NORWICH – Elizabeth M. Krodel, 92, died peacefully at her home on Sunday after a long illness.

Elizabeth was born in Charleston, W.VA., on May 15, 1921, to the late Phillip and Willa (Johnson) Ruckman. After graduating from Charleston High School and the Kanawha Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Elizabeth enlisted in the US Army Nurse Corps. She served overseas as a registered nurse and was a 1st Lieutenant in the 155th General Hospital.

After her honorable discharge she and her beloved husband, Robert E. Krodel Sr. (who survives her), united in marriage on July 31, 1945, in East Rainville, W. VA.; after which they moved to Norwich, CT. Elizabeth was employed at Backus Hospital for over 18 years as a delivery-room nurse, followed by several local nursing homes and private duty nursing. Elizabeth also worked for many years beside her husband, who was a funeral director at their Gager Funeral Home, in Norwich, CT, until her retirement.

Elizabeth was also active in many organizations: Brownie Leader; Girl Scout leader; Cub Scout den mother; member of the order of Eastern Star, Chapter #57, where she served as an officer for 50 years; Board of Directors for the order of Rainbow Girls; a member of the Grand Cross of Color; member of the Norwich Zonta club; member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); and volunteered at the Salvation Army and American Red Cross for over 15 years.
She was also an active member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church. Elizabeth was very active in the Duet Club, Dorcas Circle Club, and the Children’s Clothing Corner.

Besides her husband, she is also survived by her son, Robert E. Krodel Jr.; two daughters, Margaret Halen and Karen Krodel; grandchildren, Scott, Andrea, Brett and Jay Halen; Frank & Craig Sadowski; Marlee and Karley Krodel; and 3 great-grandchildren-all to whom she had always been extremely loving and devoted. Also, the very special person who she also leaves behind: Debrah Zito, her devoted and loving caregiver for many years.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday at 10am at the Church & Allen (Gager) Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT with burial immediately following at Maplewood Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark Church, 248 Broadway, Norwich, CT or, Masonicare Hospice, 339 Flanders Road., E. Lyme, CT.

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