Hanna was born, the sixth and last child of Hannah and Maximilian Zimmer in Attabey, Turkey. Her siblings were Max Jr., Erika and Erich (twins), Beatrix, and Guenther. Guenther was two years older than Hanna, and was her constant companion and best friend growing up. As a young woman Hanna studied nursing at the University of Freiburg and natural healing at a hospital in Dresden.
Hanna married Rudolf Kroeger on February 26th. They eventually had five children: Klaus, Heinz, Gisela, Albrecht, and Lisa.
After surviving the turmoil of World War II, the Kroegers immigrated to the U.S. to start a new life. The family's landing point on U.S. soil was Hoboken, N.J. They spent 8 months in Milwaukee before moving to Michigan where they lived for 2 years.
After moving to Boulder the previous year, Hanna took over the Imperial Tea and Coffee Company on Broadway Blvd. She quickly renamed it the Imperial Tea and Health Food Store in honor of the whole grains, nuts, and herbal teas she was introducing. This change stemmed from Hanna's earnest desire to bring a healthier lifestyle to the U.S.
Hanna moved the store to 1115 Pearl St. where she baked whole wheat and German breads and started to carry vitamin supplements. In the back of the store, Hanna housed an art gallery, which displayed the works of her son Klaus and his friends from the University of Colorado's Art School. Hanna also started teaching nutrition classes in the gallery. It was the start of what later became Peaceful Meadow Retreat.
Hanna and Rudolf bought Mike's Bar at 1122 Pearl St. She renamed her store New Age Foods, as she felt it would help usher in a new age of wellness.
Hanna and Rudolf bought a country plot at 7075 Valmont Rd. and founded Peaceful Meadow Retreat. Hanna had a dream of opening a European style spa and retreat. The vision evolved as Hanna and Rudolf built a house, and enhanced some of the natural attributes such as the lake and garden. Here visitors could relax and recuperate, eat exceptionally healthy food, and receive massage and spa treatments.
Hanna was confronted by the modern medical industry and indicted on 12 counts of practicing medicine without a license. Picketers and protesters who valued Hanna's work swarmed the courthouse a few blocks from her shop on Pearl Street. In turn, she argued her case passionately to a full house. She was consequently convicted on 5 counts, which were later dropped when she promised to refrain from "practicing medicine". It seemed the primary cause of the conviction stemmed from Hanna's "Hands On" healing approach and the fact that she told her loyal customers what they might need to improve their health. Later the same year, Hanna and Rudolf founded the Chapel of Miracles as an official non-profit church. Here, under the rights of the First Amendment, Hanna could freely address the health and spiritual needs of those who sought her help. Hanna's legal battles opened the door for alternative health professionals to practice, making Boulder a hub for alternative and complementary medicine.
In addition to her unique array of healthy foods and supplements, she established a bustling natural foods restaurant in her store. This provided her a way to give back to the community she loved so much. She set bargain prices for her meals and made sure no one was ever refused food.
After years of filling capsules and mixing teas by hand, Hanna and Rudolf founded Kroeger Herb Products Company, a response to the overwhelming demand for her herbal formulas.
Once again Hanna was summoned into court to defend our right to heal ourselves naturally. The district attorney wanted her to be charged with practicing medicine without a license if she continued to appear in her store. Hanna agreed to modify her practice at the store and started consulting with people via telephone.
Hanna and Rudolf sold the 1122 Pearl property and moved the store to 5684 Valmont Road, changing its name to Hanna's Herb Shop and expanding the Vibropathic production facilities. Even though she did not support scanning food/products Hanna knew that her products would someday have to be scanned for them to be available worldwide. She integrated the infinity symbols now found on all Kroeger Herb Products and Hanna's Herb Shop products to protect them from the inevitable scanning.
Rudolf Otto Erich Kroeger passed away after a long decline in health.
Hanna Kroeger passed away on May 7th. She had published more than 22 books in her life, healed and nourished countless people, educated thousands, and created unique formulas that will preserve the traditional healing she helped start. She was later named by New Life Magazine as one of the top 6 healers for the 20th century. Hanna's daughter, Gisela Kroeger Hoffman, takes over Hanna's beloved Peaceful Meadow Retreat and Chapel of Miracles. She is ordained by one of Hanna's long-term students, Bobbi Brooks, continuing Sunday services and teaching her mother's work at PMR's summer classes.
Hanna's Herb Shop introduces new packaging and enters the Internet with its first website.
Directed and published by Gisela, the long awaited Help One Another book is printed; a compilation of Hanna's work and teaching in one volume. Hanna's Herb Shop introduces its practitioner program, Mutual Hands, bringing together practitioners of many disciplines into one organization.
Kroeger Herb Products celebrates 25 years of business! Kroeger Herb Products is introduced into the Asian market with customers in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.
Hanna's Herb Shop reintroduces Hanna's energy tool the Crystal Laser, while Kroeger Herb Products begins the process of taking Hanna's healing programs and bundling the related products into kits. The first one introduced is the Candida Kit followed by the Wormwood Kit and then later followed by the Immune and Men's Kits.
A new Complete Concentrate, Cinnamon, is introduced using Hanna's original processing techniques.
Complete Concentrate Pomegranate is introduced using Hanna's original processing techniques. The Men's Kit and Saw Palmetto capsules are also introduced. Peaceful Meadow Retreat begins year-round classes.
Hanna's Herb Shop launches its newly revised website celebrating 50 years of business! Kroeger Herb Products completes its transition to an all vegetarian product line and renames some of Hanna's products to take advantage of more flexible standards now being allowed.