Edward Charles "Pop" Kruse Family
Welcome to our Edward and Stella (Ross) Kruse Family Page! Edward Charles "Pop" Kruse was born in Sedamsville, Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 16, 1882. He was the first born child of Henry Kruse and Margaret "Maggie" Frank.
He had eight half-siblings, of which, only three half-sisters reached adulthood. They were: Mary (1867/1868); Mollie (1876); and Caroline [Frank] (1880). He also had six siblings from his mother and father's marriage. They were: William (1883); Emma (1887); Joseph (1890); and Harry (1894). The other two did not survive infancy.
Edward was raised in the Sedamsville area living mostly on Delhi Pike. He was a member of St. Martini Church of Christ (German Lutheran) in Sedamsville. He was baptized Edward Michael on April 22, 1883. His godparents were a Michael and Anna Margaret Kareth.
On December 27, 1902, Edward married Estella Mae "Stella" Ross in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Stella was born in Nabbs, Clark county, Indiana on October 2, 1882. Her parents were a Joseph M. Ross and a Anna Stacey. Edward and Stella were the parents of six children.
-- Helen Marie who was born on May 9, 1904 in Sedamsville. Helen married a Floyd "Pick" Dill living their short lives together in Delhi near Sayler Park and were the parents of one child.
-- Elsie Margaret was born on January 10, 1906 in Sedamsville. Elsie was married on two separate occasions. First to a Jack Stone from Sterlings, Illinois. They lived in Sedamsville and were the parents of one child. Her second marriage was to a Joseph Bernard Luchte living their early years in Sedamsville and then the Riverside area. They were the parents of one child.
-- Edward Harry "Bud" who was born June 8, 1908 in Sedamsville. He married a Dolores Adele "Lory" Busch living most of their life in the Sedamsville area and were the parents of three children.
-- Maurice Louis who was born October 8, 1910 in Nabbs, Indiana. He married a Mary Elizabeth Vogeler living their entire life together in Sedamsville and were the parents of three children.
-- Carrie "Louise" who was born January 24, 1913 in Sedamsville. She married a Jessie Sherman Johnson living in their early years in Sedamsville and then for the rest of their lives together in Riverside. They were the parents of five children.
-- William George who was born July 5, 1915 in Riverside. He married a Marion Yolanda Abt living their early years in Fairmont area and later in the Sedamsville area. They were the parents of three children.
Edward worked as a yeastmaker and a distillery worker for Fleischmann's Yeast Company, Southside Ave., in Sedamsville. He also worked for a Adam Meyer's Coal Company as a scaleman (weighing coal). In later years, he worked as a machine operator for a Diamond Alkalt Company on Paddock Rd. in Bond Hill. This company had pipelines that ran to the Proctor & Gamble Company which they would send chemicals over for their soaps, etc.
After Stella's daughter Helen passed away on July 4 , 1925 she insisted on her being buried in Maple Grove cemetery. She wanted the grave site as close as possible to her. Stella would visit Helen's grave site almost everyday the rest of her life.
Stella died on October 28, 1933 at the age of 51 years, and 26 days. She was rushed to the hospital because her gald bladder burst. She went home after being released from the hospital. A couple of days later she died of a heart attack (toxic myocarditis) which was considered her cause of death. ARGO Funeral Home in Cleves, Ohio handled the funeral and burial services. She was buried in Maple Grove cemetery in Cleves, Ohio.
Edward lived as a widower for almost thirty-one years. After Stella's death, he left for about five years. His whereabouts was unknown to the family. While he was gone, he may have remarried but this cannot be confirmed. This became a concern when Edward passed away because some family members feared the woman may attempt to claim his body.
Edward was very independent, a free spirit. He enjoyed his drink. He was well liked and well known around town. Everybody knew him as "Pop".
For many years he rented a camp site down by the Little Miami river. Many of the Kruse's would spent time there visiting him and enjoying the view. Also, they held a Kruse family reunion once a year. They held one more reunion the year after Edward's death.
In the later years he lived with his daughter Louise and her family at 620 Baurichter St. in Riverside. When his doctor informed him he had only a short time to live, he chose to leave the hospital and go home.
Edward died on August 30, 1964 at the age of 82 years, 6 months, 14 days. The cause of death was cancer (Metastasis sarcoma-left hip) and senility for a 15 year duration. I have been informed by family members that he was alert, sharp, and of sound mind until his death. Vitt & Stermer Funeral Home in Delhi handled the funeral services. Edward is buried next to his wife Stella in Maple Grove cemetery, Cleves, Ohio.
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