Community work has become trademark of Citizen of the Year

Wide range of contributions to civic, church and library projects earns Debbie Krueger 2018 honor

DEBBIE KRUEGER (seated) has been chosen to receive the 2018 Outstanding Citizen award by the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce. Krueger, who will be honored during the annual Grafton tree-lighting ceremony and serve as marshal in the Christmas parade, is shown with (from left) Chamber President Bruce McIlnay, her husband John Krueger and nominators John Gassert and Dave Antoine. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Longtime Grafton resident Debbie Krueger was in disbelief when she was named Citizen of the Year while volunteering at the Grafton Public Library last week.

“I was very humbled and shocked. It was a special moment and I will always remember it,” she said.

The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Krueger for her years of service in the community, which includes her commitment to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight and volunteering at St. Joseph’s Parish and library.

“The Chamber is proud to carry on the tradition of recognizing outstanding volunteerism in our community. Debbie Krueger makes a difference for people in our community and beyond every day,” Chamber Executive Director Pam King said.

Krueger and her husband John moved to Grafton in 1982. She immediately became involved in the community by helping coordinate volunteers for the St. Ben’s meal program at St. Joseph Parish.

In 2009, she was one of the first volunteers for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight and eventually became a member of its board of directors.

“My first job was to manage and coordinate the volunteers. We ended up having about 300 volunteers before we were done,” Krueger said.

She decided to help the organization because her father Donald Buerosse served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II.

Krueger was previously a teacher at St. Frances Cabrini School in West Bend and Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay. After her retirement several years ago, she became a volunteer in the children’s section at the Grafton library where she works every Tuesday and Thursday.

“I love working with children, and I’m an avid reader of children’s literature,” she said. “I really enjoy story time at the library. It has been a perfect mix.”

Krueger will be recognized with the Citizen of the Year award during the Grafton Community Tree Lighting on Sunday, Nov. 18. She will also serve as the grand marshal during the Christmas parade Saturday, Nov. 24.

“It’s very exciting, and I think it’s wonderful that I can invite family and friends,” Krueger said, adding that her sister is flying from Connecticut to attend the festivities.

Krueger also said her two grandsons Henry and Sam are ready to assist her in the parade.

“If you ask my grandchildren, I think they’ll say the parade is going to be more exciting because they get to ride with me and throw candy,” she said.

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