Gail L. Kruse, 66, of Bethalto, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Bethalto Care Center.
She was born Feb. 9, 1950, in Alton, the daughter of Victor Jr. and Emma (Watson) Erzen.
Gail married Rick H. Kruse in Edwardsville on Aug. 10, 1984. He survives.
She received her Master’s Degree at SIUE, specializing in Special Education. Gail taught in the Alton School District for 34 years and continued as a substitute teacher after retirement. She truly believed in every student she had ever taught and thought that she could make a difference in their lives. Along with her students, she especially loved her pets.
In addition to her husband, Rick, Gail is also survived by her only daughter, Natalie, and her son-in-law, Matt Little of Moro; three grandchildren, Abigail, Peyton and Paige; a brother and a sister-in-law and a sister and brother-in-law, Dan and Marilyn Erzen of Bethalto, and Vickye and Earl Kivett of Wellesley, Mass.; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike and Vicky Kruse of Midway, Judy and Larry Henschen of Alhambra, CoAnn and Dan Connoyer of Midway, and Donna and Jim Stack of Collinsville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Erzen.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2016, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto with Father Tom Liebler officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to the 5A’s Animal Shelter.