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Mrs. Denise Krueger (nee Sarlo) of Gloucester City, NJ passed away on

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Denise Sarlo Kruger
(May 6,1953-July 25, 2017) 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Voorhees Hospice Care Center, Voorhees, NJ following a long illness. She died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and osteoporosis. She was 64 years old. 


'Necy' attended Gloucester City High School. For a time she worked at Publishers Printing, 5th and Jersey Avenue in the graphic arts department and in the mail room. She sold advertising for the Gloucester City News for a decade and was the cook at her husband’s (Frank C. Krueger) former bar, Glory Days, Essex and Burlington Streets. For many years she was employed as a home health care aide by Senior Citizens United Community Services (SCUCS), Audubon.

 She enjoyed cooking big meals for her family and friends, especially at the holidays. “Sometimes those meals just didn’t turn out as planned,” said her sister Connie Cleary. “One Thanksgiving dinner she cooked the turkey upside down. How that happened I don’t know. We all looked at it and burst out laughing. When Denise innocently said as she took the turkey out of the oven,  “I never saw such a skinny turkey.”  We laughed even harder.  Everything turned out okay though, and that turkey was one of the juiciest we ever tasted.”

“Denise was down to earth and it didn’t take much to make her happy. Her entertainment could be as simple as watching a mystery show on television or Judge Judy or Happy Days.Throw in some micro wave popcorn and she was content. Her idea of being wild was putting quarters into the slot machine at the Tropicana Casino. She loved listening to the oldies, being with her husband and children, Gary and Nicole. During her illness, Nicole would visit her mom with her dog Polo, a 100-pound mixed male. I can still see Denise and Polo in my mind cuddling together,” said Connie.

“Denise was my baby sister. She was nine when Billy and I got married in 1964. Like all sisters, she and I didn’t always agree but we always loved one and another.”

“There is one recollection about Denise when she was working for me that I will never forget, said Bill Cleary.  “We were talking on the phone about an advertisement she sold. She had a headache and was unable to come into the office. As she was giving me the information the phone would become static. I would hear this banging noise and the static would clear up. I asked, “Denise what is wrong with your phone? “I don’t know it keeps breaking up. But when I bang the receiver on the side of my head the noise goes away.”  Holding in my laughter I said, “Denise did you ever think you might be getting headaches because of you hitting the receiver on the side of your head?”

“There was a moment of silence and then she and I both let out a roar of laughter.”

Ginny Tavener, her oldest sister, said, "Warren and I would travel with Denise and Frank to Sarasota Race Track in Sarasota Springs for the horse races. I will always remember those trips with her along with our visit to Disneyland. Such fond memories. "

Long time friend Terri DeFelice Maurer said Denise was warm, funny, kind person who loved to laugh and have a good time. I have many fond memories of her but the one I remember the most was her strength through difficult times especially when Nicole was born and was so sick. There are many funny stories I could tell you, but the one I remember best is when we were on a camping trip. I asked her why she was wearing her slippers and glasses when she went to sleep. "If somebody attacks me I want to be able to run as fast as I can and be able to see where I am running."
"I loved her, I will miss her and I will never forget her.  She was an amazing person and my life will a lonelier place without her," said Terri.  
Dolores Cleary Raube, Connie’s sister-in-law who knew Denise for decades mentioned that she bumped into her at a grocery store before her illness had worsened. “She was so happy; she had just won a lot of money at a casino in Atlantic City  We talked for quite awhile and she looked so pretty to me with her winning smile.  She radiated joy and I was very happy for her.  The last time I was privileged to be with her was at Connie Lynn's where there was a baby shower for Jessica.  She was in pain from her osteoporosis as she set on the couch, but smiling and laughing with the group. May all of you only remember the happy times.”

She is the beloved wife of Frank C. Krueger, loving mother of Gary Walker (Krissy) and Nicole Wagner (Mike) and dear sister of Virginia Tavener (Ken) and Connie Cleary (Bill), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Blanche Sarlo. Funeral services were under the direction of the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City. The funeral service was private at the request of the family.


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