On January 23, 2016, Edith Mercedes (Wendt) Krueger went to be with the Lord our Savior. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at Colonial Belle in Bellville after reaching the age of 102.
Edith was born November 11, 1913 in Bellville Texas to parents Adolph and Marie Seyer Wendt. She attended grade school and high school in Bellville. She often told stories of walking through the woods with others to go to school. Edith was the eldest of eight children, so she spent much of her youth helping to take care of her siblings. She also helped take care of other children of families needing help. After her teen years, she traveled to Houston and worked in a laundry while she lived with Elsie and Herbert Hoffmann, who later became her sister and brother in law.
On October 16, 1935, Edith married Clarence Krueger, whom she met at the country dances which they enjoyed attending. Together they raised three wonderful children – two sons and a daughter. Most of her early life was spent in Burleigh on the farm raising cotton, corn, chickens, etc. In 1959 the family moved out of the Brazos River Bottom to “downtown” Burleigh. She lived there until she turned 100 years young and spent the last two years at Colonial Belle. Edith was a member of the Bellville United Methodist Church, the Woodmen of the World and Sons of Hermann.
Edith worked at various jobs in her life. Her favorite one was cooking for the children in Piney School. On her 100th birthday, a student who had attended that school thanked her for the good meals. Her hobbies included baking, cooking, attending to her many flowerbeds, and quilting. Her quilts were made with love, and many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren received them. She loved doing crossword puzzles and word searches and did so until two weeks before her death.
She is survived by: her daughter Shirley Maeckel of Bellville, sons Larry Krueger and wife Sue of Houston, and Gary Krueger and wife Nancy of Bellville; brothers, Vernon Wendt of Bellville, and Clarence Wendt of Columbus; grandchildren, Kimberly Bugai and husband Tony of Houston, Traci Warner and husband Paul of Houston, and Brandi Krueger, Chris and Anna Krueger, widow of Todd Krueger of Bellville; great-granchildren, Ryan and Jordyn Bugai of Houston, Garrett and Lindsey Warner of Houston, Kerby Krueger of Bellville, Dustin Burkhalter and Stephanie Golightly of Bellville and special nieces Louise Foreman and Delorers Parr of Bellville. There are also many nieces and nephews and friends she leaves behind, especially those friends she made while living at Colonial Belle.
Edith was preceded in death by: her parents Adolph and Marie Wendt; husband Clarence Krueger; brothers Kenneth, Wilbert, Ralph and Harold Wendt; sister Winifred Himly; son-in-law Marvin Maeckel; and grandson Todd Krueger.
Visitation and funeral services held at Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 10-11 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Amy Haralson officiating. Pallbearers were Tony and Ryan Bugai, Paul and Garrett Warner, Christopher Krueger, Dustin Burkhalter and John Foreman. Honorary pallbearers were Ryan Krueger and Michael Wendt. Burial was at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bellville United Methodist Church, 234 S. Masonic St., Bellville or Compassionate Care Hospice, 3833 S. Texas Ave., Suite 200, Bryan, TX 77802.