Una Lee Kruse, 91, of Sunnyside passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living.
She was born March 18, 1916, in Hanley, Sascatchewan, Canada. Una was the first of four children born to Oscar and Alethe Lee. When she was two years old, they moved to Silverton, Ore., to farm and establish a homestead. There Una attended school and graduated from Silverton High School with honors. She began her advanced education at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., then transferred to Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., to complete a Bachelor of arts in 1938. In 1939, she earned a Master of arts in education with a major in literature from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Una taught one year at John Swaney Township High School in McNabb, Ill., then returned to the northwest, where she taught at North Bend High School in southwestern Oregon from 1940 to 1943. She then attended summer sessions at the University of Oregon and the University of California at Berkeley, following which she accepted a position as librarian at Napa College in California. She returned to the Pacific Northwest, working first as an executive secretary at Boeing Plant #II in Seattle, then as secretary to the director of the Oregon Tuberculosis Agency in Portland, Ore., and then as a teacher at Seaside High School in Seaside, Ore.
On June 8, 1946, Una married Fredrick Kenneth Kruse in Silverton. He completed his architectural degree with support from the GI Bill following his term in the U.S. Navy. They then made their home in Salem, Ore., where they began to raise their three children, and he served his internship as a draftsman. In 1957, the family moved to Coos Bay, Ore., where Una occasionally taught at Southwestern Oregon Community College and substituted in local high schools, Fredrick launched his career as an architect through the partnership of Kruse and Fitch.
Una remained in Coos Bay after her husband's death from cancer in 1979. She was very active in community organizations, and held a number of offices, Faith Lutheran Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (North Bend), American Association of University Women, Thimble Club, and Lyngblomsten. In 1999, she moved to Sunnyside to live with her daughter, Sonja's family until 2005, when she became a resident of Sun Terrace Assisted Living.
In Sunnyside, she was a member of Our Saviour's Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nouvella Club, and the Red Hat Society.
She was devoted to her faith and her family, was an avid reader, writer and stamp collector (philatelist), and enjoyed traveling (trips in later years included Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan).
Una will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
She is survived by her son, Jorgen Kruse (Ayako Mori) of Fukuoka City, Kyushu, Japan; her daughters, Sonja McDaniel (Dennis), of Sunnyside and Karen Kruse (Bernie Boger), of Dayton, Ore.; a grandson, Dorian Manza of Edmonds; granddaughters, Signy Scroggins and Ursula Boger, both of Portland, Ore., Noelle Kowalick (David), of Bothell, Shauna Wisler (Mike), of Kirkland; and great- grandchildren, Katarina, Dane, Beau, and Geneva Kowalick and Autumn and Emberlee Wisler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick; her sisters, Marion Mueller (Martin), of Gresham, Ore. and Florence Godfrey (Samuel), of Corvallis, Ore.; her brother, Vance Lee of Canby, Ore.; and her grandson, Errol Manza of Sunnyside.
A memorial service in honor of Una will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1108 Taylor Street, in Sunnyside.
Memorials in remembrance of Una may be sent to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church or Lower Valley Hospice.
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.