Stephen C. Kruse
Stephen C. Kruse, 50, died May 27, 2013, at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan.
He was born March 24, 1963, in Hoxie, Kan., to Marlin and Irene (Heim) Kruse.
Steve grew up in Selden, Kan., where he attended Golden Plains Elementary School. He graduated from Golden Plains High School in Rexford in 1981 then attended Beloit Technical College for a year. After college, he resided in Selden for a few years before moving to Denver, Colo., in 1987. While living in Colorado, he worked as an electrician for Contemporary Electric. In 1996, he returned to Selden and worked as a self-employed electrician.
He was very talented and enjoyed many hobbies and interests. Some of his favorites were drawing, doing yard work, gardening, fishing, working on his Harley, and tinkering in the garage.
He is survived by four brothers, Bernard of Hoisington, Kan., John (Cindy) of Arvada, Colo., Mike of Selden and Dan (Penny) of Joplin, Mo.; six sisters, Marlene Tignor and Donna McGee, both of Olathe, Kan., Pattye (Mike) Brown of Joplin, Mo., Mary (Gary) Deyle of Imperial, Neb., Susanne (Steve) Johnson of New Braunfels, Texas, and Christina (Allan) Immelman of Lisle, Ill.; 18 nephews and nieces; 21 great-nephews and great-nieces; other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin and Irene Kruse; special friend, Wanda Hanson and two nephews, Christopher Kruse and Nicholas McGee
Services were held June 22, 2013, at Selden Community Center in Selden, Kan.
Interment is at the Selden Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Selden Community Center and Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
Condolences may be left at paulsfh.com. ❖
Olga Tarasuk, 95, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 6, 2013, with her family by her side.
She was born March 10, 1918, in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Alexander and Anna (Hirsch) Kraschuk. She was a proud mother to three daughters: Bernice Kirkmeyer, Annette Matteson and Maralyn Lill. Olga was a proud grandmother of eight, great-grandmother to 16 and a very proud great-great-grandmother to seven children.
She owned and ran a boarding house, The Imperial Coal Camp, in Erie, Colo. She owned and ran a boarding house (The Imperial Coal Camp) in Erie, Colorado. Olga also spent time preparing lunched for children in the Brighton School District. Olga spent most of her life being a master chef, even adding to her menus up until the very end.
In her later years, Olga spent much time traveling the world with her two favorite travelling companions. But by far her greatest passion throughout her life was her family, she spent countless hours knitting and crocheting beautiful pieces as gifts for her family, after every child was born and couples were married. She was very happy and effervescent and showed extraordinary pride and energy in all she did. Olga will be missed dearly by all her family and friends which she held so dear.
She is survived by her three daughters: Bernice (Duane) Kirkmeyer, of Brighton, Colo., Annette (Al) Matteson, and Maralyn (Bob) Lill, both of North Dakota; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Alex Salamonski and Paul Tarasuk; brother, Julius Kraschuk, sisters, Lena Mlak, Pauline Glanert and Mary Piester; grandson, Bryan Kirkmeyer, and granddaughter, Joni Paulson.
Services were held April 11, 2013, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Brighton, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The KingFisher Foundation, P.O. Box 177 Mead, Colo., 80542. ❖