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Mary Krier

Nov. 13, 1927-Sept. 19, 2007

Former Becker County resident Mary C. Krier, 79, of Anchorage, Alaska, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at Mary Conrad Nursing Center in Anchorage, from complications following strokes.

Mary Clara Jager was born to John and Mary (Nierman) Jager on Nov. 13, 1927 in Sauk Centre, Minn. The family then moved to Rochert, where Mary was a student and gymnast at Frazee High School. She worked with her father, logging pulpwood on their timberland. She graduated from Detroit Lakes Business College and was employed as a private secretary at the Edgewater Beach Resort Hotel.

Mary and John A. Krier were married on June 3, 1949 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. In 1953 they moved to the Krier farm at Callaway. Mary is the mother of 12 children; six daughters and six sons. While raising them she was active as treasurer of the Callaway School PTA and served on the Ladies Guild of the Catholic Church of the Assumption. She maintained the extensive award winning floral and vegetable gardens at the Krier farm, which has been in the family name since 1912.

Mary was also known, by her children and their friends, for her delicious cooking and baking. Many summer days were spent at their cottage on Pelican Lake. Her children loved it so much because Mom made it such a special place.

The family moved to Alaska in 1982, where Mary and John's sons were employed on oil platforms and in the oil business. After their children were raised, Mary volunteered in infant care work at a leading childcare center for several years.

She was an expert duck and deer hunter in Minnesota, and an expert in stream fishing and camping in Alaska. She and her husband traveled extensively in Old Mexico and the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Surviving Mary are her husband of over 58 years, John A. Krier of Alaska; daughters Mary Kihl of Arizona, Suzi (Greg) Nelson of Minnesota, Betty (Jerry) Hultstrand of Illinois, Kathy (Jeff) SeGraves of Nevada, Sophia Gill of Arizona and Jennifer Krier of Arizona; sons, John Krier of Alaska, Tom (Judy) Krier, also of Alaska, Nick Krier of Minnesota, Rob Krier, Dan Krier and Fred (Cheryl) Krier, all of Alaska; 19 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Mickey Hannem, Bell (Arden) Anderson, Virginia Morse and Trudy (Ron) Chapman, all in Minnesota; brothers, John Jager of California, David (Joanne) Jager of Minnesota and Charles (George Jeen) Jager, also of Minnesota.

Preceding Mary in death were her daughter, Josephine; her parents, John and Mary Jager; sisters, Helen, Katherine and Patricia; and brothers, Richard, Norbert and Albert.

A family viewing with rosary and prayer service was held at the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory in Anchorage on Friday, Sept. 21, with cremation following. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, with the Rev. Don Bramble officiating.

Minnesota funeral services are at the Church of the Assumption in Callaway on Tuesday, Oct. 2. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m., rosary at 10 a.m., funeral mass at 10:30 a.m., and interment following at St Mary's Cemetery, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Lunch will be served at the church following services.

The David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting Anchorage Funeral Home with the local arrangements.