Esther M. Krug, age 85, of Dwight, peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Heritage Manor in Dwight under hospice care. As it was her wish, cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 219 Emmett St, Kinsman, IL 60437, on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin one hour before Mass, Fr. Stanley Drewniak, celebrant.
Esther was born on February 19, 1934 in Verona, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Kleineberg. She attended Dwight Township High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1952.
On May 17, 1952, she married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” J. Krug at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kinsman. They met when he played Santa Claus for the one-room school house she attended in the country. She was in 8th grade and he was a sophomore at Dwight Township High School. They were married the night of her senior prom as Bob was preparing for deployment to Korea, serving with the U.S. Army. After graduation, she worked for a short time at the Veterans Home, now Fox Center, in Dwight as a dietary aid, delivering trays to the re-cooperating veterans. Upon Bob’s return from Korea, they resided in Texas until his honorable discharge from the Army.
They moved back to Illinois where Bob returned to his job at Caterpillar and she began her new career as a housewife. Together they raised three children until his passing on February 21, 2008. They would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in May of that year.
As a couple, they loved to travel and camp. They were members of Atom Sams Camp Club and the Caterpillar Camp Club. In their later years, they became “Winter Texans”, taking their camper to Texas from the end of December until the middle of April. Together they accomplished traveling to all 50 states, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada.
Esther was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dwight. She was known to be a “good cooker” by her grandchildren and loved trying new recipes and collecting cookbooks. She enjoyed feeding people and if you ever came to visit, she always wanted you to eat something. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Paul) Quigley of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and Janice (Gerald) Earing of Dwight; one daughter-in-law, Peggy Krug; four grandchildren, Bridget (Brandon) Stych of Dwight, Amy (Cory) Hall of Morris, Jessica Earing of Dwight, and Brian (Megan) Krug of Eureka; six great-grandchildren, Tanner and Madison Stych, Willa and Zephy Hall, and Jackson and Charlotte Krug; one sister-in-law, Marjorie Pfeifer; and several nieces and nephews.
Awaiting her arrival in Heaven is her husband; her parents; son, Richard F. Krug; son-in-law, Kenneth L. Sigler; father and mother-in-law, Herman and Luella Krug; and several aunt, uncles, cousins, and in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be directed to Kankakee Valley Hospice, 482 Main St NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. US Route 6 and Deerpath Dr., Morris.
For more information, please call 815-942-5040 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com