Marion Alice Kreger
Marion Alice Kreger passed away October 8th, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family at the age of 93.
A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. with a one hour prior visitation on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 South Main Street, Charles City. Pastor Russ Leeper will be officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
Marion was the daughter of Herbert and Joyce (Bird) Wichman. She was born Monday August 9, 1926 in Ripon, Wisconsin. She is the oldest of 5 siblings. She attended school in Ripon until 8th grade. In school Marion was part of a bird club and learned everything there was to know about the Midwestern birds. She enjoyed sitting on the side of her bed watching out the window for the birds at the feeder. Marion always had a natural act for caregiving. At the age of 16 she stayed home to take care of her mother after suffering a heart attack. She then had smaller jobs working in a grocery store, telephone operator, and Fox River Mills sewing gloves. On Sunday, July 10th, 1949 she was united in marriage to Clayton John Kreger. For 41 years they made their home on a farm in rural Floyd where they had 5 children Gene, Dennis, Janice, Patricia, and Michael. When she was able she had a big garden and could be seen tending to it daily. She was well versed in the different types of flowers and could never say no to a little handpicked bundle from her grandchildren. Clayton would often bring home a bouquet of wild flowers from a day out in the field. Her favorite flower was the wild rose. Marion was very well known for her baking skills. She could make the worlds greatest Angel Food Cake, Apple Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Homemade Bread. No one will ever be able to replicate her perfect recipes. She had love for children which she got to enjoy by teaching Sunday School to Preschoolers at St. John Lutheran Church. To her there was no such thing as a bad child. Marion loved to play with her grandchildren and promoted lots of imagination. She always had fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the house and homemade bread for her grandchildren after school. Those who knew Marion knew she was a gentle caring soul. She accepted and loved those who came into her life. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart and loved spending time with them. She had the gift of gab and loved to tell stories to anyone who would listen. She always had a joke up her sleeve and had a goal to always make someone smile. Her favorite holiday was April Fool’s day and could be seen making jokes and pulling pranks on her family all day long. Because of the wonderful care of care givers Marion was able to stay home through to her final days. Her family cannot thank them enough for the love they gave to Marion.
Marion is survived by her five children; Gene Kreger of Portland, Oregon, Dennis (Becky) Kreger of Floyd, Patricia “Trish” (Blake) Bray of Green Bay, WI, and Michael (Lisa) Kreger of Floyd. Her Grandchildren Heather, Erica Kreger, Amy (Cody) May, Scott Bray, Mikaela, Christian, and Olivia Kreger. Step-grandchild Hannah Smith. Two great-grandchildren, Keili and Fenway Martos.
Marion is joined in Heaven with her loving Husband of 41 years Clayton Kreger in 1990. Infant daughter Janice Kreger. Her siblings Lester Wichman, William (Bill) Wichman, DuWayne Wichman, and Mabel Kreger and finally her parents Herbert and Joyce Wichman.