Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie for Alvina Truog, age 90, of Newton, KS, formerly of Long Prairie. Rev. Paul Biegner will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Long Praire. Friends and family may call from 10 to 11 AM Saturday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.
Our Loving God has called the soul of Alvina Truog out of this present life to be with Jesus in heaven on December 15,2012.
Alvina Selma Louise Truog was born August 18, 1922, in Long Prairie, Minnesota to Otto and Alvina Asmus. Her parents brought her into The Kingdom of Grace through the washing of Holy Baptism. On the day of her confirmation in May, 1935, Alvina renewed her baptismal vows.
Rev. Otto Truog and Alvina were married on June 11, 1944 and remained so for 58 years until Otto’s death. Alvina served beside Otto as the pastor’s wife as long as Otto served his churches. They were given six children who were all blessed by Alvina’s sacrifices and love.
Alvina started singing for church occasions at age 4 even though she was a shy person. When she got older, she sang harmony with her sisters and played slide guitar. Alvina was a gifted artist in china painting, oil painting, needlework and quilting. Perhaps her greatest talent was in raising six children. Her son, Pastor Brian, often mentions “Mom” in his sermons. Here is a quote from his “Pastor’s Corner”: “You have probably heard me mention how special my mother is. She has been the heart of our family. Ironically, her own heart is very weak. She has had several open heart surgeries. But her kindness, tenderness and love have made an impact that will carry on for generations. Ultimately, anything good in us is a gift from God, but I am grateful for the legacy my mother’s heart is leaving in my family. I feel it when I see my grandchildren smile. I see it when I watch my grandchildren being loved and nurtured by their parents. I know it is there as Shirley and I care for our children and grandchildren.”
Waiting for Alvina in heaven are her parents, Otto and Alvina Asmus, her husband, Rev. Otto Truog, her sisters, Edna Becker and Agnes Leitch, and her brother, Henry Asmus.
Alvina is survived by her dear sister, Hannah Drevlow of Long Prairie, Minnesota, her dear sister-in-law, Melaine Spandl of Long Prairie, Minnesota, daughters, Gloria Marohl of Edmonds, Washington, Jean Hausmann of Newton, Kansas, Brenda Meyers (Tom) of Appleton, Wisconsin, and sons David Truog (Susan) of Big Rapids, Michigan, Stephen Truog (Katie) of Appleton Wisconsin, and Rev. Brian Truog (Shirley) of Loudon, Tennessee.
Surviving grandchildren and great grandchildren are Kristi Marohl, Jeremy Truog (Erin) with Riley and Maya, Rebekah Truog, Nathan Truog, Stephen Truog, Mark Truog (Sarah) with Seamus, Daniel Truog (Emily), Edward Holtz, David Meyers, Matthew Meyers, Joel Truog (Laurie) with Maxim and Jackson, Anna Ebey (Garrett) with Audrey, Grady and Ella, and Paul Truog.
Thanks from all of us, Mom. We all love you and will always miss our gentle, elegant lady.
Although Alvina was shut-in for many years, she remained a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Newton, Kansas. Any memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church and The Lutheran Hour.
Obituary and guest book available online at: www.williamsdingmann.com