In loving memory of Kurt Werner Kruz, a dear husband, father, and grandfather who passed away peacefully Jan. 10, 2001 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was predeceased by his mother, Anna Frieda Kruz on March 18, 1932; his father, Wenzel Kruz on Jan. 25, 1970; and his sister, Emmy Nef.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie, and their children, Lydia and her husband, Tony, and their children, Erin and Matthew of Ottawa, Heidi and her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Sherlock, of Burnaby, B.C., and Michael and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Amber and Riley of Kenora, Ont.
Also surviving in Reinach, Switzerland are his sister, Lotti Gautschi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kurt was born in Herisau, Switzerland on June 27, 1929. Upon completion of university in Switzerland in 1956, he ventured to Canada, where he met the love of his life, Elsie Atkinson in Simcoe, Ont. Kurt and Elsie were married on June 7, 1958 and had 42 loving years together.
In 1965, they moved their family to Fort Frances, where Kurt was employed by the provincial government as District Milk Inspector until his retirement in 1989. Kurt visited many farms, where he always greeted everyone with his warm smile, and his positive and encouraging demeanor.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed such activities as scuba diving, hunting, fishing, water and downhill skiing, coaching gymnastics, beekeeping, and time at this cabin on Crowrock.
After Kurt and Elsie both retired, they enjoyed their winters in Texas, where they met many new and great friends. Kurt joined Chip-O-Tex Woodcarving and won many awards.
Kurt was a man of strong conviction and yet very sensitive to the things of God. His faith and trust in Christ always gave Kurt continuing hope and an overwhelming peace throughout his illness.
He took his strength from the world he knew, his beloved Switzerland that sustained his memories of youth, his four grandchildren that gave him his youth, the trees that so gave of their wood to him for his “Wood Works,” and the farming community that so defined his values and belief in god.
From the grandchildren who sustained him, they carry with them their own memories of their grandfather: young at heart, dedicated, active, and Chinese Checkers.
Remembered and loved always–Your family.
Honourary pallbearers will be all of Kurt’s family and friends.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Frances. Pastor Tony Geense will officiate, with interment to take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8, or La Verendrye General Hospital, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1C3.
In tears we saw you sinking,
We watched you fade away.
You suffered much in silence,
You fought so hard to stay.
You faced your task with courage,
Your spirit did not bend,
But still you kept on fighting
Until the very end.
God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to Me”.
So when we saw you sleeping,
So peaceful, free from pain,
We could not wish you back,
To suffer that again.
You didn’t deserve what you went through,
So He took you home to rest,
God’s garden must be beautiful,
For He only takes the best.