Debra Marie Kruse

debra kruse
Debra Marie Kruse, 62, of Saginaw, our devoted, fierce, and most wonderful wife, mom, Nana, sister, aunt, and friend went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Saturday, March 9, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Deb was born in Saginaw on November 16, 1956, the daughter of the late Ross and Barbara (Call) Jones. She attended Arthur Hill High School and graduated with the first graduating class at Swan Valley High School. While in school, Deb met Richard "Dick" Kruse. They reconnected later in life, dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on July 17, 1982 at Second Presbyterian Church in Saginaw. Deb retired from General Motors/Delphi after 30 years of service in 2006. Known for her strong work ethic, Deb worked on the assembly line, and was an ergonomic and lab technician for testing. She was also a secretary at Joan Malone Dance Center and Extreme Dance Arts since 2000. In her free time, Deb enjoyed organizing family functions and family trips to Frankfort, where she enjoyed the beauty of Lake Michigan. Above all, she loved spending time with her two granddaughters, who were the light of her life. Deb was the anchor of the family; the glue who always held everyone together. Her loving ways and zest for life will live on for generations to come. She leaves to carry on her legacy, her devoted husband of 37 years, Dick and their two children: Adam Kruse and Kelsey (Zack) Krieger. Deb was the most loving and supportive Nana of Lillian and Matilda Krieger, and will forever be missed by her siblings, Ross Jones, Jr., Mike (Peggy) Jones, Karen Jones (Troy White), Carolyn (Tim) Stewart, Mary (Scott) Wenzel, Pat (Julie) Jones, and Keith (Lisa) Jones; brothers-in-law, George (Tammy) Kruse and John Kruse; her beloved dog, Henry, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her parents, Deb was welcomed home to heaven by her father and mother-in-law, George and Carol Kruse. Deb's family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 2:00 PM until Deb's 5:00 PM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services (formerly Reitz-Herzberg), 1550 Midland Rd., between State & Gratiot. Officiating will be Mr. Tom Herzberg, with cremation to follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family, c/o Adam Kruse, for a dance scholarship fund to be established in Deb's memory at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at  

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  1. When I heard of Deb’s passing, it broke my heart in a million pieces. For over 20 years Deb was a very big part of my life. Especially when I lost my son. She really helped me through a lot. She was always helping others whenever she could. She had a way of making everyone’s day so much better. I always thought we would grow really old together, getting together every so often to compare our aches and pains.
    I will always love you, my friend and I will see you again some day.
    To Dick, Adam and Kelsey…Thank you for sharing your wife and mom with all of us. I will be saying prayers for you all.

  2. Dick and family
    We are saddened by this news. Even though we haven’t seen much of each other since we left Saginaw in the 80’s you and Debi were such a big part of pur life when we lived there. We had lots of fun playing ball and other shenanigans.
    Our hearts go out to you and the kids
    Love CJ and Bill

  3. I really enjoyed working with Debi, first in the pump room in the late 70″s, and in different deparatments, then in the Reliablility Lab, We had so much fun working together. I wrote a few poems for Debi and 1 for Kelsey to read at her graduation. We had so many laughs over the years. Even though I haven’t seen her in a few years, I always followed her facebook page and kept up on the family. I will miss her very much. Sending prayers for the family for strenghth during this time.

  4. As I read the other notes left in memory of Debra, it is so clear to me how Kelsey came to be who she is today. Kind, helpful, full of positive energy. I can see now that you got all that from your mom. We are grieving along with you and your family. Know that your Peckham family is here to help and support you. We standing ready to step in and assist, meanwhile, we are sending you all our love and support. Hugs from your Peckham Family.

  5. Very hard to believe. Still have not come to grips with it. I am going to miss you. Gonna miss our frank conversations over the years. You were the leader of this family. Nothing but love for you Debi, nothing but love!!!

  6. You will be missed. But then all of the good ones are. Sending many thoughts, prayers and well wishes for your family. Live on with God, Deb!

  7. What is there to say, but only a very happy person whenever I came into Saginaw. Glad to be your cuz, cuz!. I always said you had the ,”Dick Clarke Syndrome”. You never seem to age, always looked like when you were in your 20s!!!

  8. Debbie had a beautiful fun loving spirit!
    Always helpful and kind.
    She loved family and loved life, and knew what was important.
    I have fond memories growing up in the same neighborhood, and swimming and hanging out.
    As hard of a loss as it is to her family, and those of us who remain in this world, she is in a far better place and rejoicing with family!

  9. I met Debi when I started working right after college as the Safety Engineer in her plant. She was passionate, smart, and very loving… It was like having a second mom away from home…. She will be missed.

  10. Deb was such a wonderful person in mind body and spirit. She always would be there for the dancers and parents of the dancers of EDA. She has and is sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to you and the family. She had her wings now they are just the size she deserved.

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