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Jane Dolores Krogh, 92, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 in her home. Born on February 12, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Thomas E. and Rose (Nalewaya) Motzko. Graduate of St. Margaret's Academy in Minneapolis, MN, class of 1944. Jane married Robert Wayne Krogh on May 10, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN. He predeceased her on April 30, 2001.
Jane was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. Everything she did had an extra special flare to it, from home cooked meals to birthdays and holidays. Consider yourself lucky to have ever had her fresh black raspberry pie, each berry meticulously placed. She had a love for the Lawrence Welk Show. Girl from Ipanema, Hello Dolly, and You're a Grand Ole Flag were some of Jane's favorites on the player piano. Experiencing the Japanese culture firsthand and acquiring lifelong friends in Japan, influenced her home décor and her love for iris and flower arranging
She was confident, outgoing, and always "the life of the party". She had a grace and style about her that was truly her own (classy shoes and fur coats were her fav). She volunteered in many capacities including her childrens' schools, as a Pink Lady for St Anthony Hospital, a Pink Ball pioneer, and a kind companion to the sick and elderly. She would go into a nursing home to visit a friend and afterwards wander the halls dropping in on all that she knew. She worked the Rockford ProAm beer tent, Margaret Ostrander's Boutique at North Towne Mall, local grocery stores as the "food demo lady" and modeled for Antonio' s restaurant in Loves Park. She excelled in her work, paid or not, because of her love of people.
Jane enjoyed membership in a horse riding club, the Femettes, and her church in Minneapolis, as well as, Rockford's New- Comers, various bridge clubs, Mauh- Nah -Tee -See, and Forest Hills Country Clubs, Catholic Women's League, and Questers. Her appreciation of antiques showed through be her endless watching of American Pickers/Antique Roadshow. Watching golf on television was another passion, even though she was an average player.
Abe Lincoln shared her same birthday, maybe a reason for her affiliation with the Republican Party. Her conservative political views had her canvassing door to door for many candidates, especially Ronald Reagan. Jane served as an election judge for many many years. Paul Harvey was a daily routine until replaced by rush Limbaugh.
Survived by her children, Jeff (Sally) Krogh, Kathie (Mike) Tulley, Lori (Chris) Beto, Lisa (Jeff) Anger, and Anita (John) Richards all of Rockford; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jelena) Krogh, Justin Krogh, Michael Krogh, Michelle (Joe) Scandroli, Patrick (Erin) Tulley, Jennifer (Connor) Lewis, Joe Tulley, Christine Beto, Allison Beto, Ryan (Casey) Anger, Nick Anger, Natalie Richards and Matthew Richards; nine great grandchildren, Michael Johnson, Logan Johnson, Luca Scandroli, Melina Scandroli, Zachary Tulley, Paxton Tulley, Madeline Lewis, Jackson Lewis, and Charlotte Lewis; and siblings, Frank (Marge) Motzko, Carolyn Gabor, Daniel (Mary Jane) Motzko, and Timothy Motzko; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by her parents; brother, Cletus (Marge) Motzko; brother-in-law, Steve Gabor; daughter, Mary Krogh; and son, Joseph Krogh.
The family would like to thank Sherry, Robin, Linda, and the Northern Illinois Hospice team for their special care. Helping Jane remain in her home of 62 years was a blessing. It was her top priority. We appreciate your patience considering her strong, independent, Polish character! The friendships that resulted were an added gift!
Most importantly Jane had a strong faith in God. She was a prayer warrior for her family, saying the rosary up to several times a day and watching EWTN as part of her daily routine. She was a member of St Bridget's Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave, Loves Park with Father McNamara. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. prior to mass in the church. Private burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 or EWTN: Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Rd, Irondale, AL 35210.

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  1. Ben and Mary Healy

    Our very deepest sympathies to all of you on your loss. It is always difficult to lose one's mother no matter the circumstances. Jane's loveliness and gracious will live on and may you be comforted by having your own special "prayer warrior" watching over you. Peace, Ben and Mary

  2. Mary and Pat Allen and our Families.

    Jane was legend in our minds. I will never forget when the Easter Bunny(Jane in costume) came hopping up the cul de sac 40 years ago to personally visit AJ when he was a little boy. He was totally mesmerized! Jane was unforgettable in so many wonderful ways. We are glad to have known her. Our deepest condolences to the family and the many whose lives she touched.

  3. Owen & Jane Phelps

    Please accept our condolences and be assured of our prayers for your matriarch and all of her family members. May God's love bring you comfort and may He continue to bless you all.

  4. Guy & Susan Richards

    What a fascinating lady Jane was. We are sorry for your loss but we know she is with her husband in heaven. May God grant your family peace and strength during this difficult time.

  5. Sue Martin Holmes and John Holmes

    Dear Krogh Family, We are sorry to hear of your loss. The loss of a parent is very painful. Jane was such a nice person and gifted conversationalist. She will live on in our memories. Please know that you are in our prayers.

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