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Phyllis Jean Krusenstjerna

June 17, 1925 - June 2, 2021
From: Hartley, IA
Phyllis  Jean Krusenstjerna

Phyllis Jean Krusenstjerna

Born: June 17, 1925
Died: June 2, 2021
Age: 95

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Phyllis Jean Krusenstjerna, the daughter of Rev. James T. and Gertrude L. (Losee) Snyder, was born June 17, 1925, in Lake City, Iowa.  She grew up in the Storm Lake and Alta area and graduated from Alta High School in 1943.  Phyllis attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she was involved in choir and many social and philanthropic groups and inducted in the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She received her teaching certificate in 1945, and met her future husband, Jack Krusenstjerna. 

   Phyllis and Jack were married June 8, 1947, by her father.  In their early years of marriage, they lived in the Sioux City area and then moved to Encino, California, where their first child, Barbara was born.

   After Jack accepted a job with Bankers Life Insurance (now Principal), they returned to the Midwest and moved many times as Jack advanced with the company.  Settling in Sioux City, they were blessed with three more daughters:  Christine, Susan and Mary.  Phyllis and Jack moved to Spencer in 1966, where they resided for 24 years.  Phyllis was active in many church and community organizations, taught at the Clay Central School District, volunteered with the ‘Ladies in Pink’ at the hospital, and SO enjoyed working part-time with her dear friends, the Fonley’s, in their flower shop, while always putting family first.  

   Phyllis and Jack retired to Odebolt in 1990, where she continued to be active in church, P.E.O., community and social groups.  They began wintering in Arizona, and in 2008, moved to Sun City, Arizona.  With Phyllis’s warm, giving heart and smile, she made many wonderful friends. 

   Phyllis and Jack moved to Keelson Harbor Assisted Living in Spirit Lake in 2018 to be closer to family.  After Jack’s death, Phyllis moved to Community Memorial Health in Hartley, Iowa, where she was still a joy and inspiration to others.  She received special recognition as a 75-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood on May 22, and felt very honored.

   Phyllis passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Barbara; and brother, Charles Snyder. 

   Phyllis had a beautiful and kind heart, and was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and friend, lifetime Christian and true child of God.

   Left to cherish her memory are her daughters:  Christine White (David) of Wetumpka, AL, Susan Brennan (Billy) of Spencer, IA, and Mary Monthei of Worthing, MN; grandchildren:  Jean Monthei (Jeff Lucas) of Mankato, MN, Kristen Bryant (Joshua) of Syracuse, NY; Matthew, Amanda and Jackson Durst of Spencer, IA; great-grandchildren:  Jacob Bryant, Eva Kruger and Jack Bryant; and many other relatives and friends.

Private Family Services will be held at Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Shurmaine McAlpine
Music Selections

"In the Garden"
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
By David White

Congregational Hymn
"How Great Thou Art"
Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa

Pastor Kevin Freese


Friday, June 25, 2021 at 7:03 AM
“Dear Chris,
So sorry to hear that your Mom had passed. She was such an awesome Lady.... even when we were noisy at night. May Jesus hold you and comfort you through the coming weeks months and moments. Praying for you all.
- Joan Loring
Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM
“The Womens' Fellowship of Sun City Congregational Church are so grateful to have known and loved Phyllis for so many years. She was a gentle gracious lady. She will be remembered with love, memories and friendship. May God Bless all the family. We are so sorry for your loss. CCSC”
- Ann Zabler
Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“I had not seen Phyllis for years. She taught two of our daughters at Clay Central and we have fond memories of her smile and friendly ways. We send our sympathy to the family and know she will be missed by many.”
- Robert and Berniece Albright
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:35 AM
“I have known Jack and Phyllis for many years as a member of our church, the Congregational Church of Sun City. They were both active in our music ministry and so loved by everyone. Phyllis was a delight an such a blessing to me with her ready smile and loving spirit. My deepest sympathy for your loss to the family. Our loss is heaven's gain. Love and Peace, Joyce”
- Joyce Dudley
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:08 AM
“I am sending my condolences to Phyllis' family. Her husband, Jack, was my mother's (Hazel Stephenson) first cousin.
I was raised in Spirit Lake and attended many family reunions with Phyllis and Jack. Both were so wonderful to know.
May peace and comfort be with you. Martha”
- Martha L, (Stephenson) Heitter
Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:26 PM
“On behalf of myself and the rest of the staff at Community Memorial in Hartley, I want to offer sincere condolences for Phyllis's family and friends. She was a woman with a beautiful heart and love for Christ. I was truly blessed to know Phyllis and enjoy her kindhearted soul. I am sending prayers for those who mourn her passing with grieving hearts. ”
- Christina Mueggenberg
Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8:10 AM
“Mary and family, we send our sincere condolences with heart felt sympathy. 💜 May the Lord continue to give you comfort, peace and blessings. Love you from the Bryant family.”
- Nancy Bryant
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 12:47 PM
“Chris and families,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for loss of your mother. I have fond memories of her and your dad growing up. Such a sweet woman and many happy memories.
She is now with your dad and Barb. Prayers of comfort to you all.
Mari Lu”
- Mari Lu Larson
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 8:15 AM
“I have not seen Phyllis in years, but will always smile when thinking of her. What a gem of a gal, absolutely delightful and such an encourager to others! My sympathy to her loved ones at this tender time. May sweet memories and God's love be a comfort to you, now and in the days to come.”
- Marcia Steffen
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