My mother would tell you that one of the things that grabbed my attention when I joined the LDS Church was the study of family history. Geneology is a passion for many people now-a-days. and my sister and I share that passion. For years I have collected pictures and letters. I have a treasure trove which we have been sorting through together to make sure that what I leave behind will be easy for my children to understand. Several years ago I was contacted by John Belshaw Kreer, a cousin I did not know I had. John Joseph Kreer was our common great grandfather and John understood from my mother that I was the holder of the records in my family so he contacted me. Because I traveled to Lansing to teach at the Country Quilter, we had three opportunities to share stories. John wife, Vivianne, is a delightful repository of all things family and remebers absolutely everything so getting her occasional letters has been a joy. This month however the letter brought news that John had died. I thanks Heaven for the Savior today and his gift of eternal life because that dear man will be there when I can once again pay him a visit. This is a little tribute to him from Muff and I.
This is John George Kreer Sr.( 1874-1938 ) who was the grandfather of our John and my great Uncle. I never met him but I adored his sisters Evalyn and Marie Louise whom Muff was named after . Our grandmother, Elinor Peace Kreer (or Eleanor Josephine Kreer as she was baptised) was his youngest sister. She was the master of her own name and chose it. She did so in memory of her own grandmother, the first Eleanor Peace Collette.
And this is cousin John and his own dear family as they were just before he died and went on to make a home for Vivianne when she is done here. He was a retired professor of electrical engineering from The University of Michigan.
I treasure family beyond any gift I have. Thank you John for choosing to be a good man.
Love from your cousins elinor and Marie Fay.