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Celine Marie Krueger

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Celine Krueger passed away peacefully Oct. 2, 2007, surrounded by her loved ones at home on the Eagle River. Celine was born Feb. 12, 1936, in Chesterton, Ind. She graduated from St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Gary, Ind., in 1954. Celine learned to ski in Michigan, where she met her dedicated and loving husband Ben Krueger, and fell in love with both. She moved to Colorado in 1959 from the Chicago area, and married Ben Oct. 14, 1961. After the birth of their first two children, they moved to Vail in 1967 and have lived in the Vail Valley ever since. The birth of two more children kept her busy, but she managed to expand her flair for arts and crafts. Once her youngest left for college in 1988, she was off to near daily art classes and workshops.Celine traveled all over Colorado and the southwestern states attending workshops and displaying her artwork at regional and national shows. She was a member of numerous watercolor societies and has won five “best of show” awards, and currently has artwork at the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition and the Rocky Mountain National Water Media Exhibition.Celine worked on the Vail Valley Arts Council for many years, and founded and organized an annual Christmas fair, which raised money for art programs in local schools and, among other things, purchased weight equipment for Battle Mountain High School.Art was her passion, but first was always her family and friends. Her circle of friends extended well beyond the Vail Valley. She was surrounded by her fellow artists from all over the state and by her local friends and happy hikers. Her memory will live with those dear friends and family members, and through her paintings. She is survived by her husband; children Berne, John, Karl and Celynn, all of whom grew up in the Vail Valley and have since returned with their families; daughters-in-law Terri, Carol and Pavan; son-in-law Scott; seven wonderful grandchildren; and sister Fran Scafuri of Titusville, Fla.A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Saint Clare of Assisi School in Edwards. A celebration of Celine’s life will follow immediately at the same location. The family suggests contributions to the Celine Krueger Fund for Art in Schools, which can be made at any First Bank location.Fond memories and condolences may be sent to Ben Krueger, P.O. Box 4422, Eagle, CO 81631.

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