Dorothy Kruse

August 10, 2022

Dorothy (Schmalz) Kruse, passed away August 10, 2022 at the age of 94, with her family at her side. She was born February 26, 1928 on the family farm in Preston Lake Township of Renville County, MN. Dorothy was the daughter of Wilhelm and Elsa (Flemming) Schmalz. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake, MN. After graduatingfrom Buffalo Lake High School in 1945, where she was valedictorian of her class, she graduated from St. Cloud State Teacher’s College. The first schools she taught were in Winthrop and St. James, MN.

On June 8, 1954 Dorothy married Edward Kruse, also from Buffalo Lake. This was the start of an interesting lifestyle that required many moves due to her husband being in the Navy. She then taught in Bath, Maine. While her husband was aboard ship, she returned to MN and taught in Bloomington, and then back at Winthrop. She later taught in New Brighton, MN and Toms River, NJ. After her husband retired from the Navy, she served as a full time substitute teacher in the Burnsville School District. She gave 48 years to the teaching profession. As recent as 2019, Dorothy continued to attend reunion gatherings of her former students in Winthrop.

Wherever they lived, Dorothy was also very faithful and active in her church. She frequently was involved as a Sunday School teacher as well as a leader in many women’s activities.

Pride in her family was unsurpassed. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Elsa Schmalz, as well as her brother Milton Schmalz. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 68 years, Edward as well as her two sons; Eric (Pam) Kruse of Prior Lake, MN and Karl (Heather) Kruse of Apple Valley, MN. She also has three grandchildren: Justin (Ashley) Kruse, Kirsten(Josh) Nalan, and Jaime (Jenn) Kruse. She has four great grandchildren;Paige and Grant Nalan, as well as twins, Linden and Dorothy Kruse.

A memorial service will be held August 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake, MN. Interment will follow at the Zion Lutheran cemetery