Alvina T. Krebsbach

Alvina Theresa Krebsbach, age 100, longtime Lake Crystal area resident passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2019, Holy Family Catholic Church, Lake Crystal. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Lake Crystal. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate to your favorite charity. Lake Crystal Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Alvina was born April 18, 1918, to Joseph and Catherine (Pfeifer) Kissner in Silver Lake, Minnesota and was raised in the Stewart area. As a teen, she moved to the Twin Cities to work but after her step-mother passed, she moved home to help care for her younger siblings. She married Maurice Krebsbach on June 16, 1941, in Stewart, Minnesota. They farmed there until 1952 when they bought a farm in Cambria Township where they raised six children and her three youngest siblings who joined the family when her father passed away. On the farm, she enjoyed working in her many gardens, canning, baking, crafting and feeding birds. If you were fortunate enough to know her, you were always greeted with a friendly smile and her twinkling blue eyes. If you visited, you would be treated to a slice of her famous pies or other homebaked treats. Stay a little bit and you would be playing cards and enjoying her humor. If you were really lucky, she would send you off with a pie (she had dozens in her freezer) or some homemade jam. Alvina was also famous for her crafting skills. She loved working with beads, ceramics, and the color purple. In addition to all of this, she found time for league bowling, to be an active member of her church, and to work at various part-time jobs. In her later years, she enjoyed collecting angels, watching the Minnesota Twins, and participating in many of the activities at Monarch Meadows.

Alvina is survived by her son, Jim (Diane) Krebsbach of North Mankato; four daughters, Maureen (Glenn) Miller of New Ulm, Judy (Jerry) Freeberg of Mankato, Barb (Jim) Flynn of Owatonna, and Mary (Byron) Jost of Lake Crystal, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, brother, John (Bonnie) Kissner of New Ulm; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Alvina was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice, daughter, Euvonne; grandson, Travis Freeberg; and seventeen brothers and sisters.