Visitation Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Zion Lutheran Church, Manning
Funeral Service Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 10:30 AM Zion Lutheran Church
Graveside Service Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 11:30 AM Manning Cemetery
Officiating Pastor Jonathan Conner & Pastor Robert Riggert
Vocal Selection "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" Jill Arp, Vocalist
Congregational Hymns "Just As I Am" "I Am Trusting You, Lord Jesus"
Nathanael Conner, Organist
Casket Bearers: Tim Kienast, Bary Kienast, Bryan Rohe, Brent Kreft, Jason Kienast, Dustin Karsten
Virgene's family thanks you for your kindness and sympathy and invites you to join them for lunch and fellowship at the church following graveside services.
Virgene Kroeger, age 100, of Manning, passed away on Friday afternoon, December 16, 2022, at Accura Healthcare of Manning. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in the Manning Cemetery.
Virgene Madelyn, daughter of Henry and Helma (Strathman) Kruse was born March 20, 1922, in Washington Township near Manning, Iowa. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison February 3, 1927, and confirmed with the Aspinwall group at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning by Pastor John Ansorge in April 18, 1937. She grew up near Manning attending Washington No. 3 country school near her home. Then she graduated from Westside High School in 1939 after which she attended beauty school in Omaha and Des Moines for two years completing her education in 1941. She operated a beauty shop in Westside.
On January 3, 1945, Virgene was united in marriage with Orville Kroeger in Omaha, Nebraska. Virgene continued working the beauty shop in Westside for several years and helped on the farm. After about 24 years she retired from the beauty shop and she and Orville operated a café on the east edge of Westside. In 1977, they moved to a farm northwest of Manning. They retired from farming in 1985 and moved to their home in Manning. She worked at the Corner Café in Manning for 10 years and helped out part time at the Senior Center. She was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Churches in Arcadia and Manning. She enjoyed her time with the Altar Guild, the quilting ladies at church, and volunteering at the MRHC Auxiliary. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing for her family. After the death of her husband on December 10, 1999, Virgene lived in their home until 2010 when she moved to the Terrace Apartments. When she could no longer live alone, she moved to the Manning Plaza Nursing Home.
On Friday, December 16, 2022, Virgene passed away at Accura Healthcare of Manning at the age of 100 years, 8 months, and 26 days.
Virgene was preceded in death by her parents, husband; two sisters Neva (Robert) Hinners and Genelle (Leland) Kienast.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.