Helen A. Kroening
Helen Amelia Kroening, 91, Wisconsin Rapids, mother of a Stevens Point woman, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Hilltop Alpine Terrace in Wisconsin Rapids.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, with the Rev. Martin Baur officiating. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in the town of Grand Rapids in Wood County.
Visitation will be at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, and at the church from 12:30 p.m. Monday until the services.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Mortgage
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Mrs. Kroening was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Wisconsin Rapids, a
daughter of the late Arthur and Laura (Schroeder) Hafermann. She attended grade
school at St. Paul Lutheran School and Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids,
graduating in 1942.
She was hired by Consolidated Papers Inc., where she worked
as a bookkeeper for five years.
She was married to Edward Kroening Aug. 30, 1947. He
preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker while her children were small, then she
worked at St. Paul Lutheran School for two years in the hot lunch program.
She volunteered at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was a past
president of Willing Workers, A Girl Pioneer leader, a member of the choir for
three years, worked on the church newsletter staff, served at church funerals
with the Handi-Handmaidens, was a tabulator of contributions at St. Paul Church
and sometimes helped with Vacation Bible School.
She became a member of the Ladies Day Golf League after her
brother, Richard, changed the family farm into a golf course in 1970. She
worked for four years as a cook in the restaurant at the golf course.
She and her sister Cece sang weekly on the Red Blanchard
Radio Show. In later years, she sang with the Hafermann Singers at local
She was a member of the Wisconsin Rapids Area Writer’s Club
that wrote and performed plays which were hosted by Homestead Gold Course. She
published four poetry books and also published a book, “Cherished Family Tales
Survivors include three daughters, Gayle (George) Yogurtian,
Fountain Valley, Calif., Terri (Joe) Leek, Stevens Point,
and Gloria (Jerry) Hamm, Neillsville; one son, Karl (Kris) Kroening, Janesville;
one brother, Robert (Joan) Hafermann, Wisconsin Rapids; 11 grandchildren; two
stepgrandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Verna, Ruth
and Cecelia; and eight brothers, Leonard, Earl, Arthur Jr., Richard, Arnim,
Harold and Elmer.