Jeanne Cruze, age 93 of Morris, Minnesota, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, MN.

Memorial services for Jeanne Cruze will be held at a later date due to Covid-19.

Jeanne Josephine Lauer, daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth (Kill) Lauer, was born April 19, 1927 in Morris, MN, where she grew up and began her education at St. Mary’s Catholic School. She later graduated from Morris Area High School. On November 5, 1946, she was united in marriage to Kenneth George Cruze, Sr. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris by Father John A. Fearon. The couple made their home in Morris, where they raised their three children, Rebecca “Becky”, Patricia and Kenneth Jr.

Jeanne worked beside her husband in the family business, Cruze Electric and Sporting Good Store. For many years, she also worked at the Minnesota State Driver’s License and Motor Vehicle (DMV).

Jeanne was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, where she was also an auxiliary member. She also served as President of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 5039. Jeanne enjoyed cooking, playing cards and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Survived by three children: Rebecca Duffy of St. Cloud, Florida, Patricia (Larry Carr) Cruze of Napa, CA, and Kenneth Jr. (Londa) Cruze of Sartll, MN; nine grandchildren: Paul (Cathy) Hesse, Elizabeth (Joshua) Siegel, Laural (Nathan) Davis, Jeremy (Naroman) Schweiger, Michelle (Teague) Cowley, Hannah Cruze, Elle (Damon) Trecha, Lauren Cruze, and Kenn Cruze III; nine great-grandchildren: Kenneth and Matthew Hesse, Amber, Aeryn, and Ashley Siegel and Noah, Deacon, and Leilani Davis and Kaitlyn Cowley.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; granddaughter: Kaitlyn Schweiger; son-in-law: Donald Duffy; brother: Jack Lauer; sister: Arlene and brother-in-law: and Lloyd Hoyer.

Services are with the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.


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