Jule Kruger, 67
Jule Kruger, 67, of Isabella, died July 26, 2020, at her home near Isabella. A private memorial service was held at the home she shared with her husband.
She was born Susan Catherine Reger on July 15, 1953, in Glen Cove, New York, the daughter of Charles and Jean Reger. After graduating from high school in Horseheads, New York, Jule (who was called Susan at the time) attended Alfred University in Alfred, New York, to study ceramic arts.
After a brief marriage to Robert Savage, she met and married Steve Alexandrowicz and began a lifelong love of archeology. She worked for Colonial Williamsburg, piecing together artifacts as she was a master puzzler. With the birth of two sons, John Wesley and Ian Craig, the family settled in Park City, Utah, where she and her husband established an archeological consulting practice and wrote a guidebook for categorizing artifacts.
She also enjoyed working for Mrs. Field’s Cookies as an international accounts-payable manager. After a subsequent move to Lytle Creek, California, she found employment with Kichler Lighting and served as a Boy Scout master for her sons, J.W. and Ian, as they both completed their Eagle Scout badges.
With her sights set on new challenges after a divorce, she sought community at the Eastwind Community in Ozark County. At that time, she changed her name from Susan to Jule, based upon a dream.
A posting on GreenSingles.com caught her eye and eventually led Jon Kruger to join her at Eastwind. They were married Dec. 31, 2010, in New Braunfels, Texas, and purchased land near Isabella, where they cleared the property and constructed a cordword-and-cob home. They helped start the Ozark Neighborly Exchange (ONE) and were active members of their Ozark community.
Survivors include her husband, Jon Kruger, of Isabella; sons John Wesley Alexandrowicz and wife Amanda Lazenby of Fontana, California, and Ian Craig Alexandrowicz of Trinidad, Colorado; step-sons Ethan and Carl Kruger of Isabella, and stepdaughter Eunice Griffin and husband Corey of Byhalia, Mississippi; grandchildren Keegan and Kinsley Alexandrowicz; step-grandchildren Deion, Zion, Lilianna and James Griffin; sister Amy Reger Palmer of Helena, Montana; brothers Charles W. Reger III of New Braunfels, and David Prentis Reger of Elmira, New York; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles W. Reger Jr. and Jean Catherine Prentis Reger.