Geraldine Krmpotich Craven
August 23, 1935 – March 15, 2020
Geraldine (Geri) Lois Willows Krmpotich Craven passed peacefully in her sleep at home in Lone Tree, CO on Sunday, March 15, at the age of 84. Geri was the 13th, and youngest child, of Anna Hjelt. Her father was Nestor Willows. Geri is survived by her four children; Lee (Connie) Krmpotich of Delafield, WI; Larry (Mary) Krmpotich of Mankato, MN; Susan (Tom) Schwein of Highlands Ranch, CO; and Sally (Bobby) Potter of Burleson, TX; her twenty grandchildren: Laurie, Kate, Kristi, Luke, Tara, Tyler, Paige, Jacob, Kendra, Brandon, Kirby, Brett, Joseph, Payton, Karla, Kit, Elisabeth, Matthew, Mary & David, and twenty-one great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Marvin (Lois) Willows of Porter, TX; and many nieces and nephews. Geri was born on August 23, 1935 in Kettle River, MN (the youngest of 13 children) and raised in Duluth, MN. After graduating from Duluth Central High School, she moved to Minneapolis, MN. She married Edward Joseph Krmpotich on April 7, 1956 and they moved to Minnetonka, MN to raise their family. Ed preceded her in death in May, 1996. She moved to Castle Rock, CO in 1998. Geri married Gary Lavelle Craven on May 17, 2014, and they moved into MorningStar Retirement Home in 2017. Gary preceded her in death in August, 2018. Geri stayed very active and participated in many activities including swimming, playing cards, cheering for the Vikings, Packers, and Broncos, dancing, watching Jeopardy, and leading Wednesday’s Rosary at MorningStar. She loved traveling, having a good party, and hosting dinners. She enjoyed watching her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and spending time with her family at Kamp Krmpotich, the family’s annual reunion. Most of all, she enjoyed being a sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved her Finnish heritage (SISU!), took an active role in her Church and cherished her Catholic faith. Geri loved great conversation and valued every friendship. She was respected for the wisdom she offered and the care she gave. She chose to live a happy life and shared her positive energy with others. Geri led by example and she will be missed. There will be a Catholic Mass (date to be determined). Burial will be at Fort Snelling Military Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN on July 10, 2020. The family has asked that any donations go towards the “Bench Memorial Fund for Geraldine Craven” at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Castle Rock, CO. You can make donations online by going to https://www.stfranciscr.org/donate-now, clicking on the Donate Now button, then Click to Donate, and scroll down to Geri’s memorial fund.
- St. Francis Catholic Church
- A Mass in her honor will be held at a later date.
Geraldine Krmpotich Craven
April 2, 2020
My husband Tom and I first met Geri when we moved to Castle Rock, CO, in 2004. Tom was starting his job as Athletic Director at Colorado School of Mines. Geri came up to us at St Francis Catholic Church and she became an instant friend and confidant. Geri always asked about our family and our jobs. She even talked me into taking over the Gathering (senior ministry) at St. Francis although I'd barely unpacked any boxes. It was such a blessing to meet so many incredible people and to feel like we belonged. Geri and I had so many things in common coming from large families and sharing "catholic" teachings and ideas. Tom and I were able to share the athletic endeavors of some of her grandchildren and celebrated a grandson's wedding. It feels like your family is my family and I will miss all of my innumerable and heart lifting conversations over the years. I am confident she is a Saint in Heaven right now...meeting my own Mother who just recently passed. What incredible women of God to ask in prayer for intercessions to the Father. We share in your grief and in your celebration of a life so purposefully well lived. God bless each of you as you find those precious memories to fill the empty places in your hearts. Love to all of you! Kathy and Tom
Tom and Terri Gradine
March 30, 2020
Aunt Geri was one of the most beautiful, thoughtful, caring and down to earth person that we have known! Her wonderful and true wisdom that she shared was taken in with high regard along with her strong Christian faith.
She raised a beautiful family and was blessed with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The picture I’m sharing was taken after we were baptized in the Jordan River in Israel. June Robertson, Geri’s sister, in on the right of her. I’m next to Geri, and Colleen Robertson is on my left. I have so many wonderful memories of that amazing trip. We shared a lot during that time and had many good laughs.
We will certainly miss talking you!
Sending Love to the family,
Tom (Geri’s favorite “boyfriend” as she always called him) and Terri Gradine
March 27, 2020
Geri and Gary enjoyed many gatherings at our home especially to pray the rosary. Below is a photo of the most recent one in September of 2019. She was very devout and devoted to her faith. We miss her.
With Love and Prayers,
Joan and Bill Cote'
Donna and Dick Lundborg
March 27, 2020
Though we knew this beautiful lady for a very short time, that memory lives on. She had an infectious personality, beautiful smile and genuine interest in getting to know us. As she was grandmother to Tyler, we are grandparents to Rachel, his wife. We had that joy and privilege in common. We are so happy that she entered the gates of heaven peacefully and without the risk of getting the present coronavirus. God knew and graciously removed her from that risk. God bless you all!
March 22, 2020
I'm missing you already, but heaven is rejoicing! Your life was well lived with family, friends, love and play. We walked, talked, played, dined, prayed and laughed together. The'Gathering' will fondly remember you!
Your Fall visit to La Veta, kindness of Susan and Nancy, meeting my friends, touring the Spanish Peaks, lakes and forests will be a lasting memory of enjoying life with a good and faithful friend. I am so glad you had those years with Gary!
Much Love on your journey to Peace with Our Lord!
March 20, 2020
We were saddened to hear the news of our very dear friend, Geri, on her passing. We want to let the family know of our sympathies and love and to know when there might be a memorial/service in her name. With the situation currently with everything closed and no Masses to be said, we have been holding her in our prayers.
With our thoughts and prayers, Jo and Dick Creasey