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MARION COUNTY RECORD, 1 March 2000
Obituary of HANNAH M. KRUSE
Hannah Mabel Kruse, 92, died Feb. 21, 2000, at Salem Home in Hillsboro.
Born July 18, 1907, she was the only child of the late Jacob and Hannah (Ehrlich) Schlotthauer of rural Marion. Her mother died when Hannah was an infant, 11 days old, and she was raised by her grandparents.
She attended Dobbs rural school and graduated from Marion High School in 1926. After attending Tabor College two years she taught at the Canada grade school. After graduating from Kansas State Teacher's College, Emporia, in 1931, she taught high school at Hillsboro for two years before her marriage to Harvey Kruse on May 28, 1933.
They lived in the Strassburg community northwest of Marion most of their 55-years married life, eventually moving to a new home closer to Marion after their home was selected as part of the Marion Reservoir site.
She returned to teaching in 1954, at Marion Elementary School where she was a respected member of the faculty for 13 years. Students who were fortunate to have her as a teacher recall that she instilled in them a desire to learn and instructed the fundamental basic of the various subjects. They also developed a lifetime deep respect for her.
She was baptized in 1919 at the age of 12 in the Cottonwood River just south of the old "Rainbow" bridge at the west side of Marion.
For many years she was active in many areas of Strassburg Baptist Church, serving as a Bible study teacher, treasurer, officer of the Women's Missionary Union, and librarian.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Harvey Kruse, who died March 22, 1989.
Survivors include their son, Dwight and his wife Jerrie Kruse of rural Marion; their grandson Alan and his wife Melissa Kruse, rural Marion, and their children Lexie and Trevor; granddaughter Pamela Kruse of Emporia and grandson Jason Kruse, rural Marion; daughter Patricia and her husband Lowell Socolofsky of Bellevue, Neb.; and their children, Doug and Gina Wamble, Paul and Johnathan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; James and Rita Pray, Michael, Jennifer, and Jessica, Des Moines, Iowa, David and Nancy Socolofsky and Hannah, Humble, Texas, and John and Jennifer Socolofsky, Zachary, April, and Luke of Mendham, N.J.
Services were held Saturday at Strassburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Mashburn officiating.
Rita Pray played "Near to the Heart of God" on the oboe.
Lowell Socolofsky gave the welcome and offered prayer. Alan Kruse gave the scripture reading. Jason Kruse read Psalm 46.
Special music was a solo by Doug Wamble, "Until Then," and "When We See Christ" by David, John, and Lowell Socolofsky.
Played was a tape, entitled "Blessed Lights of Home" by Harvey Kruse and Irene Richmond Suderman. 
Pallbearers were Alan Kruse, Jason Kruse, David Socolofky, John Socolofsky, Jon Thole, and Richard Meisinger.
Transcribed and Contributed by Janice Reading


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