Pamela GoeskeKruse (maiden name Goeske), 58, Everett, Washington, originally of Luverne, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington, after suffering from brain cancer.
A private family service will be held at a later date in Everett.
Pamela “Pam” Goeske was born Nov. 12, 1961. She was the daughter of Wendell and Dorothy Goeske of Luverne. Pam was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1980. She received her Associate degree at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato in 1982 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1984.
Pam met her husband, Ken Kruse, at St. Olaf, and they were married on Nov. 10, 1984. They lived and worked in Northfield for a few years after college before moving to the Seattle region of Washington. Pam worked in the IT industry for over 15 years in several roles for many tech companies, most notably Microsoft and Amazon. In her spare time in the early 2000s she developed and taught a computer class at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington.
Pam is survived by her husband, Kenneth Kruse, of Everett; son Christopher (Roxanne) Kruse of Marysville, Washington; daughter Melinda Kruse of Everett, Washington; mother Dorothy Goeske of Luverne; brother Mark (Serena) Goeske of Owasso, Oklahoma; nephew Sean Goeske of Owasso; niece Charlene Echols of Owasso; father-in-law Rufus Kruse of Marshalltown, Iowa; sister-in-law Julie Kruse Brewer of Marshalltown; and sister-in-law Jeannie Kruse Bilyeu of Marshalltown.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wendell Goeske, and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Kruse.