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Kristi Ann Kraling

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

On June 21, 2012, Kristi Ann Kraling found her peace, together with her family and friends , at Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Kristi Ann Kraling was born October 5, 1956, to Elaine (Jacobson) and Allan “Buddy” Kraling in Preston, Minn. She was raised on the family farm in Big Springs, near Harmony, Minn.

After graduating from Harmony High School in 1975, Kris attended Rochester School of Cosmetology and worked as a beautician in Rochester, and then owned and operated the Family Hair Center in Preston. Many still remember their own or their children’s first haircut there. She sold the business in 2002.

Kris and Gary Kneeskern began their partnership in life on March 5, 1999, and together they enjoyed a great adventure, riding horse and motorcycle and dog sledding, spending time with family and friends, caring for their many animals and the farm. For 10 years they faced the challenges together of surgeries and treatments for her cancer.

Kristi is survived by Gary Kneeskern; her special daughter, Trista (Adam) Rowland; grandchildren, McKenzie and Carson; siblings, Cindy Mensink, Preston, Brad Kraling, Harmony, Brent Kraling, Harmony and Stephanie Kraling, Rochester; nephews, Corey (Shari) Mensink, Owatonna and Chris (Carrie) Mensink, Preston; great-nieces and nephews, Payton, Zac, Brock, Macy and Jake, Lauren and Annika; and her special horse Sonny.

Kris continues to give of herself, donating her body to the Mayo Clinic so that others can learn from her.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 30, 2012, at St. Paul’s (Big Spring) Lutheran Church near Harmony, MN.

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