Avalene Kruger, Dec. 21, 1924 — April 15, 2012, of Blackburn

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 5:01 p.m. CDT; updated 5:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Avalene Kruger of Blackburn passed away April 15, 2012 at Apple Ridge Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will be at 2 p.m. in Blackburn Cemetery, Blackburn.

Avalene was born December 21, 1924, in Blackburn to William N. and Laura (Tieman) Hogan. She married Louis Kruger on February 1, 1946 in Columbia. He survives. Avalene worked at Kruger Plumbing, Heating and Tax Service from 1956 to 2000. She was the nice lady with the beautiful voice that answered the phone. She also worked as a tax preparer for the company. She enjoyed going to antique tractor shows, loved to play the calliope, had a massive Beanie Baby collection and treasured time spent with her family.

Avalene is survived by one son, Gregory Kruger; two daughters, Brenda Malin and Dr. Linda Kruger; six grandchildren, Laura, Zosia, Nick, Louis, Cole and Lindy; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Alicia; and one brother, AJ Hogan.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, 115 Business Loop 70 W.

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