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Patricia “Pat” Loretta Krueger, 90, of New Rockford, ND passed away January 20, 2022, in her home with her family by her side.

Patricia Loretta Lies was born April 15, 1931, in New Rockford, ND, to Hubert Anton Sr. and Mary (Seiler) Lies, the second child of eleven children. She grew up on the farm southeast of New Rockford. She attended eight years of school at Superior #3, and four years at St. James. After graduating at the age of 16 she moved to Fargo to work for DeLendrecie’s during the day. She started out in the make-up department before being moved to billing because her boss thought she was the only one who capable of doing the job. During this time, she worked at The Fargo Theater at night. In 1951, she decided to move out to California, to work for Douglas Aircraft during the day, and Wilshire Theater at night. She stayed in California until 1955, when her father passed away. She felt she needed to move back home to help with her younger siblings. Upon moving back, she managed the drive-in movie theater. She would take the younger sisters to help, with the benefit that they would get to see the show.  She worked as Deputy Register of Deeds under Albert Zimmerman until taking a position at the lawyer’s office across the street from the courthouse, along with numerous other jobs.

On December 3, 1965, Pat married LeRoy Krueger at St. John’s Church in New Rockford.  They made their home in New Rockford along with daughter Mary Jo. Together they owned and operated Wonder Lanes Café until 1975 when they closed the café down but kept the bowling alley going until COVID hit. Shortly after they got married, Pat was not happy to be home weekends while LeRoy went and played in a band at dances. So, she took it upon herself to learn to play the drums.  This then lead Pat joining a few different bands through the years, where she would play and sing for dances, at steam threshers, and nursing homes. Pat also enjoyed her weekly board meetings with some of her closest friends. She was an avid gardener with a grape vine growing right off her deck (one of her favorite places), a magnificent cook known to all for her brownies, a devoted catholic, and a selfless caretaker taking care of any one of her family members who were shut in.

Shortly after her 90th birthday Pat had suffered a major setback with her heart. She came home from the hospital on hospice on May 5, 2021.  Mary Jo decided that she was going to move in and help with all the cares for her the way Pat always wanted it. The grandchildren would come home on weekends to help with care and to visit.

Pat is survived by her husband, LeRoy, of 56 years, daughter Mary Jo (Clark) Wallace; 4 grandchildren: Xanthe (Jerry) Theis, Jenna Anglebrandt, Shane Wallace, and Taryn Wallace; 8 great-grandchild: Zander Anglebrandt, Ryder Bracken, Addison Wallace, Andrew Storstad, Kylee Theis, Khloe Wallace, Bryce Theis, and Easton Wallace; 6 Sisters: Ramona Klocke, Shirley (John) Mayer, JoAnn (Barry) McNett, Judy Bartlett, Veronica Lively, and Susan Vanderhyde; 1 Brother: Robert (Marjorie) Lies; 1 Sister-in -Law: Mary Ann Lies; 2 Brother-in-Law: Ronnie (Dorothy) Krueger, Vern Krueger; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins

She is preceded in death by her parents, and 3 brothers: Dean “Jack” Lies, Hubert “Bud” Lies, and Mayo Lies.

 

Pat’s Visitation will be Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from Noon – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home and continuing from 6:00PM – 6:30PM at the church, followed by a Rosary at 6:30PM and Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:30AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

Her Burial will be at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford.

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37 Comments

  1. LeRoy:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Pat was a big hearted person and a friend to everyone who knew her.

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  2. LeRoy, Mary Jo and family. Condolences. Hugs.

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  3. LeRoy, Mary Jo and family, so sorry to read about your loss of Pat. She was a wonderful person.

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  4. Leroy I’m so sorry to hear about Pat she was a good friend she was a great musician and When I was trying to put my band together back years ago she’d give us pointers. she will be greatly missed. Prayers and thoughts to you and the family

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  5. Leroy, Mary Jo & family,

    Our condolences in the loss of your wife, mother grandma. Pat was a sweet lady with a big heart and love for her family. God’s blessings to you in the days ahead.

    Tom & Tammi and Dennis Haugen

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  6. A mom to everyone at the bowling alley. Pat u had more energy then a young gal. We will miss you.😪 Leroy, Maryjo and family our heart breaks for u all💔

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  7. So sorry to hear of the passing of Pat, she was such a dear and wonderful lady. May she Rest In Peace and God Bless you all

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  8. All our deepest sympathy LeRoy and families. Pat will be greatly missed. She leaves wonderful memories with everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

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  9. I was born and raised in New Rockford. I saw many changes to this community. Pat and Leroy and families left lasting images. They contributed much to our community. I am saddened for the family, but also feel blessed to have known Pat; she will be missed.

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  10. Sending prayers for you LeRoy and the family! So remember coming into the bowling alley and seeing her smiling face. She will be missed!

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  11. Pat will be greatly missed. She was a beautiful soul.

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  12. Rest In Peace Pat. LeRoy & Mary Jo so sorry for your loss. She was always so nice when we’d see her. Bless you all!

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  13. She seemed to have a full life that touched so many hearts and families. She was special to our family! She always treated everyone like they were family!!

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  14. My deepest sympathy LeRoy & families. I so enjoyed our visit and laughs. She will be greatly missed.

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  15. Sending our prayers during this time of sadness and grief.
    Sincerely, Charlotte and Earl

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  16. Leroy and family. Sorry to hear about Pat.
    I remember hanging out with my brother Rod when he worked with Pat at the drive in theater.
    What a kind, cheerful lady.

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  17. What a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. Pat will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss.

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  18. Pat Lies Krueger Family,
    Praying for you during the passing of your beloved Pat into her eternal life with God. Pat was a loving, hardworking, and compassionate woman whom many admired.
    The Wonder Lanes bowling alley/cafe was the center of New Rockford’s Happy Days.
    “As the Earth got a little quieter, Heaven just got a lot more fun.”

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  19. Dear Leroy and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you as you mourn Pats passing. May all your special memories with her bring you comfort and some joy in celebrating her life.

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  20. So sorry to hear of her passing.
    She was a special person.

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  21. Leroy, Mary Jo and families – so very sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. What a wonderful, kind and funny woman; you could always count on her to have a nice word and pat on the back for encouragement.

    She will certainly be missed, thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

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  22. LeRoy and all of Pat’s loved ones:
    What a wonderful legacy Pat bestows upon her loving family and friends. She delighted all of us growing up in Wonder Lanes, either through working there or bowling there or both. Pat was patient and kind with all of us. She made us laugh. She made us better. Pat’s spirit is eternally ours. Her heavenly bowling team sparkles even more now. Love, Jane

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  23. To my Cousin Leroy my condolences. I remember the dinner with you, and other family members in Harvey, ND.

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  24. Mary Jo, and all of the kids that I worked with in McHenry schools, I am so sorry for your loss of Pat. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have all of you in my prayers. God bless all of you. With love in Christ, Jeanne Hoyt

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  25. Leroy & Mary Jo
    Sending sincere condolences and sympathy for your sadness. I Cannot express how much of a saint Pat was with our family and everybody in our community in New Rockford. God will have a special place for her as all of us have in our hearts. She was a true pioneer of Strength in New Rockford.
    Bless her soul!
    Ted

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  26. LeRoy, MaryJo and family – We are so very sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. As former neighbors, Pat and LeRoy were very special. On this journey through life, you meet people that make an impact with our family and in our hearts. Pat was that person. She was warm, friendly and funny. She will be missed! God’s blessings LeRoy and family.

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  27. ♥️

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  28. Pat was one of the first people I met when I came to NR. She made the wedding cake for the party the community had for us when Doc and I got married. Our condolences to her family. Doc and Marlys

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  29. We love you, we miss you, we will never forget you. You brought a lot of light to this world! Sue, Blake, Jessica and Hudson Vanderhyde

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  30. Condolences from all the Seiler siblings. My parents, Bill & Josephine, were blessed to have the daily benefit of her loving calls, visits, errands to keep them in their home after we had all left the area. She was a wonderful cook & hostess for family gatherings & always put others’ needs before hers.

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  31. Leroy and Family:
    I send my condolences to all of you as Pat passes to a different place; with her creator.
    It seemed that she truly had a heart of gold. I remember visiting our aging father, Bill Seiler, in New Rockford and Pat would also be in our house visiting. On several occasions he pointed to Pat and said, “This is my angel.”

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  32. LeRoy and family. We are so sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed getting to know you and Pat when we lived in New Rockford. I had fun bowling with Pat! She will be missed! LeAnn and Bill Heisler

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  33. My deepest sympathy to your family. I remember when Pat and LeRoy lived across the street from us. My mom often comment that Pat was an energizer bunny that was always on the go with the biggest smile. Heaven gained another angel

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  34. Dear LeRoy, Mary Jo, and Family,

    My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Pat. I remember Pat well from my teenage working years at Wonder Lanes Cafe in 1969-1974. Pat made every task seem like an adventure and so much fun! Pat showed me how to make a fine chocolate shake, a terrific sugar cookie, and even a Wonder Burger (scratch hamburger, bacon, cheese, lettuce, onion, mayo on a sesame seed bun). And, yes, I do recall the brownies at the bowling alley were out-of-this-world delicious.

    Pat was a whirlwind of energy with great personal warmth and charisma, but above all else, Pat was always kind. If only one word could be used to describe Pat, I would choose kindness. An unforgettable character in my life, Pat Krueger, on eagles’ wings, I will remember you fondly.

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  35. Leroy and Family

    Duane and I want to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of Pat. She was a one of a kind woman and a good friend. She worked so hard at all she did. What a woman!! She looked so much like her mom.

    Duane & Pamela Schuler

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  36. Loss can be so disheartening, such a burdensome feeling at times, humbling us to our very core, reminding us of how fragile things can be, but it is the breadth and powerful capacity of love which brings us such a heavy ache.

    My regards to your family, my sincerest condolences. Should you feel that ache find its way into your hearts and minds, I hope it’s the memories, and the shoulders of beloved family and friends in these difficult hours, that brings you comfort.

    I’m sorry for your loss. She seemed to have lived a robust and love-filled life. To her memory.

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  37. We will miss Pat! Our condolences for your family! When we moved to NR way back in 1970’s she was the first nice person we met. I have loves her ever since especially in Church. She was a special person!! She did so much good for many people! God Bless her!!

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