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Johanna (Hanna) Eleonore Krenik
January 24, 1943 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Johanna (Hanna) Eleonore Krenik, age 80, was born on January 24th, 1943, in Altenmittlau Kreis Gelnhausen, Germany to Ernst and Dorothea Müller. Hanna passed away at Seasons Hospice House on November 28th, 2023. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly.
Hanna grew up in Altenmittlau and attended grade school there. She furthered her education in Somborn and Hanau. At 17, Hanna went to work in Großauheim at BBC where she did bookkeeping for the company. Hanna met a cute American soldier boy, big Ed, when he was stationed in Germany. They fell in love, got married, and moved to America, where they raised their 4 children. They were married for 60 years.
Hanna and Ed lived in LeSueur, MN when they first arrived in the United States. She worked at Green Giant and raised their kids there for 11 years. In 1973, the family moved to Plainview, MN. Plainview became their forever home. Hanna worked at High Plains Cooperative for 24 years as the office manager until 2005, when she retired.
Hanna and Ed enjoyed many trips back to Germany and to other countries. They had friends and family from Germany that would come to visit them, and they would travel the US together. Hanna especially loved their Wisconsin cabin getaways. Many weekends were spent there enjoying pontoon rides, golf cart excursions, campfires, birds, and time with kids, grandkids, and friends. There were also many trips to DC and San Diego to see her children. Hanna was super proud of her family. She would love to tell anyone she met about her kids and grandkids. Hanna could strike up a conversation with anyone!
Hanna was active at St. Joachim Catholic Church. She sang in the adult choir, worked with the liturgy committee and finance counsel, and did many other activities. She enjoyed playing Bridge, knitting, and sewing. Her best quality was her cooking; no one went away hungry. When anyone visited the house, the first thing she would say is, “Are you hungry?”
Hanna is survived by her four children. Dr. Karen Krenik of Eden Prairie, Edward D. Krenik of Alexandria, VA, Tony (Pam) Krenik of Elba, and Patricia (Chad) Hanson of Rochester; and her eight grandchildren, Hanna and Krista Hoch, Russi and Edward (Kingston) Krenik, Piper and Jade Krenik, and Cleo and Rachel Hanson. She is also survived by her sister Margarete (Art) Porter of Oklmulgee, OK, brother Ernst Müller of Altenmittlau, Germany, brother-in-law Gordy (Kathy) Krenik of Brooklyn Park, sister-in-law Margret Traxler of Le Center, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, her parents, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Friday, December 22, 2023, at the Catholic Church of St Joachim in Plainview with Father Michael Krenik officiating. Visitation for family and friends will take place at Schad and Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview, MN from 4-7pm on Thursday, December 21, 2023, and one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St Joachim Catholic Church or Seasons Hospice House.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is assisting the family with arrangements.