Marie Kroeger, 85, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2009 at Good Samaritan Home in Oakland City. She attended St. Johnís Church of Buckskin and was a member of the Ladies Guild at the church and also a member of the Lynnville Order of Eastern Star. She was also a hostess at the former Jerryís Restaurant in Oakland City.

She was born March 6, 1924 in Crofton, Kentucky to Fred H. & Verah (Curneal) Overton, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Dorothy "Dottie" Nell (Linville) Kroeger in 2008.

Marie was a devoted and loving wife, a loving and supportive mother, grandmother, and great grand-mother. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed having her grandchildren over to do things with her. She was always active and when not at work she would be busy in the yard or garden during daylight hours and working on quilts in the evenings. The family moved from Evansville to their farm near Buckskin in 1954. Marie and her children worked the farm during the week while her husband, Freeman was on the road working construction. She learned to do nearly everything you could think of to keep things going and the family fed. She had gardens, raised chickens and canned vegetables, whatever the need she would find a way to get it done. Freeman had a heart attack in 1957 and Marie started cooking at Buckskin school to help with family expenses. She made a lot of good friends there and being a very good cook a lot of kids enjoyed the meals that she prepared. Freeman went home to be with our Lord Jesus in 1966. Marie then went to work at Windsor Plastics, where she worked for 22 years, to support herself and help her family. She continued to live and work on the farm until a few years ago when it became necessary to move because of the farm being mined for coal. Even though she no longer had the farm to work on she continued to do a lot of yard work growing flowers and working outside during the day and quilting in the evenings. She continued to quilt even after going in the nursing home. We have lost the matriarch of our family and will miss her greatly, but we know that she is now with our heavenly father and has rejoined her family that has gone home before her. We are sure that she will be helping Jesus prepare a place for the rest of the family when our time comes to go home.

Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sonja and Bruce Donohoo of Elberfeld; son, Stephen Kroeger of Elberfeld; 4 grandchildren, Jayne Tang, Dave Kroeger, Wayne Donohoo and Brad Donohoo; 12 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Fred Overton of Atlanta, GA and Dan Overton of Madisonville, KY; and 3 sisters, Angela Alexander of Evansville, Francis Dockery of Evansville and Frankie Oldham of Clarksville, TN.

Funeral services will be held graveside on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Johnís Cemetery in Buckskin, with the Pastor Frank Sapp officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the services. Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City is handling the arrangements.