Patricia "Pat" Elizabeth Krautkremer, 82, passed away on March 12, 2017 at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge in St. Paul. She was the wife of Edward "Ed" Walter Krautkremer; whom she met on the playground when she was 13 and Ed was 15. Married August 18, 1953, they were joined in hand and heart until his death in 2009.
Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ed and her parents Maurice and Bonnie (Betty) O'Sullivan. She is survived by three daughters Susan (Paul) Krautkremer of Amherst, Massachusetts, Lora (Mark) Kraus and Carrie Krautkremer both of Woodbury, Minnesota, seven grandchildren Katie (Gregg), Anna (James), Cassaundra, Rachel, Erik, Alexandra and Gabrielle, three great grandchildren, her siblings John (Karen) O'Sullivan, Kathy O'Sullivan, Mary (Francie) O'Sullivan and Penny (Steve) Koerner and many nieces and nephews.
Pat was born on July 24, 1934 in Mankato, Minnesota where she attended Good Counsel Academy, graduating in 1952. After completing college, Pat shared her love of learning at Rochester Community College through her tutoring of disadvantaged students, her courses on writing and the History of Women, and finally through her dedication to generations of ESL students, through whom the joy she found in all world cultures could be embraced. Over time her contributions were instrumental in the founding of the Women's Studies program at the College, and the blossoming of the Rochester International Festival, which she organized and coordinated at the Mayo Civic Center for a number of years. She pursued her interest in world cultures through travelling to Europe, Central America, and Asia, learning the culinary traditions of the cultures she encountered, and voraciously reading about those destinations she wanted to visit. Closer to home, she enjoyed frequenting pow-wows, where she and her family were honored to join in the dancing, and in renewing old friendships that she had cherished for decades.
Her love of life was coupled with a taste for unconventional risks from joining the boys' hockey team in her youth, to taking flight lessons in mid-life, to parasailing and ziplining as a grandmother.
In her passing, Pat instilled in her daughters and grandchildren her tenacity, her optimism, her curiosity, and her kindness. And left them an important challenge—to try every day to live ahead of their time.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Plummer House in Rochester, Minnesota on July 2, 2017 from 1:00 until 4:00, followed by a private burial in Ireland at a later date.
Pat and Ed were committed to and supported many organizations, all with a focus of helping people. In lieu of flowers, her daughters suggest memorial donations be made to the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, Alzheimer's Association, Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU or Amnesty International.
Published on March 21, 2017