Irene W. Kruse
Irene W. Kruse
  • September 13, 1928 - August 15, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Irene W. Kruse, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages- Pine Valley. Born on September 13, 1928, in Allen County, she was a daughter of the late Otto Sr. and Louise (Hitzeman) Bradtmueller. Irene was employed with White Swan and later with Concordia Lutheran High School. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for over 67 years, having been active in the Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, and the Golden Heirs. She enjoyed cross-stitching, baking, quilting, traveling, ballroom dancing, farming at the Kruse Farm, and spending time at Lake George. She is survived by her sons, Daniel (Debra) Kruse of Fort Wayne and David (Malea) Kruse of Huntertown; four grandchildren, Kelli (Jon) Rogers, Julie (Nathan) Shields, Justin (Jenna) Kruse, and Marisa Kruse; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Wilmer Bradtmueller of New Haven and Otto (Janice) Bradtmueller Jr. of New Haven; and sister-in-law, Marlis Bradtmueller of Hoagland. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Oscar Kruse; brothers, Edward and Robert Bradtmueller; and sister-in-law, Betty Bradtmueller. Funeral Service will be 11am on Monday, August 21, 2017 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Rev. Peter Cage officiating. Calling will also be from 2-4 & 5-7pm on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne. Burial at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials may be made to St. Paul's Advancing our Heritage or to Worship for Shut-ins. For online condolences, please visit