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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Myrtle Kreckow

  • Myrtle Kreckow, 104, of Redwood Falls died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls. She was just two days short of her 105th birthday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Friday, August 1, 2014 from First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. Burial will follow in the Granite Falls Cem...
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  • Myrtle Kreckow, 104, of Redwood Falls died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls. She was just two days short of her 105th birthday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Friday, August 1, 2014 from First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. Burial will follow in the Granite Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held July 31 from 4 until 7 p.m., at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue at the church on Friday for one hour prior to services. Arrangements are with the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com. Myrtle Rachel (Harbour) Kreckow, the daughter of Sigle and Hannah (Gash) Harbour, was born July 31, 1909 in Chippewa County. She graduated from Maynard High School in June 1925. Following graduation, Myrtle attended teacher training and taught rural school for one year. She then attended business college in Minneapolis in 1929 and worked in various business offices in Minneapolis until 1947. On April 23, 1939, Myrtle married Lawrence Kreckow. They lived in Minneapolis until 1948 when they moved to Northfield where they had a half interest in an implement business. In 1954, they sold their interest in the implement business and began farming in Winona County, near Utica. They then farmed in St. Croix County, Wis. for two years. In 1960, the Kreckows moved to Redwood Falls to open Engine Sales and Service and Radiator Repair. Myrtle and Lawrence retired in 1978. Lawrence passed away in 1980. Myrtle was very active in community activities. She belonged to the Senior Citizens where she served as treasurer, wrote the newsletter, and organized the Telecare program. Myrtle held several offices in the Shriner’s Auxiliary and the Eastern Star. She was a volunteer and secretary-treasurer for the Minnesota Inventor’s Congress, and received their Outstanding Service Award in 1992. Myrtle was also active with Share the Spirit, serving as a volunteer and chairman for the family food boxes. She loved words and spelling. Myrtle participated in several Redwood County Senior spelling bees, winning the championship in 1992 and being named runner-up in 1994. She placed fourth in the State Senior Citizen Spelling Bee in 1992. Myrtle liked to play Scrabble, do crossword and word puzzles, play cards, and watch Wheel of Fortune. She also crocheted many baby blankets, lap robes and pot holders. Myrtle is survived by her son Larry (Karyn) Kreckow of Redwood Falls; her daughter Liane (Tom) Volk of Thun, Switzerland and their sons Christoph (Julien) of Bern, Switzerland and Curtis (Nina) of Frankfurt, Germany. Also surviving are nieces Doris Smith of Mason City, Iowa, Mavis Keilen of Faribault, and Shirley Kalkbrenner of Champlin; and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, and three brothers. Blessed be her memory.

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