Adele R. Kruse, 89, professional violinist

February 04, 2005

Adele R. Kruse, a homemaker and professional violinist, died of pneumonia Jan. 28 at the Wesley Home in Mount Washington. The former longtime Dickeyville resident was 89.

She was born Adele Reeburgh in Mangum, Okla., the daughter of a lawyer and a piano teacher. After earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1936 from the University of Oklahoma, she moved with her family to Sheffield, Ala., where she became a violin instructor.

In 1939, she married Dr. Cornelius W. Kruse, then an engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority and later a professor of environmental health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He died in 1982.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Kruse was a member of the Gettysburg Symphony and Women's Symphony of Maryland and played with a string quartet. As a member of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, she played in pit orchestras for Bob Hope, Wayne Newton and Barry White.

Mrs. Kruse enjoyed collecting wood and ivory carvings from her world travels.

She moved to Roland Park Place in the late 1990s, and since 2003 had been a resident of the Wesley Home, 2211 W. Rogers Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 20.

Survivors include four daughters, Judith K. Philippides of Columbia, Carol K. Steil of Baltimore, Cornelia Kruse of Woodlawn and Christina Kruse of Los Angeles; a sister, Evelyn R. den Boer of Sheffield, Ala.; and nine grandchildren.

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