Lynn Kritzberger

lynn kritzberger

Lynn Kritzberger, 65 of Hillsboro, ND died in his home on Friday, February 24, 2012 after a nine month battle with cancer.

Lynn was born on August 4, 1946 to Leonard and Edna (Hemberger) Kritzberger.  He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1964 and joined the Army National Guard and proudly served his country for seven years.  He married Deb Letnes on March 2, 1968 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Hillsboro, ND.  He farmed with his brother, Francis and retired in 2009.  He and his wife raised 4 children, Jessica, Jennifer, Chad and Cody.

He was an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church where he served as a trustee and also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an active member of the Lynn Spiering Post #4 of the American Legion.  He served as post commander and was an active member of the color guard.  He volunteered countless hours and enjoyed many good times and card games with his buddies.   He was an active and social member of the Hillsboro Fire and Rescue.

Lynn enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He looked forward to his fishing trips with his brothers and was especially fond of pheasant hunting in SD and golfing with his many friends.  The family's annual vacation at Leech Lake, MN also provided many memories and good times.  Lynn was a wonderful husband, father, and friend.  He was adored by his 13 grandchildren and was very proud of each and every one of them.    Lynn's faith was very important to him and he lived that faith every day of his life and passed that legacy onto his children and grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by anyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 44 years, Deb, two daughters, Jessica (Cory) Alfson and their sons Tanner and Logan of Albert Lea, MN;  Jennifer (Doug) Waters and their sons Jacob, Isaac, and Samuel of Hillsboro; and two sons, Chad (Lori) Kritzberger and their daughters Payton, Ryley, Olivia, and Sadie of Hillsboro; and Cody (Jen) Kritzberger and their daughters Noella, Sanna, and Nora and son Archer of Hillsboro; his mother, Edna (Kritzberger) Vettel of Hillsboro; his siblings, Francis (Liz) Kritzberger, Peg (Bill) Nero, Sharon (Duane) Marvick, Bob (Annette) Kritzberger, Rose (Dan) Mayo, Jim (Mary) Kritzberger, Bill (Patti) Kritzberger, Tom (Cindy) Kritzberger, and Ann Delmar; and mother-in-law, Harriett Letnes, many dear in-laws; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Kritzberger, brother, Terry Kritzberger, father-in-law Harold Letnes, brother-in-law Ken Fossum, nephews Mark Fossum and Stephen Kritzberger, and niece (and god-daughter) Amy Kritzberger.

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  1. Forestville CAMy condolences to Lynn’s family. I graduated from HHS with him in 1964 and still remember his sweet smile.

  2. sebeka mni am so sad to read of lynn’s passing. we graduated together from hhs in 1964. he was such a gentleman.
    i lost my husband also, in 2008 after a 9 month battle with cancer. i remember lynn at our 10 year class reunion entertaining my husband about pig farming!
    my sincere sympathy. a good man was lost. know that there are alot of people thinking, praying and caring for you.

    kathy hovet erickson

  3. Scottsdale AZ
    So very sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. I have so many fond memories of 4-H club meetings, Achievement Days, and riding the school bus together. My sincere condolences to you and all of your family.

  4. Prior Lake MN
    Deb and family,
    My thoughts and prayers at this time of the loss of Lynn. I remember him well when we met regarding our Knights of Columbus meetings as a very sincere, kind and gentle man. I know he will be missed greatly by you, his entire family and friends but be assured that his great spirit will continue to be present to you…May he rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

  5. Billngs MTDeb…..I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of Lynn to cancer at such a young age. After going through similar emotions with the loss of Dad failing over many months and then passing, my heart goes out to you. There are some blessings to find in this very difficult situation…the time to say goodbye to so many family and friends, the faith that surrounded him and touched him, the closeness of you and other loved ones till the end….and knowing you will see him again. I’m praying for your healing. Hugs and lots of love…your old classmate.

  6. Glendale ArizonaJim and I were saddened to hear the news of Lynn’s passing through Tom Bryl. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and the family. I’m also thinking of Sharon. May you each be comforted by the Lord through this difficult transition.

  7. Hillsboro ND
    Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to all of Lynn’s family. May the memories stay in your hearts and give you Peace and Hope. Inspiration and Love. He was a good man and those that met and knew him will always remember.

  8. Hillsboro Our sympathies to the Kritzberger family. Cherish the great memories you have of the time you shared with Lynn. May you find peace in the days ahead. He is missed by many.

  9. Albert Lea Minnesota
    To the Krizberger Family:
    I work with Jessica and Cory. Seeing what kind of people they are, Lynn must have been a great man. Sorry for your loss.

  10. Debbie,
    So very sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Still processing this sad news … it seems like just the other day, we were visiting at Terry Beach’s funeral, catching up on so many good years. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Moorhead MN
    I am so sorry to hear about Lynn. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time.

  12. Kirksville MODear Deb: My prayers go out to you and your family. I know Lynn will be missed very much. I remember Lynn from our trips to Grandpa and Grandma Hemberger’s home. He was always a very polite young man. My mother, Mary Schreiner is a sister to his mother, Edna. I remember all the fun we had when we visited Lynn’s mother and father’s home during the summers when I was growing up. Again, you are in my prayers. Ruthann (Schreiner) Chronister

  13. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Lynn was such a good example of how God wants us to live our lives. We are so lucky to have had him in our lives. May God Bless and comfort you all. We will miss him.

  14. Elbow Lake Minnesota
    Sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. My sincere condolensences to the entire family. Our birthdays are the same so we tried to celebrate each year with a little cheer. He will be a friend never forgotten.

  15. Albert LEa MN
    Dear Kritzberger Family,
    Without ever having met Lynn I can tell he was a awesome man because I know his daughter Jess. God comfort you and bless at this time.
    My prayers are with you.
    Erin Finnegan
    Albert Lea, Mn

  16. Albert Lea MN
    As a co-worker of Jess I simply wanted to pass on my condolances to you and your family. Losing a parent to cancer is heart felt. Enjoy your time with your family as you all begin your healing.
    Julie Stoneking

  17. Owatonna MN
    My thoughts and prayers to the Kritzberger family. I hope loving memories carry you through this difficult time.

  18. Kent WADeb,

    I am so sorry to hear about Lynn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of need.

  19. Albert Lea MN
    Dear Kritzberger family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We were lucky enough to meet Lynn on several occasions with Jess and Cory. We know how much he is loved and adored by his grandsons Tanner and Logan. His presence will be missed but his spirit and love will be with all of you always and forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. We wish we were there to offer support for our dear Jess but will be keeping you in our prayers and will help in any way we can when you return to Albert Lea. Take care of each other and cherish the wonderful memories shared with such an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend. May God bless you all.
    With sympathy,
    Ross & Kathie Lein
    Mina, Carol, and Herbie

  20. I am a friend and coworker of Jessica’s. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers throughout Lynn’s illness. Cherish the many wonderful memories you have of him. My deepest sympathies and condolonces.

  21. Hillsboro ND
    Our sympathies go out to all of Lynn’s family. He was indeed one of the good guys! His family meant everything to him and he will be missed by many.

  22. Albert Lea MN
    My condolences to the family. I am a friend of Jessica’s and have heard her stories of her wonderful family and the great memories she had of her dad and her family. I know you are all grieving now. Hang on to those memories. I will keep you in my prayers.

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