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Elizabeth Krienke, 81, of Hutchinson

Elizabeth Joyce Krienke, 81, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at CentraCare Health Hospital in Long Prairie.
Memorial services were held Friday, Dec. 18, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating. Jane Holasek was the organist. Congregational hymns were “O Holy Night,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Jesus, Lead On” and “In the Garden.”
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Elizabeth Joyce Krienke was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Woodland Township, Wright County, the daughter of William and Bessie (Sanford) Casey. She was baptized as an infant. She received her education in Howard Lake, and was a graduate of the Howard Lake High School class of 1955.
On Aug. 24, 1956, she was united in marriage to Herbert Krienke at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Daniel, Donald, Brenda and Bonnie. The couple resided in Lester Prairie, and later moved to Hutchinson. They shared 55 years of marriage before Mr. Krienke’s death on Aug. 10, 2012. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Krienke moved to Glencoe, and later to Browerville.
Mrs. Krienke was a loving wife, mother and a true homemaker. She worked for a sewing company based in Winsted, and a typing job at Young America Corporation; she worked both jobs from home. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. She loved the church and was a woman of great faith.
Mrs. Krienke enjoyed shopping with the girls, cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, canning, picnics, bird watching, and talking to everyone with bottomless cups of coffee and creamer. She also enjoyed watching television, especially the Food Channel, listening to polka music, and attending church and Bible class. She cherished the time spent with her family, children and grandchildren.
She loved her family and would do anything for them. She was always there for them whether it was to just listen or getting in there to lend hand (as long as there were breaks because everyone had to rest their legs).
She is survived by her sons, Daniel Krienke of Hutchinson and Donald (Lori) Krienke of Browerville; daughters, Brenda (Joel) Tucholke of Lester Prairie and Bonnie (Loren) Johnson of Plato; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas Casey of Cass Lake; brother-in-law, Arnold Seefeldt of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law, Gladys Casey of Annandale and JoAnn Casey of Montrose; many other nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bessie Casey; husband, Herbert Krienke; granddaughter, Jessica Johnson; brothers, Patrick Casey, Michael Casey and Joseph Casey; sisters, Mary Klugow and her husband Eldon “Don” and Margaret Seefeldt; and sister-in-law, Hazel Casey.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.