Vera Maxine Kreutziger 1922 - 2009 Baldwin City
Funeral services for Vera Maxine Kreutziger, 86, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. Burial will follow in the Marion Cemetery. Mrs. Kreutziger died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Whitewater, the daughter of Louella Mae Hash and Casper Simpson Eilerts. She graduated from Marion High School in 1940. In Marion, Mrs. Kreutziger was a legal secretary for attorney John Wheeler. She moved to Baldwin City in 1965 and became a member of the First United Methodist Church there. Mrs. Kreutziger was a librarian at Baker University for 36 years and retired in the late 1990s. She was a member of the Kansas Historical Society, Kansas East Conference, a board member of Rural Water District, Women’s Auxiliary (UMW) and Alpha Chi Guild. Mrs. Kreutziger enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports, playing cards, bowling and traveling with her friends to Branson, Mo. The book “Kansas Memories of Methodism” was dedicated in her honor. She received the Grace Irwin Service Award at Baker University and was also honored for outstanding contributions to the promotion and preservation of the history of Douglas County from the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society. She married Marvin F. Kreutziger on Nov. 28, 1943, in Marion. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1993. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Floyd and Earl Eilerts; and a sister, Winifred Meierhoff. Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Kruse and husband Bill, Olathe, Cheryl Chambers and husband Bob, Burlington, and Cathie Echterling and husband Kelly, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; six grandchildren, Robert Chambers Jr., Cody Chambers, Laura Haverkamp, Matthew Kruse, Kelsey Echterling and Kenton Echterling; three great-grandchildren, Emma Chambers, Macy Chambers and Haley Chambers; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorials to the Disabled American Veterans or the First United Methodist Church, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Online condolences may be sent at lamb-roberts.com.