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Bernice M. Kruse

Bernice M. Kruse, 87, died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at the Serenity Hospice and Home.

She was born on May 16, 1931 in Thomson, the daughter of Charles W. and Kathryn E. (Eisenhower) Hartman.

She graduated from Lanark High School in 1949.

Bernice married Frederick E. Kruse on Nov. 15, 1953 in Lanark.

She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, of Stillman Valley, where she served as Sunday School treasurer for more than 50 years, served as a deaconess, and was on various other committees within the church including the memorial committee, and the Senior Fellowship Group.

She served on the 4-H Youth Council, the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, and the Ogle County Homemaker’s Extension.

She was also a member of the Rochelle Christian Women’s Club, and served on the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.

She and her husband Fred would buy and raise 1,000 chickens every year, gathering eggs daily.

She was known to many for her meticulous manicured lawn.

She is survived by her two children, Deb (Bruce) Bonne, of Stillman Valley, and John (Jennifer) Kruse, of Byron; two grandchildren, Brooke (Jamie) Adams, of Stillman Valley, and Brent (Arlett) Bonne, of Davis Junction; three great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Nolan Adams, and Camila Bonne; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; twin brother, Bernard Hartman; and brother, Charles H. Hartman.

The family would like to especially thank the Serenity Hospice and Home Staff and Rev. Chris Brauns for their loving care and support.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley with the Rev. Chris Brauns, pastor of the church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Stillman Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley.

A memorial fund has been established for the Serenity Hospice and Home or the Congregational Christian Church.  

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