Beverly J. (Watson) Kruggel

Born: Mon., Jan. 31, 1949
Died: Thu., Sep. 21, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 26, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Sep. 27, 2017
Location: New Apostolic Church

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 Beverly J. Kruggel
Beverly J. Kruggel, 88, a lifetime resident of South Bend passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her husband and 5 children on September 21, 2017, at her residence, Andre Place at Holy Cross Village. She was born January 31, 1929, as Beverly Jean Watson to her late parents, William and Doris (Cather) Watson. Beverly is survived by her loving husband Herman K. Kruggel; sisters Nancy (Donald) Truex and Sharon Hounshell; children Paula (Richard) Fisette, Kevin (Mindy) Kruggel, Leslie (James) Roytek, Kurt (Kristy) Kruggel and Shelley (Sharon) Kruggel, as well as 13 grandchildren: Connor (Celeste), Cole and Courtney Kruggel (mother Susan Hammes), Alexa, Blake and Case Roytek, Sydney, Colorado and Ana Kruggel, Parker, Ryan Lynn, Mitchell and Evan Durham (father Ted Durham). She also leaves behind many adoring nieces and nephews.
Beverly was a 1947 graduate of John Adams High School where she met Herman who she married on June 25, 1949. Beverly worked alongside Herm for many years helping him to start his accounting firm which would become Kruggel, Lawton and Company. She created a comfortable and loving home where together with Herm she raised their five children. Bev loved to share her home with family and friends, hosting summer and holiday gatherings all the way up to the onset of her illness in 2015.
Beverly had many hobbies and interests. She had a love of nature and found happiness in decorative gardening and bird watching around her home. She was very fond of the theatre and in her younger years performed in many leading roles at John Adams and Notre Dame. One of her most memorable performances, Lady in the Dark, took place over 20 years after high school when director James Lewis Casaday contacted her offering her a role. She enjoyed reading and was a member of the Birch Lake Ladies Book Club. She and Herm were avid Notre Dame fans and long time season ticket holders. She remained in close touch with a group of her John Adams classmates meeting often to plan reunions or just to enjoy each other’s company. She also enjoyed staying active playing tennis and golf with friends at Morris Park Country Club and waterskiing, sailing and boating on their beloved Birch Lake where she and Herm were summer residents for 35 years and permanent residents for 24 years. There she enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren spend wonderful and active summers on the lake. Beverly enjoyed baking for her family and her much coveted homemade pies and Christmas cookies will never be forgotten. “Nothing will ever come close to one of Grandma’s blueberry or apple pies!”
Bev gave of herself to the community in various volunteer roles. Two of her favorite organizations she worked with were the Little Bear Program for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children).
Her faith was central in her life and she enjoyed reading from the Bible or daily religious reflection books. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church South Bend congregation for 68 years. She enjoyed singing in the choir and she and Herm were choir members for 60 years. She will be remembered throughout the congregation for the lovely duets they sang together.
The family would like to thank caregivers Tamie, Izzy, Jayme, Crystal, Samantha, Morgan, Kimberlee, Terri and all the staff of Senior 1 Care who took wonderful care of Bev and addressed her everyday needs.
Visitation for Beverly will be on Tuesday, September 26, at the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN, 46635, where family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m.. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the New Apostolic Church, 5602 Ironwood Road, South Bend, IN, 46614.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Apostolic Church, 5602 S. Ironwood Road, South Bend, IN 46614 and Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.
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Charitable donations may be made in Beverly's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

New Apostolic Church
5602 S. Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN, 46614

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Teddi Murray
   Posted Sun September 24, 2017
George and I send our heartfelt condolences to Herm and his family on the passing of a dear wife and mother. Bev will be greatly missed. She was one of my tennis buddies for many years, playing every Wednesday. We both had large families, and children of the same age. Between hitting tennis balls, we would commiserate about the challenges of raising a large family. She was thoughtful, generous, and kind. I am glad that she was my friend. May she rest in peace.

John and Pam Green
   Posted Sun September 24, 2017
Kevin, Paula, Kurt and Family,

We want to express our condolences for the loss of your mother. She was beautiful inside and out and we can only imagine the loss you must feel in your hearts. Please know we are thinking about you and your families.

John and Pam Green

Bob Dunbar,Sr.
   Posted Sun September 24, 2017
My condolences to Herm and family. God Bless. Bob Dunbar,Sr.

Robert P. Doolittle, Jr.
   Posted Mon September 25, 2017
Dear Herm and Kruggel Family

Today, Peggy and I were saddened to learn of Bev's passing. We have many fond recollections of Bev which extend back many, many years. Thankfully, all of those recollections are positive, even though some of them extend back to the times I was the young kid from next door who played his Elvis records too loud late at night when you were trying to sleep. In any event, our thoughts are with you during this very sad time. However, I hope she meets up with Helen May and Bob over some cocktails and Bev brings them up to date on all of the latest Birch Lake news.

Peggy and Bob Doolittle

Fasnap Corp
   Posted Tue September 26, 2017
To Kurt and the rest of the Kruggel family we send our deepest sympathies to you all during this difficult time. May your mom rest in peace.