Bertha May (Baughn) Krekeler



Bertha in 1989
Bertha in 1989

Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(October 24, 1917 - December 19, 2013)


The Lusk Herald
January 1, 2014



Bertha May (Baughn) Krekeler, 96, passed away early evening December 19, 2013 at the Niobrara Health and Life Center. Funeral services were held Mon., Dec. 30, 2013, at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Lusk.

Bertha was born in Manville, Wyoming on October 24, 1917, to Ray J. and Lugena Jean (Bare) Baughn. Upon graduation from Manville High School In 1936, Bertha worked for Frank Viele at the Lance Creek Drugstore. She moved to Lusk and worked at Willard’s Drugstore for Jess Willard, from whom Otto Krekeler and Herb Klindt purchased the store in 1947.

Bertha married Otto Krekeler, a pharmacist, in Lusk October 12, 1941

Bertha was active in various organizations, including Epsilon Sigma Alpha, American Legion Auxiliary, and Episcopal Ladies Guild when it was in existence, and was a charter member of the Modern Matrons Extension Club. Bertha’s grandma Bare is in the book of Wyoming Women.

Bertha was presented a framed proclamation from the Town of Lusk by Mayor Patricia Smith that designated October 24, 2013, Bertha Krekeler Day in recognition of her 96th birthday.

Bertha loved to cook and enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Estella (Baughn) Peet, and a brother Harry Clayton (Buck) Baughn.

She is survived by: her two sons, Randall Sr. (wife Sandra) of Anaheim, California and Richard (wife Marina) of McKinney, Texas; two grandchildren, Randall Krekeler, Jr. (wife Erin) of Annandale, Virginia and Katherine Krekeler of Houston, Texas; two great grandchildren Dylan and Ava Krekeler (Randall Jr. and Erin); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family extends a special thanks to the many caregivers at the Niobrara Health and Life Center and friends in Lusk for all the care and comfort provided to Bertha over the last several years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Niobrara County Library, the Niobrara Health and Life Center or a charity of your choice.




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Mary Rider Bare (October 20, 1858 - December 10, 1930)

Polly A. Bare (April 30, 1895 - June 18, 1913)

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Hattie Leona Baughn (May 15, 1910 - December 22, 1987)

Lugena Baughn (April 13, 1893 - June 22, 1940)

Ray J. Baughn (March 9, 1890 - April 14, 1971)

Charles Erwin Blagg (May 20, 1893 - October 25, 1965)

Vernice Renetta Blagg (July 24, 1901 - May 31, 1988)

Sandra Lee Bressie (September 21, 1938 - August 10, 1975)

Mary Grace Fredrickson (December 8, 1903 - October 1, 1963)

Dorothy M. Hill (May 1, 1910 - October 19, 1994)

Lena Belle Jones (April 22, 1878 - September 13, 1926)

Otto Herman Krekeler (April 8, 1913 - October 3, 1988)

Debra Lee Malmborg (December 15, 1950 - December 27, 2002)

Paula M. Malmborg (April 24, 1930 - February 27, 1997)

Alex Joseph Mashek (August 25, 1899 - February 26, 1964)

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Arthur James Mashek (May 13, 1908 - August 22, 1984)

Donald Arthur Mashek (November 26, 1939 - February 26, 1940)

Grace Clara Mashek (June 25, 1880 - April 3, 1962)

Anna Marcella McMichael (January 14, 1898 - March 12, 1926)

Estella Mary Peet (April 8, 1913 - March 26, 1990)

Melvin Edward Peet (February 4, 1910 - July 25, 1989)

Charles Alfred Rider (October 27, 1881 - January 18, 1958)

Emma Barbara Rider (December 6, 1881 - July 10, 1959)

Florence May Rider (November 19, 1904 - November 22, 1904)

James Franklin Rider (February 26, 1883 - September 15, 1985)

Nora Adeline Rider (September 2, 1896 - June 9, 1977)

Arthur Hart Root (October 29, 1880 - October 8, 1956)

Benjamin A. Root (April 23, 1842 - May 23, 1918)

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Lyle Delmar Root (March 25, 1919 - April 28, 1935)

Mamie D. Root (February 2, 1885 - February 26, 1977)

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Sarah Mary Root (May 1, 1907 - March 15, 1911)

Edward M. Ryder (December 20, 1910 - June 9, 1994)

George M. Smith (February 10, 1897 - March 21, 1971)

Bruce Alan Wasson (January 7, 1955 - February 19, 1955)

Stanley G. Wasson (October 14, 1927 - November 30, 1998)

Tara J. Wasson (March 16, 1982 - September 27, 1998)


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