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Herbert W. Kruse | Obituaries

Herbert W. Kruse died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the age of 88 surrounded by his wife.

He is a long-time resident of San Mateo and is survived by Gesine, his beloved wife of 59 years, his children Barbara and Walter, and his three grandchildren Erika Kruse, Peter and Kristofer Klipfel. He is survived by sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Herbert, a brave and courageous man, dared to make new beginnings. Born and raised in Germany, he became a master chimney sweep and met his sweetheart Gesine. He followed her to San Francisco and started a new life with her. He worked as a mechanic for United Airlines and retired after 30 years. He raised his family and instilled hope, love and joy in life. With perseverance and determination, Herbert became a property owner and manager. Herbert supported and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and many German clubs including the Concordia Club, German School and ABV. He was never afraid to try something new.

A celebration of Herbert's life will be held on Monday, October 14, at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, followed by burial at Skylawn Memorial Gardens and a memorial service and reception at Grace Lutheran Church.

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