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Irene Krueckeberg, 84, of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Irene was born on Monday, October 15, 1928, in Stuttgart, Germany, to the late Richard and Luzie (Kuhnen) Weber.
She married Robert H. Krueckeberg on September 25, 1953, in Stuttgart, Germany; he survives in Decatur.
Irene was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and selfless volunteer. She was a native of Stuttgart, Germany, and a Decatur resident of nearly 60 years. As a member of Zion Lutheran Church, she supported school plays, Vacation Bible School, and Scouts. She loved exercise; she was a tremendous booster of Bellmont Swimming.
Many will remember Irene as a cheerful clerk at the former Sears Catalog Store. She cared very deeply about the earth and all its animals. With friends from the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, she traveled across the globe, including Australia, Galapagos Islands, Baja California, and Africa (twice!). Her grandsons remember her as the best grandma ever!
Perhaps Irene's greatest legacy is her many decades of service for the Adams County Unit of the American Cancer Society (awareness and education, yearly fund drive, Daffodil Days, marathon, Scott's Cancer Day).
She has found her lasting peace. Memories of her generous spirit will warm hearts forever! "Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her." — Mahatma Gandhi
Among survivors are a son, Dr. Steven Thomas (Marie "Mimi") Krueckeberg of Mendota Heights, Minn.; daughter, Deborah Karin (Stan) Shafer of Decatur; sister, Hannelore (Gerhard) Funk of Wiernsheim, Germany; grandson, Samuel Robert (Jess) Krueckeberg of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and grandson, Mathias "Mat" David Krueckeberg of Madison, Wis.
Visitation will be from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Woodcrest Porter Auditorium, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Phil Phifer officiating.
Burial in Marion National Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or the Fort Wayne Children's