Sunday, April 5, 2020

Christine Deloris Moenning 92, Dodge Center

Christine Deloris Moenning passed away peacefully at home on March 5, 2020, just days from her 93rd birthday.

Visitation will be Friday, March 13, from 4-7 p.m. at Czaplewski Funeral Home at 25 South Street SW in Dodge Center, MN. Visitation will continue one hour before the 11:00 a.m. service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 28959-630th Avenue, Sargeant, on Saturday, March 14, 2020 with Rev. Mark Freiberg, Sr. officiating. Interment will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Deloris, as she was known her entire life, was born March 10, 1927 to Harry and Dena (Haselroth) Kruse in Nor- borne, MO. She attended country school through 8th grade and graduated from Stet High School in Stet, MO in 1945.

She was confirmed in the Christian faith on Palm Sunday, 1941, and was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. She went on to graduate from Central Missouri Teachers College at Warrensburg, MO and taught for two years at a Missouri country school.

On Sept. 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to Arno Frederick Moenning at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne, MO. The two met at a Bible Study while Arno was in the military, and he asked to walk her home.

They began farming together in the Madison, NE area until moving to the farm in Dodge Center in 1958 where they raised three sons, David, Mark and Paul.

Deloris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked alongside her husband, Arno, to build a successful purebred Hampshire hog herd and actively promoted the Minnesota pork industry as a founding member of the Minnesota Porkettes. The Porkettes was an auxiliary of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association from 1963-1985 promoting pork products.

Deloris was a homemaker, 4-H leader, member of Dodge County Republican

Party, Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau women’s group for many years. She also continued her passion for education by teaching pre-school at Grace Lutheran in Dodge Center.

On the farm, she loved gardening, canning, sewing, quilting and caring for her sons and the hired help whom she considered her extra kids. She kept everyone well-fed and well-mended including patching jeans, overalls and replacing zippers. While she was never blessed with any daughters to help her with these tasks, Deloris eventually got her girls when her sons married and gave her three granddaughters.

She is survived by sons David Moenning, Dodge Center, MN; Mark (Donna) Moenning of Hayfield, MN; and Paul (Cathy) Moenning of Dodge Center, MN; six grandchildren, Mary Christine, Samuel, Martha, Emilie (Noah) Fenske, Timothy, John; great-grandchildren Eli, Josie and a third baby Fenske due in August.

The family extends its sincere gratitude to Deloris’ in-home caregivers Melissa Boeck and Jodi McColley.

She is preceded in death by her hus- band Arno Frederick Moenning; broth- ers, Lawrence and Wyman Kruse, sister, Darlene Stevens, and parents.

Suggested memorials can be sent to Lutheran Hour Ministries at 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. John’s Lutheran Church at 28959-630th Avenue, Sargeant, MN 55973.

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