It is with great sadness we tell you of the passing of our dear, sweet mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend. Mom passed away peacefully in Kirkland, Washington after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Mom spent her childhood in Salem, Oregon where she graduated from South Salem High School and went on to graduate from Oregon State University with a teaching degree. She married Brad Krueger (deceased) in 1958 not long before they graduated from college. After graduation, they spent most of their lives in Eugene, where they raised their family.
After her most successful career raising her four children, Joyce worked as a Kindergarten and pre-school teacher, blessing the lives of many children and their families. She went on to work in the advertising department at The Eugene Register Guard where she enjoyed a successful career and made many more life-long friends.
Joyce loved traveling, her friends in Eugene including her bridge and gourmet cooking groups and spending time traveling with her companion John.
Joyce will be remembered as a loving mother, gracious friend with a friendly smile and as an adventurous traveler, kind and patient teacher, amazing gourmet cook, avid bridge player, and 3-card poker shark.
Joyce is survived by her four children: Ann, Mary, Carl and Brian, along with a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eugene, Oregon located at 4445 Royal Avenue in Eugene at 1:00 pm February 26. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church Youth Activities or to NW Parkinson's Foundation. Please sign the guestbook or offer your thoughts at Cascadememorial.com
"Joyce was such a fun neighbor at the condos, with a ready-smile and sparkly eyes. I loved her zest for life. We had known each other previously when our sons were at Churchill High School, and so it was especially nice to be in touch in our later years. Visiting her in Silverton when condo friends went up to celebrate her 75th (?) birthday was such a treat. I think I will always envision her beautiful spirit in those rolling grasslands, with John at the helm of the truck.
With love and sympathy,
(formerly Sue Strawbridge) "
"Joyce Johnston Krueger was a most kind and gracious person.
Her classmates remember her as a National Honor Society
student at South Salem High School - smart, sweet, pretty,
and destined for the happy and accomplished career she made.
We all loved Joyce. It was a great pleasure to re-encounter
her in later years during Class of ?56 reunions and other events
that brought her back to Salem.
Most sincere condolences to Joyce?s loving family.
Elisabeth Walton Potter
"Mary and Family, I won?t be here to Celebrate your Mothers Life with you as I will be out of the state unfortunately! Your Mothers smile was contagious! She will be missed by so many! What a painful loss, kindly accept my sympathy over the passing of your Mother, I pray that you will be comforted by Heaven. Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of Beautiful Memories. Sending healing prayers and Comforting Hugs. With Heartfelt Condolences, Glenda Smith"
"I didn't know her as well as her husband but she always had a smile on her face and gave Paul Maier & myself rides a couple of times to the UO to play sports while going to volunteer at church(Vacation Bible School I think)one of the Lutheran churches off of 18th somewhere....since her kids were a bit younger than us I mostly knew her relatives, Maier & Sylvesters, neighbors like Tietje's, & Sakrisons. In the days of afternoon paper routes I occasionally did this one(mine was over on Oak Patch)which my brother had and she always greeted me w/a smile and hello....very nice, friendly person....sorry to hear of her loss as I know the family will miss such a exuberant caring personality. Rich Beebe Keizer, Oregon"
"I was so fond of JOYCE. She was always smiling and so upbeat. We shared many wonderful memories making our lovely dolls in doll class. We took a trip to Seattle together and had such a fun time, it is a memory that I will always cherish. She loved her family dearly and was so proud of them. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you and I know she will be missed greatly. I was blessed to call her my friend. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Rochelle Breaux "