Stephanie Ann Krehlik, 71, Minot, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in her home.
She was born on March 7, 1941, in Dickinson, a daughter of Steve and Bridget (Kary) Schwindt. She lived in Dickinson and then for a time on the West Coast. Her parents then bought a farm south of Killdeer, where she was raised. She attended Sacred Heart Academy in Minot and graduated from Killdeer High School in 1959. She also attended classes at the Minot Adult Learning Center to learn computer skills.
On Oct. 5, 1959, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Killdeer, she married the love of her life, Victor Krehlik. The couple lived in New England, Fargo and Dickinson before moving to Minot in 1966. They remained in Minot, where they raised their family.
She worked at the Minot Knights of Columbus Club in the evenings, allowing her to be home to raise her children. Once the children were older, she began working at Little Flower School as a cook, as well as working various jobs for the Minot Public Schools, including at the Souris River Campus Alternative School and Sunnyside Elementary School as the lunch lady.
Stephanie was a wonderful cook and her grandchildren couldn't wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy her special basted turkeys and stuffing. She could take whatever was in the refrigerator and make a fantastic meal, which she called the "everything but the kitchen sink dinner." As her family was growing up, money was short so she sewed most of their clothes and taught herself how to knit and crochet. She also made Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. She made each of her grandchildren baby sweaters. She loved to travel and visit grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom held a special place in her heart. She made a special effort to be at all of her grandchildren's birthdays and school events.
The cabin at Strawberry Lake was a favorite place to enjoy fishing, going for rides on the pontoon and paddle boating. She was very proud of the times she caught the biggest fish. Camping was always a favorite pastime. Some of her favorite camping spots were Parshall Bay, Cross Ranch, White Earth Dam and the Downstream Campground. The most memorable part of camping was the bacon, deep fried eggs and pancakes for breakfast, which became an expected tradition for the family.
She was active at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, in the Catholic Daughters and with the St. Monica's Guild. Her faith was very important to her and she said her Rosary was "her special set of Angels." Her faith helped her through her heroic 16-year battle with cancer.
Stephanie's family would like to thank all of you who brought food, said prayers, visited and gave hugs of support. We would also like to recognize the excellent care provided by Trinity Cancer Care Center and Trinity Hospice.
Stephanie is survived by: her husband, Victor; her son, Victor (Sandra) Krehlik Jr., of Riverdale; her daughters, Karen (James) Johnson, of Kenmare, and Cindy Bader, of Minot; grandchildren, Scott and Shela Bader, Curtis, Christopher (Mykala) and Clinton Johnson, and Brandon and Alexis Krehlik; great-grandchildren, Connor Johnson and Baby Bader; her mother, Bridget Kary Schwindt, of Dickinson; her sisters, Koletta (LeRoy) Ficek, of Minot, and Carla (Duff) Donelson, of Dickinson; her brothers, Aloysius (Marilyn) Schwindt, of Fargo, Michael (Sharon) Schwindt, of Bismarck, Francis (Carey) Schwindt, of Bismarck, Steven Schwindt, of Dickinson, and Brian (Kirsten) Schwindt, of Bismarck; a brother-in-law, Gary Moore, of Gladstone; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Steve; brothers, Anthony and Jonathan; and sisters, Mary Schwindt and Bridget Moore.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Sunday at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
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