Elaine Ruth Kreter

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Date of Birth:
Thursday, March 3, 1927
Date of Death:
Monday, January 3, 2022
Age:
94 years old

Private Family Visitation

Date: Friday January 07, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Private Family Service

Date: Friday January 07, 2022
Time: 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, March 3, 1927
Date of Death:
Monday, January 3, 2022
Age:
94 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, March 3, 1927
Date of Death:
Monday, January 3, 2022
Age:
94 years old

Elaine Ruth Kreter

Elaine Ruth Kreter, 94, passed away Monday January 3, 2022 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus.

Elaine was born on March 3, 1927 to William and Eva Fieck in Rochester.  She graduated from Rochester High School.  Elaine married her high school sweetheart, Robert Kreter on July 6, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osage, Iowa.

Elaine’s main focus was raising her two sons, Charlie and David.  She enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, & gardening and could play a mean game of ping pong!  Early on she clerked at Zeller’s in Rochester.  In later years she cooked on occasion at Rochester Central Lutheran School where she also helped to paint on a volunteer basis.

Elaine was affectionately known as “Cheaty,” “Precious,” and “Jerry.”  She could be found baking countless apple pies and Christmas goodies with her sisters.  Her family never totally knew what was in the special casseroles that came out of “Jerry’s Kitchen.”

She had a very close bond with family and enjoyed the many trips with her husband Robert and son Charlie from seeing National Parks to Niagara Falls.  Elaine also had great fun on outings with her sisters and niece Dee Marie Tyndale who planned a number of these adventures.

Elaine will be remembered as a compassionate, faith-filled devoted daughter, wife and overall family caregiver.  She helped care for her father for 20 years after he had a stroke.  Her strong faith also got her through the deaths of family members, especially her beloved husband Robert of almost 69 years and her son David, both of whom died after battling cancer for years.  Elaine was a support to so many in their time of need.

She was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester where she regularly attended services until her health no longer permitted it.  The family is grateful to visits from Pastors Robert Lentz and Joel Haak over the past years.  She always looked forward to their visits as well as family and friends who might stop by.

Elaine was able to live a quality life at home until her recent hospitalization, primarily due to the wonderful care from her son Charlie.

She is survived by her son Charlie, daughter-in-law Renee Kreter, sister Barbara Hemker and brother Richard (Maxine) Fieck as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert and son David, brothers Howard (Nancy) Fieck and W. Calvin (Wanda) Fieck, sisters LaVonne (David) Sibley and Delores (Alan) Grossbach, brothers-in-law Marvin Hemker, Garfield (Ardis) Kreter, Paul (Marge) Kreter and sister-in-law Mildred (Calvin) Lubahn as well as nephews Dale Fieck, Dennis Fieck, Billy Grossbach, Max Sibley, Leigh Kreter and niece Darcy Schaefer.

The private family funeral service will be held Friday, January 7th in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, Rochester with Pastor Joel Haak officiating. The private visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Burial in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Rochester Central Lutheran School or Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Elaine,


I am so glad I saw you and brought flowers just a few weeks ago when I was in MN.  I knew you didn't feel well, but you still managed to smile and laugh.  I'll always remember your sweet smile and laugh.  I'll always treasure your calling me "Garbage Disposal" and my calling you "Muffin."  I remember playing Aggravation.  Buff would never send you home, but would always protect his Precious.  Now his Precious is home with him and David.  I'll miss our visits.  I'll miss watching how you showed your love to Renee, always treating her as your own daughter.  I'll miss Renee making you your white cake with peanut butter filling. I'll miss watching your deep bond with Charlie.  I'm grateful my siblings, parents, and I were blessed to know you, as you were a faith-filled woman who is with Jesus now.  Rest in peace, Muffin. What a beautiful long life you have led.  I'll miss you.


 

There’s a saying that goes something like this… “a grandmother is someone with silver in her hair and gold in her heart“. That was Elaine.
As both Chuck and David & Renee were never able to have any children , “Jerry” (as we affectionately called her ) never had any grandchildren. However in 2001 I came to live with David and Renee for a short time and for “Buff and Jerry” I became that “grandchild”. With them I celebrated my sixteenth birthday and years later was able to bring my family with me. I’ll never forget how tickled Jerry was to hold my baby in her arms. May her loving heart and gentle nature stay alive in the memories of those who knew and loved her best.


 

First of all, to the families : My heartfelt condolences are with you.


Elaine was a great person, and loved by many. Elaine will be greatly missed.


Elaine was from  a family of Fiecks and Kreters, who are second to none; great families.


I would suggest that my twin sister was considered a member of the Fieck family during the 40s and 50s.

Elaine


You will greatly be missed and forever loved by the Johnson family.You were always a joy to visit with and will be truly missed by the ones here on this earth. By the life you lead God was waiting with open arms to welcome you home to be with him and the rest of your family. Rest In Peace our lovely Elaine Steve and Vonda Johnson and Family.