Enola Kroger

March 11, 1938 - February 28, 2019

Visitation: Visitation with family present will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.

Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Canton Lutheran Church.

       Enola Ann Kroger, age 80, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation with family present will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  Memorials may be directed to Inwood Fire and Rescue (601 S. Oak, P.O. Box 112, Inwood, IA  51240.)

          Enola was born on March 11, 1938 in Hudson, SD to Selmer and Selma (Berg) Ekle.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1956.  She married James Kroger on June 14, 1957 at Canton Lutheran Church.  The couple lived and farmed Northwest of Inwood, IA.

          In addition to raising her 6 children, Enola work at Sears for 25 years, retiring in 2003.  Enola was an avid supporter of CHS and West Lyon sports.  She belonged to several card clubs and enjoyed cooking and baking, especially apple pie and Norwegian treats, reading the Sioux Valley News, visiting, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her  4 sons- Richard, Elkton, Mark, Canton, Timothy (Carla), Inwood, and Steven (Laura), Watertown; 2 daughters- Suzanne (Steve) Peterman, Elk Point and Vanessa (Todd) Baldwin, Canton; 9 grandchildren-Matt (Paula) Kroger, Mike (fiancée Kristen) Kroger, Jon Kroger, Maddie (Tim) Voegeli, Katie Kroger, Kaylee Kroger, Katherine Kroger, Abigail Baldwin, and Isabelle Baldwin; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Norris (Linda) Ekle, Canton, SD, Richard (Elaine) Ekle, Canton, SD and Nordell Ekle, Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Carolyn (Lee) Boyer, Canton, SD; brothers-in-law, Sam (Deb) Kroger and John Widboom; sister-in-law, Marlys Shaff; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jim; parents; brother Loren; sister, Gloria; beloved grandson Seth Kroger; and nephew Wade Ekle.

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  1. Hester on February 28, 2019 said:

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. May the God of all comfort be with the family during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3)

  2. T. B. on February 28, 2019 said:

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your mother. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a family will face. May the many hugs, caring thoughts and prayers be a source of comfort(2 Corinthians 1:3-4) from our God of tender mercies and may his promise of a resurrection (John 5:28-29) be a comfort for the days that lie ahead.

  3. Virginia Rowlands on February 28, 2019 said:

    You and your family have my sympathy. So sorry

  4. Gayle Johnson on February 28, 2019 said:

    I’m of sorry of the passing of your mother Suzann & the rest of family ,was a friend of your mother when they were members of rhe Christ Lutheran church of Alvord,& always enjoyed visiting with her ,was at her 80th Birthday party,we talked a few times on phone when she was at Fellowship village in Inwood

  5. Paul and Deb Barthel on February 28, 2019 said:

    In our thoughts and prayers!

  6. Martha Frohwein on March 1, 2019 said:

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you as you remember and celebrate your Mom’s life. She truly was a kind, loving and caring woman with such a beautiful smile. May God provide comfort as you grieve.

  7. Karen Leffler on March 1, 2019 said:

    My heartfelt sympathies to all of Enola’s families. May God keep you safe in His Love.

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  9. Carla Jensen on March 1, 2019 said:

    Dear family of Enola, in case I can’t make it Tuesday to the funeral, I want to express my deepest condolences. Enola was a dear friend of mine and I am so sorry I won’t get to visit with her again
    I wish you the comfort and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  10. Julie Torgerson Ritter on March 1, 2019 said:

    Thinking of all of you. Enola was truly a beautiful soul! Wishing you God’s love & grace during your sorrow.

  11. Kristi and Don Gramstad on March 1, 2019 said:

    Kristi and I wish to express our condolences to all in your family for your recent loss.

  12. Dan, Sue, Serena, Blake, Samantha and Gracie on March 2, 2019 said:

    Sending all of our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you all our deepest sympathy.
    We love you,
    Your West River family

  13. Lori Tolzin on March 2, 2019 said:

    Vanessa, My mom loved working with Enola at Sears. There was a strong bond with many of co workers in their Era for sure. They all had many things in common, with strength and humor at the top! There is going to be a heavenly Sears reunion for sure! Our moms were amazing and now at peace, I take great comfort in that and I hope you will too. Sympathies to your Family.

  14. LOIS AND STEVE TAYLOR on March 2, 2019 said:


  15. Donna Knutson on March 3, 2019 said:

    Dear Kroger Family, My sincere sympathy to each of you on the passing of your Mother.
    Enola and I worked at Sears for many years. She surely was a friendly person and loved
    to visit or share a recipe. A good hard working farm lady.
    I treasure the many friendships we shared at Sears. We were all like family.
    Again my condolence to each of you and God’s Peace and Blessings surround
    you at this time. Donna Knutson

  16. Pam Mckenney on March 4, 2019 said:

    Wishing you all our sympathies. Enola was always friendly whenever I saw her. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
    Randy and Pam McKenney

  17. Lyn Whit on March 6, 2019 said:

    So sad to read about Enola’s passing. May the many fond memories of her sustain you during this most difficult time. We pray that you find comfort in our Creator’s promises to reunite us with our beloved ones again, in a world where the causes of pain and sorrow will be a thing of the past. How exciting it will be to see her again doing all things she loved. (Find comfort reading Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:4) Our sincerest condolences.