Pearl Ruth “Annie” Kregel loved being outdoors.
“She loved being outside and planting flowers,” daughter Lorraine Keilman said. “She looked forward to spring especially this year.”
Derrill Kregel said his mother passed her love of gardening on to her children.
“It is amazing, I now see it blossoming in her grandchildren,” he said.
Kregel made snowmen every winter -- including a few this year.
“I think the record was 17,” Keilman said.
Keilman described her mother as a character who loved posing for pictures with her granddaughters, even on concrete deer.
“Mom loved children,” Derrill Kregel said. “She was a master of distraction and could take an upset and crying child, grab a piece of newspaper, fashion into a paper boat and have the child laughing and playing on the floor in no time.”
Kregel, 91, of Crown Point, is survived by three children Lorraine, Donald and Derrill, five granddaughters and one great-grandson.
“Her father was a share cropper,” Derrill Kregel said. “She was born in a farmhouse where the Gates of St. John subdivision is now.”
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Roger Kregel in 2005. They first met at the Cedar Lake Roller rink, Keilman said. They married on Feb. 14, 1953.
Keilman said her mother was very independent.
“She still drove and mowed her own grass,” Keilman said. “She taught her kids how to work hard but also to have fun.”
Derrill Kregel said his mother was always trying to motivate him.
“She would ask do you have your corn planted yet?’” Kregel said. “When she was sick, a visiting nurse asked her to write something so she could check her cognitive skills. She wrote ‘I hope the sun shines so my son can plant his soybeans.’ She was dying and still worried about me. I will miss her.”