Madeline R. Kroll was unexpectedly received into the Lord’s arms on Saturday October 17, 2020. Madeline (Mel) was born on October 11, 1940 to Dave and Juanita Lujan.
Mel fell in love and married Raymond Kroll on August 8th, 1958. They were a match made in heaven! Ray loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and Mel would always be right by his side. Ray would catch all the fish and Mel would fillet them. They truly made the best team and were always up for an adventure! Mel and Ray were married 62 years and were always there for each other.
Mel had an unforgettable personality and filled the hearts of those around her with so much joy, laughter and love. She loved getting dressed up, especially on the holidays. She found such joy in making her grandchildren and great grandchildren smile. She lived to see the twinkle in their eyes as she walked through the doors wearing Easter bunny ears, Halloween costumes to Mrs. Claus Christmas sparkles. She always wore the perfect shade of lipstick and had sparkling accessories to match every outfit. Mel loved a good bargain and was always on the prowl to bring those she loved a special surprise. You could count on every card she sent or hand delivered to be lined with stickers and sealed with a lipstick smudged kiss. She was so intentional and through her acts of love one could see how deeply she loved her family.
Much grief lingers, because of her absence but there are treasured memories that line the hearts of many that nobody can take. Mel will truly be missed for so many reasons that words alone fall short to express, but her friends and family celebrate the impactful life she lived here on earth.
Mel is survived by her husband Raymond Kroll, Son Richard (Mercedes) Kroll, granddaughter Savanna (PJ) Frazier, great grandchildren Crit and Titan Frazier, granddaughter Ashley (fiancé Jason McElroy) Kroll, grandson Deforest (Derek) Rhinehart, sister Linda (Gary) Rippley, brother Benny Lujan and brother Thomas Lujan.
Mel is preceded in death by her parents Dave & Juanita Lujan, brother Butch Lujan, brother Raymond Lujan and sister Pat Lujan.
There will be no services at this time. However, Mel loved children, so memorials may be sent on her behalf to:
Anaconda Community Involvement
P.O. Box 1273
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Madeline. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Madeline and her family.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Sandy Smith says
I remember meeting Aunt Mel for the first time and thinking how beautiful she was
Sheryl Driver says
Ray and families, please accept my condolences. I’m sorry for your loss. I knew Mel many years ago. I was married to Woody Driver and he worked at Bud Kelly”s Chevron station here in Anaconda. Ray and Woody were good friends and were involved in building the drag strip. Mel was so much fun. We all laughed a lot when we all got together, the couples of all these friends. Many, many memories I will never forget. Rest In Peace Mel.
Lindsay Cheatham says
To my Uncle Ray and my cousins Rita and Dick I send my condolences. I am sorry for your loss, and I am sorry for our loss as a family. Aunt Mel was my favorite, she as always so much fun. I enjoyed spending summers in Montana going horse back riding, garage selling, playing down by the creek, fishing at Georgetown Lake, and eating good food. I also enjoyed when she would come to Colorado Springs to visit us. She loved riding around town, going to the movies, shopping, and just spending quality time. I loved her personal notes, sent with a kiss and XOXO. I am sad that she has passed, but also know that she is no longer suffering. Aunt Mel you will be dearly missed, until we meet again!! XOXOXO
Mary Pat Harris says
To the Kroll Family, Ashley ❤️
So Sorry to hear of your great Loss. Your Mom & Dad were the sweetest couple. The Envy of those who wanted a marriage like theirs.❤️❤️. Truly a wonderful lady!
Prayers for you guys,
Mary Pat Harris, Boise Idaho
Tonna Strasko says
Our prayers are with all of you doing this very difficult time.
I’ve known Madeline since I was a little girl at Cedar Park Homes in Anaconda.
When my brother Don Werst was hit in the head by a rock, she is the one
that came to our house and let us know.
God be with all of you during this time.
Tonna Werst Strasko
Linda Ripley says
To Ray, Rita, Dick, and Family: There are no words that can ease your loss, but we also share your grief. Mel was the centerpiece of the Lujan family. She was the best sister in every way, she was everything that we could ever asked for. We all enjoyed Mel and Ray’s hospitality. They have always welcomed us with open arms. I know it wasn’t always easy and sometimes untimely, but they never wavered. You both were appreciated from the bottom of our hearts. Mel and I stayed in contact by phone at least once a month if not sometimes more. We enjoyed talking about her kids Dick and Rita, my kids Lindsay and David. We loved talking about stuff we did as kids, teenagers, wives, and mothers. We would laugh and cry, unplugged/unfiltered, and I loved that. Just her and I and I will truly miss that. Even if we disagreed, we would always end with I love you. I hated her failing health, and all the pain she had endured through it all. She had a purpose, she loved life, she loved her family, and she fought every day, the good fight until the very end. This is a big loss to the Lujan family. Mel you were loved very much and we are all going to miss you. I Love You Sister Mel, Always Sister Lin, Gary, and Brother Ben.
Mickey Boehler says
Always a great lady I know i didn’t get to see you near enough but i have a life time of memories Love you always Momma Kroll