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 Pius Krenzel

Pius Krenzel

Harvey, Wells County, North Dakota, USA
Death 18 Jan 2007 (aged 67)
Harvey, Wells County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Harvey, Wells County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 100121431 · View Source
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January 23, 2007 12:00 am • The Bismarck Tribune

HARVEY - Pius Krenzel, 67, Harvey, died Jan. 18, 2007, at the St. Aloisius Medical Center. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today, and from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, all at the Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey. Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hertz Funeral Home.

Pius Jacob Krenzel was born May 2, 1939, in Harvey, to Otto A. and Catherine (Schneider) Krenzel. He was one of nine children born to Otto and Catherine. The family lived near Orrin, where he attended a rural school. Pius graduated from Drake High School in 1959, and went on to work construction projects in northeastern North Dakota. He and his twin brother, Otto, were welders at missile silo work sites. In May 1963, he entered the army and served 18 months in France. He enjoyed the time spent there and was able to tour Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He was honorably discharged in April of 1965, and returned to the Harvey area, where he worked construction. In 1968, he purchased an auto salvage and repair shop on the southeast edge of Harvey. After purchasing the salvage yard in 1968, Pius met and fell in love with Karen Haman, his future bride. They united in marriage Nov. 26, 1971, in Harvey, and just recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. His business included being on call for wrecker service. This is a part of his job he really enjoyed. He also welded for businesses and individuals needing his expertise. Each day that passed Pius was kept busy coming in contact with people and completing various projects giving him a sense of accomplishment. This daily contact with his friends and family was the part of his job that he cherished most. He also worked in the maintenance department at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey for several years, where he established a "family like" bond with his co-workers.

One of Pius' greatest attributes was his interest in visiting and listening to friends, family and customers. He had a great sense of humor and a way of making people smile and feel comfortable around him. He enjoyed old coins, cars and guns. He loved to hunt and taught the next generation respect for wildlife and habitat. He loved the outdoors and always kept himself busy. You could almost always find him tinkering in his garage, working on cars, bikes and lawn mowers or keeping the garden up. He enjoyed his leisure Sunday drives with his family. After fighting prostate cancer in December of 2001, Pius slowed down a little with the arrival of his grandchildren and took on the role of becoming a new grandpa. He took enormous pride in this role and established a strong bond with his grandchildren. He was a loving grandpa, father and husband. Together, Karen and Pius raised five children, all of whom became successful college graduates.

Pius was a member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Eagles Club and VFW, all of Harvey.

After being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005, Pius once again rose to the challenge of fighting this disease. Pius often commented that because of the enduring support of his wife Karen, he was able to continue to fight and enjoy life as it came to him. Pius lost his battle to cancer, but won the love and respect of all that knew him. Pius was surrounded and comforted by his loving family and many friends as he entered into the arms of his God. He will be forever missed and loved by his wife, family and friends.

Pius is survived by his loving wife, Karen; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dana and Kevin Bumann, Sioux Falls, S.D., Sarah and Joe Koch, San Antonio, Texas, and Ashley Krenzel, Bismarck; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Chris, Harvey, Paul and Christina, Columbia, Mo.; four grandchildren, Emma and Joseph Bumann and Alex and Tate Koch; sister, Agnes Krenzel, Orrin; brothers, Joseph, Harvey, Romanus, Norwich, Hugo, Ruthville, Tony, Grand Forks, Leo, Orrin, and Rudolph, Berghiilem, Germany.

Pius was preceded in death by his parents; and twin brother, Otto.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pius Krenzel (2 May 1939–18 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100121431, citing Saint Cecilia Catholic Cemetery, Harvey, Wells County, North Dakota, USA ; Maintained by John Wolfe (contributor 46967693) .