Life’s blessings to Gayle Gayle Arlene Krause, age 60, of Fargo, ND, was called to Jesus’ waiting arms on Friday, March 26th at her home in Fargo. Gayle was born on June 10th, 1960 in St. Paul, MN to Arlene (Lindquist) and Virgil Scharpen. She was baptized in the Christian faith on June 26th, 1960, at Divinity Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN and reaffirmed her baptismal faith in her confirmation. Romans 8:28 was her passage: ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ Gayle graduated from Menomonie High School in Menomonie, WI in 1978. She went on to attend Dr. Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, MN and graduated in 1982 with a teaching degree. She taught at Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River, WI from 1982 to 1987 as well as at St. John’s in Lake City, MN for two and a half years. She also tutored a Christian family, the Jankowski’s, for two years and taught preschool in Rockford, MN. On June 13th, 1987, she married Andrew H. Krause in Eagle River, WI. God blessed them with four children: Nathaniel of Tulsa, OK; Justin (Lindsey) of Red Wing, MN; Nicole Grobe (Nate) of Fargo, ND; and Corey of Red Wing, MN; two grandchildren: Blake (6 years old) and Brooklyn (3 years old) of Fargo, ND. Gayle has moved around due to Andy being a preacher of the Gospel serving in Crandon and Hiles, WI; Rockford, MN; Goodhue, MN; and West Fargo, ND. Gayle’s heart was that of a mom to her children, reading, sleeping, and taking naps. Being grandma to Blake and Brooklyn was the pinnacle of her life. She was in the mold of being a Pastor’s wife. She played organ at church- no jokes please, and loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gayle read her devotions everyday while putting up with Andy. She is survived by her husband Andy, her children, mother Arlene, two sisters Lynda (Scott) Larson, and Amy (Rick) Sherrard, two grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and tons of Christian friends. She was preceded in death by her father and four grandparents. Jesus says, because I live, you also will live. – John 14:19

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  1. My heart goes out to you Pastor, and family. I’m so, so sorry. God will bring you through. Gayle, dearest friend, I don’t have a better friend. I love you dearly. I’m so happy you are singing with the choir of angels.

    My love to you all,

  2. Nicole and family, our hearts are broken for you. “Jesus I Trust In You” is such a powerful prayer. Know of our continued prayers for Peace, Strength, Comfort and Joy! God’s blessings~

  3. While we know Gayle is in the arms of Jesus, we remain heartbroken that her earthly self is no longer with us. Such a wonderful lady! She was always there for you, like the time she, Pastor Krause and Blake would bring pizza to us when Rob hurt his knee. To Pastor Krause and the rest of the family, may God especially be with you as you mourn her passing.

  4. Pastor and family,
    May you all lean on the Lord in this time if sorry. Be comforted by the assurance of the resurrection! Our condolences to your family.

  5. I rejoice with pastor and family that Gayle is celebrating Easter with our Savoir. I’m saddened that Ill not be able to hear her wonderful laugh, see her beautiful face, and share in her love for our Savoir. I pray for comfort and peace as you go through the coming days and years. Love you all..

  6. Our sincere condolences, Pastor! We consider it a privilege to have known and loved Gayle. She was a fine teacher, and a kind, gentle woman of God. She will be missed by many but she will not miss this earthly life for she is now in heaven with her Savior living a perfect life! You and your family are in our prayers.

  7. Our sympathies go out to you all in Gayle’s passing into her new life in heaven..cherish your fond memories that were made..God bless.. Kelly Amundson parents

  8. Andy, we said a prayer for you and your family this morning at church. We are so sad to here of Gayle’s passing. We are comforted to know that she is safe in the arms of her Lord and Savior. We pray for your comfort and peace as we are sending you our love and so many prayers – deepest sympathy from your forever friends at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Delano, MN – Brenda Stevens and Family and Elaine & Larry Heyer.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear that Gayle passed away. My thoughts are with you Andy, Nate, Justin, Nicole, Corey.

  10. Our most deepest sympathy to you Pastor Andy and family. Sending our prayers and love to you and your family. Gayle will be dearly missed.

  11. Andy,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers over the loss of your beloved Wife and Mother.

  12. Pastor and Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Gayle’s passing. Gayle was such a special person and will be greatly missed. You and your Family are in our prayers.

  13. Pastor and Family, the girls and I send you our sympathies and prayers. We are so blessed that she was part of our lives. We rejoice in her faith and her eternal life but mourn the end of her earthly life.
    Cheryl, Amber and Sarah Muir

  14. My heart goes out to Pastor Krause & his family. May God wrap his arms around all of you & help you find comfort knowing she is with her Lord. I have many great memories of Gayle. Sending prayers & hugs to all of you.
    Stephanie Carpenter (Stumpf)

  15. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family… My she rest in our Savior’s arms through all eternity.

  16. Our sympathies to all of the Krauses and all of their friends and family. May you all take comfort that Gayle now joins her voices with the saints and angels above, sining hymns such as this….

    Crown him the Lord of life,
    who triumphed o’er the grave,
    and rose victorious in the strife
    for those he came to save;
    his glories now we sing
    who died and rose on high,
    who died eternal life to bring,
    and lives that death may die.

    Jonathan Balge – Milwaukee

  17. Andy, our deepest sympathies at Gayle’s passing, and our greatest joys in knowing she is with our Savior. May God grant you strength and comfort until the day or our resurrection and reuniting in our heavenly home.

  18. Andy
    Some of the best times in my life have been with you Andy. From the time we were little grade school kids, through Prep and into NWC I think of the hundreds of pick up pickle games, football, softball, baskerball whatever was the season. All the Brewer and Bucks games we went to. All the the time we spent together growing up. Our lives have been devoted to our families and have gone separate ways but that does not change those moments in time when you were a very intrigal part of my life. My heart is sullen and broken for the loss of the love of your life Gayle, your life partner and mom to your children. It is impossible to fill a void that has been by your side daily some 35 years. Know that I share your sorrow my friend. The comfort that we also share together is our wholehearted, unwavering conviction that Jesus is Lord and there is a place for us to continue our life once our earthly life has come to an end. Love ya Bro.

  19. Andy,
    Sue and I were getting ready to come to the visitation last week when we heard things have been postponed. We continue to hold up your family in prayer here in Brookings and hope you are all doing OK as you recover.

    In the meantime, we rejoice for all that Jesus has given to Gayle in her life and now, most importantly, in her death – eternal life with her Savior! May Christ’s words of peace encourage and comfort you and your family.
    Ken and Sue Brokmeier

  20. I remember the kind hospitality and fine meals shared with me when I stayed with you in September of 2019. My sincere condolences to you Andy. Please feel free to give me a call if you might want someone to talk to. May Jesus be your comfort and peace that transcends all understanding. John 3:16.

  21. I’m so sorry Gayle is not here with us, but we know she is in heaven, and we will see her again. All things really do work together for good to those who love God. God’s promises are sure. Jesus goes to prepare a place for us in heaven, where we will rejoice with Him and be united with our loved ones who have gone before us. I’m praying for you, Pastor, and for your family as you grieve your loss.

  22. Pastor Krause, we are so sorry to learn of your wife’s passing. Please accept our condolences and prayers for you and your family—from your friends at Mahn Family Funeral Home

  23. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family as we are thankful to have had the chance to know Gayle in the years your family spent in Goodhue. May we all find comfort in knowing that someday we will all be together again in the presents of almighty God.

  24. Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Andy, and to your family. Gayle was such a sweet and caring lady and devoted Pastors wife. We have very special memories of Gayle and of your family in the time you shepherded the congregation here at Cross. God bless you in the days ahead.
    Ken & Sharon Koehler

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