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Angeline Kruckenberg, 91

| November 17, 2023 12:00 AM

Angeline Kruckenberg, 91, passed peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at home. 

Angie was born to Harry and Bernadine Kunda in Wibaux County, Montana, on March 27, 1932. She moved with her parents and little sister, Elizabeth, to Kalispell by an invitation from her aunt, Agnes Weisz, Harry’s sister. Later the family moved to Olalla, Washington, then back to Kalispell where Angie and her siblings attended St. Matthew’s School. 

She worked at Norm’s News in her teens, meeting her husband, Norm Kruckenberg. They owned Western Business and Tax, and NK Trucking Company in Kalispell and managed Husky Truck Stop. They moved to Alaska to work on the Alaskan Pipeline, then they bought OK Lumber Company and franchised with Ace Hardware to expand the merchandise side of the business. When they retired in 1996, they went on the road in their beautiful motor home while building a house near Norm’s brother, Rubert ‘Butch’ Kruckenberg. It was a labor of love to build a home big enough for family to visit, play pool and enjoy the delicious meals prepared by Angie.  

She had many adventures throughout her life with her family, doing accountant work, doing Tupperware sales, selling Pfaff machines, running a chicken farm, and raising her children. She loved to travel, swim, fly, cook and even garden. She knew how to get everyone to participate in the list of activities and work that she had in mind. She had a strong faith and loved welcoming friends and family to her home.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Bernadine Kunda; siblings, Elizabeth Schaeffer, Ralph Kunda, Pearl Nolan and Michael Kunda; daughters, Rita Kruckenberg and Rosanne Lyford; her husband, Norman; nephews, Michael Wayne Kunda and Robert Nolan; and many other relatives and friends. 

She is survived by sister, Anne Stewart; her children, Ray (Mona), Richard (Sandi), Regina (Bill Kegley) and Ron (Katya) Kruckenberg; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.  

Services for Angie will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19, with a Rosary and Vigil at the Buffalo Funeral Home, followed by a mass at St. Matthew’s Catholic church at 11a.m. on Nov. 20. You may honor Angie with donations to St. Matthew’s School, Kalispell. 

Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory caring for the family.


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