Betty Louise (Cruikshank) Krukenberg

Born: Fri., Sep. 21, 1928
Died: Sun., Jun. 23, 2013


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

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LIMA — Betty Louise Cruikshank Krukenberg, 86, was surrounded by those she loved and by those who loved her deeply as she died peacefully in the evening hours of June 23, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

Betty was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Leipsic to John Clarence and Gertrude Bell Cruikshank. The family later moved to Columbus Grove, where Betty graduated from high school in 1944. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University, Oxford, in 1948. While there she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority as well as a modern dance group called Orchsis. After college, Betty taught home economics in Columbus Grove, beginning in September 1948.

While at Miami she met her future husband who survives her, John Thomas Krukenberg, originally of Sidney. They were married July 17, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Columbus Grove. Betty returned to teaching at Columbus Grove from 1960 to 1966 after being a “stay at home mother” to her four children. John and Betty later moved to Shawnee Township where Betty taught home economics at Shawnee High School from 1966 until her retirement in June of 1986.

Betty was a member of Shawnee United Methodist Church for 40 years, as well as a member of the YWCA and the Senior Citizens Center.

Betty enjoyed many hobbies which included handwork of cross stitch, crewel work, quilting and knitting, as well as the joy of collecting quilts and Indian pottery. She and John loved the music of the 1940s and could dance the night away if they heard any Big Band Music like that of band leader Glenn Miller. Her love of reading filled her evenings as she had devoured the stories in many novels. Her recipe for apple dumplings was a family favorite. Her interests in history included anything Native American as well as things she could learn about her Scottish heritage from both sides of her family. She absolutely adored each and every one of her children and grandchildren while enjoying relationships with in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She would greet you with a hug that was memorable, whether or not you were 6 or 60. As “Mrs. Krukenberg,” she touched the lives of her many students over the years, teaching them homemaking, cooking, sewing and personal life skills which they continue to use today.

In addition to her husband, John, Betty is survived by twin daughters, Jane A. (David J.) Norton. of Port Jervis, N.Y., and Joanne (Tom E.) Andros, of Duncannon, Pa.; sons, John F. (Charlotte) Krukenberg, of Fishers, Ind., and Jeffrey A. Krukenberg, of Delaware, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Amanda J. Andros, of Philadelphia, Kristi J. Andros, of Ocean City, Md., Preston J. Norton, of Port Jervis, N.Y., Clayton J. (Krissy Scheuer) Norton, of Cincinnati, Jacqueline K. (Patrick) Chittenden, of Carmel, Ind., Karl R. (Bekah) Krukenberg, of Indianapolis, Taylor A. Krukenberg, of Findlay, Logan A. Krukenberg ,of Columbus, and Iain K. Krukenberg, of Radnor; and two great-grandchildren, Jayce and Braydon of Cincinnati. She is also survived by niece (and her wedding flower girl), Judith (George) Truesdail, of Gordonsville, Va.; nephew, Stephen Ginader, of Banner Elk, N.C.; great-niece, Jennifer Truesdail, of Gordonsville, Va.; great-nephew, Joshua Truesdail, of Cary, N.C.; great-niece, Katherine (Max) Bradburn, of Boone, N.C.; great-great-nieces, Louise Truesdail, of Gordonsville, Va., and Autumn Bradburn, of Boone, N.C.; as well as niece, Laurie W. Reiser; and nephews, Greg (Lisa) Winans, Tim Winans and Andy Winans.

Betty is also survived by cousins Brenda B. Clymer, of Columbus Grove, William Bell, of Columbus Grove, Bonnie R. Welty, of Pandora, Linda R. Basinger, of Ottawa, Roger Bell of Fostoria, Karen B. Leinsetter, of Syracuse, Ind., Kent Bell, of Chicago, Marilyn M. Berry, of Pittsburgh, Jack Montooth, of Grand Blanc, Mich., and James Hipkins, of Asheville, NC.

Betty was preceded in death by her father in 1953; her mother (age 103) in 2001; her sister, Martha Jane Ginader in 2008; brother-in-law, Bill Ginader in 2001; sisters-in-law, Jean K. (Max) Winans and Judy K. Watkins; as well as her aunts, Eleanor B. Radabaugh, Dorthea C. Hipkins and Mary C. Montooth; and uncles, George Bell, Robert Bell and Don Cruikshank.

Funeral Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. The Rev. Charlotte Hefner will officiate. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, 1155 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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Wayne P. Dennis
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
Your warm smiles and BIG hugs will be missed. God just got another Angel.


Carl L Ross
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
One of the Greatest Lady that we have ever known, she will be in our thoughts & prayers forever.

Carl & Connie

Kathy (Wright) McKanna
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
As one of her students at Columbus Grove I greatly admired and appreciated Mrs. Krukenberg. She was one of my very favorite teachers and still today I can see her teaching our class of young girls and remember the wonderful example she was to each of us. I will be praying for your family at this time of loss.

Nancy Mertz
   Posted Tue June 25, 2013
Betty was a dear sweet person. She always had a smile and a kind word. We were in water aerobics together and I count it a privledge that I got to know her. She will be missed by many.

Kathy (Wright) McKanna
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
I loved being a student in Mrs. Krukenberg's classes at Columbus Grove and greatly admired her. She was definitely one of my favorite teachers. I'll be praying for your family at this time of loss.

Jeanine May
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
Betty was a wonderful lady who will be missed by many. I will always treasure her friendship and the memories I have of her. My prayers go out to John and her family on their loss.

Nancy Keckler Montville
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
My condolences to the Krukenberg Family. Mrs. Krukenberg was a big influence in making "Home Arts" a part of my life. I have thought of her often through the years. Sewing, cross stitch, knitting, and my current love of quilting all started at Shawnee High School. Class of 1970

Denise Fruchey Stratton
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
My sincere and loving thoughts are with you . I wish I could be there with you, but I am in Mississippi at this time. Betty and I grew up together, and later worked together at Shawnee. She will certainly be missed.

Sue Ann Shaw
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
Betty was one of the first teachers I got to know at Shawnee when I started teaching there and I always enjoyed her cheerful smile, her laughter, and her sense of humor. She was a joy to be around. I know she will be missed by all who loved and knew her. You have my deepest sympathy. Sue Ann Shaw

Joni Whitaker-Maher
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
Mrs Krukenburg was one of my favorite teachers at Shawnee, I think of her encouragement and patience every time I sit down at my sewing machine. My condolences to her family.

Anne (Bell) Brown
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
Mrs. Krukenberg was one of my favorite teachers at Shawnee High School.Her Home Economics class one that I looked forward to each day. Betty was a warm, encouraging, and positive influence toward every student in the class. To the Krukenberg family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Paula Lange Hughes
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
My favorite teacher at Shawnee High School. Had such fun in her class. What a remarkable woman. Always had a smile for you no matter what the circumstance. Peace be with you.

Lisa Alder-Patton
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family....Mrs. K was one of my most favorite teachers at Shawnee....always so kind and patient. We had a lot of fun in her classroom, I will remember her fondly. Lisa Alder-Patton

Lisa Shankland
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
I was so sorry to read of Mrs. K's passing. She was a wonderful lady. I alway's enjoyed her class at Shawnee. She could make you smile even when she knew you didn't have anything to smile about. Your family is in my prayer's.
Lisa Shankland

Tara Fackler
   Posted Mon July 01, 2013
It was an honor and a privilege to get to meet Betty and the family. Betty was what all people should strive to be.... Kind, smart, gracious, elegant, and a true lady.

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