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APRIL 12, 2006
To all of the Family: I am very sorry to let you know that on April 12 2006 Anne Krenzelok Closs passed away at age 90. It was with great sadness that I received this news specially after visiting her in Ladysmith last summer. All of our hearts go out to the Closs family and our thoughts and prayers will be with them all.

Anne Marie Closs, 90, Ladysmith, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at Rusk County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1916, at Duluth, Minn., the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth Krenzelok.

She was a lifelong resident of Ladysmith.

She worked at the hot lunch program at OLS School for 20 years. She also worked at the Ladysmith Bakery since high school, until the Krenzelok family sold the bakery. During that time she was well known for her cake decorating.

She belonged to Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

Survivors include a son, Jim (Lynn) Closs of Ladysmith; two daughters, Beverly (John) Kuenn of Cedarburg, Wis., and Yvonne (Richard) Likar of Green field, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister, Delores (Don) Fuhrer of Ladysmith, and two sisters-in-law, Marie Krenzelok of Ladysmith and Gerry Krenzelok of Walnut Creek, Calif.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David Closs of Ladysmith, and four brothers and three sisters, Paul Krenzelok, Joseph Krenzelok, Robert Krenzelok, Edward Krenzelok, Frances Jakubco, Betty Krenzelok and Lillian Jensrud.

Funeral services were on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Father Jim Bartelme officiating and burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

Nash-Jackan Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements

We would like to thank Lillian's daughter Therese for sending me Anne's obituary.

Russell E. Jensrud Jr., 51, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at his home in Hibbing MN.

He was born in Hibbing to Russell and Lillian (Krenzelok) Jensrud on Feb. 8, 1954, and lived in Coon Rapids for over 25 years before returning to Hibbing two years ago. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1972, and attended Anoka-Ramsey Technical College where he received a degree in Electrical Technology. He had been employed at Honeywell and Damark Co. He also worked as a professional musician for many years. He loved the outdoors, camping, friends and family. His passion was his music and entertaining.

He is survived by three brothers: Paul of Hibbing, Mark in Georgia and Tim in Oregon; four sisters: Therese (Mike) Jordan of Duluth, Barbara (Crubba) Cass of Bovey, Jeanne (Tony Lastovich) Jensrud of Tower and Maria (Brad) Nuthak of Litchfield, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Wendy.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family's deepest heart felt prayers go out to our family the Jensruds. When anyone in the family has a lost it is a lost for all our family. May God give us all the grace and faith we need to bear the cross that we each must carry.

Our love goes out to each and everyone of the Jensruds

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Lillian Jensrud, , HIBBING- Lillian Jensrud died on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Leisure Hills Health Care Center-Hibbing.

She was born in Ladysmith, Wis. to Paul and Elizabeth (Kellner) Krenzelok. She grew up around the family business, Ladysmith Bakery, where she learned to bake wedding cakes, among other things. She graduated from Ladysmith High School and married Russell Jensrud in Ladysmith on April 18, 1953. They made their home in Hibbing, where she made wedding cakes for family and friends for many years. She also sold Avon products from her home for more than 20 years. She was the Polish Cooking demonstrator at Iron World's Ethnic Days for many years and she enjoyed bowling throughout her life, participating in several leagues with her daughters and other friends. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and later Blessed Sacrament Church.

She is survived by four daughters: Therese (Mike) Jordan of Duluth, Barbara (Crubba) Cass of Bovey, Jeanne (Tony Lastovich) Jensrud of Tower, and Maria (Brad) Nuthak of Litchfield; four sons: Russell Jensrud, Jr. of Hibbing, Paul Jensrud of Hibbing, Mark Jensrud of Georgia, and Tim Jensrud of Oregon; two sisters, Delores (Don) Fuhrer and Anne Closs, both of Ladysmith, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandson, Jacob Jensrud; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lillian and husband Russell

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell ?Sudsy? Jensrud Sr. in 2001; by her parents; and by four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral: Services will be conducted on Saturday, June 18, 2005, at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Hibbing. The Rev. Clem Gustin, OSC, will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial.

Pallbearers: Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Jeremy Jordan, Jim Jordan, Nathan Jensrud, Brian Garmaker, Jessie Jensrud, Nick Jensrud, and Christopher Nuthak. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters: Nichole Jensrud, Alexandra Jensrud, Emily Jensrud, Meghan Jensrud and Tiffany Lastovich.

Visitation: Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. in the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing, with parish wake prayers at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday in the funeral home for one hour prior to the Mass.

Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

Funeral arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

Anne's son David Closs has passed away and the family would like to say how sorry we all are at his passing away. It is always hard to lose a family member and they leave a big hole in are life's. Our hearts and prayers go out to Kay, Anne and their families.

We would like to thank Lillian's daughter Therese for sending me David's obituary.

David at Dolores's at a Krenzelok reunion in 1998

David P. Closs, 64, Ladysmith, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, April 30, 2005, at Lakeside Nursing Home in Chippewa Falls, after a courageous five-year battle with Pick's Disease.

David was born Sept. 15, 1940, in Ladysmith, the son of David and Anne (Krenzelok) Closs. On May 30, 1964, he married Kay DePew at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith.

He served his country in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961. David was employed at Kidde-Gym in Ladysmith from 1962 to 1965, from 1965 to 1966 he worked for King Koil in Luck, from 1966 to 1968, he was Plant Foreman for Sifo Toy Company in Minneapolis, Minn., and from 1968 to 1989 he was Plant Manager for Connor Toy Corporation in Wausau. He and Kay then moved back to Ladysmith in 1989 where they purchased and very successfully ran Northern Distributing, an Old Dutch distributor, until he retired in 1999.

New Year's Day 1949 at Grandma Krenzelok's house, Anne's children Beverly, David, Jim and Bonnie.

David was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed spending time with his kids more than anything. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, working around the house, and working on cars. He was an avid reader and could often be found on weekends watching NASCAR.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Closs, Ladysmith; his parents, David L. Closs, Napa, Calif.. and Anne Closs, Ladysmith; his son Alan (Cristi) Closs, Frisco, Texas; his daughter Karen (Dan) Brzezinski, Weston, Wis; two brothers, Jim (Lynn) Closs, Ladysmith, Gerry (Barbara) Closs, Napa, CA; three sisters, Beverly (John) Kuenn, Cedarburg, Wis., Bonnie (Dick) Likar, Greenfield, Wis., and Kathleen Closs, Napa, CA; four grandsons, Jon Brzezinski, Austin Closs, Josh Brzezinski and Garrett Closs; two granddaughters, Danielle and Kyle Brzezinski, as well as several nieces and nephews,

His son, Douglas preceded him in death.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2005, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be at 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday May 6, at Nash-Jackan funeral home, Ladysmith, with a prayer service at 7.00 p.m. There will also be it visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 7 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church until the time of the service.

The family is asking memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or charity of their choice

David holding daughter Karen, wife Kay and son Alan taken on the 4th of July 1969


Dear Dad & Caregivers of David Closs

Hi Dad, as usual I'm late with your birthday card but I'm sure the date of your birthday is no longer an issue. In all truth this letter is intended for those who are reading this to you and caring for you. I scratched my head over what to get you as gifts seem so silly at this point. I wonder does he even know it's his birthday? Does he care? Probably not and that's ok Dad. It's not your fault. This vicious disease has taken you away from us those that know and love you. I don't mean the physical you, but person that you are inside.

I decided the best birthday present to give you was yourself Basically to let the people that care for you really know who you are in there, behind those empty eyes

Do they know how talented you are? That there isn't anything you couldn't build or fix

Do they know that you taught me how to bake banana bread and cut out cookies?

Do they know you could tear an engine apart and put it back together to make it work?

Do they know you could make anything out of wood?

Do they know you could build just about anything and rarely put a figure or a drawing down on a piece of paper?

Do they know you turned an old dilapidated blacksmith shop into the greatest little red schoolhouse a girl could ever have?

Do they know you turned an old slab from a milk house into a mini basketball court?

Do they know you gave jobs to practically every friend your son had?

Do they know you managed a factory with a staff of over 60 people?

Do they know you planted gardens both vegetable and flower?

Do they know you loved NASCAR?

Do they know you got your daughter up for school every morning and sometimes had to bribe her with warm oatmeal on those cold winter mornings?

Do they know you sat at every home basketball game your daughter had even though she stunk for the first eight years? Do they know you would have given your last dime to your kids and sometimes did?

Do they know you taught your daughter about politics and difference between democrats and republicans?

Do they know when you were a little boy you used to pick beans for money during the summer and at the end of the day you would turn over your buckets to your older sisters so that they could get something nice?

Do they know that you took your family camping even though you hated it? Do they know that you hate milk?

Do they know when you read books to your daughter and tucked her in every night when she was little?

Do they know you were an awesome shot?

Do they know that even though you are small you are very, very strong?

Do they know that you know how to sew?

Do they know that you love to watch nature shows?

Do they know you had a beautiful red shiny Pontiac with white interior back in 1969 that you adored?

Do they know you can do bodywork on cars and turned many a wreck into cruisers?

Do they know you love ice cream?

Do they know you like to fish?

Do they know you went to all your kids conferences and then bragged about how smart they were. (Do they know that sometimes you were wrong!!)

Do they know that your kids could call you at any hour of the night and you would come no questions asked and pull us out of the ditch we didn't belong in?

Do they know you got ripped off when the cake you made that looked just like a cub scout took second place at the bake off?

Do they know that your pinewood derby cars often came in first?

Do they know that I have yet to meet anyone who has an unkind word to say about you?

Do they know that you hated having neighbors who worried about their lawns?

Do they know you had a dog-named Candy?

Do they know you lost a son named Douglas?

Do they know how much your daughter loves you?? I hope so.

So to those caregivers out there please try and keep some of these in mind, because to us that love him, he is all the things above and more he just cant show you anymore

As parents there are so many things that we want to give our children When preparing what I would say today I thought of all the many gifts my dad gave me and the one that stood out in my mind was the gift of safety he gave me as a small child.

Whenever he was near me I never felt afraid. I thought he could do anything and would do anything to protect me. He would never let anyone or anything hurt me. He was invincible in my eyes. He would keep me safe.

I would tell myself as long as Dad is here I will be ok. No robbers would break into my house and if they did my dad would protect me because he was tough and strong surely the strongest man in the whole wide world and certainly stronger than any of the other dads I knew. I would be safe

I remember watching Gilligan's Island and thinking, man if I get shipwrecked I sure hope Dad is there. He can do anything, build anything, figure out anything and as an added bonus he could make a banana cream pie much better than Mary Anne as long as he was there with me I would be safe..

The same feeling came over me when watching countless western movies with him. I would think if I had lived in those old days and Dad was there hed know what to do. I would be safe.

Growing up we made countless trips to Ladysmith during all seasons many times in blinding snow and I would sit in the back and think well be OK Dad is driving and he is the best driver, the smartest driver he wont get us in an accident we are all safe.

What a fabulous feeling for a little girl to have whether it was realistic or not, I truly felt completely 100% safe and protected by him.

Well now it's his turn. He is in a place, the ultimate place where he is truly safe. A place where there is no fear, no pain, no Picks disease, just complete safety. He is finally receiving what he gave to me so many years ago.

(Written by Karen C. Brzezinski, daughter of David Paul Closs and read at his funeral on Saturday May 7th by her with love)


Robert Krenzelok June 27 1925 to May 12 2004

This picture was taken in the summer of 2003 at Lake Tahoe California at the time of his illness. One thing that we were really blessed with was our dad had a very special love for his family at this time and every time that we came home it would bring tears to his eyes and he just loved to see us. We were also blessed that he would love to smile and laugh, it came at a very hard time for our family and we are so thankful it became also a very special time for us. We thanked God for giving us that time together. This picture expresses very well the way we saw him.

Robert Krenzelok, 78, is survived by his loving wife Geraldine Krenzelok of 56 years, passed into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on Wed. May 12, 2004, at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California

Robert Krenzelok was born in Ladysmith Wisconsin. He was the 6th child of 9 born to Paul and Elizabeth Kellner Krenzelok. It was in the small midwest town of Ladysmith where he grew up with his true love Geraldine Murphy the sister of his best friend Emmett Murphy. When they were young Geraldine was always remembered as being the pesty sister that would bother her brother Emmett and his friends when they came over to play. Little did Bob know at the time that he would marry her. They corresponded during WW2 and his wife still has these letters. After the war they started dating seriously and their love blossomed into 6 wonderful children, 10 adorning grandchildren, and 2 sweet great-grand children. Survived by daughter Suzanne Battaglia and son-in-law Anthony, daughter Debbie Hart and son-in-law John, son Steve (deceased), son Greg, son Robert and daughter-in-law Dora, and son John and daughter-in-law Lisa.

His years of declining health never affected his inner spirit. He was a loving husband and father and was an exemplary human being who was loved by all who knew him. He never thought much of himself but always of his family which was everything to him. Bob worked hard always for his family and he very seldom spent money on himself and provided so wonderfully for his wife and family. He adored his wife Gerry and at the time of his illness many times I would watch his wife lovingly lie next to him in bed at night and talk of the old days. During WW2 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all the friends, family, health care professionals, and nameless yet comforting people who helped us through this.

The rosary will be heldedŽ

The services will be held at St John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, at 10:30am, Saturday May 15th. Reception following service.

Bob is buried at the Oakmont Cemetery in Pleasant Hill California at a beautiful spot overlooking the valley below and is a wonderful place to relax and reflect on what he meant to us, his family. Buried next to him is his son Steven and mother in law Esther Kulibert Murphy.

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