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Kruse, Mabel Zeien (Sandager) -- 1924 - 2011


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 6/4/2012 at 12:13:48

Decorah Journal Jan. 27, 2011

Mabel Kruse, 86, of Ossian, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the Ossian Senior Hospice. Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan 22, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes officiated. Visitation was at the Schmitz Funeral Home in Ossian Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. There was a parish scripture service at 7 p.m. Friday. Visitation continued Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church.

Mabel (Sandager) Kruse was born Aug. 30, 1924 to John and Randi (Paulson) Sandager in Minneapolis, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Riverside Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis. After her mother died, when she was only 10, she was raised by her older sister, who she loved dearly. She had always dreamed of living on a farm. She met and married Nick Zeien. They moved to Decorah. To this union, two children were born, Nicholas and Patricia. For a short time she worked in housekeeping at the Hotel Winneshiek. Nick and her later divorced. Still longing to live on a farm, she married Arnold Kruse in 1965. Her dream finally came true. To this union, a daughter was born, Mary Kathryn. Mabel became a member of the Catholic faith at St. Benedicts in Decorah. Mabel loved helping Arnold on the farm and having her nieces and nephews send their children from the Twin Cities to stay with them on the farm in the summer. Arnold and her grew a large garden and enjoyed sharing their harvest with others. She remained on the farm until Arnold’s death when she moved to Ossian. There she enjoyed playing cards and visiting with the ladies. Mabel loved spending time with her grandchildren, putting puzzles together, and latch hooking. She was a member of the De Sales Rosary Society.

She is survived by one son, Nicholas Zeien, Ridgeway; two daughters, Patricia Gjere, Decorah and Mary (Randy) Brincks, Ossian and one step-daughter, Marlys (Stanley) Lensing, Knoxville; grandchildren Nathaniel Zeien, Decorah, Becky (Allen) Rude, Decorah; Kristi (James) Gillett, Minnetonka, Minn.; Melissa, Devin, Logan, Lucas, and Carson Brincks, Ossian; Dale (Lisa) Lensing, Pella; Lisa (Lanny) Hart, Altoona; Michael (Marsha) Kruse, DeWitt; Jeff (Jen) Kruse, Pella, Dawn (Travis) Koenig, Decorah; Paul Richard Kruse, Red Oak; Kindra Ann McGuigan, Decorah; Heather Kruse and 16 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold G. Kruse in 1998; her father and mother; two brothers; Orval at birth and Jerome in 1982; a sister, Helen Wicker, in 1993; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Wicker; a sister-in-law, Ethel Sandager; and three stepsons, Arnold David Kruse in 1982, Paul Kruse in 1998 and Cyril Kruse in 1996; and a grandson, Troy Kruse, in 2006.

Transcribed from a newspaper clipping submitted by Janice Sowers

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa

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