In Memory of Mary Pappas Krueger ’47

Mary P. Krueger, age 94, of Ripon, WI, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020 in the home that she and her husband built, where they raised their family of five children and lived for 72 years.

Mary was born on September 8, 1925, the daughter of John and Georgia (Booras) Pappas of Ripon. She graduated from Ripon High School in 1942 and then attended Ripon College and UW-Madison. A lifelong resident of Ripon, she married Arden “Dutch” Krueger on June 26, 1948. As a young mother, Mary enjoyed sharing her love of the outdoors with her family during snow skiing adventures at the Sunny Valley Ski Club, and fishing and water skiing with friends and family at her parents’ cottage on Big Green Lake. Mary ensured that the Krueger household was a loving home to many cats over the years, and caring for creatures great and small, is a legacy that she has passed on to her children. Bird watching, and observing the wildlife of her Combe Street neighborhood, became fulfilling activities in her later years. Mary was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fond du Lac, WI and also Our Saviour’s United Church of Christ in Ripon.

Mary is survived by three sons, Kirby (Val) of Green Lake, WI, Kevin of Ripon, and Kurt (Maria) of California; daughter, Kea (special friend, John Toufar) of Markesan, WI; sister-in-law, Leona Krueger; nieces, Niki Russos and Loraine Wetzel; nephew, Ted Russos; cousin, Toula Sievers; and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Arden; son, Kelly; parents, John and Georgia Pappas; and sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Tony Russos.

Per Mary’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. The family wishes to extend a thank you to Agnesian Hospice and Denise Nelson for helping make Mary’s last days as peaceful as possible. Memorials may be directed to the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter, N6217 Busse Drive, P.O. Box 86, Green Lake, WI 54941.

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