The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 19, 2013

Mary Ann Krueger

— Mary Ann Krueger


  Mary Ann Krueger, 90, Our loving mother and grandmother passed away quietly Monday, August 19, 2013 with family by her side.

  She was a gentle, kind and gracious person, thankful for everything she was given in life and the support she received from anyone. With a simple "I thank you from the bottom of my heart" this little woman touched many people.

  Our mother loved to garden and take care of her yard; spending countless hours in her vegetable and flower gardens and hundreds of miles behind her walk behind lawn mower. Even in her mid 80's she would keep the lawn finely manicured and was awarded one day a "Just Do It" tee-shirt by a passerby. She was always busy from daybreak to nightfall. The birds and squirrels she fed and the bee's her many flowers provided nectar to will miss her companionship.

  She was a loving and caring Grandmother taking care of her four grandchildren whenever she was asked for help. With the ever present jars of candy on the counter she would make certain none of them would leave without a treat in hand. She lead by example that a hard days work was nothing to shy away from.

  Mary Ann was born on April 12, 1923 in Dunbar Township, Faribault County, MN to Charles and Julia (Kalis) Dylla.  On September 4, 1947 she was united in marriage to Earl L. Krueger.  Mary Ann spent most of her life in Mankato, MN where raising her children were her top priority and then later in life returning to work at Shari Candies until her retirement in 1993.

  Mary Ann will be greatly missed and always loved by her children, Lorin (Michele) Krueger and Tami (Tony) Bergemann all of Mankato. Grandma will also be sadly missed by her four grandchildren, Jonathan Krueger, Emily Krueger, Melissa Bergemann and Brandon Bergemann all of Mankato. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mary Ann is survived by her brother Leo Dylla of Wells, MN.

  Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Earl L. Krueger; her parents, Julia and Charles Dylla; and ten brothers and sisters, Frank Dylla, Louis Dylla, Helen Jacobsen, Martha Schrader, Roman Dylla, Herbert Dylla, Florence Prange, Raymond Dylla, Adeline Anderson and Alex Dylla in infancy.

  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mankato with Rev. John Kunz, officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at Mankato Mortuary, 1001 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato and will continue one hour before service at the church on Thursday.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Mankato.

  Memorials are preferred and will be used toward beautification of local gardens in memory of Mary Ann.