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Jerelean “Jerri” Rang 08/19/2020

Jerelean “Jerri” Rang 08/19/2020

Jerelean “Jerri” Rang died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. At midnight Jerri had gone outside to look at the stars; she fell and died fifteen hours later.

Jerri was born on June 27, 1939 to Esther and Walter Krehbiel in Halstead, Kansas. She was raised in the Mennonite faith until the family moved to Rosalia, Kansas, where they joined the Methodist church.  She excelled in academics and athletics in Rosalia.  She was a star pitcher and once scored 44 points in a basketball game.  She began piano lessons in grade school and soon was performing in church.

Jerri studied English and music at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She earned an MA in English Education at UW-Madison, where she also studied piano performance and met her future husband.

After her marriage to Chuck Rang in 1967, Jerri taught English in Charlottesville, Virginia, and continued piano studies in Murray, Kentucky, where she gave birth to a son and daughter. Later she studied organ performance with Kathryn Moen at UW-RF.  She taught piano for fifty years and still had a select handful of students when she died.

Jerri loved playing the piano and organ, reading, doing puzzles and playing bridge.  She was proud of preserving Mennonite recipes and cooking meals based on recipes from friends or relatives.  She also loved walking the trails at the family cabin, canoeing, fishing and bicycling.

Her parents taught her not to waste food or to throw away clothing until it could no longer be patched.  When a pair of Chuck’s walking shorts consisted of patches on patches on patches, she said, “I think Mom would tell me to throw these out.”

She was also taught to serve others.  Until she retired from teaching piano, she was active in the St. Croix Valley Music Teachers Association.  She served on the boards of the New Richmond Fine Arts Council and Friends of the Friday Memorial Library, multiple committees in her church and was coordinator of the United Methodist Book Club.

Her friends and family members remember her talent on the piano and organ and her cheerfulness, humility, kindness and generosity.  Her husband remembers her patience and the love she shared with everybody she encountered.

Survivors include a brother, Theron Krehbiel, of Medicine Lodge, KS; husband, Chuck; son, Anton; daughter-in-law, Irma; granddaughter Lydia; grandsons Edwin and Will and Will’s mother, Mary Rang, plus cousins, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Her parents, two brothers, Merle and Verle Krehbiel, and a daughter, Jocelyn, preceded her in death.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 am at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services in New Richmond, Wisconsin.  Jerri’s service was streamed via a link on the Bakken-Young web site. Visitation took place on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 4-7 PM at Bakken-Young and from 10-11 AM before the service.  All guests are requested to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.

In place of flowers, memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders or the New Richmond United Methodist Church.

Click here to watch Jerri’s Memorial Service


  • Tracy Preece Posted August 21, 2020 4:35 pm

    Jerri was a lovely, lovely woman with a great sense of humor, enormous talent for playing the piano and organ, and a great capacity for patience while teaching piano lessons to me, and then years later, to my kids. We will miss her smile, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and grace – a truly great woman.

  • Lonna Possehl Posted August 21, 2020 7:16 pm

    I am so sad to hear this. We had some good laughs together. God be with you Chuck and my deepest condolences.

  • Marilyn Everson Posted August 22, 2020 12:06 am

    In our thought prayers..She was kind always happy person..I know many people took piano lessons from her said nothing but great thing about Jerri..God Bless Marilyn & Ed Everson

  • Richard Forrest Posted August 23, 2020 4:32 am

    Joy and I will miss you very much. We were just talking about the time we sat with you and Chuck and talked about our trips, your cabin up north, and bear adventures. Your awesome music at church and always a smile on your face. Our hearts are with you Chuck and your family. Peace and Love, Dick and Joy Forrest

  • Naomi Helgevold Posted August 23, 2020 4:38 am

    When Jerri let loose on the organ in UMC, that church rocked, and it gave me goose bumps. Wonderful organist. Nice woman. Condolences are sent to to her family.

  • Kathy (Jarchow) Stelter Posted August 23, 2020 9:53 pm

    Rest In Peace Jeri! You played an important role in my life and I will hold those memories close forever. My condolences to Chuck and the family.

  • Erin Johnston Posted August 23, 2020 10:48 pm

    RIP Jerri! You will be able to walk and at with Jocelyn again. Give her a kiss and hug from us! Say Hi to Bobby Jo, Travis, Bobby and Jason! Thank you for your years of teaching and courage. A life well lived!

  • Mike Miller Posted August 24, 2020 12:36 am

    In 2008, after 32 years, I was reunited with you and Jerri at the Worley’s. Jerri recalled there Phyllis’ saying years ago what a pleasure it was to hear her canning jars sealing one by one after she’d gone to bed. Because Jerri remembered such a small, warm detail, along with her general friendliness at that reunion and my recalling what a good person she was, I told her she was a treasure–maybe not so poetic, but I hope something as complimentary.
    Rang, those were good days long ago, and Jerri was a central part of them. I’m sorry for your loss of such a companion.

  • Jerry and Mary Pults Posted August 24, 2020 6:24 pm

    We have known and worked with Jerri on the New Richmond Friends of the Library for about 15 years.
    My goodness! What a gentle soul!
    She was invariably unselfish and quick to help.
    She had a great liberal arts mind of intelligence and a sense of humor that made her a real pleasure to spend time with.
    One of a kind. She will be sorely missed by us and the entire community.

  • Candace R Bettendorf Posted August 25, 2020 4:24 pm

    Chuck, John and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our prayers.

  • Charles and Lillian Daughaday Posted August 26, 2020 9:10 pm

    Dear Chuck,
    Mike Miller just came for one of his delightful visits full of good conversation and memories. He and Charles always discuss the good “ole” days and the fine colleagues such as yourself who graced the English department. It is with sadness that we learned of Jerri’s passing. Charles and I have always treasured your visit several years ago, and subsequently, the notes and cards you sent, often with photographs snapped by Jerri. We extend our sincerest sympathy for your great loss.

  • Sarah Higgins Posted August 30, 2020 10:40 pm

    Our condolences for your loss. Jerri will always be a special light in our lives. With much love and care, The Haasch Family

  • Lynda Boley Patterson Posted September 1, 2020 6:59 pm

    To Jerri’s Family,
    Jerri’s mother, Mrs. Krehbiel, was my Leon High School English teacher and when I started at Southwestern College in 1960, my freshman year, Jerri lived across the hall from me. I was one of only four freshmen on that senior hall. I was very excited as Mrs. Krehbiel had been my favorite teacher in high school and one of the reasons I became a high school English teacher. So I was ecstatic when I found out that Mrs. Krehbiel’s daughter was living close by. I soon learned that Jerri was much like her mother—so talented, kind, and caring. Jerri always went out of her way to make me feel a part of everything even though I was a lowly freshman. Everyone loved Jerri as she was so thoughtful and nice plus Jerri had such a great sense of humor. I want you to know her passing greatly saddened me as I know it does for all of you. Sending heartfelt sympathy to all of you. 😢

  • Luke Foster Posted September 1, 2020 7:38 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this – Jerri was a good friend. I enjoyed going to concerts with her and talking about music and the joys of teaching and organ playing. Thinking of you and your family Chuck. With sincere condolences – Luke

  • Lynda Boley Patterson Posted September 1, 2020 7:49 pm

    To the Family, I am sending my deepest sympathy. In 1960, Jerri lived across the hall at Southwestern. Her wonderful mother had been my high school English teacher and Jerri, then a senior, was like her mother—thoughtful, kind, and caring even though I was a freshman. She will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. Cherish those memories.

  • Jo Hughes Posted September 3, 2020 12:09 am

    I am terribly sorry to hear of the passing of Jerri. She was a dear friend of mine. Our connection of piano teaching, bridge, being on the board for The Friends of The Library together and sharing our time for the music department in The Methodist Church are cherished memories I will always have. I will miss you forever my friend!

  • Chuck Rang Posted September 9, 2020 8:49 pm

    To all who took the time to write: Thank you. You comfort me.

  • Ron Whiteman Posted September 12, 2020 1:17 am

    Jerri Rang was one of those rare people who made you feel like family almost immediately. In our case, she was, since we were out-laws at the time. She shared a passion for teaching, for music, for family, and for mankind in general with my late wife and I, as well her hubby, Chuck. The time we spent together was never enough, not even our long trip up to the cabin and on to Lake Superior. I will never forget any of the lovely moments we got to spend together. I will truly miss you as the older sister I never had.

  • Sara DeLuca Posted September 12, 2020 4:46 pm

    A beautifully written memorial, and a beautiful life. Jerri will be missed by so many who knew and loved her.

  • Dan Olson Posted September 13, 2020 1:52 pm

    Jerri was one of those people that really make the world a better place. Having the Rang’s for next door neighbors was possibly the most fortunate thing for our family, to have such great friends and neighbors. Peace to you Chuck, and may you, Anton, and all her friends and family find joy, thinking about the great life and spirit she shared with us. Much love, Dan and Lynn

  • Christer Horn af Aminne Posted September 19, 2020 10:56 am

    Dearest Jerri, now you may have bumped into my father somewhere in heaven, and shared some good laughs and memories. I am very grateful and i keep that time very precious when being part of the Rangs family 1989-90, as an exchange student. Big smiles and joy always surfaces when you come on topic. Blessed to have been part of your family, and very glad Chuck and I caught up again. My condolences to you Chuck and Anton with family. Big hugs, and lots of love from Cambodia, from your Swedish extended “son” with family. Christer, Sigrid, Arvid and Elsa

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