Kroke, Hildur Madeline (Swenson) (1912-2003)

Hildur Kroke, 90, Stephen, died at the Good Samaritan Center, Warren, Tuesday, March 11, 2003.

Hildur Madeline Swenson was born Aug. 1, 1912 in Lancaster, daughter of Emil and Ina (Franzen) Swenson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1930. Hildur attended the American Business College and McPhails School of Jazz, both in Minneapolis.

In 1940 she married Elmer Kroke in Duluth. Hildur and Elmer owned and operated Kroke Hardware and Furniture in Stephen for many years, retiring in 1966. They spent their winters in Texas and their summer weekends at Lake of the Woods. Elmer died in 1988.

Hildur was a member of First Lutheran Church and served as the organist there for several years. She was well known for her musical talents and gave private piano lessons for many years. She will be remembered most for her great generosity.

Hildur lived with her daughter, Marilyn, for twelve years and moved to the Good Samaritan Center Jan. 1, 2000.

Family members include a son, John (Judy) Kroke, Owatonna; a daughter, Marilyn (Richard) Hanson, Stephen; ten grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two sisters, Cora Schenkey, Middle River, and Ruth Oasheim, Hoople; a brother, Lowell Swenson, Edina; nieces and nephews and her special cat “Twinke.” She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kathleen Seinfeld; husband, Elmer; three sisters, Edith Mosser, Helen Hunter and Lillian Anderson; and two brothers, Eugene and Vincent.

[Interred Stephen cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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