Funeral service for Curtis R. Kroening will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Evangel United Methodist Church, 2645 N. Broadway Rochester, MN with Pastor Jeff Utecht officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood East Cemetery. Visitation 4-7pm on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church. Curt passed away Wednesday afternoon February 23, 2011 at his home. He was receiving hospice care through Mayo Hospice that was preceded by a year of cancer treatments at Mayo Clinic. Curtis Richard Kroening was born June 8, 1937 to Hilbert and Nela (Penz) Kroening in Rochester, MN. He graduated in 1955 from Rochester High School and served in the Minnesota National Guard for five years. On October 23, 1959, he married Myrna Manthei at Danube, MN. They lived in Haverhill Township where Curt was a hog, dairy, beef and crop farmer all of his life. Curt was active in the Evangel United Methodist Church and Haverhill Township rural community.Curt is survived by his wife of 51 years, Myrna Kroening of rural Rochester; Three daughters, Polly Tabbert of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Penny Kroening of West Allis, WI and Kimberly (Darin) Glodowski of Arcadia, WI. Two sons, Thomas (Brenda) Kroening and Jonathan (Jill) Kroening of rural Rochester. Six grandchildren, Daniel, Jacob & Rebecca Tabbert of Inver Grove Heights MN, Hunter & Jackie Kroening and Jadah Kroening of rural Rochester, and one brother Loren (Audrey) Kroening of Rochester. Curt was preceded in death by his parents; brother Duane, and son-in-law Kim Tabbert.
"To Myrna and family: I want to wish you and your family God's Peace at this time. I grew up with Curt as my next door neighbor..he always had a smile and greeting, whether we saw each other somewhere, or while in passing while working out in the fields. You have many good times and memories to reflect on, as you go forward now, until the time when you all will be reunited in Heaven. Blessings to you all.Bill Oldenburgll00 Havana RoadOwatonna, MN 55060"
"Kim & family, Sorry for the loss of your dad. There is nothing that I can say that will ease your pain, but I just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you. Always hold the memories close to your heart. Prayers and sympathy."
"Dear Polly and the rest of your family. So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Cindy"
"Dear Myrna and Family,We were so sorry to learn of Curt's death. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss. Take care,Darrell & Barg"