Rosemary Ann Kruger, 76, of Eau Claire passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Eau Claire.

Rosemary was born August 23, 1945, to Charles and Rose (Motycka) Kucera in Chippewa Falls, WI. Rose shared 53 wonderful years with her husband, Rodney. She enjoyed the many years of babysitting and spent many years working at Dove Healthcare as a Dietary Aide. She adored spending time with all her grandchildren, thrift sale shopping, and tending to her gardens.

Rosemary is survived by her loving husband, Rodney Kruger, her children: Mark Kruger (Tonia Couch) of Somerset, Jenny Kruger of Mahtomedi, Travis Kruger (Trudy) of Eau Claire, Doug Kruger Patton (JoAnn) of Bowling Green, and son-in-law Curt Qualls of Louisville; her grandchildren: Stephanie, Zachary, Whitney, Maxwell and Lakelyn. Her sisters, Anna Hager, Barb (Tom) Schmitt, Carol (Mike) Steele; brothers, Tom Kucera and Charles Kucera Jr.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Charles and Rose Kucera, brothers: Frank Kucera, Bill Kucera, and daughter Robin Qualls; brother-in-law, Roger Hager and sister-in-law, Ellie Kucera.

A visitation will be held Monday, July 25, 2022, at Smith Funeral Chapel from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Concordia Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at Rest Haven Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. Online condolences may be left at


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Rosemary one time but what a wonderful and giving person. We did stay in touch during Christmas when I would await her Christmas letter to me. She would update me with things going on and it was so good to read her letters. She truly was a beautiful person who will be greatly missed.

  2. Travis, Trudy and Lakelyn,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Although we didn’t know Rosemary very well, we met her a few times over the years at Lakelyn’s birthday parties. May you know that all of you are in our thoughts.

  3. Rodney,

    Our condolences on the loss of your wife. May the love of your family and friends comfort you at this time.

  4. My deepest sympathies to you Rod and the family. I worked with Rosemary Who I called Rose Marie for fun.She was such a beautiful and giving person and had such a huge heart . Things I remember about her are an apple a day and a candy bar for lunch & getting up at 4:09 every morning to start her day. Rosemary and my son have birthdays a day apart and she always remembered his birthday, just the way she was so loving. Her Christmas parties were the best and she was so proud of her decor and in her element . She truly shined and not to leave out she made the best darn brandy slush. She is truly missed and will remain a very special person to me always .

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. She will be missed by many. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers…

  6. Dear Rodney, Mark, Jenny, Travis and all family members. We were so shocked to hear about Rosemary. I enjoyed her so much, her clever ideas about changing the room around. Christmas baking parties and Halloween. What a lady and friend. God bless you all Our Sympathy
    The Janish’s

  7. Rod and family
    We extend our sympathy to you and family. All of us are saddened and surprised of her passing. We have many fond memories. She was a beautiful person. We are out of town with the grandkids and are unable to attend the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

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