Marge M. Kruschke

Marge M. Kruschke, age 67, of Belmont, Wisconsin, completed her earthly journey on July 15, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Marge’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Marge’s family.


Marge was born on June 24, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, one of five children to Howard G. and Theresa M. (Hitzler) Kruschke.  She eventually found her way into retail and customer service and invested over 34 years with Kmart before spending her last 15 years with Lands End.  Sadly, health concerns forced Marge to make her decision to slow down and spend some quality time with her family, especially her nephew and favorite buddy, Richard Pilkenton.  Over the years, Marge spent much of her free time creating at her craft table and sewing machine.  The beautiful quilts Marge leaves behind are a living testament to the love and attention she gave to all, and everything, in the world around her.  We are broken-hearted today with the realization that we have heard the last witty comment and funny remark from Marge, but we accept that her battle with cancer was longer than imagined and it’s now time for her soul to rest comfortably in the Lord’s loving hands.  We will miss our dear Marge forever and are beyond thankful for every year we were blessed with her presence, love, and joyful spirit.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Marge include,

her siblings,

Carol Pilkenton, Dubuque, Iowa,

Butch (Gina) Kruschke, Maquoketa, Iowa,

Pete (Kellie) Kruschke, Potosi, Wisconsin,

and Lucy Kruschke, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors.


Marge was preceded in death by her parents, and a niece, Carrie Pilkenton.


Marge’s family would like to thank Agrace Hospice for all of their compassionate care and wonderful support, along with her amazing neighbors, Steve and Kay Austin, for their generosity, attention and commitment to Marge.  May God bless you all for your kindnesses.


Online condolences may be shared with Marge’s family at

To honor Marge’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. 

5 comments on “Marge M. Kruschke
  1. Dorothy Beckwith says:

    To the girls: Marge always said you had a pledge to one another; I’m glad that faith was visible until the end. I offer you my sincere condolences. Marge and I worked side by side at the Big K and I’m glad she took my advice to go to Lands End, and eventually to home agent for them. I remember her five year mark with the purchase of a diamond ring. Too bad it wasn’t really the end of her cancers. But Marge was tough and provided a few chuckles along the way.
    Please know that if it weren’t for the current situation with distancing, that you would find the Kmart group at Marge’s visitation and funeral. We were all very fond of her and had respect for her work ethic. Dorothy Beckwith at Belmont

  2. Lynne Wehrle says:

    Marge was such a joy to work with at Lands’ End. She will be truly missed! She was such a beautiful person! Please accept my deepest sympathies and prayers!

  3. Michele M says:

    Marge was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are you all.

  4. Maggie Kegler Hoyt says:

    So sorry for your loss of Marge. She always had smile for everyone. Rest in the knowledge that she is at peace and with your parents. God bless.

  5. Doug and Deb Custer says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. We have lots of memories of her with our mom, Val. They are now together in Heaven, probably having a laugh. She was a special woman. Your family has our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Doug and Deb Custer

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