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March 12th, 1952 – Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Luthera
Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Visitation Information

Joan Krecklau, 55, of Buffalo passed away last Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Otto and Eleanor Birkholtz, on March 12th, 1952, in Hutchinson, Minnesota were blessed with a daughter and named her Joan Agnes Birkholtz. Joan married Lyle Krecklau on April 8th, 1972 and they were blessed with seven children: Curtis, Steven, Susan, Charlene, Shannon, Lisa, and Jeannette. Over the years, Joan developed a love for fishing, enjoyed completing puzzles, became an excellent cook, kept a neat home, and liked playing cards especially King™s Corner. She will be best known as a caring and open person who had a big heart to share. Joan will also be been known for her love for her husband and family. She will be remembered as the one who danced and wrestled with her grandchildren and for her famous quote: ˜How fish are you deeping™.

She is preceded in death by her father: Otto Birkholtz; son: Curtis; brother: Cletus; and father and mother-in-law: Lawrence and Irene Krecklau.

Joan is survived by her loving husband: Lyle of Buffalo; children: Steven Krecklau of Aurora, Susan (Robert) Stone of Phoenix, AZ, Charlene (Doug) Scherer of Milwaukee, WI, Shannon (Amy) Krecklau of Rockford, Lisa (Ronnie Sebek) Krecklau of Monticello, and Jeannette (Kim) Parchem of Monticello; daughter-in-law: Robin Krecklau of Bismark, ND; 16 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; mother: Eleanor Birkholtz; special family friend: Tim ˜Slimmer™ Hance; brothers and sisters: Ervin (Suzy) Birkholtz of Motley, Mary Ann Niesen of Buffalo, Bernice Wiegand of Osseo, Marlys (Jim) Sobaski of Woodbury, Carol (Scott) Pell of Minneapolis, Rosey (Jerry) Jenkins of Waverly, Sally (Myron) Weege of Winona, Patty (Ralph) Bakeberg of Brainerd, Jimmy Birkholtz of Motley, Ralph (Sarah) Birkholtz of Pillager, Dale Birkholtz of Motley, Rita (Tim) Ambuhl of Winona, Paul (Linda) Birkholtz of Glenwood, Tommy Birkholtz of Montrose, and Joe (Janet) Birkholtz of Buffalo; and many nephews, nieces and good friends.

Visitation will be Friday, October 12th, 2007 from 5 to 8pm at St. John™s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Funeral Service for Joan will be Saturday, October 13th, 2007 at 11am at St. John™s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. There will be a 1 hour visitation prior to the start of the service.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. chuck and su mackey

    Sorry for your loss

  2. stan and shelley held

    Jen and family, I am sad for your loss and know the last couple of months have been so hard. Jenny, your mother would be proud to know what a woman you have become and how you are seen threw my eyes. Where does the time go Jen? My family will hold your family up in prayers this week and know our hearts are yours. Love, Shelley and Stan

  3. Jessica Werness

    Jen & Family…
    I am So shocked and sorry this happened.
    I remember staying with ya all the time Jen, and she was one of a kind…

    If you want, need, care to talk or just cry and vent, YOU know you can count on me, we did it in the old days, and as adults we still can…
    You have helped me out emotionally with my husband over email lots of time,so,
    Let it be my turn???

    I love you lots babydoll.
    Home Ph: 952-472-5279

    CALL ME hugs & kisses

  4. Shannon Krecklau

    In times of death we find our hearts heavy with pain, our vision blurred from tears. Yet we know we must stand up and carry on! For our time “to walk on”, is not yet here. Forgiveness of one’s soul to another is the healing and love of life. May we rest my mom in peace and let her love shine.

    “Little angel, sent from God
    Caring cooking laughing through each day,
    You touched the hearts of those you loved,
    With every word and deed.

    The pain you suffered and endured,
    Would have conquered a weaker soul
    Your willful, stubborn, hope-filled heart
    Placed you in a stronger role
    So now in heavens embrace I will thank you for the love you’ve given and for the love & care of my Father you have shown!
    Rest in Peace and Gods hugs you are now given.

    Your son,

  5. Jillian Heidebrink

    Hi Jen-

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I had no idea until recently. I am always hear for you and you know that.

    Please give my condolences to your family and I am sure I will see you soon.

    Love you always and forever- Jill Heidebrink

  6. peggy hill

    Joanie will forever be in my heart.She was my best friend. I drive by the house and I know what I am missing. I think about her everyday. If you ever need me I will be there. I can never stop thinking about the love I got from Joanie. Love, Peggy Hill


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