Ruby Eleanor Krage, 84, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at Lake Winona Manor, Winona.
Ruby was born May 6, 1920, at Utica, Minn., to Christ and Olena (Johnson) Moen. She married Edward W. Krage and he preceded her in death, March 1, 1996.
What is the measure of a woman? A mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a loving companion to a husband and her family, a friend to her God and her Church and the warmth of her kindness to all who knew her.
Ruby survived the Depression, World War II, had five children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She volunteered her time as secretary, treasurer and a Sunday School teacher, for the Church of the Nazarene, for more than 30 years. Her father and mother, Chris and Lena Moen, along with Ruby, were founding members of the Winona Church of the Nazarene. Ruby was the last surviving charter member. It should also be mentioned that her knack for baking chocolate cake and apple pie may never be rivaled.
Ruby served her church as well as her family. She worked hard and eventually grew tired. We are sure the "Welcome Mat" is out and Heaven's Gates are open for her. May her journey be gentle. A woman of fine measure.
She is survived by her five children, Edward (Paula) Krage, Wayne Krage, Keith (Anne) Krage, Darlene Walsh, and Lynette (Thomas) Steffes all of Winona; nine grandchildren, Scott, Steven, Matthew, Jennifer, Phillip, Mark, Emily, Briana, and Elizabeth; four great-grandchildren, Amy, Sarah, Bryan, and Elysia; two sisters, Gladys Burt of Rochester, Minn., and Murial Scheidegger of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, Rosemary Spence Krage, one brother, Oscar Moen, five sisters, Mabel Miller, Amy Lord, Stella Phillips, Katherine Murtaugh and LaVina Martinson, and a son-in-law, Kenneth Walsh.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 3, at 12 o'clock noon, at the Church of the Nazarene, Winona, with Reverend Wesley Hart and Reverend Philip Williams, officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 2, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona and at the church on Monday, starting at 11:00 a.m.
Ruby's grandchildren will serve as her casket bearers.
Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.