Ida Eggleston

August 4, 1936 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Ida Eggleston Obituary

Ida “Kics” Eggleston, 87, of Monroe NJ, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2023 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Kics was born in Szamosszeg, Hungary, grew up in New Brunswick NJ, and lived many years in Cherry Hill NJ before moving to Monroe NJ last year.

She is predeceased by her sisters Irenke Balogh and Yolanka Toth and by her devoted companion Charles “How” Vandegrift.

She is survived by her son Jeff Krum and his wife Mari, by grandson Alex Krum, his wife Heather and great-granddaughter Olivia, and by granddaughter Audrey Krum and Dylan Langford. She is survived by daughter Stephanie Krum and by nieces and nephews: Keith Krum and Michael Baker; Cheryl and Chris Lawrence; Donna and James Holt; and Steve and Tracy Toth.

Kics (“kicsi” or “little” Ida in Hungarian) came to the US with her mother from Hungary at the age of 2. She grew up in New Brunswick NJ, and graduated from New Brunswick High School. A natural beauty, she was a Miss New Jersey finalist. She went on to work as an administrative assistant at Johnson & Johnson and then Rutgers University where she met and married Franklin Krum, Jr. After Frank’s Air Force service in Texas and Massachusetts, the couple settled in Erlton NJ where they welcomed their son Jeff.

When Frank’s job sent them to Toronto, Canada, Kics began a successful career as a model and commercial actress. After the birth of their daughter Stephanie, the family moved back to Cherry Hill NJ to the house that Kics would live in for the next 57 years. She was always proud of the fact that her work had provided the downpayment on her house.

Kics went through many ups and downs over the years, but was always fiercely independent, optimistic, energetic, endlessly resourceful, meticulously organized, and proud of her ability to keep on top of everything. Her years with her beloved “How” were the happiest of her life.

Kics loved people and her “super-power” was the way she could connect with almost anyone and make them smile with a joke or a kind word. Everyone remembered her. A beloved and involved neighbor, Kics knew everyone’s kids’ names and everyone’s birthday, and was quick to act when someone needed a helping hand. Her love language was baking.

In recent years Kics became the acknowledged ringleader of a group of fun-loving female friends called “the Pooligans” who shared her love of life, sense of humor, and appetite for hijinks. Kics was a member of a senior bowling league for many years and long-time friend of the Cherry Hill Library. She was an avid gardener who said the secret to her beautiful plants was that she talked to them every day.

Kics loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and beat her family at Scrabble. She was a lifelong learner and would sign up for free classes on any number of things. She loved the arts and would attend local plays, concerts, and recitals whenever she could and would take others along with her to enjoy the experience. She was interested in mastering new technology well into her 80s, whether it was downloading apps to her iPhone, posting pictures to Facebook, tracking her steps on her Fitbit, or joining Zumba classes on Zoom.

Kics was never afraid to take on a challenge. When she moved to Monroe Village Independent Living last year, she went by Ida (“It’s easier,” she said) and jumped into her new life there with both feet. She was quick to make an impact on the community and made many new friends in a very short amount of time.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Sunday, February 25, 2024 between the hours of 2 pm and 6 pm at the Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home, 17 S. Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park NJ. Pastor Scott Wilson will perform a memorial service at 5 pm. Parking is available behind the funeral home or on S. Adelaide Avenue.

Interment will be Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:30 am at Locustwood Memorial Park, 1500 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill NJ. A repast for relatives and friends will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to the American Speech-Hearing-Language Foundation.

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February 25, 2024

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home
17 S. Adelaide Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904

Prayer Service
February 25, 2024

5:00 PM
Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home
17 S. Adelaide Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904

February 26, 2024

11:30 AM
Locustwood Memorial Park
1500 Marlton Pike West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


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