Life Story for
Maris Kruze age 69, of North Salem, NY, died Tuesday September 6, 2016 at Danbury Hospital.
Mr. Kruze was born Maris Svecite January 2, 1947 in Esslingen, West Germany to a family of Latvian descent who had fled the Russian Communist oppression in Latvia during WWII.
His first 9 years were spent in Memmingen, Bavaria in Southern Germany.
As with many post war refugee families, difficult circumstances led his grandfather to put three children of the family up for adoption. Maris was then 9, his younger sister Antra, 7 and his older brother Janis, 11.
Mr. Julijs Kruze and his wife Olga (Polis) Kruze, a couple who lived in England, had previously adopted a baby girl, now aged 10, adopted Maris at the age of 9.
When Mr. Kruze was 15 years old, the family immigrated to the United States. He arrived at New York Harbor on July 12th, 1962. The family moved to Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. Maris entered Midwood High School as a sophomore. He continued his education and went on to graduate from CCNY with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also served in the US Army Reserves and National Guard for 18 years.
Mr. Kruze married Maureen Riley in North Salem on May 10, 1986 at St. James Episcopal Church. They have lived in North Salem ever since.
Maris worked for United Corporate Services of White Plains as a Vice President. He specialized in Corporate Law. He enjoyed reading, listening to all types of music and completing the New York Times crossword puzzle. One of his proudest moments was when he became a citizen of the United States on July 3, 2008.
Besides his wife Maureen of 30 years, Mr. Kruze is survived by his two sons, Daniel and Thomas, also of North Salem. In addition, he is also survived by his sister, Ruta Strobel. As well as a brother and sister-in-law, “James” and Peggy Giacopasi and their two children, Theresa and Michael. His sister, Antra and brother, Janis Svecite, predeceased him.
The family will be receiving friends and family on Saturday between the hours of 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Beecher Funeral Home. A service will be held at Beecher Funeral Home on Sunday at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Peach Pond Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to both the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Croton Falls Fire Department. The men and women of both these organizations were there for us time and time again. The compassion, professionalism and true concern, not only for Maris, but the family as well, will never be forgotten. We kindly ask, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either:
The North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps
14 Daniel Rd.
North Salem, NY 10560
The Croton Falls Fire Department
PO Box 128
Croton Falls, NY 10519