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Kathryn `Kay` Kruse , Age 87

March 11, 1935 --December 21, 2022

Kathryn "Kay" Kruse, age 87, passed away peacefully at home in Baraboo on December 21, 2022 with her beloved, dedicated husband of 67 years, Fred C. Kruse Jr. by her side.

Kay was born March 11, 1935 in Baraboo, Wisconsin; the daughter of Bodo H. Karll and Cleo M. Barnhart Karll.

Fred was assigned to tutor Kay in math her freshman year. That started a 73 year love affair.

She attended UW LaCrosse and worked for Dr. Hommel and Dr. Baxter Kay was also a caring teacher's aid for children with developmental disabilities. Kay was an excellent athlete, playing tennis, softball, and volleyball. She coached girls volleyball at St. John's Lutheran Grade School. Even in her sixties, Kay was wanted for her pitching talent in slow pitch softball. Her athleticism was admired by everyone, including Fred.

Kay was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Most of her children's friends thought of her as another mother for her loving presence in their lives. She created memorable traditions for our family, including Saturday pizza night, her famous chicken cake and family picnics at Devils Lake. She deeply loved her grandchildren Katelyn and Kristopher and spent many happy times caring for them as young children.

The most loyal Green Bay Packer fan, Kay took honor in the fact that her Uncle Eric Karll, wrote the famous song "Go! You Packers Go!" The family attended many Packer practices, securing autographs. Kay never missed a televised Packer game and through a friend was lucky enough to sit at the goal line when her favorite Packer, Bart Starr, scored the winning touchdown at the famous ice bowl of 1967.

Survivors include four children: Fritz, Karll (Terry), David, and Kim (Brett) Sprecher; two grandchildren: Kristopher and Katelyn Kruse; nephews and nieces: Michael Karll, Jeff (Cathy) Karll, John Karll, Chad Karll, Summer Karll, Adam Diring, Anna Diring, Scott (Cheri) Doering, and Chad (Tina) Doering; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul and John Bo, sister Mary Ann (Evan) Doering, and nephew Jason Karll.

As a family we all played an important role in Kay's care over the course of the last several years. A special heartfelt thank you to David for always being frontline for Fred and Kay. We'd also like to thank the kind medical staff at St. Clare Hospital and the SSM Hospice staff. Also much gratitude to Victoria Ast and June Sturgis for their kind and compassionate care the past two years.

Kay's faith in her savior Jesus Christ was evident.. John 14-2. "In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."

She was easy to love.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec 29 from 4 to 7 pm and Friday 10-11 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 624 East Street, Baraboo, WI.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec 30. at 11am at St. John's Lutheran Church with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kay's memory to the Sauk County Humane Society.

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Julie Steinhorst December 23, 2022

Family Friend Baraboo

My heart ❤️ goes out to you all. Kay was a beautiful soul and will be missed by many. She was a great neighbor on 11th Street and an encouraging mentor. I remember watching Kay play softball 🥎 at 2nd Ward back in the day, and playing women’s league volleyball 🏐. She always had words of encouragement for me. Rest high on that mountain….until we meet again 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

Mark Gumz December 30, 2022

family friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Fred and family, we are sorry we cannot be there today to share a moment and recognize Kay's contributions to family and community but you are in our thoughts and prayers--Mark, Amy and boys

Roberta Zimmerman December 24, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

So Sorry about Kay! I've enjoyed her friendship! My sympathy to All !

CC. sheldon December 26, 2022

Friends of Kim and Brett Arena , Wisconsin

We are so sorry for your loss but so glad you knew her love

Bekah Stelling and the Stelling Family December 29, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

The Stelling Family sends our heartfelt condolences to Fred and his family for the loss of your dear beloved wife Kay. Sorry we can't be there for the services.

Anna, Cory, Lennart, Alice, Freya, Denali, Amaya December 25, 2022

Friends Östersund

Sending our heartfelt condolences from Sweden to the whole Kruse family.

Heidi Harding December 24, 2022

Friend to Kim and Brett Madison

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Know that my thoughts are with you all.

Sharon Maffei January 25, 2023

friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry to hear of the passing of dear Kay. Will always remember her sweet personality. Sympathy to you all.