Virginia Kranzler, 94, died on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Prairie Community Nursing home in Terry following a stroke.
Lois Virginia Kranzler was born June 4, 1919, in White Sulphur Springs to John and Lois Aaboe. She was later joined by two brothers, Jack and Don. The family lived in Havre, Helena and Bozeman where she graduated in 1937 from Mt. Ellis Academy.
In the living room of her parent’s home, she married the love of her life, Richard Kranzler, on May 28, 1939. They moved to Marsh in eastern Montana, and later, they established the family farm at Mildred.
Their son, Delwin, was born in 1940 and daughter, Lois Ann, was born in 1951.
Mrs. Kranzler was very active in her community. She was involved with Eastern Star and the Homemakers Club for many years. She had many hobbies, including making crafts, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking and entertaining.
She was also an expert photo colorist, tinting beautiful photographs by hand long before “Photo Shop” was ever invented. Her daughter, Lois, inherited her artistry and continues it today in her own artwork.
After the death of her beloved husband in 1994, Mrs. Kranzler moved to Terry where she lived in her home until 2012. She then resided at the Prairie Community nursing care facility until her death early Thanksgiving morning.
She is survived by her son, Delwin Kranzler, and his wife, Joy, of Brady; by her daughter, Lois Bloom, husband, Bill, and their son, Mitch of Ventura, Calif.; her grandchildren, Kathy Holte and her husband Tim at their farm near Outlook and Sherrie Massey and her children, Robert and Kayla of Alvin,Texas; and her great- and great-great-grandchildren who include Heather Hoenschell (Nick) and their daughter, Mallorie of Missouri City, Texas, Cody Nelson of Plentywood and Nicoel Massey of Poteau, Okla.
Mrs. Kranzler also is survived by Alice Kranzler of Plentywood, who was very dear to her. The family has been especially thankful and so grateful to Tim and Diane Ehman, Mrs. Kranzler’s nephew and wife, who helped care for and support her in so many ways in her later years. The staff at Prairie Community nursing care facility in Terry also gave Mrs. Kranzler excellent care in the last one and a half years of her life.
Mrs. Kranzler’s husband, Richard, chose a beautiful place on the beloved family farm at Mildred, high on a hill, where he would go at times to reflect and contemplate and finally, rest in peace. Mrs. Kranzler will now rest there with him. In her own words, “Together in Life, and, in Death.”
A graveside service will be Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the family farm at Mildred. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the Kranzler farm at Mildred at service time. Following the service, a gathering of family and friends will be held at Mrs. Kranzler’s home in Terry beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Terry has been entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Prairie Community Hospital nursing home in Terry.