Kruse, Joan

Written by David Green.

Joan Y. Kruse, 69, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Saturday afternoon in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Morenci, Mich., to the late Frank and Edna (Maddock) Lumbardo. Joan married Arnold J. Kruse on June 24, 1961 and he survives.

She was a 1958 graduate of Morenci High School, was employed by Sheridan Manufacturing, Fulton County Health Center and several other area businesses. Joan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon. She was a Michigan fan, but loved the color red. She enjoyed cooking and baking cookies, playing cards and games, and she loved children.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Marlene (and Terry) Clark of West Unity, Ohio, Mary Jo (and Fred) Hill of Ney, Ohio, and Marilyn (and Jeffrey) Neville of Stryker, Ohio; two sons, Colonel Jeff (and Dr. Susie) Kruse of Washington, D.C., and James Kruse of Panama City Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Justin and Lisa Hill of Toledo, Ohio, Toby Hill and fiancée Erin Wonderly of Hicksville, Ohio, Brad Hill of Ney, Ohio, Megan Neville and Jeffrey Neville, II, of Stryker, Ohio.; great-grandsons Griffen Schneider-Hill, Elkhart, Ind., and Jaxson and Dawson Hill, Toledo, Ohio; one brother, Robert Lumbardo of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Alice Warren, Ila Merillat, Doris Lockwood, Betty Ershem, Jeanine Britton and Ruth Sipe; and brothers, Hal, Val, Guy and Max Lumbardo.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon, with Pastor Tim Sonnenberg and Pastor Jen Herrmann officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the CHP Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were made by Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, Ohio.

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