May 1, 1919-March 26, 2007
BENKELMAN -- Esther W. Krug, of Benkelman, Neb., died Monday (March 26, 2007), at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman at the age of 87 years.
She was born May 1, 1919, on her family's farm north of Benkelman in Dundy County, Neb., to Fredrick and Louise (Haarberg) Kuhlman, and attended country school near her home. She later attended Benkelman High School where she was a member of the graduating class of 1935.
Esther was baptized into the Lutheran faith on May 11, 1919, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church near her home. She was confirmed in 1933, at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman where she was a lifelong member.
On May 9, 1937, Esther was united in marriage to Henry M. Krug at the Cheyenne Valley Lutheran Church near Wheeler, Kan. They began their marriage on the farm in Cheyenne County, southwest of Benkelman.
Two children were born to their marriage; Henry, Jr., and Eva. The Krug's built a new home on their farm in 1963, and then moved their home into Benkelman in 1980. They had a special observance of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1987, and celebrated their 55th anniversary in 1992.
Esther was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family, her farm life, cooking for many and growing beautiful flowers. What she will be remembered most fondly by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will be time spent with her enjoying a challenging puzzle and her famous German pancakes. Her gentle but determined spirit will be remembered by all.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Fred and Louise Kuhlman, and her husband, Henry, in 1992.
Survivors include her children, Henry Krug Jr., and wife, Jean and Eva Russell and husband, Jim all of Benkelman; seven grandchildren, Brenda Lutz and husband, Scott of Parks, Neb., Steve Krug and wife, Lana of Benkelman, Karey Graves and husband, Todd of McCook, Neb., Angie Teter and husband, Bill of Bartley, Neb., Carol Cornelius and husband, Ryan of Grant, Neb.; six great-grandchildren, Avery Lutz of Crete, Neb., Collin Lutz of Lincoln, Neb., Taylor Lutz of Parks, Chelsey and Lane Krug of Benkelman, Sage Graves of McCook, Trevor and Emily Cornelius of Grant; two step-grandchildren, Justin Gipe and wife, Chris of Scottsbluff, Neb., Tyler Gipe of Benkelman; one step-great-grandchild, Taylor Gipe; sisters-in-law, Irene Indorf and Josephine Mann both of Goodland, Kan.; and numerous other family members, friends and neighbors.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Memorials are being accepted in Esther's name. Condolences for the family may be left on-line at www.forch.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.