Services celebrating the life of Kathleen “Kath” Krebsbach, of St. Cloud, will be 5:00 PM Friday, April 16, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Friends may gather after 3:00 PM Friday at the church. A gathering will follow the service at the Holy Spirit gathering space. Kath was surrounded by her family when she died on Saturday, April 10th, at her home.Kath was born in St. Louis, MO to Dr. Edward, MD and Maureen (Gallagher) O’Connell. Her family moved to California and then to Rochester, MN when Kath was in grade school. She married Mark Krebsbach on May 1, 1982 in Rochester. Kath is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph and was a kindergarten teacher at the St. Elizabeth-Ann Seton elementary school until March of 2009. Kath was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.Kath is survived by her husband, Mark Krebsbach, St. Cloud; her three sons, John, Brett, and Patrick. She is also survived by her parents, Dr. Edward and Maureen O’Connell, Rochester; and her sisters and brother; Maureen (Jim) Lehman, Plymouth; Sheila (Peter) Roth, Coto De Caza, CA; and Edward O’Connell, Eagan.Kath is preceded in death by her sister, Colleen O’Connell.The family has established a memorial fund on behalf of Mrs. K’s school. They have requested memorials to the Mrs. K’s St. Elizabeth-Ann Seton Education fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Schedule and Information
Friends may gather after 3:00 PM Friday at the church. A gathering will follow the service at the Holy Sprit gathering space.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, St. Cloud, MN
The family has established a memorial fund on behalf of Mrs. Ks school. They have requested memorials to the Mrs. Ks St. Elizabeth-Ann Seton Education fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
We already miss your bright brown sparkling eyes and your big smile. Our hearts are broken and the world seems dimmer without you. Our love to Mark and the boys.
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved seeing her at the Blue Sox games and loved the unique way she would always present herself. She had a great spirit and will be missed greatly by all. Best wishes to you Mark and to the boys. May you find peace and remeber all the good times you had together. No one can take away the memories….
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Mark and boys, I know that there are no words that can take the pain away, but by taking all those GREAT memories you have of her and sharing them everyday with family and friends, each passing day life will get a little easier. God Bless all of you……
Mark, John, Brett, Patrick, there are no words to ease the pain of losing someone so special in your lives. Your wife,mom, gave many things from her classroom to my daughter Mallory, who is using them in her elementary classroom in Phoenix. Her love of teaching and children will be carried on forever. God Bless all of you. Cindy Lundeen
Greg and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I really feel fortunate that I was able to visit with Kathy these past few months at the Coborn Cancer Center when I volunteered. We had some really special talks and I will always cherish those times. Also, I will never forget the great times we had golfing together! She was a classy lady and will be missed by many!!
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed getting to know Kathy and the boys from their visits at Mo and Jim’s. Having lost my husband in October, I understand the void this will be and I pray for you all to be able to eventually find peace and acceptance …it is not easy, but with God all things are possible.
With Deepest Sympathies from all of us here at DeLux. I knew the minute I met your mom that she was good, so sweet and proud of her husband and her boys…she loved to tell me what you were up to and spoke of you everytime I saw her. I’ve missed seeing her and I pray that she rests now with no pain, no suffering and that your family will heal and eventually think only of how good, sweet and proud she was of her family.
Our deepest sympathies. What a special, special person Kathy was. The way she loved, taught and nurtured our children was something to marvel. Her warm, smiling face and her great attitude will be greatly missed. We were “Lucky Ducks” to have her in our lives.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott, Cassie, Brad, Tommy and Jenna Amundson
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers with the loss of Kathy. Please know that her special presence will be missed by many.
Mark, all of our thoughts are with you.
You and Kath went on a long journey together, please know that you have many friends that are here for you.
John, Bret and Patrick,
Many years from now you will look back and feel the blessing that you had someone watching over you every step of your life.
Dear John and family,
I am sorry for this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mark, John,Brett, Patrick
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Joe and Bill had Kathy as a teacher at St. Anthony’s many years ago. Kathy was such a vibrant and alive teacher, mother and wife. She always smiled when asked about her family. Always and ever proud of all of you. As your lives go on, she will be with you in spirit to share all your joys. But we know you will miss her hugs and kisses. Keep her presence in your hearts. With deepest sympathy.
Mark, John Brett and Patrick,
Kathy was a valiant woman. You were fortunate to have her in your lives. All of our family will cherish the many wonderful times we spent together, at the cabin, at dinner, at soccer games, etc. She was a great teacher, mother and wife. And I will always cherish the “choice” words she saved for me. Our entire family’s thoughts and prayers are with you now.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Kathy will be with you every day throughout your lives…she lives in your hearts now and her unseen hand will guide you to a place of comfort as you go on.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Mark, John, Brett,Patrick
You guys times like this are so hard and know that you guys are in my prayers and thoughts. I remember the first time I meet Kath, she was teaching at St. Anthony’s and I was the youth minister. She always had time to sit and listen and give words of wisdom. Than our Nic was in Brett’s class and myself and your family crossed paths again. Than Sam was on Voyagers with John. I got to know Patrick through all this and just like his mother always said hi and gave a smile. Mark, if you ever need to just talk I am here for you. Your family will be in my prayers and thoughts and know that Jesus has promised that if we believe in him, we will be in heaven with him forever.
Yours in the Risen Lord
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Her passion for teaching was her greatest gift to all of her students. She will be missed!
John, Kathleen, Charlie and Louie
Mark, John, Brett & Patrick –
Words cannot express the deepest sympathies we send to you. Kathy was the heart of your family, and we know she will be greatly missed. We pray that you will carry her love throughout your life, but especially during this very difficult time. Know that our love and prayers are with you all, even though we are unable to be there for you.
Mark, John, Brett & Patrick,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I will always remember a comment Kathy made to me at a baseball tournament a few years back on Mother’s Day weekend. I asked her about their plans for Mother’s Day and her comment was “Everyday is Mother’s Day for me because my boys treat me like a queen”. Just know that your mom was so very proud of each of you and it was obvious in every conversation we had with her. You will miss her dearly but know she is watching over you now and forever!
Mark, with deepest sypathies, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you healing and peace during this difficult time. Kath will always be with you in spirit and memories.
Chris Johnson – LAF
Words are inadequate to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Bob and Diane
Mark, John, Brett, and Patrick~
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark~ The CSB/SJU Friday nights in the apartment and then heading to the the La and Middy ….they are as vivid as they were in ‘79-81!
John, Brett, and Patrick~ You are great young men. Your mom continues to be sooo very very proud of you. John, travel soccer with the Galaxy clan…what a great time Kath and I had following our boys to the games. Your mom was always on the tail of
the car in front of us and then she would wave her hand to the car signaling the person to get over in the slow lane. We laughed at all the reactions we got
You will feel your mom’s presence as you journey through life. Difficult as it seems at this time, the Good Lord and your mom will watch over you until you meet again.
God Bless all of you.
Deb and Jim Schleper
Mo, we were so very, very sorry to hear about your sister. From everything you’ve shared over the years, she was unbelievably brave and courageous. And her strength to fight was amazing. I’m sure she fought until she couldn’t do so any longer. Bless you Mo, for giving of yourself so completely. Our love to you.
Linda and Tim
Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel with the passing of Kathy. However, when thinking back to those College years, I must say, it was an honor for me to have been able to be one of Kathy’s roommates and to have shared so many wonderful and precious moments. Those moments will live on forever in my mind.I wish you and the boys strength during these difficult days. May Kathy rest sweetly in the Arms of Our Lord.
We are so very so sorry to hear about your loss, Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dear Mark, John, Marie, Jan and All:
I’m stunned by the news and want you to know we’re thinking of you…
May you find comfort and healing in knowing there is another angel forever watching over you. My heart goes out to your entire family.
Jaden was in Mrs. K’s class and absolutely LOVED her like we all did. She had such a love for all the kids in her class. She will be deeply missed! Heaven received a true angel.
Praying for you all during this difficult time.
Tina, Tom, Josh and Jaden
Mark & Sons,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your life. May the wonderful memories you all have of Kath give you strength and comfort. She was a very special lady.
Rose Ann Faber
The world has lost a precious, generous and kind soul. It always seemed that I was working in the ER when Kathy was brought in. She always amazed me in that no matter what difficulty she was having she always took the time to compliment me. I remember the first time I met her how she touched my heart. She kept saying she was scared. I held her hand and reassured her that we would help her to be more comfortable and that she had the most supportive family possible next to her. With a tear in her eye she said you are right. She rubbed my arm and said thank you. What a strong woman. I can only hope when the time comes that I can be half the person she was. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Mark and Boys,
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you but words just can’t express the pain we feel.
An angel will forever be watching over you.
I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Kathleen but heard many wonderful stories from John. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
I can remember you two love birds back at SJU like it was yesterday. Second Boniface was brighter for your smiles and laughter. You each have chosen well. Kathy’s gift to the world is a wonderful family. She will be remembered fondly. Hope to get together with you and Rich the next time I am in St. Cloud.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Krebsbach family.
Dear Mark and boys,
We are so sorry for your loss. kath was an amazing woman. She was so courageous and brave. She is an inspiration to all of us. We hope your good memories will get you through this tough time.
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your wife. Though I never met Kath I’m sure she was a neat lady and that she will be missed very much. May the Lord grant you the strength and encouragement to get through this difficult time.
Dear Mark –
I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Kath, but she looks like she was a wonderful person. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
I knew your mom/wife many years ago as I student taught with her at St. Anthony’s. What a special woman and I learned so much from her. I can only imagine your sadness today, however, please know that she will be with you always in your heart and guiding you through each day.
My sincere sympathy,
Laurie Sommerfeld Keene
CSB, Class of 1991
I was heartbroken when I heard the news of the passing of your wife. My husband and I know, all too well, the pain that such a loss brings. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. May God bless you and bring you peace.
We were saddened to learn of Kathy’s passing and want you to know that we are praying for you, the boys, and your extended family. She now rests in the arms our Lord and shall have eternal peace…
Brian & Sue
I feel the pain of the family–my heart goes out to Mark and his 3 sons. My “peace be with you” in time to come.
Dear Mark and boys,
Mrs. K was remarkable. She once told me that it was her job to make sure the children believed in themselves and had a good self esteem. She was an inspiration to my daughter, Taylor and to me. She will be greatly missed. Many of Taylor’s most prized possessions are from Mrs. K, and I am sure she will always treasure them. GOD BLESS MRS. K
Wendy, Dan, Megan, Taylor, and Sara Maiers
I was so sad to read about Kathy I am so sorry. I have great memories of Kathy from growing up. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless Kathy and God bless all of you.
Mark and boys, We have so many memories of Kath. She was the first teacher Drew and Sara had. It was because of her we knew we made the right decision to send them to St. Anthony’s. The friendship that ensued when our boys became friends. The soccer memories, her red phone, her red boots, her enthusiasm, laugh, creativity, and loyalty. Her counsel when we lost a brother to cancer meant so much to us.
Mark, John, Brett, and Patrick, we could feel her fierce love of all of you.
We feel blessed to have known Kath. We are so sorry for your loss. Ken, Beth, Becky, Sara and Drew
The memories of Kath will never be forgotten… from her contagious laughter to the way she would light up a room, she was one amazing fighter. Never did she show a frown, it was always just smiles and strength for Kath. There is no doubt that she has passed this strength along to you boys. Seeing the way your family has pushed through these tough times never seized to amaze me. Keep on pushing forward and fighting just how you know Kath would. My deepest sympathy for you boys, she is no easy loss. Rest in peace Kath…
Mark and Family-
We are so very sorry for your loss…Kathy’s bright and shiny face will be missed…Nate said she was a “cool lady”…She will live forever in your heart-
Neal, Nathan & Lori Hoefflin
Dear Krebsbach Family,
I am an old, long-lost friend of Colleen’s. I love her and miss her and always will.
Please accept my sympathies on Kath’s passing. The O’Connell women have a dynamism and charisma that is special, rare, and impossible to replace.
There are no words that can take the pain of losing someone so special in your life. I wish you and your boys strength during these difficult days. You have her memories that will be with you and know that God is there to comfort you. God Bless.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Kathy was a great high school friend and I know she will be missed.
Mark, John, Brett & Patrick,
I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy was such an incredible woman, but I will remember her most for her love of her boys. That enthusiasm and spirit could escape no one. She always had a smile on her face and it was so apparent how much she loved her boys. I will never forget seeing her out at the golf course with that great laugh and contagious smile. Whether it was organizing t-shirt orders or just watching you come in from a tournament. She was just so proud. I know she put up an incredible fight and her strength is something that all of us can admire. You will all have an incredible cheerleader up in heaven!
Mo and Jim. Not sure what to say. I wish there was something I could do to help. I know this is devistating and you will miss her. Just always keep close your special bond and the wonderful person she was…..
We are still in FL otherwise we would be there. Much love to all of you. Laurie
Mark, John, Brett, and Patrick,
Kathy was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all. Her love for her family should be looked upon as a reminder of the truly important things in life. If only we all could remember this important lesson. Kathy’s natural maternal love spread between family, friends, and to her students. We can all be thankful to have been touched by her kindness, love, humor, and strength.
The memories our families have shared together since I was a little girl will always stay close to my heart. My deepest sympathies for your family.
My deepest sympathies. May she rest in peace.
Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy”
Sympathy is your pain in our hearts. We will look for Kathy’s unique star in the night sky. Peace and healing to you.
Mark & Family;
With sincere sadness our prayers are with you. We wish you and yours love and faith in these trying times.
Mark and boys,
Please know we are thinking of you and wishing you the comfort of loving and awesome memories of your Sweetheart and Mom.
Remember to reach out to your friends who care so much about you and to look up as she will be looking down.
Hello John and family,
Our prayers are with all of you now, and in the time ahead. We also look forward to seeing you soon John.
love, the Melins
This life can be tough……..losing a love hurts big time! Treasure the memories–remember the good times–have a good cry, smile and accept the love and sympathy of friends who care. Sending you sincere sympathy, love and many prayers.
Dear Mark, Life can be tough….losing a love hurts big time. Treasure the memories, remember the good times, have a good cry, smile and accept the love and sympathy of friends. Sending you sympathy, love and many prayers. Bonnie