Grace (Van Hoorn) Kruger

Grace Kruger, 87, of Britt passed away  to her heavenly home to be with our Lord surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Algona Manor Care Center, after complications from pneumonia.

Funeral services for Grace Kruger will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Woden Christian Reformed Church, 205 290th Street rural Woden with Mr. Stan Limberg officiating.  Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West in Britt and will continue one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Thursday.

Grace (Van Hoorn) Kruger was born to Richard and Grace (Smidt) Van Hoorn on the family farm north of Wesley, Iowa on April 12, 1931.  She lost her mother at five weeks of age.  She was cared for by her Uncle Ed and Aunt Tina Luppen, Kanawha, Iowa, until she was old enough to return to the farm.  Shortly after her return home, the farmhouse burned down and she returned to the Luppens until a new house was built. Her father later married her step-mother, Hermina, who helped raise her. Grace graduated from Woden High School, and received her RN degree at Marshalltown, Iowa.  Her career started in the operating rooms at Park Hospital in Mason City. She began writing Bert, her husband-to-be, while he was in the Korean War.

Grace married Albertus K. Kruger on June 10, 1954 at the Woden Christian Reformed Church; they were married for 63 years.  Grace was a wonderful farm wife and mother to five children on the family farm.  She lived life simply and taught her children many life skills.  She was a great cook, seamstress, gardener, active in the church and lived out her faith daily.

She is survived by her husband, Bert of Britt, and their five children Denise (Ed) Aldeman of Iowa City, Iowa and their three sons: Mark (Abigail) of College Station, Texas, Michael (Carrie) of Davenport, Iowa, and David of Iowa City Iowa, Dennis (Deb) of Wesley and their children: Dawn (John) Stoakes of Dysart, Iowa, Darrin (Allison) of Wesley, Iowa, Darcy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Daniel (Jaime) of Wesley, Iowa, Deloris (Jay) McCracken of Des Moines, Iowa and their sons: Kyle (Rebekah) of Lakeville, Minnesota, Kory (Jessica) of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Kody (Katie) of Waterloo, Iowa, Darla (Gary) Peters of Wesley, Iowa and their sons: Alex, Taylor (Courtney) and Tony all of Wesley, Iowa, and Doreen (DeWayne) Breen of Urbandale, Iowa and their sons: Ben (Shari) of West Des Moines, Iowa and Nathan (Stephanie) of Ankeny, Iowa; eight great-grandchildren; along with many nephews, nieces, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, her half-brothers: Peter and George Smidt, and half-sister Della Pommer.

We deeply appreciate your kindnesses, thoughts, and prayers as Grace’s health became a struggle.


Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Chapel – Britt
178 Center Street West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Woden Christian Reformed Church
205 290th Street, Woden, Iowa 50484
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