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Obituary: Mary C. Kreger

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes:

Mary C. Kreger, 68, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Friday April 23, 2021, at the UP-Health Marquette Hospital.

     She was born on October 16, 1952, in Hastings, MN, a daughter of the late Harry and Dolores (Westby) Kreger.  Mary was raised in the Hastings and Lakeville, MN areas by her father and stepmother Josephine (Freking).  Following High School Mary attended the Monastery and was a Franciscan nun for twelve years.  During that time, she also attended college and received her degree in Social Work. Following her call to the church Mary continued her education and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver. 

     Mary then began a very busy and rewarding career in Social Work.  She worked in various parts of the county and on several reservations.  She also taught at the University of Montana and spoke at various seminars across the country.  She always enjoyed helping people in need but received her most gratification assisting individuals and working in Hospice.

    Following her career in Social Work Mary returned to religion and received her Master’s in Divinity from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.

     In 2013, she was united in marriage to Jean Eckerberg and the couple has made their home in Atlantic Mine since that time.

     Among Mary’s many interests she was also a gifted poet.

     Preceding her in death were her parents Harry and Dolores, her stepmother Josephine (Freking), and her brothers Kevin and Donald.

     Surviving are:

            Her spouse: Jean Eckerberg

            Her brother and sister: Harry Kreger

                                                         Maureen Spawr

            Several nieces, nephews and cousins

     As requested, no service will take place.

     To view Mary’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.

    The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.

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