Beatrice Kroenlein - Lincoln KS
5/14/1916 - 1/28/2013
Beatrice Irene Kroenlein, 96, went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 28, 2013.
She was born to Frank and Anna (Stillwell) Lewis on a farm in Mitchell County, Kansas, on Mother's Day, May 14, 1916. At the age of six months, she, with her parents and two older brothers, moved to a farm in Logan Township in Lincoln County.
When she was eight her mother died, and in May 1927 she went to live with James and Chrystina Shirley.
She attended Logan Center Country School and graduated from Beverly Rural High School with the Class of 1934. After graduating from Abilene Summer Teaching Institute she taught for five years in Lincoln County one-room schools. These were during the dust storm years, and "Bea" often shared stories of her concerns during that time for her pupils' safety. The morning after such a storm, she would arrive at school extra early to clean the layers of dust so that school could begin on time.
On June 11, 1939, Beatrice was united in marriage to Arnold Kroenlein. They made their home on a farm in Lincoln County for 35 years. After the family home burned in June 1974, she and Arnold moved to Lincoln, Kansas.
Beatrice was a member of the Beverly Community Church and the Lincoln County Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed her many years of teaching the Nursery Class at the Beverly Community Church. She was the postal clerk for the Shady Bend Rural Station from March 1963 until it closed in September 1966. Beatrice was a combined social worker/activity director and nurses aide at the Lincoln County Hospital for 25 years.
After the death of her husband Arnold in April 1985, she moved to Manhattan, Kansas, to be near children and grandchildren, where she operated a day care center on Poyntz Avenue for nine years. Known affectionately as "Grammy" to both grandchildren and the families for whom she cared, her Mickey Mouse pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and tap dancing are legendary for the many she babysat.
Beatrice was an expert seamstress and cook. In November 1986, she won the Salina Journal Annual Holiday Cookbook Recipe contest with "Apple Surprises," an original cinnamon roll recipe that was a favorite with friends and relatives. Her sewing skills were most often displayed on her four daughters, especially during holidays and school activities (pleated cheerleader skirts, valentine ball, prom, school programs, and matching first day of school outfits). Beatrice experimented with recipes to make them uniquely her own, and perhaps the most beloved of these recipes among her family was her "Potato Soup with Dumplings" and "Hershey Bar Delight."In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, an infant sister, and a son-in-law, Byron D. Bell.
Survivors are her six children: James Kroenlein (Donna), Manhattan; Marylyn Bell, Lincoln; John Kroenlein, Goodland, Karolyn Tacha (Ron), Marsha Fair (Mont), and Mary Margaret Funk (Jon) all of Manhattan. Six grandsons, six granddaughters, and eleven great-grandchildren also survive her.
Visitation - 1:00-6:30 P.M. Friday, February 1, 2013, at Hall Chapel, with family receiving friends 5:00-6:30 P.M.
Celebration of life service - 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Beverly Community Church, Beverly, KS. Interment will follow in Beverly City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Beverly Community Church or Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary.