Mary Ellen Kruse, 93


Mary Ellen Kruse, age 93, of Council Bluffs, passed away May 8, 2023, at her home. Mary Ellen was born Dec. 18, 1929, in Pisgah to the late Peter and Esta E. (Cox) McHugh. She graduated from Pisgah High School in 1947. Mary Ellen married Erwin J. Kruse on June 18, 1949, at The Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua. They were blessed with eight children. Mary Ellen was a teacher and later a teacher’s assistant for the Council Bluffs School System. She was a member of Corpus Christi-Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her son, David Kruse in 1977; husband, Erwin J. Kruse in 2002 and seven siblings. Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Darwin (Maureen) Kruse, Judy (Dallas) Wilson, Cindy (Jerry) Mathiasen, Doug Kruse, Dana (Sue) Kruse all of Council Bluffs, Ronda (Gary) Hemann of West Des Moines, Daron (Judy Hartlieb)  Kruse of Omaha, Neb; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Wake service, Thursday, May 11, 2023, followed by visitation with the family at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, May 12, 2023, at Corpus Christi-Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery with a lunch following at the church. Memorials are suggested to Corpus Christi or VODEC.