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DENISE CECILE MARIE KREUGER (published on April 12, 2010)

DENISE CECILE MARIE KREUGER (nee LUSSIER) With painfully heavy hearts and great, great sadness, the family announces the passing of our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Denise Kreuger at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Hospital in Stonewall, Manitoba. In March of 2005, Denise was diagnosed with cancer. Following the process and always accompanied by her husband, she underwent various and lengthy regimes of treatments. She consistently faced all of this with grace, patience, and dignity, and without complaint. Imminently, surrounded, and embraced by her loving family, she quietly and peacefully passed away shortly after her 80th birthday. Denise was born on the family farm in Arborfield, Saskatchewan on February 23, 1930. She was five years old when her mother died. When her father remarried Denise became part of a blended family of 13 children. After completing schooling in Arborfield, she went on to secretarial college in Saskatoon. She met the love of her life, Herbert Kreuger of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, and they were married on June 24, 1950. She became a loving mother to six children. They lived in various Saskatchewan and Manitoba communities; Arborfield, Humboldt, Melville, Shellbrook, Ituna, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Thompson. While living in Thompson, Herb started K.B. Insurance Services Ltd. As the family grew and started leaving home, Denise began a 20 year career as supervisor of food services and housekeeping departments at the Thompson General Hospital. In 1988 she retired and moved south to Stonewall to pursue other interests. Eventually, Herb followed and they settled on an acreage outside of town. Denise loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. Her glowing smile and beautiful presence would brighten the world around her. She captivated and was admired by all who got to know her. She touched and left lasting impressions with everyone she met. Denise enjoyed sitting outside in the sun and spotting the birds. She enjoyed gardening and was delighted in discovering the first spring flowers and ditch dwellers. Her favourites were Lily of the Valley, Pussy Willows, Lady Slippers, and most of all the Manitoba Thistle. Denise appreciated nature and all wildlife, especially the deer that would visit the yard. She was very talented and active in sewing, quilting, and weaving. She achieved many awards for her handcrafted works. Denise loved to read books. If you ever were to read one that had been in her hands, something would be sure to flutter out of its pages. It could be a tiny drawing, or a little note (from someone dear to her) or a pressed leaf or flower petal that she had tucked inside. It was her family though, that brought her the greatest joys of all. As her children married and grandchildren arrived, she became a completely devoted, supportive, and proud grandmother. Denise will be honoured and treasured forever in the memories of Herb, her husband of almost 60 years, her six children, son Donald and Cathy, and family of Stephen, Jordan, and Darren; son Kent and Merla, and family of Ryan, Todd, and Andrew, and by extension, Corey and Ben; daughter Barbara and Bob Balfour, and family of Jayson, Michele, Robyn, and Jesse; son Sydney and Diane, and by extension Raymond, Jason, Logan, James, and Willow; son Grant and Lori, and family of Michael, his daughter Clarissa, and Matthew; and son Brian and Sherrie, and family of Shawn and Sherise. Denise is also remembered by sisters Rose and Jim Kennedy, and Priscilla and Peter Poti, sisters-in-law, Dorine Kreuger, Ethel Nelson, and Bev Lussier; brother-in-law Glenn and Kay; brothers Clarence and Gloria, Paul and Gracie, Bazil and Dorothy Kennedy, Arnold Kennedy, and Germaine Kennedy and Lillian, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Denise was predeceased by her parents, Wilfred Lussier and Anna (LeBras) and stepmother Mary Kennedy, her sister Marie and Len Jantz, her brothers John, Morgan, and Peter; parents-in-law Herman and Emma Kreuger; and brothers-in-law, Allen and Walter. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who provided care and thoughtful assistance to Denise over the past five years - doctors and nurses of the Health Sciences Centre, Selkirk and District General Hospital and Stonewall Hospital, including Dr. Mohamdee, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Kumar, and Dr. Graham, as well as the CancerCare Volunteer Services, especially Mel - you were so appreciated. Sincere thank you to Rev. Leonard Oracheski, Father Michael and Mike of Voyage Funeral Home. Thank you to all those who have donated the priceless gift of blood - lives are extended because of you! A genuine thank you to the dedicated friends who came to visit, called, or offered a hand in any way, especially the Matheson neighbours. You were all, as Denise would say, a real treat . Following her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Denise's life will be held Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. at MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, Stonewall, MB. Reception will follow at the Stonewall Curling Club. Denise will be laid to rest in Grassmere Church Cemetery, beside an evergreen tree, just a short distance from her country home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Denise's memory may be made to CancerCare, Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or charity of your choice. Denise, You Are Now Truly The Angel You Always Were MacKenzie Funeral Chapel 391 Main St. Stonewall, MB 467-2525

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