Jean Krenz
August 19, 1935 - November 25, 2017

Place of Birth : Williston, North Dakota
Residence : Rural Tioga, ND and Nicholasville, KY
Age : 82

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Mary Kay Lukert
January 1, 2018 | Gilbert, AZ

God bless this beautiful woman, inside and out, who was so adored by my parents, Tiny and Jack. Much love to all the Krenz kids. What great memories!
Dolores ( Kjos ) Johnson
December 8, 2017 | Coeurd'Alene , Idaho

My sincerest sympathy to Jean's family. I used to baby sit the kids when they lived across the street from us on !st Ave in Williston. May God be your comfort and bless you all.
Katharine & Paul Gerrity/Castrovillo
December 4, 2017 | Boise, Idaho

Dear Julie and the Krenz family - We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I always thought your mother was so beautiful inside and out. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Effertz
December 4, 2017 | Washburn, North Dakota

My sister Nadine and I were a couple strays that Jeanne let stay in her house in Williston when we went to basketball camp. She and Darwin were gracious hosts and patient with us country bumpkins. This wonderful family will surely miss her.
Siri Hval Peterson
December 3, 2017 | Wolf Point, Montana

I was so sorry to hear about Jean's passing. She was like a second mother to me when I was a child. When I moved to Williston at age 9, Julie Krenz was the first friend I had. I spent so much time at the Krenz's home and ranch while growing up, and Jean always made me feel welcome and part of the family.
Jean was a beautiful lady both inside and out. I will always cherish my memories of her. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to Darwin, Vanneisa, Julie, Celeste, Courtney and Bradley.
Vikki & Mark Osborn
December 2, 2017 |

Celeste and family,

Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.
Bev Gordon
December 1, 2017 | Bend, Oregon

My years of the next door neighbor in Williston hold many special memories with lots of laughing and many coffee times. Special ranch memories with them when I was at a sad time in my life. Great family always there with support and warm ness for all. Special hug for Darwin whose love for Jean was so unconditional and always present 24186
Kay (Senti) Salveson
November 30, 2017 | Puyallup, WA

So sorry for your loss. I always remember that I have the same birthday as Jean. She also wrote a poem about me and gave it to me years later when I was an adult! She was a wonderful woman. You all are in my thoughts and prayers through this sad time.
Janet Larson Melugin
November 30, 2017 | San Diego, CA

Here are some of my thoughts and memories...
From the moment I first stepped foot in the Krenz front door in seventh grade, I knew that this was a love-filled home. Oh, it was noisy, put it was the sound of joy... I learned that Jean lived a very zen - "Be here Now" life - even if she didn't know this practice in name, under her flannel shirts - she lived it. I remember hearing a cassette tape of an oral snapshot Jean had captured years earlier when some of the kids were still toddlers and babies...all screaming, laughing and crying in a symphony. I remember being astounded that she had the foresight and appreciation of the moment that would disappear as babies grow up and move on. And she did not have the benefit of just pulling out her iPhone and pressing record, she had to go through some hoops to get these beautiful moments recorded in history. That left such an impression on me, that as I became a mother, I used it as a lesson to savor all the moments of my child's life - knowing that the whole roller coaster ride is beautiful, not just the peaks. I’m grateful for the lessons I learned from Jean to experience the richness of life.

I remember as a kid seeing Darwin and Jean cozying up on the orange sofa enjoying a movie on TV together - Jean usually holding a bowl of air popped popcorn. It was nice to see "older" people still being in love. (They were probably in their late 30's.)

Jean gave me the book, "I Love You Forever," which has become one of my all time favorite books, about the circle of life and love and family values...everything Jean embodied throughout her life.

Jean always had time to sit down with a cup of coffee to talk… and more importantly, to listen. She will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you forever, Janet

November 30, 2017 | Phoenix, Az

Thoughts and prayers are with you all... you all know how much Jean meant to me... a blessing in my life and I miss her... love you all
Kristy Richards
November 30, 2017 | Lanesboro, MN

My love and prayers to you all. Jean was an icon, all of my memories of her collide with my little girl life, the times she was a surrogate parent, a rock, and believer in me...and it all made such a difference in my life. Her legacy is easy to see in the family she created, raised and planted to do the same...I am at the table with you all in spirit, talking, laughing and remembering your mom. Love, Kristy
Tracy Dillon
November 30, 2017 | Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM)

My Aunt Jean taught me every good and beautiful thing about life. She was the epitome of class and grace, through bad times and good. I am so proud to have been a part of her life. Her loving light will always shine down in me, and on my family. My heart to those who loved her. My gratitude for allowing me to know her. Love knows no bounds.
Cheryl Simpson
November 28, 2017 | Ray, ND

Darwin and family, my deepest sympathy in your loss. Prayers for all.
Joel & Amy Wilt
November 28, 2017 | Williston, ND

Darwin, Courtney, Brad & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She will always be with you in your hearts and memories.
Gary Berube
November 28, 2017 | Mandan, ND

I had the honor and privilege to meet Jean and Darwin in 2003 and they have been great friends ever since. They always made certain I was well fed. From the times I took Jean to Tioga to work on a house or hauling irrigation equipment for Darwin. It was truly a blessing to watch Jean fight to recover from her stroke and a pure honor to know her. Our prayers go to Darwin and her family.
corrine redmond
November 26, 2017 | tioga

Darwin and family, What a grand Lady she was. A wonderful mother, hostess and friend. You have my deepest sympathy
Scott Key
November 26, 2017 | Fort Collins, CO

So sorry for your loss. May your grief be short and good memories long.

Jean Krenz

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Her funeral will be celebrated Tuesday morning, December 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church east of Williston, ND (5244 108th Ave NW, Ray, ND) Rev. Jon Wellumson will officiate.


Friends may call at the Everson Coughlin Funeral Home Monday from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM and Tuesday at the church for the hour preceding the funeral.


Burial will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the McKinney Cemetery near Tolley, ND. (10145 52nd Ave NW)