Reta Kjeseth, age 91, of New Richmond passed away Friday, May 19, 2023, at the St. Croix Health Center. Reta was born the daughter of Helmuth and Hazel (Norlander) Krumm on August 10, 1931, in the Town of Stanton, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from New Richmond High School with the class of 1949. Reta worked at Schultz’ Bros. Dime Store for a few years beginning in high school and then at Pioneer Supply. On December 8, 1951, Reta was married to Phil Kjeseth at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Reta’s brother Doug introduced her to Phil at a dance in Cylon. Phil was invited by Reta’s brother Doug. Reta stayed home until the kids were in school. She spent many years as a secretary/aide in the New Richmond School District and later worked in sales at Wells Electric. She was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Reta loved to play cards, garden and bake cookies. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Reta was an independent, strong woman, who was caring, artistic and funny. She maintained a strong Faith throughout her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, Helmuth and Hazel Krumm; husband, Phil Kjeseth; son, Dennis Kjeseth; granddaughter, Brandy Stewart; great-grandchildren, Haley Page and Elijah Page; siblings, Doug (Dory) Krumm, Marge (Obby) Berget, Virgil (Esther) Krumm, Neal (Jean) Krumm; and brothers-in-law, Darrell Granger and Steve Krey. Reta is survived by her daughters, Debbi Kelly and Denise (Brad) Baker; grandchildren, Chris (Steph) Page, Mick (Rebecca) Page, Dylan Kelly, Jamie Kelly, Tristan (Caitlin) Kjeseth, and Caryn Baker; great-grandchildren, Asher, Quinnleigh, Levi, Mady, Brooks, and Sierra; sisters, Marlene Granger, Sharon (Frank) Reckin, Bev Krumm, Gail Krey; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 11 am at the First Lutheran Church 218 County Road K New Richmond and streamed live through the link just below this obituary. Visitation was Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 3-6 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond and on Monday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.
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She will be greatly missed. Such a wonderful person. Deepest sympathies.
Reta was a wonderful lady and friend. We made so many memories and our Thursday trips with the grandchildren was such a fun time and I will always remember those days. She was a friend and mom to me because my mom was far away. Being part of the family was one of the Greastest gifts I ever received and will treasure. I remeber her making oyster stew for Phil and I was the only one beside him that would eat it so this I shared with Phil. She is now with the love of her life and I will always Remember Reta with fond memories in my heart she meant so much to me. I Thank God we were able to have a talk down memory lane the last time I saw her.
The family is in my heart and prayers.
Chris, Steph & Kids-
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So sorry to hear of Aunt Reta and Dennis’s passing. I have great Memories of her, Dennis and Uncle Phil. Debbie and Denise you are in my thoughts.