Rena Clotilda Kruse, 83, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. She was born on January 30, 1929, in Stirling, New Jersey, to John and Mary (Fecci) Cavozza. Rena graduated from the New Dorp High School in Staten Island, New York. She was united in marriage to Eldo Kruse on June 10, 1950, in Staten Island, New York. Rena was an assistant librarian for the Allison Public Library until she retired. She was a member of the St. John's EV Lutheran Church in rural Greene, Iowa. Rena was a beloved spouse, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed quilting, playing games with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, polka and waltz music and spending time with all of her family and friends. Rena had a passion and skill for cooking which was passed down and enjoyed by generations. Her ravioli is a famous tradition enjoyed by the family. She is survived by her husband Eldo of Allison, children Mary (Dan) Graeser of Waverly, Ida (Gary) Beaver of Mason City and JoAnn (Kim) Miller of Allison, grandchildren David Beaver, Andrew Kruse (Samantha), Mark Graeser (Megan),Robert Beaver (Becky), Kristi Miller (Travis), Matt Graeser (Jenny), Becky Kibbee (Jamie) and Daniel Beaver (Angie), nineteen great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, daughter-in-law Cathy Kruse (Gary), along with many nieces and nephews. Rena was preceded in death by her parents, sister Ida and son John.
Burial will take place in the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Greene. ... Read More
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This is what I remember most about my cousin, Rena Kruse: She taught me how to be a teenager--how to dance, dress, appear. She lived and enjoyed every moment. She was always ready to be involved--in a softball game or a ... more
Our favorite memory of Rena is when Nolan passed away shortly after Carter and I started dating. Carter was sitting outside Nolan and Ann's in my yellow cougar when Rena came out, got into the car with him and said "Wha... more
Eldo and Family: I would like to send my Love and let you know we are thinking of you. I loved coming to visit you guys and getting to gather eggs and clean them. The food was always the best too. I was very blessed ... more