Elaine Ruth Riess Krueger, 65, of Stillwater, died on April 3. Born in Wheaton. Minn., on Nov. 25, 1947, she attended District No. 44 in Traverse County (a one-room school now on the National List of Historic Landmarks). She was a graduate of Tintah High School and Concordia College, Moorhead, and employed by the Minnesota WorkForce Center in the Twin Cities for 37 years.
Elaine travelled the world, played bridge, golf, piano and saxophone, loved nature, books, movies, theatre, music and sports. The number one fan at family events, she created gifts of art and fashion in thread and yarn. A superlative daughter, sister, wife, aunt, friend and colleague, Elaine leaves a legacy of rare tolerance, generosity and delight. Survived by sister Nancy (Melvin Rappaport); brother, Allen (Margaret); sister-in-law, Joyce Riess; nieces, Kimberly O’Connor (Kevin) and Patricia Kubicka (Richard); nephews, Jason (Gabrielle), Adam and Eric Riess; five grand-nieces and nephews, one great-grand niece, and friends throughout the world. She was preceded in death by husband, Allen; parents, Merle and Norma; twin sister, Eileen; brother, David, and wife Maggie; nephew, Bryan Riess, and brother-in-law Larry Krueger. Her family thanks the Lakeview Oncology Group and The Gathering.
A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 Fourth St. North in Stillwater. Wear joyous attire. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Relay for Life and Valley Outreach, both of Stillwater.