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Joan Anita Krodel (nee Kretzmann) passed away peacefully on March 22, 2019 at the age of 86. She was the beloved wife of Reverend Dr. Gerhard Krodel who predeceased her in 2005. She served God’s church through the Lutheran Board for Mission Support and Lutheran Endowment for Novosaratovka Seminary (LENS) and was named a lifetime honorary member of LENS. 


She is survived by her three daughters Elizabeth Coughlin (Patrick), Katie Brosky (Robert), Karla Krodel (Craig Paulenich) as well as 4 grandchildren, David & Andrew Coughlin and Megan & Rebecca Brosky, along with 2 great grandchildren Gabriel & Mackenzie Coughlin. The family wishes to thank her caregivers at Ellen Memorial HCC in Honesdale PA as well as the nurses and staff at both Gettysburg and Wayne Memorial Hospitals.


A memorial service was held in the Church of the Abiding Presence at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg on April 6, 2019


The family requests donations to

the Lutheran Endowment for Novosaratovka Seminary Foundation,

1201 Garfield Avenue, Albert Lea MN  56007.