Thelma M. Krueger, 87

Dundalk homemaker volunteered for schools and community groups

January 08, 2007

Thelma M. Krueger, a Dundalk homemaker and volunteer, died of a heart ailment Tuesday at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 87.

Born in Rich Hill, Mo., Thelma Miller attended college a year before doing secretarial work. In 1943, she married Eugene Krueger, and after World War II joined him in Germany, where the career Army officer was stationed.

The couple moved to Dundalk in 1956 from the Panama Canal Zone, when her husband was assigned to Fort Holabird. Mr. Krueger died in 1986.

She volunteered in Dundalk-area schools and for the Girl Scouts, the American Red Cross and other community organizations. She was a PTA president, receiving an honorary life membership award in 1968. In 1981, she received a citation from the Baltimore County executive's office.

She was president of the Rotary Club's Inner Wheel and Dundalk Woman's Club in the early 1990s.

"I can't begin to tell you how many people have come over to us and told us stories about what she had done, and cheerfully, and how organized she was," said a daughter, Jacqueline Breeden of Sykesville.

She was a member of Dundalk United Methodist Church, and of organizations including Bou-Tem-Sci, the women's group of the Boumi Temple; the Retired Officers' Wives Club of Fort Meade; and the Salvation Army Auxiliary.

She organized a bridge club in 1963 that still meets, and also enjoyed reading, traveling and entertaining.

She moved in 2004 to the retirement community at 715 Maiden Choice Lane, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel.

Survivors also include a son, Donald E. Krueger of Spokane, Wash.; two other daughters, Debra S. Mason of Los Altos, Calif., and Cynthia G. Conover of Marietta, Ga.; and six grandchildren.

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