Jo Kruger

Jo Kruger, 64 of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully at her home on April 21, 2020.

Jo Kruger, 64 of Belle Plaine, passed away peacefully at her home on April 21, 2020.  
A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, September 18 at 3 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Vets Club.
Jo Marie Helander was born in Wadena, MN on October 16, 1955, to Vernal and Louise (Lattman) Helander. Jo grew up in Henning and spent her summers on Otter Tail Lake. Jo is a graduate of the Henning High School and is also a graduate of the Wadena Technical College in Wadena.
On December 9, 1978 she married Randal Kruger at the Presbyterian Church in South St Paul. Over the 41 years of marriage, Jo and Randy spent time in Spirit Lake, IA, Williston, ND, Carrington, ND, Hibbing and the last 30 years in Belle Plaine.
Jo took great pride in telling everyone that she spent the last 23 years working as a Financial Officer for M A Peterson Design Build in Edina. Her early retirement was forced by the diagnoses of Glioblastoma (brain cancer) in April, 2017. It should be noted that Jo is also a two time breast cancer survivor. The first time when she was 27 years old, and the second when she was 47 years of age. 
Jo was an avid Twins, Vikings, and Wild fan. She enjoyed all boating and water activities, which included fishing and water skiing. She also enjoyed turkey and deer hunting with her husband.  
Jo was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for the last 28 years.
Jo is survived by her husband Randy; son Justin (Lisa); and her two brothers, Jon and Tim Helander.  
She is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Karen.

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