled, especially at parties and when they swept each along on the dance floor! Dot and Ross' marriage lasted 71 years and they are together still. Dot served the world, not only as a talented musician and homemaker, but also worked many years, diligently serving the sick and injured as a volunteer through Meals on Wheels. Dot also served in many leadership positions at St. Mark's Church, helping to get their renowned music program off the ground. She and Ross volunteered as a host couple for newcomers to Carroll Lutheran Village; their sweetness and warmth helped people feel right at home in the community. Dot made so many friends throughout her life that they cannot be counted. She had a good, kind heart and was adored by so very many people. One of the greatest gifts Dot ever gave was the one she gave to her children, David and Kathy - a loving, safe and stable environment in which they could grow and thrive. The children have countless wonderful memories of their home on Fairview Rd which was filled with Dot's special touch everywhere. They remember the comfort of music, the boundless joy of laughter, the aromas wafting out of the kitchen, stories told around the kitchen table on summer evenings, super fun family vacations, and the tenderness and caring of a mother's touch when they were sick. "Mom, we will never forget you, and will miss you and love you forever!!" Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 6th, at 2:00 pm at Krug Chapel, 300 St. Luke Circle, Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster, MD, 21158; and also one on Sunday, September 7th at 2:00 pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD, 21218. Memorial contributions can be made to either location "in honor of Dorothea Kruse".

Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 28, 2014
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