Rosemary Krueger, age 79 of Springfield, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Rosemary Krueger, age 79 of Springfield, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, July 16, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield with burial at St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 15, from 4-8 p.m. and Monday, July 16, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral Home. Father Mark Steffl, officiating. Condolences may be sent via e-mail at: Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

Rosemary Margaret (Maurer) Krueger was born January 26, 1933, to George and Margaret (Ganske) Maurer in rural Evan, and died Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Rose graduated from high school in 1950 from St Mary’s High School.  She was united in marriage to Lester Benjamin Krueger on April 19, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, five sons, 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Rosemary was involved in the day-to-day farming activities, operations of the North Star Seed Company and raising their seven children. She was active in the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and served as the chairperson for the First Soybean Princess Soya Contest. She was a member of St. Raphael’s Parish Council, St. Anne’s Alter Society, St. Raphael’s Board of Education, North Star Study Club, and was a 4-H member and leader. In the last few years she enjoyed her role and involvement with the Springfield Area Historical Society. Hobbies Rose enjoyed were scrapbooking, garage sales, decorating, auctions, antiquing, shopping, family history and country road drives - especially the ones where she could see her family planting and harvesting the crops. She also enjoyed visiting her siblings, delivering meals to the farmhands, going to deer camp, and cleaning and organizing.
She treasured moments with family, going to grandchildren’s events and holidays (especially Christmas). Rosemary was known to many as “Grandma Rosie.” She was everyone’s Special Angel. Blessed be her memory.
Surviving Rosemary are her children and families: daughter, Cynthia (George) Schottenbauer of Morton, children Lance wife Mara (Laen); Lonnie and fiancée Kara; Laron and wife Amber; son, Michael (Beverly) Krueger of Springfield, children Jacquelynn and husband Daniel Streich (Alexis, Taylar, Mitchell, Allyson and Ely); Cassandra and husband Shayne Rice (Mya and Kaelyn); Kelsey and husband Nicholas Vogel (Reese, Aubrey and Bryson); and Lauren and fiancée Thomas Vogel (Kolton), son, Mark (Rhonda) Krueger of Springfield, children Jared and wife Tara (Autumn and Willow); Melanie and special friend Drake; Justin and wife Randee (Chloe, Kendall and Parker); and Candice, son, Merle (Laurie) Krueger of Springfield, children Abraham; Elizabeth; Rachel; and David, daughter, Christine (Paul) Jensen of Reedsburg, Wisc., children Annabelle and husband Matthew Whyte (Nolan); and Annette, son,  Matthew (Vicky) Krueger of Springfield, children Amber special friend Jeremy Brown (McCoy and Braxton); Ryan and special friend Kassie Maurer (Teagan); Annah; and Sydney, son, Monte (Kay) Krueger of Springfield, children Stephanie and husband James Jensen (Brett and Cole); and Sarah, brother, Leonard ‘Bob’ Maurer of Redwood Falls; sisters, Elaine Deibele of Sleepy Eye and Marie (Jim) Trautman of Mankato.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lester B. on December 21, 1994; her parents; siblings Delrose, Lucille ‘Sis’, Eugene ‘Sonny’ and Jerome ‘Pal’ Maurer.