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Kimberly Susan (Knapp) Krannich

November 5, 1972 April 3, 2019
Kimberly  Susan (Knapp) Krannich
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Obituary for Kimberly Susan (Knapp) Krannich

Kimberly Susan (Knapp) Krannich, age 46, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault, following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.

Memorial services will be held at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Mark Johnson officiating.

A memorial visitation will be at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Kimberly Susan, the daughter of David and Julie Ann (Klemmer) Knapp, was born on November 5, 1972 in Faribault. She attended Washington Elementary, Faribault Jr. and Sr. High Schools, graduating in 1991. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead (2 yrs.), Concordia German Institute immersion program, in Bemidji (1 yr.) where she met Richard Krannich, whom she later married. They also worked at the German and Chinese Language Villages in Bemidji. They finished their International Business degrees at St. Cloud State and graduated shortly after another trip to Europe where they were fluent enough to pass as German rather than American in areas unfriendly to Americans. Kim was also trained in Spanish, American Sign Language and other communication skills. She and Rich were married and made their life in St Cloud, then Minneapolis, then Faribault. They divorced but shared custody of their children, Trey and Megan, working hard to do their best for them.

Kim’s children were the most important things in her life. She enjoyed attending their sports and school events and they shared a love of animals, sheltering many dogs for the Safe Sanctuary and keeping numerous dogs including Daisy, Midnight, Octavia (Tavy), Ben and Chesney. She loved big dogs, especially Mastiffs. Kim’s struggle with ovarian cancer was long and difficult, but her drive to live for her children was strong, so she battled it valiantly to the end.

Kim worked at a variety of business jobs in St. Cloud, at PayChex in the Twin Cities, Rust Consulting of Faribault, and Josten’s of Owatonna. Most recently, Kim worked for Heselton Construction in Faribault, where she even helped train temps from her hospital bed to replace her until she could return. The Heselton people were particularly supportive of her struggle with cancer, especially Dean Sammon.

Kim worked the first 2 ½ years until January. She waged her battle against ovarian cancer with the help from Mayo’s team. Her care was coordinated by Megan Grudem who became her friend. Megan Grudem told her when she discontinued treatment that she was proud to have worked with such a brave woman.

She is survived by two children, Trey and Megan Krannich; her parents, David and Julie Ann (Klemmer) Knapp; one sister, Kathryn “Kathy” (and Troy) Neirby and their children, Christopher Knapp, Emily and Timothy Neirby all of Faribault; one brother, Scott (and Marissa (Bonde)) Knapp and their daughter and her Goddaughter, Addison of Lonsdale; the father of her children, Richard Krannich Jr. of Faribault; and aunts, uncles other relatives and friends.


Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

7

Apr

2:00 PM 4/7/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 4/7/2019 4:00:00 PM
Boldt Funeral Home

300 Prairie Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021

Boldt Funeral Home
300 Prairie Avenue Faribault 55021 MN
United States

Visitation

Monday

8

Apr

9:30 AM 4/8/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 4/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
First English Lutheran Church

204 2nd Street Nw
Faribault, MN 55021

First English Lutheran Church
204 2nd Street Nw Faribault 55021 MN
United States

Service

Monday

8

Apr

10:30 AM 4/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
First English Lutheran Church

204 2nd Street Nw
Faribault, MN 55021

First English Lutheran Church
204 2nd Street Nw Faribault 55021 MN
United States
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