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Michael, Marianne Krueger, 1917-



  • Existence: 1917-


Marianne Krueger Michael was born in Guthrie County, Richland Township, Iowa in 1917. When Krueger was three, her father died, leaving her mother to raise Krueger and her two brothers. Upon graduating from Bagley High School in 1934, Krueger attended McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, where she earned a B.A. in economics. It was during college that Krueger met her future husband, Herbert Michael, whom she married in 1944.

For the next four years, Marianne Michael taught high school economics in Minneola, Kansas and Stuart, Iowa. Michael and her husband then spent a year at Bethany Theological Seminary. At the conclusion of their training, the Michaels became missionaries in Garkida, Nigeria. From 1948 to 1961, the Michaels carried out missionary work for the Church of the Brethren, including the organization of the Garkida Girls' Life Brigade and the establishment of an adult literacy program for women. Michael published extensively in the church newsletter Gospel Messenger about her missionary work.

The Michaels returned to the United States in 1961 and settled in Iowa City, Iowa, where Michael completed an M.A. in Social Work in 1963. Michael then accepted a position within the University Hospital system, working in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care. In 1978, Michael became an adjunct faculty member of the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Her professional work includes a number of scholarly publications focusing on issues related to child abuse.

Michael remains active in regional church activities, serving on the district administrative board of the Church of the Brethren. She also has published three separate genealogies documenting both the Krueger and Michael family lines. The Michaels have four children--Jan, Rosemary, Peter and Elizabeth.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Marianne Michael papers

Identifier: IWA0453

Served with her husband as missionaries for the Church of the Brethren in Garkida, Nigeria from 1948 to 1961.

Dates: 1897-2005