Funeral services will be noon Wednesday at FitzHenry’s Chapel of Faith, with a reception to follow the services, in Carson City for Elaine Carolyn Perryman Kruse, 69, who died Jan. 12, 2006, from complications with diabetes.
Mrs. Kruse was born May 3, 1936, in Chicago, Ill. to Henry and Edna Perryman. Without completing high school, she married Ron Kruse, her husband of 51 years, and became a Navy wife and the mother of two adopted children. She attended adult night school to receive her diploma so her children would never be able to use her as an excuse to drop out of school themselves. When her husband retired from the Navy she started a career of her own as an antique dealer. She became the publisher of a trade newspaper “Antiques Today” with a circulation of 70,000 readers.
She retired the newspaper after by-pass surgery and turned her attention to volunteer work. She graduated from the first Sheriff’s School for Seniors, a member of the Carson Valley Republican Woman’s group, past president of both the VFW and LAFRA. She volunteered on committees for the Indian Hills General Improvement District, helped to design the office to be usable as a multi-purpose facility. She was an ADA access advocate who fought for equal access for the disabled.
Mrs. Kruse was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Richard Perryman and her only natural child Kathy. She is survived by her husband Ron Kruse, son Thomas Kruse, daughter Laurel Arett, niece Debbie Kozuch and nephew Rick Perryman.
Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Chapel of Faith in Carson City. A visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The family requests donations be made to the Diabetes Foundation in Elaine’s name in lieu of flowers.