Mary Louise Kroenke
May 21, 1927 – Dec. 26, 2017
FREMONT — Mary Louise Kroenke, age 90, of Fremont died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Providence Place.
Mary Lou was born May 21, 1927, in Hastings to Albert and Mary Ann (Pavelka) Svoboda. She was raised and graduated from Lawrence (Nebraska) High School in 1944. She received her teaching certificate, student taught, then returned to Hastings College for more education. She was employed as a GS-3 with the Department of Price Administration, rent control division, in Hastings for two years. When the office closed, she returned to Hastings College and worked on a degree in Business Administration. She graduated in 1950. Mary Lou taught in Red Cloud for two years. She taught everything in the department and was the sponsor for the Pep Club and school newspaper, plus many other duties.
Mary Louise Svoboda married Robert Kroenke on June 11, 1951. After their marriage, they moved to Lincoln where she worked again as a GS-3 with the Department of Agriculture, Regional Division. She worked there for 13 months until Bob graduated from UNL. After Bob finished his Master’s in Education, the two went to Blue Hill, where she again taught all the business classes and sponsored the Pep Club and school yearbook.
The couple began their teaching careers in Fremont after moving here in 1956. Mary Lou continued her education, completing her Master’s Degree. While in Fremont she raised two children, did a great deal of typing for Midland College students and for Fremont teachers. She also took care of insurance forms under both Prudential and Lincoln National Insurance companies.
In 1977 she returned to part-time teaching after doing some subbing in the Fremont Senior High. She began at the Fremont Junior High with Typing 9, she then taught at both Fremont Junior and Senior High Schools for several years, and for the last seven years taught word processing on the computers. Mary Lou retired in May of 1989, the same year Bob retired.
The couple traveled extensively over the past 30 years. Visiting all 50 states, Australia, New Zealand and four sea cruises. They also visited Europe three different times.
Mary Lou was active in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for over 50 years. She has been Eucharistic Minister, lector and marriage counselor for young people planning to get married. She also served on the Parish Council, finance boards over the years at different times and helped Bob with the St. Patrick’s Catholic Youth Program and Cub Scouts several years ago.
Survivors include: her husband, Robert of Fremont; sons, Steve Kroenke of Omaha and Tom (Mimi) Kroenke of Nederland, Colorado; and grandson, Bridger Kroenke.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Albert Svoboda
The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A wake service will follow at 7 p.m., all at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont.
Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com.