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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Doris Halliday Krentz

My aunt, Doris Halliday Krentz, passed away early this morning at the Parkside Lutheran Home in Lisbon, North Dakota, on what would have been the 67th anniversary of her marriage to Melvin Herman Krentz.

The daughter of Elizabeth Hanna and Charles Halliday, Doris was born December 15, 1915 in Lisbon , North Dakota. She and Melvin were married in 1939 at home, the same Lisbon home in which Doris lived almost her entire life. They had five children (their firstborn son lived only two days). Melvin died in 2001.


The Ransom County Gazette Online, December 4, 2006:

Doris H. Krentz

Funeral services for Doris H. Krentz, 90, Lisbon, were held on Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 at the United Methodist Church, Lisbon. Mrs. Krentz died Thursday, Nov. 23 at Parkside Lutheran Home, Lisbon.

Doris H. Halliday, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Hanna) Halliday, was born December 15, 1915 at Lisbon. She graduated from Lisbon High School and attended the University of North Dakota and Minnesota State University.

On November 23, 1939, she married Melvin Krentz at rural Lisbon. Doris taught school in rural Ransom County. She worked part-time at the Ransom County treasurer’s and auditor’s offices. She was also appointed superintendent of schools for three years. She was organist for the United Methodist Church for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth (Larry) Lee, Stacy, MN, and Deborah (LeMont) Kempel, Wyoming, MN; two sons, James Krentz and John Krentz, both of Lisbon; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; infant son, Melvin Charles; one sister, and one brother.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Randy Faller, Kevin Faller, Leon Shank, Gary Martin, Argil Krentz, and Don Smith. Honorary pallbearers were all her nephews and nieces. Music was provided by organist Mary Jo Smith and soloist Joan Montgomery. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon. Armstrong Funeral Home, Lisbon, was in charge of arrangements.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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