Donna T. Kruse, 84, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation was held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation continued Friday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Quint officiated with the Rev. Noah Diehm concelebrating. Mass servers were Gabrielle and Anya Westhoff. Placing of the pall was done by her children: Barbara, Sharon, Phyllis, Ellen, Amy, Jill, Lisa and Rob. Lectors were Deb Recker, Laurie Helling and Julie Nurre and giftbearers were Beth Mescher, Alyson Brimeyer, Sarah Mescher and Eric Pape. Eucharistic ministers were Amy Mescher-McAllister and Jack Mescher. Music was provided by Michelle Westhoff, Nick Schadler and the SS. Peter & Paul Choir. Pallbearers were Justin Pape, Aaron Blech, Emily Ungs, Mitchell Krapfl, Michael Manternach, Brian Kluesner, Sam Mescher and Laura Kruse.

Donna was born July 14, 1934, in Colesburg, the daughter of Arnold and Marie (Lansing) Weber. She married John “Jake” Kruse June 14, 1955, in Colesburg. Together they farmed and raised their family near the Petersburg area on the Kruse family farm.

Donna was a most dedicated daughter of our Heavenly Father who modeled kindness to all she met. She was a mother who made every sacrifice for her husband, children and grandchildren. She taught all how to live gracefully and enjoyed each moment “one day at a time.” She had a true passion and love for the land and managing the family farm. She was a fervent learner and had a commitment to inspire her children to pursue lifelong educational opportunities, always assuring us that no matter the path, one must always be humble and kind.

Survivors include her children: Barbara (Martin) Pape, of Olathe, Kan., Sharon (Kerry) Ungs, of Dunedin, Fla., Phyllis (Dave) Blech, of Bellevue, Ellen (Neil) Kramer, of New Vienna, Amy Mescher-McAllister (Jeffrey Huffman), of Waterloo, Jill (Paul) Manternach, of Clear Lake, Lisa (Mike) Krapfl, of Dubuque and Rob (Karla) Kruse, of Petersburg; 29 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and expecting another in August; siblings: Catherine Westhoff, Joan (Ray) Nurre, Connie Weber, Jim (Mary) Weber and John (Deb) Weber; in-laws: Ken (Mona) Kruse, Betty Weber and Dick Haupert

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John in 2010; grandson, John Kramer in 2010; siblings: Alice (Charlie) Nurre, Joe Weber and Angeline Haupert; in-laws: Roland Westhoff, Arnold Kruse and Armella (Gilbert) Ries.

The family would like to thank Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque (especially Jeanette) for their wonderful care & compassion.

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