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Luella Kruchten, 89 year old resident of Fort Ripley died peacefully Sunday, February 17 at her home surrounded by family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mathias Catholic Church. The burial will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls from 10:00 AM until the hour of the service on Thursday at the church.
Luella Bernadine (Trotterchuad) Kruchten was born on November 4, 1929 in Naytawash, MN to the late Antoine “Otto” and Ethel Burt Pelland Trotterchaud Fish. She attended school in Naytawash, MN as a young girl. She was united in marriage to Eugene W. Kruchten on January 31, 1954 in Minneapolis. The couple made their home on the Great Lakes Naval Air Station. They later moved to the Olathe Naval Air Base. Between the moves, Eugene was stationed on several ships out at sea. When he returned, they moved to Norfolk Naval Air Base and then Sandpoint Naval Air Station. After 23 years of service, Eugene retired from the Navy. At which time he and Luella returned to Minnesota and made their home in Fort Ripley. She enjoyed bingo, scratch off tickets, puzzles, casino trips, word finds, embroidering, watching All Star Wrestling, watching her two grandson’s dirt track racing, camping, playing cards, traveling, and all other special events that her kids and grandkids wanted to share with her. She will be remembered by her family as a kind, caring, loving and compassionate woman who was always very giving to those in need. Luella’s daughters and granddaughters will always hold dear the memories of her doing their hair in Rag Curls. The family gatherings where always a precious and much anticipated time when mom would make her famous rice dish that only she could.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, John ( Rae Ann) Kruchten of Burtrum, Michael Kruchten of St. Cloud, Stephanie (Lloyd) Adamski of Granite Falls, Washington, Connie (James) Guck of Fort Ripley, Mary (Dale) Skillings of Long Prairie, Kandee (Brad) Denny of Fort Ripley; sisters, Dorothy (Pat) Simpson of Troy, Kansas, Connie Treasure of Grand Junction, Colorado; 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Antoine “Otto” and Ethel Burt Pelland Trotterchaud Fish; husband, Eugene W. Kruchten; daughter, LaDonna Lee Mary Kruchten, son, Eugene William Kruchten, Jr.; brothers, George B. Emerson, Richard Keith Trotterchaud; sister, June Elizabeth Fuller; grandson, Nichalos Skillings, grand daughter, Kimberly Ann Eggert; great-grandson, Dominic Nathaniel Williams; great-granddaughter, Abigail Ann Eggert.