Linda C. Kranz passed away suddenly, but peacefully, at her home in Rock Creek, Monday, July 28, 2014.
She is survived by her parents Ed and Delores Zellmer of Braham; sister Sandra Koecher of Rush City; husband Dwight Kranz; children Jeffrey (Linda) Kranz of Sunrise, Melanie (Matt) Jabs of Cambridge, Melissa (Mark) Borgman of North Branch and Christopher Kranz (Brian Quinn) of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren Jeremy Wingness, Josh Wingness, Jordan Nyquist, Justin Kranz, Alexis Kranz, Dawson Kranz, Kyle Nordlum, Dylan Jabs and Ashley Jabs and great-grandchildren Payton, Anna, Liam, Landon, Colton, Ava and Kimber; many special cousins Doris and Arden Caldwell, Bonnie Peterson, Pat Reisellman, Marsha Hiatt, Rossalyn Hiatt, Tim Hiatt, Diane Van Tassell, Nancy and Mike Sohler, Joan and Darwin Knaak; aunts Irene Holtslander and Lenore Tuberg; uncle Kelly and Jeanette Hiatt (Kansas). Linda loved her very special nieces and nephews, Randy, Joey, Steven and Karen Keocher, Julie and Lee Wiener and Carol and David Stamm.
She was preceded in death by her grandson Travis Jabs.
Linda loved babies and baking cookies, making divinity and sugar Easter eggs. She made all of her children their favorite cookies during holidays. Christmas was always very special to Linda and the entire family with a big tree and gifts for all and the dining room table with herring and cheeses, turkey and buns. In the kitchen were crock pots of clam chowder. Everyone was always welcome to enjoy the holidays with the Kranz family! At Easter time she would decorate her sugar Easter eggs, placing a baby chick inside to view. She loved to sing, with the entire family, Happy Birthday to everyone on their birthdays, even over the phone.
Our beautiful memories of Linda are of our trips, our conversations, our friendship and the love that Linda had for everyone.
Linda had a silly, goofy side that was often shared with her immediate family. From dancing around in the kitchen at the old house in Stark listening to Elvis to waking her son Chris up in the mornings singing Danke Schoen by Wayne Newton. She could be a bit shocking at times too, making the occasional comment that blew everyone away. She and her husband Dwight went above and beyond to make sure their children always had everything they needed for any occasion growing up.
Life wasnt always kind to Linda; she battled with severe depression for years followed by major hip problems which took away a lot of her independence. She just kept pushing through it all. The happy memories she gave us all will remain in our hearts forever.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Harris with Rev. Conrad Warner officiating. Music provided by Lois Dahl as organist and Jon Ekstrom as soloist. Visitation will be held one hour prior the service at church on Saturday. Family interment will take place at a later date.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com
I am home in heaven dear ones
Oh so happy and so bright
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light
All the pain and grief are over
Every restless yearning past
I am now at peace forever
Safely home in heaven at last.