ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Christopher Lee Krenz, 58, passed away Oct. 20, 2016 in Albuquerque, N.M., as a result of heart failure brought on by an enlarged heart combined with sepsis.
A memorial service will take place on July 23 at a private location. A final resting place will be with his beloved grandparents and fishing buddies, Bert and Phoebe (Ray) Thompson, at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Utica.
Chris was born Dec. 20, 1958 in LaSalle to Melva “Jean” (Thompson) Krenz of Geneseo and Russell Lee Krenz of Mendota, the fourth of six children and the first boy.
Survivors include three sisters, Kathy and Kelly of Texas and Melissa of Florida; numerous cousins in Wisconsin, Illinois and the Mendota area; nieces and nephews; great-nephews and great-nieces; and one aunt, Shirley Dowd of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Karen; and one brother, Billy.
Chris graduated from Sandwich High School in 1977, was a fine wrestler for the Sandwich Indians team and also excelled as a defensive football player since he took after his great-uncle Augustus “Gus” Krenz of Mendota in height and weight. After his father suffered an untimely brain injury in 1979, the family relocated to Florida. Chris eventually bought property in Interlachen, Fla. He was a step-father to two daughters he helped raise to the best of his ability. After a work-related injury (fall) that ultimately disabled him, he traveled extensively and made some peace with his condition in New Mexico where he was well cared for during his final years. He had a difficult life but a caring heart, and he is now resting with his heavenly Father.