Atlantic Mine Mary C. Kreger, 68, a resident of Atlantic Mine, passed away Friday April 23, 2021, at the UP-Health Marquette Hospital. She was born on October 16, 1952, in Lakefield, MN, to Harry and Delores (Westby) Kreger. Her mother preceded her in death in 1954 and Mary was raised in the Lakefield, Winona, and Hastings areas of MN by her father and second mother Josephine Freking. After high school Mary graduated from Winona State University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She then entered the Franciscan convent for eight years. Following her call to the church Mary continued her education receiving a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and subsequently developed a private practice as a Psychotherapist for several years. Mary enjoyed a very busy and rewarding career in Social Work practicing in various parts of the country and on several Indian reservations. She was an assistant professor at Walla Walla College in Missoula, MT and Smith College in Northamptoh, MA, and a presentor at professional seminars across the country. She always enjoyed helping people in need but received her greatest gratification as a hospice Social Worker. Mary continued her love of religion by receiving a Master's degree in Divinity from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and was ordained as a minister in 2007. Among Marys many interests she was also a gifted, brillant poet. In 2013 she was united in marriage to Jean Eckerberg and the couple has made their home in Atlantic Mine since that time.Preceding her in death were her parents Delores, Harry, and Josephine, and her brothers Kevin and Donald.She is survived by her spouse, Jean Eckerberg; sister, Maureen Kreger Spawr; brother and sister-in-law Harry and Irmi Kreger; sisters-in-law, Ann (Kevin) and Nancy (Donald), two Aunts, Sister Marcan Freking and Marion Freking; several nieces, nephews and many, many cousins to whom she was known as 'Little Red'.As requested, no service will take place at this time. A memorial ceremony is being arranged for a later date under the Blue Spruce at her UP home. Memorial contributions can be made to The Mara Elephant Project at https://maraelephantproject.org/our-organization/. Mary was very involved in saving the elephants.To view Marys obituary online or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.