Garnet Krebsbach

The Krebsbach and Friesen families are grieved to announce the death of their beloved wife, mother, sister, and aunt.

Garnet Lee Friesen was born on a summer day, June 4, 1958, to Leonard and Betty (Welsh) Friesen in Minot, ND. She was the second of six children; a treasured member of a dynamic and loving  family. In her early years, the family farmed on a piece of land north of Ryder, young Garnie and her older sister Krys attending a one room country school in Rice Lake Township. In 1967, the family moved to Logan – bottom land better suited for growing potatoes and melons. Here she was molded into a capable outdoorsman and given a home that always called her back.

Garnie had a love for horses and was a rodeo queen in her time. She cut calves, ran the barrels, and roped steers. She rode with the strength of a man and the tenderness of a woman. Her jeans were often thinned and holed where they had been worn by the saddle. As an avid adventurer, Garnie spent time in Texas and California with her brothers before eventually settling in Colorado, where she co-managed an outfitting company. She was often in the mountains- leading a string of horses, making camp and cooking for a group of hunters, carrying on resolutely despite any sort of weather at all. More than once, she settled the string of horses as a mountain lion or deer caused them to spook. It was in Colorado and later in Minot, where she raised her beautiful daughter, Lanna.

Garnie moved back to Minot and again settled in Logan. It was her personality to care for anyone in need of a friend. For many years she generously cared for her aunt and uncle, her sisters, and her mother.

Garnie played with her nieces and nephews like she was one of the kids- teaching them to ride horses and fry grasshoppers. One of her nieces commented that she, “just listened to me ramble for hours.” She saw potential where others did not, she made the old new again, she encouraged the endeavors of those she loved.

In the summer of 2017, Garnie married Mark Krebsbach. This union proved to be a most wonderful blessing. Mark and Garnie enjoyed many activities together. They traveled, grew bushels and bushels of potatoes, and pursued their most important activity- sharing Bible truths with others.

On December 9, 1973, Garnie was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Learning about the Bible and becoming friends with her heavenly Father Jehovah gave her the hope and strength to endure life’s many challenges. The promises found in the Bible gave Garnie a beautiful hope for the future. These promises continue to strengthen her family.

Garnet is survived by her husband, Mark Krebsbach; her daughter, Lanna (Charley) Christianson; brothers, Lane (Tiffanie) Friesen and Val (Cristee) Friesen; several nieces and nephews; many dear brothers and sisters in-law; and a wealth of friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2:00pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1100 Hiawatha St, Minot, ND.


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