City officials and local Rotary Club members dedicated the William and Edna Kreger Playground at noon Tuesday in Wyandotte Rotary Club Park, located at Third and Maple. Rotary Club president Mark Lyons (left), with William, Edna, Jeff, and Conrad Kreger. Wyandotte Mayor Joseph Peterson stands ready to cut the ceremonial ribbon as Councilman Daniel Galeski looks on.
With its target audience in school, the William and Edna Kreger Playground was unnaturally quiet following Tuesday’s dedication at Wyandotte Rotary Club Park at Third and Maple. The former Wyandotte mayor and first lady raised their six children in Wyandotte, and continue to live here and served the city and its residents in many ways.
City officials and local Rotary Club members dedicated the William and Edna Kreger Playground at noon Tuesday in Wyandotte Rotary Club Park, located at Third and Maple. Rotary Club president Mark Lyons (left), with William, Jeff, Edna, and Conrad Kreger
By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – City officials and the local Rotary Club members gathered at noon Tuesday to dedicate the William and Edna Kreger Playground at Wyandotte Rotary Club Park at Third and Maple.
Ken Prygoski of the Recreation Commission paid tribute to the former mayor and first lady.
“Their partnership is truly inspiring,” Prygoski said. “It is a union that has garnished dozens of awards and achievements – achievements that have always benefited Wyandotte.”
William Kreger has been active in Wayne County politics and civic affairs for many years, and served the longest on the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Board. He also served on several bank boards and was vice president of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Wyandotte for over 30 years.
He published a local newspaper and was president of the Port Huron Coca-Cola Bottling Co. from 1974 to 1985.
“Perhaps the most amazing accomplishment is the steadfast and loyal support they have continually given the city of Wyandotte,” Prygoski said. “Very few people can say that their life was spent in one locale … Bill and Edna are proud to have done so.”
The couple raised six children in the city. Edna Kreger was active with the Downriver League of Catholic Women and served as a past president.
“Fortunately for our town, the Kregers made this their permanent home,” Prygoski said. “This is where they grew up, played, worked, married, raised their children and retired (in a quasi sort of way). They continue to worship here, serve the community and lead exemplary lives.”
Mayor Joseph Peterson celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with local Rotary President Mark Lyon, City Clerk William Griggs and council members Daniel Galeski, Leonard Sabuda and Sheri Sutherby-Fricke.