JoAnn Krueger

January 9, 1942 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

JoAnn Krueger Obituary

JoAnn Krueger, 82 of Aberdeen SD, passed away February 3, 2024, at Mother Joseph Manor, Aberdeen while under hospice care due to health complications stemming from diabetes and other factors. 

A Private family Memorial Service will be held.  Arrangements are being handled by Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel in Groton SD.

“Netta” JoAnn Wilson was born January 9, 1942, in Miller SD (St. Lawrence, SD), to John A. and Gladys (Howard) Wilson.  JoAnn was the youngest of 5 children, and when she was still a baby/toddler her brothers were overseas serving their county during WWII. 

JoAnn grew up on a rural farm in Hand County SD, graduating from Miller High School.  Although she was known to her nieces and nephews as their “Feisty Aunt JoAnn”, with them, she had more of a sibling relationship, due to them all being of similar ages and growing up together.

JoAnn graduated High School in 1960 and graduated from Northern State University (Northern State Teachers College) in 1964 with a B.S. Degree in Education and a Minor in Art.  After graduation she taught in a rural country school in Hand County and later taught various grades and curriculum in Waubay SD until her retirement in 2003.

JoAnn was united in marriage to Richard Krueger, on March 7, 1970, at Fort Sill, OK.   JoAnn was a stay-at-home mom, while her husband was serving in Vietnam and up until all her children were school age, at which time she began teaching full time again.  She taught for the Waubay School district for 28 years and taught elementary, middle school and HS Art. In 1986, JoAnn was awarded the SD Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award.  She was an avid lover of History, but particularly American History and the Civil War.   

Richard and JoAnn lived and raised their family in Groton SD for most of their years together.  JoAnn especially enjoyed Holidays, going all out on food, and decorating, especially for Christmas. She loved to read, plant summer flowers, vacations often revolved around visiting prominent historical locations.  They visited their youngest son Scott and his family at most if not all his various Army duty locations.  She enjoyed attending her grandkids events from T-ball games to college functions up until her health began to decline in recent years.  JoAnn was very tender-hearted toward animals and loved all the various families fur babies over the years.

After retirement, JoAnn spent many years judging student submissions at the regional level for SD National History Day.  JoAnn was also an active member of numerous service groups over the years, most recently (PEO), Eastern Star and United Methodist Women.

JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Dorothy (Bill) Nolz, Brothers George (Mary Jean and Mary Jane), Marvin (Edith) and Howard (Lucille) Wilson.

Celebrating her life are her husband Richard, her 3 children, Tracy Roesch (Aberdeen SD); Todd (Lisbon ND); Scott (Deni) (Anchorage AK);  8 Grandchildren, Sean Crawford (Jenna) Fort Leavenworth KS, Chase Roesch (Aberdeen SD), Kaelie Krueger (Fargo, ND), Jordan Roesch (Denver CO), Fiain Uir (Richland WA), Reagan Krueger (Fargo ND), Tori Krueger (Fargo ND), and Cade Krueger (Lincoln NE), Brother-in-Law Doug (Rose) Krueger (Alberta MN), Curtis Krueger (Brownwood TX), Ronald (Jill) Krueger (Groton SD); along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Condolences may be sent to Richard Krueger, 918 Arbor Lane #50, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

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