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Irene Kruchko

Irene Kruchko (Music)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 1928 - Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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91, of Cass City, died following a lengthy illness Thursday, December 12, 2019 in Northwood Meadows, Cass City. She was born May 2, 1928 in Auxier, KY the seventh of ten children born to George and Elizabeth (Rice) Music. She married Willie James Goodman November 17, 1945 in Auxier, KY. She later married Stephen Kruchko January 19, 1977 in Las Vegas, NV.

A waitress and hostess for 25 years, Irene worked for the Dearborn Inn, Ted’s in Bloomfield Hills, Old Mill and Harvey’s Restaurant in Waterford. She enjoyed golf and working outside with her beautiful flowers. Irene loved spending time with her children and grandchildren; especially during holidays at the farm. She planted flowers and brought comfort to Medilodge residents as a Visiting Angel. Irene was known for being utterly unselfish and always wore a smile. Her favorite quotes were; “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and “Let your conscience be your guide”.

Irene is survived by her children: James (Bonnie) Goodman of Traverse City; Roger (Donna) Goodman of West Olive; Mark (Deborah) Goodman of Indianapolis, IN; Gregory (Susan) Goodman of Harbor Springs; Pamela (John) LaFave of Cass City; 16 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Irene is preceded in death by husbands Willie and Stephen; 9 brothers and sisters; granddaughter, Amy Goodman.

Private funeral service held with Merrel Robinson officiating. Interment will be in Elkland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Northwood Meadows. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City
Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Interment

    Elkland Township Cemetery
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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Michael Newberry

Posted at 05:49pm
Although my dear "Aunt Billie" has now departed, she will remain forever alive in my mind. I take solace in knowing that my deep sorrow at this time is far outweighed by a lifetime of wonderful memories and being the very fortunate recipient of her unbounded and unconditional love. Her inner strength was simply amazing, solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. She was a wellspring of love and sage advice, with a gift for always knowing the right thing to do. Beyond myself and my immediate family, I know there must be hundreds, if not thousands of individuals whose lives crossed paths with her and are better for it. She was a remarkable person and I will miss her deeply.

Susan Goodman

Posted at 03:41pm
While I spoke from the heart yesterday at my mother-in-law’s memorial, I’m afraid I did not do so very eloquently. Please bear with me while I give it another shot. 35 years ago, when I married her youngest son, the last of her five children to get married, I brought with me two young children. Irene could very well have been skeptical, that would have been understandable. Instead, she welcomed us into the family with open arms, treating Todd & Jill exactly the same as all her biological grandchildren. I will love her forever for that. As my sisters-in-law and I have long said, we lucked out big time when it came to Irene (and I’m sure they would agree, our husbands as well....her 4 wonderful sons!!)

Michael Newberry and family

Posted at 08:42am
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The Venables, Barry A & Lisa, Nick& Raegan, & Barr

Posted at 03:39pm
Remembering you and "Aunt Billie" in our minds and in our hearts. With our Love
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Bonnie Goodman

Posted at 03:29pm
I have always felt like the luckiest daughter-in-law in the world. I’ve known Mom for 45 years, and she was the kindest, most generous, loving, accepting, fun loving person I could ever dream of having for a mother-in-law. I miss her already.

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