Marion Ruth Howard (nee Krueger)

Marion Ruth Howard (nee Krueger) 96, of Waukesha, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Marion was born in 1921 to William and Cora (nee Hurst) Krueger in Waukesha.

She was a graduate of Waukesha High School and the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. On June 6, 1945, Marion wed Wendell Howard at St. Joseph’s Church in Waukesha. For two years after the end of World War II, Marion processed discharge papers for returning veterans. Marion and Wendell were charter members of St. Mary’s Church and were actively involved in forming the parish. Marion taught first grade at St. Mary’s school for 30 years. Family and friends were very meaningful for her and brought her much joy. She belonged to a canasta card club for over 50 years and was a sharp player. In retirement, Marion and Wendell traveled the world and were volunteers with many organizations. Marion had a smile for everyone and was grateful for everything. She never stopped teaching.

Marion is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Bradley) Bernstein of Fitchburg, Jo Ann Howard of Kihei, Hawaii, and Mary (Peter) Hartman of Rochester, Minn.; special nephew, James Luscher of Madison; seven nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Susan Mentkowski; son-in-law, Timothy Mentkowski; and cousin, Eleanore Hain.

The visitation for Marion will be held on Tuesday, April 11,from 11 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 12 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Howard Haase will be officiating. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Mary Catholic Church (see address above) or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-5426609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.